Team Members




Chief Investment Officer


John H. Burbank III


Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer


  • August 2000 Founded Passport Capital LLC
  • 1996–2000 Various investment research positions with Bay Area hedge funds
  • 1992–1996 Various management positions in start-up companies, active as a private investor
  • 1992 MBA received from Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • 1987 BA in English Literature received from Duke University


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Risk Mgmt. & Quantitative Strat.


Tim Garry, CFA


Portfolio Manager & Chairman of the Risk Committee


  • 2005-2007 Vice President, Quantitative Portfolio Manager, US Market Neutral Fund, Absolute Return Strategies, for State Street Global Advisors
  • 2004-2005 Principal, Quantitative Portfolio Manager, Energy Fund, US Equity Market Neutral Fund, Absolute Return Strategies, for State Street Global Advisors
  • 2003 Principal, Marketing Analyst, Hedge Fund Strategies Group, for State Street Global Advisors
  • 2000-2002 Associate, Product Analyst covering alternative investments, for State Street Global Advisors
  • 2006 MS in Finance received from Boston College
  • 2000 AB in Philosophy and English received from Boston College


Zhan Onayev, CFA


Director of Quantitative Research


  • 2007 – 2011, Senior Quantitative Research Analyst  and Head of Enhanced Equity Research for the Advanced Research Center, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)
  • 2005 – 2007, Quantitative Research Analyst  for the Advanced Research Center, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)
  • 2004 – 2005 World Bank, Consultant in the Quantitative Strategies Group
  • 2005 Ph.D. in Finance received from George Washington University
  • 2001 MBA received from George Washington University
  • 1999 BA in Economics received from Kazakh State University


William Peets


Senior Risk Manager


  • 2013-2014 Vice President at MSCI Inc. – Senior Consultant – Alternatives Consulting
  • 20011-2012 Senior Associate at MSCI Inc. – Consultant – Alternatives Consulting
  • 2007-2010 Associate at MSCI Inc.
  • 2006-2007 Analyst at MSCI Inc.
  • 2006 BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance received from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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Credit


Jeff Landry, CFA


Portfolio Manager


  • Research focus on Credit and Capital markets
  • 2009 – 2011 Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Evolution Capital Management
  • 2002 – 2009 Assistant Portfolio Manager at JMG Capital Management
  • 1998 – 2002 Assistant Portfolio Manager at Citadel Investment Group
  • 1996 – 1998 Securities Analyst at Franklin-Templeton Group, Inc.
  • 1993 – 1996 Environmental Scientist at Fugro, N.V.
  • 1993 BA in Earth and Planetary Sciences with a Geophysical Sciences concentration from Harvard University


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Basic Materials


Jim Cunningham, CFA


Portfolio Manager


  • Manages the investment management and research process for basic materials, agriculture and commodity investments
  • 1997–2003 Portfolio Manager for Renberg Capital Management. Co-managed $500 mm in assets
  • 1996–1997 Vice President of Business Development for Crossroads Software
  • 1994–1996 Senior Director of Worldwide Industry Strategy Group for Oracle Corp
  • 1993–1994 Consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton in San Francisco
  • 1985–1990 Manager in Information Services Group for Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong
  • 1992 MBA received from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • 1992 MA in Food Research received from Stanford University
  • 1985 BS in Financial Economics received from Lehigh University


Sebastien Boifort, CFA


Portfolio Manager


  • Co-manages the investment management process for basic materials investments
  • 2006 Summer Associate at Brandes Investment Partners
  • 2004–2005 Senior Associate in Lehman Brothers’ technology investment banking group in Menlo Park, CA
  • 2003–2004 Assistant Vice President in ABN AMRO’s global technology banking group in San Francisco, CA
  • 2000–2003 Associate in Lehman Brothers’ European technology investment banking group in London, UK
  • 1997–2000 Analyst in Credit Lyonnais’ equity capital markets department in Paris, France (1999-2000); Analyst in Credit Lyonnais’ corporate banking department in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1997-1998)
  • 2007 MBA received from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • 1997 MS in Engineering received from ENSAE/SupAero, France


