Thai Lee has served as President, CEO and the majority shareholder of SHI International Corp since 1989, which she transformed from a $1 million regional reseller in 1989 into a $6 billion plus global provider of information technology products and solutions, with over 3,000 employees across 30 offices around the world. Over the past 26 years, SHI has generated over 40% CAGR, achieved organically, without mergers or acquisitions and without outside investment or incurring debt.
Ms. Lee graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and Amherst College with a B.A. in Biology and Economics. She has served on the Board of Amherst College and as President of Amherst College Alumni Society. In 2014, Thai received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Amherst College and in 2013, she received Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Business School. Thai is a recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is currently serving on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for Harvard Business School, Harvard College COUR Committee, HBSCNY Board, and as Regional Vice Chair for HBS Campaign.
Alexander Leyviman is founder and chairman of Atlant Capital and one of the founders of AFK Sistema (Sistema), the largest publicly traded diversified financial corporation in Russia and the CIS. Sistema’s broad array of operations includes telecommunications, high-tech, oil and energy, aerospace, banking, retail, mass-media, radio, tourism and healthcare – serving over 100 million customers. During his 15 years at Sistema, Mr. Leyviman held various senior positions including CFO, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Board Member of the group, CEO of Sistema Mass Media, CEO of Intourist. He also served as a director on Sistema’s various boards, including MTS.
Mr. Leyviman led the IPOs of the first two Russian companies to go public on the NYSE: telecom company Vympelcom (NYSE:VIP) in 1996 and TeleSystems (NYSE:MBT) in 2000. He also led the IPO of Sistema in 2005.
Mr. Leyviman graduated from Moscow Mendeleev Chemistry and Technology Institute and has over 40 registered patents to his name in the field of chemistry. He is the author of 16 scientific research reports.
Ron currently serves as a Partner for New York investments with SoftBank Capital. Previously, he was Managing Director of Seed Capital Partners, an early stage technology venture fund that he co-founded in 1999 in association with the SOFTBANK Group.
Ron is an experienced executive with an expertise in founding and leading companies and technology development. He has founded two billion dollar companies and led them to successful exits, and has operated three venture funds where he has realized upper quartile returns.
In 1990, Ron co-founded UCA, later known as SOFTBANK Services Group, where he served as co-CEO and Chairman. Ron was also the founder of Software Distribution Services, the predecessor company to Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM), a leading wholesale computer products distributor with over $23 billion in annual revenue.
Ron is active in the community and serves on the boards of CUBRC, the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation and is an Advisor to the Faculty at UB. In addition, Ron serves on the boards of several portfolio companies.