MagneGas Appoints Jacques Kerrest and Kevin Pollack to Its Board of Directors and Audit Committee
TAMPA, Fla., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MagneGas Corporation ("MagneGas" or the "Company") (OTCBB: MNGA.OB - News), the developer of a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based metal working fuel and natural gas alternative, announced today the appointment of Jacques D. Kerrest, and Kevin A. Pollack, Esq., to its board of directors and audit committee, effective immediately. Their appointments bring the number of MagneGas board members to seven.
"Jacques and Kevin have impressive track records of helping rapidly growing businesses reach their full potential. We're excited to have them join the MagneGas board at a pivotal time in the Company's development," said MagneGas CEO Ermanno Santilli. "Jacques' experience as the CFO of several public companies will be invaluable as we continue to expand our operations while Kevin's legal and investment background will be instrumental in ensuring that we generate value for our shareholders."
Mr. Kerrest serves on the board of Elephant Talk Communications Corp., a NYSE-listed international provider of mobile networking software and services. Previously, he served on the board of CKX, Inc., a media and entertainment content company that was sold to Apollo Management in 2011. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Kerrest acted as CFO and COO of NASDAQ-listed ActivIdentity, a leader in identity assurance and authentication solutions, where he helped navigate the company's turnaround and sale. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Kerrest was CFO of NASDAQ-listed Virgin Media, the second largest communications company in the U.K. where he negotiated, executed and financed a merger with the second largest U.K. cable company and contributed to the acquisition of Virgin Mobile. Prior to Virgin Media, he served as CFO of NYSE-listed Equant, Inc., a global enterprise communications infrastructure company, and NYSE-listed Harte-Hanks, Inc., a direct marketing and publishing company. Mr. Kerrest received his M.B.A. from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.
Mr. Pollack is a Managing Director at Paragon Capital, a private investment firm focused primarily on investing in U.S.-listed companies. He also serves as President of Short Hills Capital LLC, where he provides a range of advisory services to investors, asset management firms, institutions and companies. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker at Banc of America Securities LLC, focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He started his career at Sidley Austin LLP (formerly Brown & Wood LLP) as a securities attorney focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Pollack currently sits on the board of Lightlake Therapeutics Inc., a developing biopharmaceutical company aiming to build a platform of biopharmaceutical solutions to common addictions and related disorders. Mr. Pollack graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received a dual J.D./M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
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About MagneGas Corporation
Founded in 2007, Tampa-based MagneGas Corporation (OTC BB: MNGA) is the producer of MagneGas™, a natural gas alternative and metal working fuel that can be made from certain industrial, municipal, agricultural and military liquid wastes following the receipt of appropriate governmental permits.
The Company's patented Plasma Arc Flow™ process gasifies liquid waste, creating a clean burning hydrogen based fuel that is essentially interchangeable with natural gas. MagneGas™ can be used for metal working, cooking, heating, powering bi fuel automobiles and more. For more information on MagneGas, please visit the Company's website at www.magnegas.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements relate to future events, including our ability to raise capital, or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. The Company is currently using new antifreeze, vegetable oil and ethylene glycol to produce fuel until proper permits to process used liquid waste have been obtained.
For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our public filings with the SEC are available from commercial document retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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