Sid Mitra


Portfolio Manager


  • Manages the investment management and research process for precious metals, base metals and minor metals
  • 2006 Summer Analyst for Forest Laboratories in New York, New York
  • 2004-2005 Manager Applications Development for Cornerstone Group in Toronto, Ontario
  • 2002-2003 Senior Developer for Groware in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 2000-2001 Lead Developer for Nortel Networks in RTP, North Carolina and Brampton, Ontario
  • 1998-2000 Systems Analyst for National Medical Review Offices in Los Angeles, California
  • 1997-1998 Consultant for WordMaster in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2007 MBA, honor list, received from University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario
  • 1996 BS, magna cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics received from Berea College, Kentucky


Steve Schuman


Portfolio Manager


  • Business assessment and financial modeling in the areas of chemicals and related agricultural industries
  • 2008-2010 Founder & Senior Chemicals Research Analyst, Lafayette Research LLC
  • 2006-2008 Senior Chemicals Research Analyst, New Vernon Associates
  • 2002-2006 Senior Chemicals Research Analyst (2005–2006), Associate Chemicals Research Analyst (2002–2005), Prudential Equity Group
  • 2000-2002 MBA received from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • 1996-2000 Engineer & Process Coordinator, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1995 BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University
  • 1992-1995 Engineering Internships at Cargill, The Dow Chemical Company, General Electric, and JDS Uniphase


Chris Belanger


Senior Analyst


  • Research focus on food and related agricultural industries, forest products and distressed/bankrupt/post-reorganization securities
  • 2009 Summer Analyst, Passport Capital, LLC
  • 2004-2008 Senior High Yield Research Analyst, Miller Tabak Roberts Securities, LLC
  • 2002-2004 U.S. Treasury Bond Trader, Penson Futures (GHCO)
  • 2010 MBA received from Cornell University – S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • 2001 BA in English received from the University of Pennsylvania


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Consumer


Peter Supino


Portfolio Manager


  • Manages the investment management and research process for consumer investments
  • 2004-2008 Research Analyst & Portfolio Manager at Wallace R. Weitz & Company, manager of $5 billion of mutual funds
  • 1998-2004 Portfolio Manager, Vice President for Capital Markets, and Associate for Corporate Finance at Allen & Company, LLC
  • 1998 BA in History received from Williams College


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Energy


Walther Lovato, CFA


Portfolio Manager


  • Manages the investment management process for the Energy sector
  • 1998 Equity Analyst for ValueVest Management, a $150 million long/short global value fund
  • 1997 Summer Associate at Goldman Sachs
  • 1991–1996 Research Analyst/Institutional Sales at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York and London
  • 1998 MBA received from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • 1991 BA in International Monetary Policy received from Bocconi University (Milan)


Ravi Anaparti


Portfolio Manager


  • Research focus on the energy sector
  • 2004 Summer Associate at Agilent Technologies
  • 1996–2004 R&D Manager at Pacific Steel
  • 2005 MBA received from Haas School of Business UC Berkeley
  • 1996 MS in Mechanical Engineering received from University of Iowa
  • 1993 BS in Mechanical Engineering received from IIT, Madras


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Internet / Technology


Andrew Seligson


Portfolio Manager


  • Co-manages the investment management process for the Internet and Technology sector
  • 2000 Summer Associate for Passport Capital
  • 1995–1999 Strategic Planning Group Analyst at NEC Corporation in Tokyo
  • 2001 MBA received from Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1995 BA in Asian Studies and Computer Science received from Colgate University


Seth Spalding, CFA


Portfolio Manager


  • Co-manages the investment management process for the Internet and Technology sector
  • 2001–2002 VP Goldman Sachs covering communications technology sector
  • 2000–2001 Director of Research for Epoch Partners covering networking and telecom sectors
  • 1998–2000 Research Analyst for C.E. Unterberg Towbin covering broadband telecom sector
  • 1995–1998 Research Associate for Gartner Group covering networking and telecom sectors
  • 1995 AB in Human Biology received from Stanford University


