Advisory Board - Executive Media Technology Frank Capria
Frank Capria is a Director specializing in Media Technology at Black Dragon Capital. Frank has over a decade of experience in product strategy in companies of varying sizes.
Prior to joining Black Dragon, Mr. Capria led the video surveillance product group for LenelS2, a subsidiary of United Technologies where his focus was on advanced analytics and machine learning. Prior to United Technologies, his entire career was spent in the media and entertainment sector working businesses ranging from startups to mature companies. Mr. Capria spent nearly a decade at Avid and was part of Louis Hernandez, Jr.’s team-leading Avid’s dramatic transformation.
Before becoming a technologist, Mr. Capria was an editor at WGBH (PBS) in Boston where he won a regional Emmy Award in 1999.
Mr. Capria earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University where he now serves as Senior Lecturer for the Film and Television program.
Advisory Board - Media Technology & Content Tracey Shaw
Tracey Shaw is an entertainment executive with extensive experience overseeing industry-leading production and distribution operations and initiatives. These include the launch and re-platforming of the award-winning WWE Network, the first-ever Live Linear and VOD global OTT digital streaming service. She is a persuasive and respected leader, based on over 25 years of experience in the media content industries, in a storied career that spans all aspects of production, media operations, content acquisition, global distribution, programming, strategy, and D2C product design and development. Some of her initiatives include evaluating business and tech opportunities, developing strategies, implementing sustainable cost-saving and efficient processes, identifying and driving key operational metrics, and recruiting, leading, and retaining strong teams. She thrives in a high-performance culture, capable of delivering to tight timelines and providing the motivation required to foster a team environment to achieve company objectives. Shaw volunteers with Make a Wish Connecticut, Swim Across America, and sits on the SVG Financial Advisory Board and SVG Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Advisory Board - Media Technology Charlie Vogt
Charlie Vogt is a dynamic and results-oriented international leader with more than 30 years of professional experience – 17 as a CEO. He has a proven track record of building and leading global organizations through high growth and rapid change in challenging and competitive environments. His visionary leadership has led to market-leading product innovation and go-to-market strategies. This, along with an unwavering commitment to company-wide excellence, integrity, high morale, and a relentless pursuit of exceptional financial performance, has led to continually exceeding financial results through recessions and technology disruption.
Over the past three decades, Vogt has established extraordinary relationships with some of the most admired service providers, media networks, global IT companies, banks, and research firms across the globe. He has successfully secured more than $1 billion in working capital in the form of debt and equity since 2000 and has extensive restructuring, integration and rebranding experience in orchestrating 15 acquisitions, divestitures, and sales as a CEO.
Vogt currently serves as President and CEO of ATX Networks, a global leader of access and video distribution solutions serving the cable, satellite, IPTV, wireless, and enterprise markets.
Previously as CEO of Imagine Communications, a world-leading provider of video software and unified distribution solutions to more than 1,500 TV Networks and Broadcasters spanning 185 countries, Vogt transformed the company, creating a new brand and a new strategic direction, successfully integrating four technology acquisitions and delivering a steady flow of industry-changing innovation.
During Vogt’s eight-year tenure as CEO of GENBAND, a global leader in IP networking and software solutions, the company acquired and integrated ten companies, expanded its operations to more than 50 countries, and secured 80 percent of the world’s largest service providers as customers. Under his leadership, the company experienced a compound annual growth rate of 110 percent and increased operational earnings 9-fold. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal recognized GENBAND as the no. 1 privately-backed company in America, topping a list of 5,900 companies.
Advisory Board - Media Technology Shengli Han
Shengli Han is a senior executive and news media expert with extensive international broadcast and media technology experience. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board at Beijing Jetsen Technology Co., Ltd. where he was formerly Chief Executive Officer from 2015 – 2018. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Beijing, China, Beijing Jetsen Technology Company designs, develops, and implements integrated audio and video solutions to the radio, film, television, defense, research, government, and education industries. It provides media asset management systems, information security systems, non-linear editing systems, integrated network solutions, and station monitoring and surveillance solutions.
Shengli is an advisor to Livu (a developer of real-time video technologies for broadcasters) as well as Instrimpex since 2012. He is also the board Director of Auro Technology, a Belgium next-generation 3D and immersive sound company.
