Mr. Lifton has been a director of Gleacher & Company since May 2013. Mr. Lifton has been the Chief Executive Officer, co-founder and managing partner of Persephone Capital Partners LLC, a middle-market private equity firm, since 2012. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of JPMorgan Securities Fixed Income/Capital Markets Division, a leading financial services firm, from 1998 through 2012. Mr. Lifton holds an MBA from Baruch College and a B.A. in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook. He currently serves as Chairman of Global Relief Technologies Inc. and Persephone Capital Partners, where he has served since 2009 and 2012, respectively. Mr. Lifton served on the board of Safety Kleen, Inc. from 2006 through 2012, Renewable Biofuels, Inc. from 2010 to 2013 and Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation from 2011 to 2012.