Vexidus Corporation, a Delaware corporation engaged in renewable energy, water, and wastewater industries across the southwestern United States, announces the appointment of five new independent directors to its Board of Directors for 2020. This event marks a major milestone for the development of the company’s executive team and operations. The appointments include Robert Berliner, Joe Bernstein, Thomas Foertsch, Harsh Muthal, and Abigail Rollins.
“We are pleased to welcome Bob, Joe, Tom, Harsh, and Abbey to our board.” says Founder and CEO Christopher J Fernandes. “The addition of our new directors is a major step for Vexidus in 2020. The team dynamics we have in place are going to be a great asset for our shareholders and stakeholders alike.”
Robert Berliner Jr. is a practicing mediator, arbitrator and attorney and is often retained as an expert witness in real estate, legal malpractice and other matters. He has also been a principal in many real estate and other business ventures. He is a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators (“AAM”) Board of Directors and is currently President of the Illinois Chapter of AAM, of which he was also a co-founder. Mr. Berliner founded and leads a program sponsored by that Chapter that provides pro bono mediation services to the Small Claims Court in Will County, Illinois, which has grown from one to over 20 participating mediators since 2010. Mr. Berliner frequently presents continuing legal education and other educational programs on mediation, legal and real estate subjects, and has been an adjunct professor at Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he taught real estate investment. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Bar Associations. Mr. Berliner began his career with a small Chicago law firm and, after 10 years with that firm, founded his own firm. Thereafter, he became a senior officer and general counsel of Jupiter Industries, Inc., and a partner and general counsel of Jupiter Realty Corporation. Jupiter Industries, Inc., was a diversified conglomerate with revenues of over $1 billion and interests in construction and engineering, transportation, retailing, insurance, manufacturing and real estate, and Jupiter Realty Corporation was a real estate company with interests in office buildings, shopping centers, apartment buildings and hotels all over the country. Mr. Berliner has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2013-2020), a 2018-2019 recipient of the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, a recipient of the Alfred Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, and is a founding member and member of the Executive Committee of the Illinois chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Mr. Berliner received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he was Supply Officer on a nuclear-powered Polaris missile submarine, and is currently a member of the Naval War College Foundation.
Joe Bernstein, PhD, MBA, has had a highly successful career as a financial expert, business leader and trusted board member. He has supported several boards and committees in achieving their organizational objectives. His board focus is to add value in terms of independent critical oversight, support on developing robust governance and compliance frameworks as well as providing strategic financial advice. Joe places a great emphasis on the development of people under his leadership, and his core strength is in developing strategic frameworks, positive working environments and empowering senior leadership teams. His ability to negotiate and liaise with key stakeholders to lead transformative programs in a non-disruptive way has facilitated immeasurable achievements throughout his career. Joe delivers a healthy challenge to financial governance structures, ensuring that streamlined business processes can withstand scrutiny and meet the evolving needs of organizations.
Thomas Foertsch is a strategic leader and seasoned financial services professional with an early career on the trading floors in Chicago. Thomas is a high-performing executive with a proven history of success in business development, risk mitigation, process improvement, and operations management. Possessing a powerful ability to identify new, unexpected opportunities, he has launched four companies from the ground up and played an integral role in developing the most successful investment product currently trading in the institutional financial markets today. Specializing in the comprehension of market conditions and business dynamics, he implements innovative solutions that protect industries against global market risk and facilitate cost reductions and increased operational efficiencies. A results-driven, collaborative leader and coach, Thomas teaches CEOs and organizations to embrace change, adopt fresh approaches, and utilize analytics and data to promote empowered decision making. His wide breadth of experience will provide value to Vexidus and its long-term success.
Harsh Muthal manages a business consulting firm focused on Business Strategy, M&A Advisory and Financial Turnaround. He also sits on boards of various business organizations. With 30 years of experience at national and international level, Harsh is an adept leader and business professional. Building a portfolio of work with global corporations such as UniLever, Motorola and IBM, and Reliance Industries, Harsh has significant consulting experience in the area of Business Strategy, International Sales & Marketing, and M&A. A result-driven executive, Harsh has a proven track-record of increasing sales, global market share and profitability; meeting and exceeding target revenue goals. His startup experience spectrum includes setting Motorola operations in distant countries to becoming an entrepreneur himself and working with small technology startups. Harsh was part of the leadership team that set up Motorola in India. Working with policy makers at the Government and Planning Commission he got ‘wireless communications’ as a country priority in the planning commissions agenda. Harsh then led Motorola teams to establish presence in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hungary and Northern Ireland. Continuing Motorola legacy, Harsh joined IBM Global Services to lead the Telecom Services in North America. At IBM, Harsh became known for his customer accusation skills. He brought noted global telecom services providers like, AT&T, Verizon, KPN, Sprint, O2, French Telecom, Orange, Airtel to IBM fold. Harsh retired from IBM as the Global Telecom Industry Leader. Harsh has several successful startups like Spectrum Ventures, Whiz Card, Monjin, Hedgeness, Meadowood Global, Biz Mantra, AmLED and Lighting & Surveillance, Idea Solutions etc. to his credit where he has been an incubator, founder and or in executive positions.
Abigail Rollins is a collaborative and holistic business leader with an expansive, 20-year career driving enterprise growth within the energy, utility, government education, and non-profit sectors. With a powerful ability to transform, optimize, and improve functions and processes, she has cultivated a portfolio of success, driving cost reductions and savings through strategic sourcing and development of sustainable supply chain strategies. With career foundations in environmental engineering, Abbey is a true sustainability leader and innovator, utilizing her experience combined with technology, industry best practices, and analytics to identify and build supplier relationships that are mutually beneficial and viable. A motivational leader, she establishes positive, operationally excellent workplace cultures that facilitate major growth and turnarounds. A trusted professional with a broad network of investors, suppliers, and regulatory authorities, Abbey has the knowledge and determination to discover opportunity, implement cross-functional initiatives, increase efficiencies, and ultimately drive continuous improvement.
The directors will serve their initial term from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The company will hold its annual shareholder’s meeting in December of 2020.