Directors and Advisors

Michael Rothschild

Founder and Chairman

Michael Rothschild founded Profit Velocity Solutions to provide a new generation of information tools that would enable large, complex enterprises to dramatically enhance their profit performance.

Prior to launching Profit Velocity Solutions, Michael authored Bionomics: Economy as Ecosystem (view at Published in six languages, The Wall Street Journal called Bionomics “Revolutionary… signaling a fundamental shift in the way people should think about economics.” Michael has been a keynote speaker on the rapid evolution of global economic competition at business, political, and academic gatherings around the world. His work has been featured in ForbesThe New York TimesThe EconomistFortuneThe Financial Times, and Strategic Finance.

During the pioneering days of the personal computer industry, Michael served as a senior marketing executive with WordStar, maker of the world’s first successful PC-based word processor. He began his business career with The Boston Consulting Group where he consulted to leading manufacturers on matters of competitive strategy and financial performance. Michael earned his law and MBA degrees simultaneously from Harvard.

Garen Staglin

Vice Chairman

Garen Staglin has been involved in transaction processing and financial services companies for over 35 years. He has been a director of public and private companies and participated in many venture and LBO transactions. Most recently he was President and CEO of eONE Global LP, an emerging payments company funded by FDC. He is on the Board of  EXL Services, Inc. (EXLS), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), Specialized Bicycle Corporation, NVoice Payments, and He is a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital in San Francisco. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of the Cambridge Business School and the Stanford Business School.  He currently serves on the Chancellors Competiveness Council at UCLA.

Formerly, Garen was Chairman and CEO of Safelite Glass Corp. Prior to Safelite he was a Corporate VP and Group President of ADP. Garen holds a B.S. in engineering from UCLA and M.B.A. from Stanford. He and his wife, Shari, live in Rutherford, California and have two children. Together they own and operate the acclaimed Staglin Family Vineyard. They are Founders and trustees of One Mind for Research, the International Mental Health Research Organization, and Bring Change 2 Mind.

Henry Tai

Vice Chairman

Henry Tai has been in investment and financial service businesses for over 25 years in UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea and China. He has served as a director of public and private companies and participated in many venture and LBO transactions.

Henry is a former Senior Partner of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, where he spearheaded investment activities in north Asia, focusing on LBOs.  Prior to UBS Capital, Henry held positions with Search Group and Pru-Asia DBS, where he led direct investments and mergers and acquisitions in Greater China and Australia. Henry is a Chartered Accountant and started his career with KPMG. Henry holds a B.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Roger S. Leeds


Roger is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. He also has taught at Wharton Business School and Columbia Business School. He was the founding Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a global industry association, and is the co-founder of the Leadership Academy for Development, an organization that designs and runs intensive training programs for government officials and business leaders in developing countries focused on public policy initiatives to strengthen private sector performance.

Prior to joining the SAIS faculty, Roger worked as an international development practitioner for 25 years, including positions as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, a senior staff member of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank),  a partner at KPMG in charge of the firm’s global privatization practice and a Managing Director and co-head of the emerging markets practice at a New York-based private equity firm. He is the author of Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, Opportunities for Value Creation (2015) and Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries, as well as more than 30 articles. Roger has lectured at numerous universities around the world, been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNNBloomberg News, CBS NewsCNBC, and National Public Radio, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his M.A. and PhD from SAIS.

Benson P. Shapiro


Benson P. Shapiro is a well-known authority on marketing strategy and sales management with particular interests in pricing, product line planning, and marketing organization.  He is also the Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing Emeritus at the Harvard Business School where he taught full-time from 1970 to 1997.  Since 1997, Professor Shapiro has concentrated his professional time on consulting, speeches, boards of directors, and writing.  In the recent past, he has taught in several Harvard executive programs including the Aligning Strategy & Sales, CEO Program, Young Presidents’ Program, and Business Marketing Strategy, and has chaired the Sustainable Marketing Leadership for Mid-Sized Businesses Program. He also has chaired custom executive programs for the Young Presidents’ Organization on Sustainable Market Leadership, Business-to-Business Pricing, Go-To-Market Strategies, and “Jump Start Your Revenue Growth.”

He has served as a consultant to well over 300 companies including startups, medium-size firms, and large international corporations.  And, he has participated in well over 170 executive education programs outside of Harvard for corporations and associations. During his 27 years on the full-time Harvard faculty, he taught a wide variety of MBA courses including Industrial Marketing, Sales Management, Creative Marketing Strategy, Integrated Product Line Management, and participated in many executive programs. Professor Shapiro has also held many administrative positions including Senior Associate Dean for Publications, Research Director, Head of the Required MBA Marketing Course, Chair of the First Year of the MBA Program, and Faculty Chair for Strategic Marketing Management, a two-week program for senior marketing executives.  He is the author, co-author or editor of 14 books, and 19 Harvard Business Review articles including “Leveraging to Beat the Odds: The New Marketing Mind-Set,” “What the Hell is ‘Market Oriented’?,” “Manage Customers for Profits, Not Just Sales” and “Staple Yourself to an Order”.  Professor Shapiro holds a BSE (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Michigan as well as MBA (with distinction) and DBA degrees from Harvard.

John Supan


John is a partner at FLG Partners and has over 30 years of business experience working with both public and private companies. John’s experience spans strategic, financial and business planning, IPOs, equity and debt financings, and merger and acquisition analysis, execution and integration, both domestically and internationally. His primary interest and experience is with start up and emerging growth biopharma and high technology companies. He has worked with a multitude of companies both as an external Audit Partner advisor and as the CFO.

Prior to becoming a partner at FLG, John was the CFO for a privately-held web-based software and data company providing clinical trial services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and spent approximately half of his career with Ernst & Young LLP. He began his career at Alza Corporation, a publicly traded drug delivery systems company. John recently served as the CFO for Peak International Limited (NASDAQ: PEAK), a Hong Kong-based precision plastics injection molding company serving the high tech industry.

John holds a BS degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from California State University, San Jose, and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant in California. In June 2005, John attended the Stanford University School of Law, Directors’ College.