William Morro. Mr. Morro was appointed to our Board in February 2014 and was appointed our Managing Director and Chairman in January 2015 following our exit from VA. Mr. Morro is a Managing Partner of the InterAmerican Group, a U.S. investment and advisory firm focused primarily on middle-market businesses with cross-border operations in North America and/or Latin America. Prior to joining InterAmerican in 2001, Mr. Morro headed private equity business units for BMO Group and Heller Financial and was a Principal and shareholder of the international management consulting firm, Cresap, McCormick & Paget until shortly after its acquisition by Towers, Perrin. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Morro has three decades of senior executive and board experience with more than 20 companies, both public and private, in which he has been a direct investor.
Carlo Botto. Mr. Botto is a member of our Board and an independent director. His affiliation with the Company began in 2011 when he served as a consultant. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy & Development and continued in an executive role until 2014. In 2013, he was appointed as a Board member and has been a director continuously since then, with a brief interruption during our VA process when the Administrator assumed all governance responsibilities. Mr. Botto has extensive energy industry experience, having worked in various roles in the energy supply industry in Australia and North America over 30 years. These roles have included senior executive positions responsible for wholesale energy trading, retail marketing, corporate strategy, risk management and regulatory/corporate affairs. Immediately prior to joining our company, Mr. Botto was a senior executive with CLP (0002.HK) working in Melbourne, Australia from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Botto has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Asset Management) from Monash University.
Yves-Regis Cotrel. Yves-Regis Cotrel is the Founder and, until his retirement in 2008, was President of Group Quietude, a real estate investment and operations firm with properties in Europe. From 1976 through his retirement in 2000 to form Group Quietude, Mr. Cotrel held senior executive positions first with the Sofamor Group, a world leader in manufacturing devices, equipment and biomaterials used in the treatment of spinal and cranial disorders, and then with its successor companies through various business combinations. In this capacity he developed distribution networks in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Successor businesses to Sofamor Group included the Sofamor-Danek Group, which was formed through business combination with Danek USA and then Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) which merged with Sofamor-Danek Group in 1999. Mr. Cotrel holds a MSc in Management from IAE Lille and a Bachelor of Law degree from L’Ecole de Notariat de Paris.