AMB Thomas C. Foley


  • Ambassador Foley began his career at McKinsey & Company and then joined Citicorp Venture Capital. He started NTC Group in 1985 to acquire businesses with significant value improvement potential and currently owns Stevens Aviation, a provider of maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul (MRO) services for general aviation aircraft
  • Ambassador Foley served twice in government including in Iraq with the CPA in 2003 and 2004 and as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 2006 to 2009. He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Connecticut in 2010 and 2014
  • Ambassador Foley graduated from Harvard College and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

General Michael V. Hayden


  • General Hayden joined Tenax’s Board of Directors in November 2013
  • General Hayden was Director of the CIA and First Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Prior to that he was Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service
  • General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a Master’s degree in modern American history in 1969

General Charles R. Holland


  • General Holland joined Tenax’s Board in March 2013
  • General Holland retired in 2003 as the Commander, Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command. At SOCOM he was responsible for all special operation forces of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Prior to heading SOCOM he commanded a squadron in the Philippines, two Air Force wings, served as Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command, and was Commander of the Special Operations Command, Pacific
  • General Holland graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has Masters degrees from Troy State and the Air Force Institute

SEC John J. Young, Jr.


  • Secretary Young joined Tenax’s Board of Directors in September 2013
  • Secretary Young was the Under Secretary of Defense, Director, Defense Research and Engineering and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. Prior to these appointments Secretary Young served on the staff of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense
  • Secretary Young graduated with a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University

Daniel A. Grafton


  • Mr. Grafton joined Tenax’s Board of Directors in May 2015
  • Mr. Grafton most recently served as Chairman of Trustmark Corporation from 2011 until 2017 and as a director since 2005
  • Prior to that Mr. Grafton was President of L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, a leading aviation and aerospace services provider, and was President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Raytheon Aerospace

Richard M. Cashin


  • Mr. Cashin is the President of One Equity Partners, the New York based private equity firm, which for its first 14 years was part of JP Morgan. Prior to One Equity, Mr. Cashin was with Citigroup Venture Capital from 1980-2000 where he was President from 1994-2000. Mr. Cashin is on the board of Titan International
  • Mr. Cashin was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Rowing Teams and was a world champion rower in 1974
  • Mr. Cashin graduated from Harvard College with a degree in East Asian Studies and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

AMB Craig R. Stapleton


  • Ambassador Stapleton is a Senior Advisor to Stone Point Capital and a director of Abercrombie and Fitch, Carlile Bancshares and Flamel Technologies
  • Ambassador Stapleton was Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003 and Ambassador to France from June 2005 until January 2009
  • Ambassador Stapleton was President of Marsh and McLennan Real Estate Advisors from 1982 until 2001, a co-owner from 1989 to 1998 of the Texas Rangers and is currently a co-owner of the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Ambassador Stapleton graduated from Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

Michael Ewald


  • Mr. Ewald is a Managing Director at Bain Capital Credit. He serves as the Global Head of the Private Credit Group, Portfolio Manager for the Middle Market Credit and Senior Direct Lending Strategies and is a Credit Committee member. He also serves as President and CEO of Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.
  • Mr. Ewald was a consultant at Bain & Company prior to joining Bain Capital Credit where he advised clients in the Financial Services, Manufacturing and Consumer Products industries
  • Mr. Ewald graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University and received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Matt Evans


  • Mr. Evans is a Director at Bain Capital Credit. He is a member of the Industry Research team and is responsible for investments in the Aerospace, Defense, Transportation, and Utilities sectors
  • Mr. Evans leads a team of six experienced investors and manages a $3.8bn portfolio of investments across these industries. He has been involved in the restructuring and subsequent ownership of helicopter operator CHC Group and aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft
  • Mr. Evans graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University

Taran Bakker

President and Director

  • Mr. Bakker joined Tenax in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Strategy, Business Transformation and Origination
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Bakker was with Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2017 where he worked in the Merchant Banking and Investment Banking divisions in Europe, Africa and North America. Mr. Bakker has also worked at Morgan Stanley Asset Management and McKinsey & Company
  • Mr. Bakker has served on the boards of Pret-a-Manger Ltd, Ontex NV and Christian Hansen Holding A/S
  • Mr. Bakker graduated with a BSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MSc. in Finance and Management from HEC, Paris