Sam Ou


Portfolio Manager



  • Manages the investment management process for the Internet and Technology sector in Asia
  • 2008 Summer Associate at Passport Capital
  • 2004-2007 Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T (formerly SBC Communications)
  • 2009 MBA received from Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2004 PhD in Computer Science received from University of California at Davis
  • 2000 BS in Computer Science received from Peking University, Beijing China


Geoff Karren


Senior Analyst


  • Works across all sectors identifying short opportunities as well as global macro-driven trading themes
  • 2006-2008 Executive-in-Residence (EIR) for Elevation Partners, a $1.9 billion media, entertainment and technology-focused private equity firm
  • 2000-2005 Co-founder and President of All American Sports Broadcasting, a venture capital-backed cable television company in San Francisco, California
  • 1996-1999 Finance Director for Chaparral Resources, a NASDAQ-listed oil & gas producer operating in western Kazakhstan
  • 1994-1996 Associate for Asian Strategic Investments Corporation (ASIMCO), a $500 million private equity firm in Beijing, China that was a joint venture between Trust Company of the West (TCW), Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and The Pacific Group
  • 2005 MBA Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1992 BA in History received from University of California, Los Angeles


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Middle East & North Africa


Suhaib Jamjoom


Analyst


  • 2011 Summer Analyst for Passport Capital
  • 2009 - 2010 Assistant Advisor to the Board of Commissioners at (Saudi Arabia) Capital Market Authority
  • 2007 - 2009 Senior Analyst for Samba Capital in the Equity Markets Group
  • 2006 - 2007 Member of the Investment Committee for Jamjoom Group
  • 2012 MBA received from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005 BBA with a major in Finance received from The George Washington University School of Business

 



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Trading


David Tillman


Head Trader


  • 2007 Sales Trader at CIBC
  • 2003–2007 Sales Trader at Susquehanna Investment Group
  • 1993–2002 Options Market Maker on the Pacific and Philadelphia Stock Exchanges
  • 1991 BS in Accounting received from Pennsylvania State University


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Operations / Finance


John Moran


President


  • Manages department heads and Management Committee
  • 2008-2011 Director of Business Operations & Strategy at Passport Capital, LLC
  • 2006–2008 Managing Member of Event Rentals 2, LLC, built and sold company
  • 1996–2004 President & CEO of Classic Party Rentals, Inc., built and sold nation’s largest party rental company
  • 1992-1994 Président Directeur Général of Pharmaceutical Marketing Services, Inc.’s subsidiary in Paris 
  • 1988-1990 President of Test Services, Inc., built largest franchisee of The Princeton Review
  • 1986-1987 Senior Staff Consultant of Arthur Anderson LLP
  • 1992 MBA received from Harvard Business School
  • 1986 BA in Economics received from Northwestern University


Joanne Cormican, CFA, CPA (inactive)


Chief Operating Officer


  • Manages operations, compliance, finance and accounting and advises on risk management
  • 2004-2011 Chief Financial Officer at Passport Capital, LLC
  • 2002–2004 Senior Investment Officer and Partner of Allianz Hedge Fund Partners
  • 1994–2002 Director, Head of Risk Management at Citigroup Alternative Investment Strategies
  • 1989–1994 Audit Manager at Coopers & Lybrand LLP
  • 1989 Bachelors of Commerce received with honors from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada


William Alberti, Esq.


