Chief Executive Officer
Philip Mittleman is the Chief Executive Officer of Aimia, a member of the Corporation’s investment committee and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Mittleman also serves on the boards of several of the Corporation’s portfolio companies including Kognitiv and TRADE X. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and President for Mittleman Brothers, LLC and its subsidiaries, including Mittleman Investment Management, LLC, a value-oriented SEC-registered investment adviser. Before co-founding Mittleman Brothers in 2005, he was Managing Partner of Blue Hill Ventures LLC and Voltron Ventures LP, which were venture capital funds with investments in a variety of industries. Early stage investments in companies such as rent.com (acquired by Ebay), First International Oil Corp (acquired by Sinopec), Eyewonder (acquired by Limelight), and Audium (acquired by Cisco), resulted in liquidity events of over US$1 billion. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of the Kushner-Locke Company, a Nasdaq-listed entertainment company. He began his career at Kushner-Locke after attending Kent School, and Trinity College.
Michael Lehmann is the President of Aimia, a member of the firm’s investment committee and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Lehmann also serves on the boards of several of the firm’s portfolio companies including Mittleman Investment Management, and Kognitiv. Michael Lehmann has been involved in the investment business for more than 25 years, most recently as the Founder and Managing Member of LARC Capital Holdings LLC, a privately held partnership. He currently serves as a director and member of the Audit Committee for Onyx Acquisition Co. I (NASDAQ: ONYX), a special purposes acquisition company focused on investment opportunities in the construction technology, aerospace, and logistics sectors. Prior to launching LARC Capital in 2016, Mr. Lehmann was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Third Avenue Management, LLC for 18 years, a highly respected SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Mr. Lehmann’s responsibilities grew to include Co-Manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX) – Third Avenue’s flagship investment product, Lead Manager of Third Avenue Separate Account business, Portfolio Manager of the Global Value Equity product, Co-Lead PM of Third Avenue Balanced Fund and Lead Manager of Third Avenue Variable Series Fund, where the Fund was awarded the Lipper award for best 5-year track record and SOLIS Partners, where he was a Member of the Investment Committee. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lehmann was a Vice President of Gabelli Funds, Inc, an Investment Advisor to the Gabelli Mutual Funds and an Associate Portfolio Manager of private investment portfolios with Mario J. Gabelli. Mr. Lehmann has a Bachelor of Science degree with a primary concentration in Finance and a secondary concentration in Marketing from Fordham University.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Leonard is Chief Financial Officer of Aimia and a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has been with Aimia since June of 2010 holding executive finance roles and was appointed CFO in May 2019. Prior to joining Aimia, Steve worked at Air Canada, Vivendi and Seagram in senior finance roles. Steve has experience in all areas of finance, with particular specialization in transformations, strategic planning and M&A. He has worked within large organizations, in corporate and operating positions, and has international experience working in New York and Paris. He is a graduate of Concordia University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Eric Blondeau is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Aimia. Prior to joining Aimia in 2021, Mr. Blondeau served as Senior Vice-President & General Counsel of Fiera Private Alternative Investments at Fiera Capital Corporation since 2012, and prior to that was an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Eric has extensive experience in legal matters, with particular specialization in M&A, corporate finance, securities law and general corporate matters. Eric obtained his law degree (BCL/LLB) from the McGill University faculty of law, and his Masters’ degree in Economics from Queens’ University.