LEADERSHIP

WORLD CLASS LEADERS ADVANCING GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

The New Magellan Ventures team has strong ties to and understanding of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific markets and the U.S. Government. With decades of on-the-ground experience in the Asia-Pacific region and deep expertise in the defense and aerospace; transportation; energy; telecommunications; property development and high-technology sectors.

Chairman of the Board, Texas Central Partners, LLC and Modo Labs, Inc.; former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs; career employee of the Central Intelligence Agency 1972-1987; veteran, U.S. Army.

RICHARD LAWLESS

PARTNER, PRESIDENT, CEO

Mr. Lawless served the United States Government for over 20 years, most recently as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. In this capacity Richard was responsible for formulating U.S. security and defense policy in the Asia-Pacific region, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.

He retired from this position in July 2007 to return to the private sector. Prior to his appointment at the Department of Defense, Richard co-founded and served as the Chairman/CEO of U.S. Asia Commercial Development Cooperation from 1987-2002. U.S. Asia and its affiliated companies headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei, specialized in telecommunications and information technology investment and market entry strategies in East Asia. Mr. Lawless is also a co-founder and current Chairman of Modo Labs, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, a mobile applications technology company.

Mr. Lawless served as a career employee of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1972 through 1987, serving in Washington, D.C. and various postings in the Far East and Europe. He specialized in subjects related to high technology, nuclear proliferation and Far East security issues.

Founding Partner, Texas Central High-Speed Railway and U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail; former Special Assistant-Northeast Asia to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs; 27-year Army veteran.

MIKE FINNEGAN

PARTNER

Prior to his retirement from active duty in November 2008, he served in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 27 years of Commissioned and Non-Commissioned service. Since 1987, he served exclusively in the Asia-Pacific area. As a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the political-military affairs of Northeast Asia, he served as the Senior Country Director for Korea for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2003 to 2007, where he was responsible for Department of Defense policies related to the Korean Peninsula, and most recently served as a Special Assistant for Regional Strategy in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.

He holds an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University and speaks Korean. Concurrently with his role in NMV, Mike serves as a the Managing Principal of NMV Consulting LLC, a partner in U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail LLC and Texas Central Rail LLC and as Managing Director, International for Texas Central Partners LLC’s Houston-Dallas High Speed Rail project.

Founding Partner, Texas Central High-Speed Railway and U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail; former Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and Deputy Chief of Staff, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office; former Special Assistant to the ASD for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs; veteran, U.S. Navy.

MARK WALKER

PARTNER

Mark is an executive manager and international affairs specialist with 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. From 2001 to 2009, Mark served as a White House appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he specialized in U.S. defense policy with Asia and the Pacific. During this time, Mark served for two years in Baghdad, Iraq as Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (air, rail, surface and maritime) and later as Deputy Chief of Staff of the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Management Office at the U.S. Embassy.

Before starting his government service, Mark lived and worked in Beijing, China where he managed several telecom ventures for private investors. From 1997 to 1998, Mark lived and worked in Bonn, Germany as a Foreign Policy Fellow in both the German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) and the German Parliament (Bundestag).

Founding Partner, Texas Central High-Speed Railway and U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail; former Chief of Staff for the ASD for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs and for the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office; 26-year Army veteran.

MEL RICHMOND

PARTNER

Throughout a 35-year government career, Mel successfully built, managed and led numerous programs of national importance and myriad high-performing organizations varying from as few as 30 to well over 1500 people. Prior to joining NMV in September 2009, Mel was the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and the Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific, who were responsible to the Secretary of Defense for policies and practices advancing United States national security objectives in the Asian and Pacific region. From 1996 to 2005, Mel served in the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office as the Chief of Staff and Senior Director for Policy. From May 1994 until June 1995, Mel led U.S. activities in Vietnam to account for U.S. serviceman still missing from the Vietnam War.

Mel retired from the United States Army in September 2000 at the rank of Colonel following 26 years of service. During his service in the Army and as a DoD civilian, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. He also received the 1998 Paul H. Nitze Award for excellence in International Security Affairs.

YJ BAE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Young Jun (“YJ”) Bae is a senior associate at NMV providing executive level advice and support to NMV activities in the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia. Mr. Bae has extensive experience managing large organizations, international business development and general contracting. As the Chairman of Kun Young International, Inc. Mr. Bae has provided executive level strategic advice to the CEO’s of several large Korean corporations on general business development planning, including: Doosan Group, Daewoo Group and Hanjin Group (Korean Airlines). Mr. Bae previously served as the President of U.S. Asia—Korea, a subsidiary of U.S. Asia, CDC, that specialized in business development and marketing for foreign corporations and organizations in Northeast Asia with an emphasis on Korea.

Earlier in his career Mr. Bae worked with Namkwang Construction Company as its President and Chief Executive Officer where he managed the company’s international construction business development, including projects in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and the Philippines with supporting offices in London, Frankfurt and New York. Mr. Bae studied Economics at the University of California at Berkeley/Los Angeles.

“Our personal relationships, and the mutual trust those relationships engender and sustain, allow us the lattitude to understand a given situation in detail, and the ability to craft solutions not otherwise perceived or available.”