General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer


  • Manages legal and compliance
  • 2001-2005 Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Marin Capital Partners, L.P., San Rafael, California
  • 1997-2001 Partner, Foley & Lardner, San Francisco, California
  • 1988-1997 Partner, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, San Francisco, California
  • 1980-1987 Associate, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, San Francisco, California
  • 1980 J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law


Liz Mahon, CPA


Chief Financial Officer


  • Responsible for management of portfolio accounting, financial reporting, and compliance
  • 2005-2011 Controller at Passport Capital, LLC
  • 2003–2005 Manager for Alternative Investment Services at Rothstein Kass & Co / Bisys Group Inc.
  • 2000–2003 Supervisor for International and Domestic Accounting for Institutional Funds at Barclays Global Investors
  • 1998–2000 Speech Writer for Korean Consulate
  • 1998 BA in Business Economics, cum laude, received from University of California Los Angeles
  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants


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Marketing & Investor Relations


Bill Nolan


Head of Marketing and Investor Relations


  • Directs investor relations, fund raising, marketing and communications
  • 1999–2007 General Partner, Head of Sales and Marketing for Crosslink Capital, a $1.4 billion alternative investment firm focused on public and private technology investing
  • 1996–1999 Principal, Robertson Stephens & Co., Private Client Services
  • 1993–1996 Vice President, Legg Mason Inc., Private Client Services
  • 1991–1993 Senior Consultant, Arthur Andersen, Business Systems Consulting
  • 1987–1989 Consultant, Booz Allen & Hamilton
  • 1991 MBA received from University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • 1987 BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Notre Dame


Greg Leograndis


Director, Sales and Marketing


  • Directs fund raising, marketing and communications; product specialist for Passport Capital sector funds
  • 2007-2009 Principal, Leograndis Group, fund raising and investing in the equity and real estate markets
  • 2004-2007 Chief Operating Officer, Sports Marketing and Entertainment
  • 2000-2001 Managing Director, Head of Corporate Services, W.R. Hambrect & Co.
  • 1998-1999 Managing Director, Head of Corporate Services, Volpe Brown Whelan
  • 1997-1998 Director, Global Restricted Equities Group, UBS
  • 1994-1997 Vice President, Corporate Services, Robertson Stephens & Co.
  • 1991-1994 Associate, Investment Services Division, Kidder Peabody & Co.
  • 1991 MBA received from Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA
  • 1987 BA in Business/Economics with Honors, University of California at Santa Barbara


Jean Thouvenin


Director, Sales and Marketing, Passport Europe LLC


  • Directs fund raising, marketing and communications in Europe and the Middle East
  • 2005 – 2011 Partner, Head of Global Marketing, Millennium Global
  • 1999 – 2005 Global Head of Business Development, Pictet Asset Management
  • 1992 – 1999 Partner, Head of Business Development Europe & Middle East, Fischer Francis Trees & Watts
  • 1988 – 1989 VP Fixed Income Sales, JP Morgan
  • 1985 – 1988 VP Fixed Income Sales, Salomon Brothers
  • 1984 – 1985 Assistant Trader, E.D. & F. Man
  • 1982 MBA received from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), France


Michele Clifford


Director, Investor Relations and Operations


  • Responsible for management of investor relations and marketing operations
  • 2000–2003 Head of Operations at OTA Off the Record Research, an independent broker/dealer
  • 1996–1999 Head of Operations at San Francisco Business Times, a business newspaper
  • 1995 BA in Art History received from University of California at Berkeley


Christopher Coble


Senior Associate of Marketing


  • Responsible for investor relations
  • 2011-2011 Investment Advisor at Foundation Investment Group
  • 2005-2010 Held roles as a Managed Account Product Specialist, Regional Portfolio Specialist and Futures Associate at Franklin Templeton Investments
  • 2004 BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California


Cameron Pangrle, CPA (inactive)


Marketing Analyst


  • Responsible for performance analysis, CRM system, and generally assisting with other investor relations functions.
  • 2009-2011 Associate, Ernst & Young Global Asset Management Assurance Practice
  • 2009 BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, cum laude, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo


Cristina Cannon, CPA


Investor Relations Manager


  • Responsible for management of Investor Relations
  • 2013–2014 Director of Client Service at The Siegfried Group, a finance and accounting consulting firm
  • 2011-2013 Vice President in Investor Relations at Angelo, Gordon & Co.
  • 2009-2011 Analyst in Investor Relations at Owl Creek Asset Management
  • 2004-2009 Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Alternative Investments Practice
  • 2004 BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Houston


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