Council of Governors

Martin Pompadur

Martin Pompadur

Chair of Council of Governors

Marty Pompadur graduated from Williams College in 1955 with a BA Degree and from Michigan Law School in 1958 with a LLB Degree. He began his career that year as a practicing attorney in Stamford, Connecticut but quickly entered the media field when in 1960 he joined American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. He remained at ABC for 17 years culminating in his becoming a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Pompadur left ABC in 1977 and became President of Ziff Corporation until 1982.

From 1982 until 2007, Mr Pompadur was chairman and CEO of RP Companies’, various private and public limited partnerships which operated tv and radio stations and cable television systems.

From 1998 until 2008 he was Chairman of News Corporation Europe.

In November 2008 Mr Pompadur left News Corp and became an advisor to Oliver Wyman and also became Global Vice Chairman Media and Entertainment Macquarie Bank.

Mr. Pompadur is now involved in many companies as an investor, advisor and board member.

Previously he was a board member of many private and public companies including Imax Corporation, ABC, Inc, BSKYB, Sky Italia, Premier World, Fox Kids Europe, Metromedia international, and Elong.

Mr Pompadur’s involvement with cerebral palsy spans several decades, beginning with his Board Directorship for United Cerebral Palsy and his long-standing friendship with the late Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder-Chairman of ABC and Founder of United Cerebral Palsy.

Cameron Brown - Council of Governors

Cameron Brown

Cameron Brown is an Executive Director of Amber Capital, a New York-based hedge fund investing in mergers, acquisition spin-offs, and takeovers. The firm was founded in 2005 and invests in Europe and the US.

Mr. Brown is a parent to a child with cerebral palsy. He is extremely passionate about the potential of stem cell research for cerebral palsy and has personally raised funds for trials in this field. Cameron is excited about the prospect of technology innovations and believes the future for CP looks bright.

Juliette Cottrill

Juliette Cottrill is a Managing Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at Hudson Bay. Prior to joining Hudson Bay in 2009, she worked with the founder of FrontPoint Partners in building a new investment management firm, Duff Capital Advisors, where she Co-Headed the Client Advisory Group. Juliette graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with a Master’s degree in Political Science.

As the mother of a child born with cerebral palsy, Juliette understands and appreciates the importance of research and the incredible difference it will make across the globe.

Ben Hanko

Ben Hanko is a Managing Director at UBS and leads the Americas Capital Introduction team. Initially joining UBS in 2001, Ben has spent 19 years at the firm where he has focused on developing hedge fund and investor relationships. He also previously spent time on the buy-side at Capital Management Advisors, where he was responsible for investing in long/short equity strategies. Ben is a CFA Charterholder, and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from West Virginia University.

Ben has been driven by observing the need of cerebral palsy funding, and hopes to create great outcomes through working with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. In addition to his efforts with CPARF, he is on the board of the Doug Frisina Foundation and Gladiator Project charities.

Thomas Laughlin

Thomas Laughlin is one of the founding partners of the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Thomas regularly represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, SPAC transactions, investments (controlling and minority), divestitures, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and other corporate matters. Thomas has broad experience across many industries, but in particular, he has focused his practice representing clients in the energy, infrastructure, logistics, manufacturing and transportation sectors.

Thomas received his Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and received his J.D. from University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Thomas resides in Dallas, Texas with this wife Caitlin and their three children. As parents of a child with cerebral palsy, Thomas and Caitlin realize the significance of CP research and are dedicated to raising awareness and support for CP research.

Elliot Levine

Mr. Levine is an accountant with over 35 years of experience in the industry and is co-founder of New York-based firm, Levine & Seltzer. Elliot has particular expertise in the media and publishing industries and in the real estate arena, having written articles for various publications and having spoken at a number of seminars.

In addition to the firm’s client base, he is frequently hired as a consultant by members of the publishing, media, real estate, private equity and investment banking communities to render assistance in structuring accounting and tax related aspects of acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Levine is excited by the promise of cerebral palsy research and believes the cause deserves the support many other conditions have elicited to achieve the breakthroughs needed.

Karen Maven

Karen Maven is a Senior Manager at PwC, focusing on US and Mexico firm security and business continuity. She leads the Allies and Abilities Inclusion network in the Philadelphia office, and has been heavily involved with PwC’s STEPtember challenge for the last several years.

Karen is a seasoned public speaker, and as a parent to an adult child with cerebral palsy has shared her story in multiple venues to bring awareness to not only those with CP, but also for those who care for them. Karen has seen what research has done and continues to be excited about what’s left to discover.