Shengli has been a senior leader for several publicly traded and international companies that included expensive corporate investments and acquisitions. He led and drove successful market share gains at Thomson Broadcast, Technicolor, Grass Valley, Envivio, and Thales Broadcast in China. He also led the team that built the early standards for Provincial Converged New Media Platforms in China. Some of the investments and acquisitions he managed were CDV Cloud Ltd, a cloud solutions and service provider for media and broadcasters, 4U (Beijing) Technology Ltd, an AI-based facial recognition for animation video production company, and Auro Technologies n.v., the world leader in 3D sound technologies. He has also represented major global brands in the greater China region including Grass Valley, Avid, Ross, Thomson Broadcast, and others.
Shengli will focus on has been instrumental in BDC’s investment in Grass Valley and will continue to provide actionable insights to support media, broadcasting, and international endeavors brought to the fund and its portfolio companies.
Shengli earned his MBA from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in France. He received a Master’s degree in Electronics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), a Bachelor's degree in Electronics from China Communication University, and received Executive Training in 2007 from Harvard Business School.
Advisory Board - Financial Technology Santo Cannone
Santo Cannone has leadership experience in sales, product management, and operations for businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Most recently, Cannone served as a Chief Product Officer for Fiserv, leading teams developing product and market strategies. His previous experience includes Senior Vice President, Group Sales for Open Solutions; Chief Operating Officer at ConnectWise; Senior Vice President, Real-Time Systems for FIS, and Managing Director at EDS. Cannone holds a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and an MBA from Penn State.
Advisory Board - Media Technology & Content Darla Marasco
Darla Marasco is a creative media professional with decades of experience. She focuses on advising Black Dragon on its media- and content-related projects. The founder of full-service production company Marasco Media, she was previously an SVP of Post Production and Executive Producer at MAX Post/Original Productions where she managed over 50 series and for broadcast networks including Discovery, A&E, History, NatGeo, Bravo, Travel, NBC and CBS. As a Computer Art Director, her credits include the Dungeons and Dragons games series. Marasco began her career as a Visual Effects Artist; credits include The Terminator, Dune, and Texas Chainsaw feature films.
Advisory Board - EcommerceIrwin Kramer
Irwin Kramer has experience building software and service companies into global leaders in the supply chain, marketing, and e-commerce systems from the startup phase, and is a pioneer in supply chain enterprise systems and e-commerce for retail manufacturing and distribution companies. Kramer serves as Chairman of the board of directors for two Black Dragon portfolio companies, Digital Goodie and EnterWorks. He is the treasurer and an executive committee member of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and is the Founder of iCongo. He was also the Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of Richter Systems International. Kramer received an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from McGill University. He is a member of Quebec and Canadian Order of Chartered Accountants.
Advisory Board - Media & Financial TechnologyJohn Frederick
John Frederick is a financial executive with experience in strategic and financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma methodology and effective financial systems. He provides insights into operational execution within the Black Dragon portfolio. Frederick is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Snag, the largest staffing platform for hourly work. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer at Avid Technologies, where he oversaw finance, information technology, legal and investor relations. Earlier, Frederick served as the Corporate Executive Vice President and CFO at Open Solutions, and as Senior Vice President and CFO at SafeNet.
Advisory Board - Ecommerce Retail TechnologyKen Bonning
Ken Bonning has experience providing operational expertise for omnichannel operations, developing operating strategies to improve speed, cost, and quality through the supply chain. At Black Dragon, he provides insights into digital, retail, and e-commerce markets and investments. Bonning is a founding partner of Orion Advisors Group, a boutique advisory firm specializing in helping companies build strategies for supply chain and information technology and digital transformations. Previously he was the Senior Executive Vice President for Kohl's department stores, responsible for supply chain, IT, store design, store construction, and sustainability during a period of rapid growth.
Advisory Board - Media TechnologySandy Nasseri
Sandy Nasseri is the President and Co-Founder of MelroseINC, a WBENC-certified woman-owned business, and member of Apple’s Premier Partner Program. MelroseINC provides products and services to customers including Disney, Sony, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Warner Bros., Hulu, Viacom, and more. Nasseri serves on the Apple Advisory Reseller Board, and as the President and Chair of the AVID Customer Association for the Reseller Channel. Nasseri also serves on the board of The Book Foundation and actively supports Alexandria House in Los Angeles. She is a veteran of the Israeli military and promotes veteran hiring in both her own company and those of her colleagues. Nasseri earned her degree in electronics and electrical engineering at ORT Technical Institute.
