Board of Directors
Mr. Black was appointed CEO in January 2016. Mr. Black was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2019 and was named Chairman in November 2019. He joined SWK as Managing Director in May 2012 from PBS Capital Management, LLC, an investment management business investing in pharmaceutical royalties and healthcare equities that Mr. Black co-founded in 2009. Prior to PBS Capital, Mr. Black was a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P. from September 2007 to March 2009 where he managed a portfolio of approximately $2 billion in healthcare investments. Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Black served as COO/Analyst and Chief Compliance Officer at Mallette Capital Management, Inc., a $200 million biotech focused hedge fund. Prior to Mallette Capital, Mr. Black was Vice President, Corporate Development for ATX Communications, Inc. Mr. Black began his career as an Analyst in the Healthcare and Telecommunications groups at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Black received MBAs with distinction from both Columbia Business School and London Business School and received a BA in Economics from Duke University, where he graduated Cum Laude.
Ms. DiCicco is an independent financial and board advisor to companies in the life sciences industry, often serving in the role of interim Chief Financial Officer. Ms. DiCicco has served as Renovacor’s Interim Chief Financial Officer since September 2019. She currently serves as an executive board advisory consultant for Board Advantage, LLC, a provider of advisory services to senior executive teams and boards of directors. Prior to starting Board Advantage in November 2018, she was the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Centinel Spine from August 2017 to October 2018 and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Camber Spine Technologies from November 2014 to July 2017. In addition, Ms. DiCicco has held Chief Financial Officer roles at Nuron Biotech, Quench USA, Globus Medical and Kensey Nash Corporation. Ms. DiCicco has served on the boards of directors of Sincerus Pharmaceuticals since July 2021, Imvax, Inc. since July 2020, ExpressCells since March 2020, and EyePoint Pharmaceuticals since July 2019. She previously served on the boards of directors of II-VI, Inc. from 2006 until August 2017, CannaPharma Rx from March 2015 until July 2016 as well as the board of Syncardia Systems. Her career started in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche in 1990. Ms. DiCicco received a B.S. in accounting from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and is a CPA (inactive). She is also an appointed Board Leadership Fellow and Corporate Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Dotter has served in executive leadership roles in several investment companies that delivered attractive investment returns on commercial real estate operating companies, development and management companies, and portfolios requiring repositioning to enhance value. Ms. Dotter has served as an investment advisory board member at Employee Retirement System of Texas, since 2019, and Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, since 2009. Ms. Dotter has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Stratus Properties Inc., a diversified real estate company engaged primarily in the acquisition, development and sale of real estate properties since 2021 and Lifespace Communities, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates senior living communities, and its predecessor since 2018. From 2010 to 2016, she served as President of Transwestern Investment Group, and then as the founding partner of Corporate Properties Trust I, II and III, large scale commercial real estate investment vehicles with combined capitalization exceeding $2 billion, from 2016 to 2017. Ms. Dotter also served as an executive investment officer at Hunt Realty Investments under the umbrella of Hunt Oil Company, a petroleum exploration and production company, from 1998 until 2010. Ms. Dotter worked as the director of Real Estate Investments at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, from 1993 to 1998; and as a director of Financial Consulting Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1989 to 1993. Ms. Dotter currently serves as an Advisor at Dottid, a company focused on developing comprehensive work flow technology to maximize revenue generation for commercial real estate. From 2020 to 2021, she was an Advisor to the Investment Committee of the Board of Children’s Health System of Texas, providing interim investment portfolio oversight and a review of the System’s governance framework. Ms. Dotter served as a member of the Board of Directors of Parkway Properties (“Parkway”), a national commercial real estate company, from 2010 to 2016, where she served as the Chair of Parkway’s audit committee and a member of its compensation committee. She was elected by her peers to serve as the Vice Chairman of the PREA Plan Sponsor Council at the Pension Real Estate Association, from 2008 until 2010. Ms. Dotter received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and also holds a CPA license in the State of Texas.
Robert K. Hatcher
Mr. Hatcher currently serves as the Chairman of Avalon Advisors. Mr. Hatcher previously served as the President and CEO of Cockrell Interests, Pinto Investment Partners LP and Pinto Trust Company and as Chairman of the Finance Advisory Committee for PTV Healthcare Capital and Pinto America Growth Fund. Prior to Cockrell Interests, Mr. Hatcher founded and served as Managing Director of Citywest Ventures. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Camp Aranzazu. Mr. Hatcher served as an Adjunct Professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and is a member of World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization. Mr. Hatcher holds an M.B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University, as well as a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Pennington is a Director at Carlson Capital where has worked on the investment team since 2011. At Carlson, Mr. Pennington manages an equity relative value portfolio and serves as a member of the Firm’s risk committee and valuation committee. Prior to Carlson, Mr. Pennington was the Deputy Chief of Staff in the investment division of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and worked at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy. Mr. Pennington received a BBA in Finance and Economics from Texas A&M University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.