Board of Directors
Tyler Newton joins Reputation Institute as Chairman of the Board in addition to his role as Partner and Research Director of Catalyst Investors. Mr. Newton leads Catalyst’s research efforts and is responsible for evaluating industry sectors, formulating sector investment strategies, generating deal flow in target sectors and providing strategic support to Catalyst portfolio companies. He is also responsible for sourcing and executing transactions in the software-as-a-service, internet infrastructure and digital media sectors. Prior to joining Catalyst in 2000, Mr. Newton was a Vice President in TD’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Mr. Newton received a BA with honors from Middlebury College and is a CFA Charter holder.
Dr. Charles Fombrun is Founder and Chairman of Reputation Institute. He is a former Professor of Management at New York University's Stern School of Business where he was on the faculty from 1984 to 2004. He was also Professor of Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1984. Charles is the author of numerous books, including the path-breaking best-seller Reputation: Realizing Value from the Corporate Image, first released by Harvard Business School Press in 1996. Dr. Fombrun has published hundreds of articles in leading management journals, and is the creator of reputation management systems used by many companies around the world.
Dave Gordon joins Reputation Institute as a Board Member in addition to his role as Vice President of Catalyst Investors. He joined Catalyst in 2016 and focuses on sourcing, evaluating, and structuring new investment opportunities and managing the firm’s existing portfolio companies. He also focuses on overseeing and prioritizing industry sector research, sector investment strategy formulation, and target sector deal flow generation. Prior to joining Catalyst, he was a Senior Analyst on the Private Equity team at the Wolfson Group, a New York-based single family office, where he focused on investing in private equity funds, co-investments, and direct investments. Prior to the Wolfson Group, he was an associate at Volition Capital, a Boston-based technology growth equity firm, as well as an investment banking analyst at Jefferies, where he provided financial advisory services to middle market technology companies. Mr. Gordon earned a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Nicolas Georges Trad, Executive Partner, and Executive Member of the Board, is globally responsible for Reputation Institute and is in charge of building the company's partner offices and network worldwide. Throughout his career at Reputation Institute, Mr. Trad has advised multinational companies, cities and countries on areas such as Reputation Management, Global Affairs, Country & City Reputation, Corporate Branding, Employer Branding, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Human Resources. Drawing on his extensive experience in practicing reputation management and public affairs globally, Mr. Trad speaks and writes regularly on best practice in public affairs and reputation management for corporate and government audiences and has been featured on CNN, in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, as well as local radio and TV around the world. Nicolas earned his MSc in Intercultural Management from Copenhagen Business School and holds an MBA from UADE, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Danish and German.
John McKinley joins Reputation Institute as a Board Member in addition to his role as the founder and CEO of SaferAging, where he leads the company’s vision to foster independent living for seniors through the use of technology. He is also an an active early-stage investor, with several of his portfolio companies recently selling to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Symantec and others. He serves on the Board of Directors of Equifax, and is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to founding SaferAging, John worked in senior executive roles at large corporations and as a successful entrepreneur and investor. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer for News Corporation and President of Technology for News Corp. Digital Media Group. He served for three years as Chief Technology Officer and President of Digital Services for AOL, and previously was EVP and Head of Global Technology and Services for Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, John was both CTO and CIO at GE Capital, and began his career at Ernst & Young, eventually becoming a partner in the firm.