Advisory Board - Technology & OperationsDavid Dame
David Dame has more than 30 years of operating, consulting, and investing experience, including functional leadership roles and executive positions in sales, marketing, services, and research and development. Dame assists in the operational aspects of the Black Dragon portfolio and serves as the Chairman of Payveris. His previous experience includes Operating Partner for Sorenson Capital, Managing Director at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, Partner with KPP, and Managing Director at KVP. Dame also co-founded a consulting business that merged with IBM Consulting Group. He received an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Advisory Board - Financial TechnologyKen Saunders
Ken is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Social Solutions. He has over 25 years of experience leading companies through strategic change. Ken possesses a unique blend of hands-on entrepreneurial leadership, operational and financial expertise and depth, as well as a proven track record for creating shareholder value in both the public and private markets.
Before joining Social Solutions, Ken served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sizmek, Inc, a SaaS-based ad management technology company. Through strategic planning and extensive experience in the space, he took the company private in 2016 and worked on the successful acquisition of RocketFuel to create a $320M in revenue company one year later.
His significant M&A and integration experience including debt and equity fund raising in both public and private offerings distinguish Mr. Saunders from many other financial professionals.
Advisory Board - Financial ServicesMichael Geoghegan
Michael Geoghegan is a recognized global statesman of finance, known for his direct style and understanding of the global economy. At Black Dragon, he focuses on overall fund operations and strategic advice. Geoghegan is the former Director and Global Chief Executive Officer of HSBC, where he worked for more than 37 years. He has served as President of HSBC Bank Brasil S.A. - Banco Multiplo, HSBC Investment Bank Brasil S.A., HSBC Seguros S.A., and was head of HSBC South America. He was a director of HSBC Holding Plc and its Group Chief Executive. He also has served as Director and Chairman of Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation and was a Director of HSBC North America.
Advisory Board - Media Technology & EcommerceMohamed Abuagla
Mohamed Abuagla has more than 25 years of experience in business transformation and technology at established enterprises, government organizations, startups, and business ventures in the education, finance, healthcare, telecom, defense, and media industries. He has been recognized with numerous executive awards for his role in the digital transformation of the media industry in the Middle East and North Africa. At Black Dragon, he advises on media and technology investments and is involved in operational improvements within the media portfolio. Abuagla is an executive board member of the International Broadcast Convention Council, an advisory board member of the Grass Valley Customer Council, and an executive member of the SAP Advisory Council for Media. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Al Jazeera Media Network. Abuagla earned a degree in systems engineering from George Mason University.
Advisory Board - Operations Mo Hussein
Mo Hussein is an Advisor specializing in Technology and Spend Management at Black Dragon Capital. Mr. Hussein has over a decade of experience in technology, contract negotiations, and vendor management in both federal and private sectors.
Most recently, Mr. Hussein managed a robust portfolio of vendor engagements at GE Healthcare. Prior to GE Healthcare, he spent a large part of his career building and operating contracts and procurement functions at technology companies. Mr. Hussein spent a good part of his career at Avid Technology and was part of Louis Hernandez, Jr.’s team-leading Avid’s dramatic transformation.
Mr. Hussein is passionate about the convergence of media content and technology and has decades of experience building web-based businesses.
Mr. Hussein earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Advisory Board - Financial Technology & OperationsRaju Shivdasani
Raju “Raj” Shivdasani has more than 40 years of executive-level experience running large technology companies. At Black Dragon, Shivdasani advises on financial technology investments. Previously, Shivdasani was the Chief Executive Officer of Harland Financial Solutions, a subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. Earlier roles include President and COO of Phoenix International, Group Executive Vice President of FiServ’s bank services sector, President of FiServ CBS Worldwide, and senior management positions at Citicorp Information Resources. He also co-founded Vista Financial Systems and served on IBM’s AS/400 Strategic Advisory Board. Shivdasani holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Xavier’s College, India, a diploma in computer programming and technology from Control Data Institute, Los Angeles, and a Certificate in Applied Mergers and Acquisitions from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
Advisory Board - Financial ServicesWilliam Dalton
William “Bill” Dalton is an experienced executive in banking and finance. At Black Dragon, he provides insights on financial services market dynamics. Dalton serves on the boards of HSBC North American Holding Inc., Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services (AEGIS), AEGIS Managing Agency for Lloyds of London Syndicate 1225, and United States Cold Storage. Previously, he was Executive Director of HSBC Holdings Plc, Chief Executive of HSBC Bank Plc, and global head of personal financial services for the HSBC Group. He also served as President and CEO at Wardley Canada Limited and Chief Executive of Midland Bank Plc. He was director of a number of companies, including CCF SA, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, MasterCard International Incorporated, and Swiss Re GB Plc.
