Team Members

Our investment team of 32 investment professionals focuses on the following industries/sectors/regions: Basic Materials, Consumer, Credit, Energy, Healthcare, Internet/Technology, and Middle East & North Africa (MENA).  Our operations and administrative team consists of 39 people.  The biographies of our employees grouped by team are below. 



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


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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


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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


  • Researches investment opportunities in the Internet and Technology sector
  • 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


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Middle East & North Africa


Arshad Ashraf


Portfolio Manager & Trader


  • Manages the investment management and research process for companies in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
  • 2006–2007 Director, TMT-SEAF Pakistan Growth Fund, a $100 mm private equity fund
  • 2004–2006 Founder & CEO, AKN Messaging Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd., Pakistan’s largest mobile content company
  • 2000–2004 Founder & CEO, eSmart Systems Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian technology company
  • 2007 MS received from Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • 1996 BS in Manufacturing Engineering received from Boston University
  • 1996 BA in Religion received from Boston University


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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 & Product Specialist, 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


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