Advisory Board - Media TechnologyMartial Vincent
Martial Vincent is a media-technology executive with more than 25 years of extensive management experience in the communications and high-tech fields. He is the President and CEO of TCP Cables, a recognized leader in the manufacture of electrical cable and harnesses headquartered in Québec, Canada. Vincent was previously the CEO of Varitron, a leading electronics assembly company. He also spent over 15 years as a producer in the entertainment industry, and held various management positions in the communications industry, including as Vice-President of Astral Media.
Advisory Board-Media & Financial ServicesAllen Caviles
Allen Caviles has over 30 years of experience in the payment processing industry, focusing on financial, operational and revenue growth with start-ups, growth and late-stage companies. Caviles is the Chief Executive Officer of PayMaple LLC. His previous experience includes CIO of 4D Healthware, CIO and Strategic Advisor to Digi-Me, CIO and CTO of Bluepay Inc, CTO of AssureBuy Inc, and VP of Technology at Data Transfer Associates. He developed PC Charge, a PC-based credit card processing software, and Bluepay Payment Gateway, one of the fastest payment gateways. Caviles patented an e-commerce automation tool, Online App™. He serves as an executive board member of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the AMITA Health Foundation.
Advisory Board-Media-TechnologyPatrick Macdonald-King
Patrick Macdonald-King has extensive deal-making, strategic planning, and tactical management experience in enterprise cloud applications and digital media, and expertise in the content supply chain and associated services. Macdonald-King currently serves on 4 Advisory Boards and is an angel investor with Tech Coast Angels. Previously, he led capital raise and roll-up of three companies, including his own, to form DAX. As Founder and CEO, Macdonald-King led the combined companies to become the most widely used media asset management and cloud workflow application in the world. The DAX SaaS platform has been awarded five patents, scaled to 75% market share, and was recognized with a Primetime Emmy for transitioning the television industry to a file-based workflow. Macdonald-King was also President of PFT, Americas Region.
Advisory Board-Media-TechnologyDr. Andreas Bereczky
Dr. Andreas Bereczky
Dr. Andreas Bereczky has 30 years of IT and media experience. Dr. Bereczky is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Software AG and GFT Technologies AG and a member of the Research Circle “Münchner Kreis.” Previously, Dr. Bereczky was Executive Vice President of Production and Engineering at ZDF German Television, where he was responsible for transferring the station’s channels from SD to HD production and distribution. Under his management, the first VoD service of the public broadcaster in Germany went live. Prior to joining ZDF, Dr. Bereczky worked with Bull Computer AG and Debis Systemhaus and was a Managing Director at T-Systems Service Line Systems Integration. He was awarded the National Leadership Award in IT Services and Multimedia (2005) from the German Economic Forum. Dr. Bereczky earned a master’s degree in aircraft engineering and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH).
Advisory Board - Media & Financial TechnologyRashid Desai
Rashid Desai has extensive experience developing commercial technology products and solutions, including delivering and strengthening technology infrastructure, technology cloud architecture, and cloud engineering. At Black Dragon, Desai advises on technology investments and operational improvements within the portfolio. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Avid Technology, Managing Director and Chief Information and Technology Officer at Barclaycard, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Open Solutions and Senior Vice President at Equifax. At Open Solutions, he was the primary architect of the award-winning open API banking suite, DNA. Desai was also part of the digital transformation of Barclaycard and helped develop the cloud-based operating system, Avid Everywhere, for Avid.
Advisory Board - Media Technology”Jan Lange
Jan Lange is a highly experienced international senior executive with proven skills to start up new business models, drive international sales teams to peak performance and transform legacy business models into the digital world.
Lange can build on 25 years international experience in telecommunication service provider, IT platform, digital infrastructure, media broadcast, cloud and high tech markets. In this time he has managed international revenue growth and turnaround processes in various CxO positions in EMEA. Lange also provides an extraordinary track record in successfully launching game changing market innovations for leading global companies, such as T-Mobile, VCE (JV formed by Cisco, EMC, vmWare and Intel) and Avid Technology. His bandwidth reaches from successfully orchestrating start up situations to transforming large entities with multiple thousand staff involved.
During his career Lange so far created an extensive and in EMEA unbeatable relationship network with digital industry CxOs, technology partners, service providers, resellers and system integrators. He pairs his sales & innovation driven winner mentality with years of financially driven investors experience to help setting up Black Dragon Capital companies for revenue growth and increase of market value.
Lange has received numerous industry innovation awards. He has a diploma in business administration and economics from Bochum university (Germany) with additional leadership qualifications from Columbia business school (USA) and Instituto de Empresa (Spain).