Robert W. Roche, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Robert W. Roche is a co-founder of Acorn, the executive chairman of our board of directors, and our Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as the chairman of Oak Lawn Marketing, a company incorporated in Japan. In addition, Mr. Roche conducts numerous business operations throughout Asia and the United States. President Obama named Mr. Roche to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the non-profit 100,000 Strong Foundation. Mr. Roche’s other civic contributions include serving as prior Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, member of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Board of Governors, and a Board Member at the USA Pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai. In addition to funding his own foundation, Mr. Roche’s philanthropic work includes endowing a chair at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, and establishing a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Business Transactions program at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Mr. Roche received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese Studies from Illinois State University in 1985 and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver in 1988.
Jacob A. Fisch, President
Mr. Jacob A. Fisch is the President of Acorn. Mr. Fisch was previously Senior Advisor to Acorn from April 2014. Mr. Fisch’s background includes top executive roles with publicly-listed, global supply chain manager and consumer products giant Li & Fung Limited (HKSE: 494) from 2006 to 2010 and then with its controlling shareholder, the Fung Group, from 2010 to 2012. Such roles included Director of Corporate Development for the Fung Group, and Senior Vice President – General Counsel for Li & Fung Limited, where he was part of the core leadership team and global head of Legal responsible for Li & Fung’s then over 80 offices in over 40 countries. Mr. Fisch also co-founded leading Hong Kong venture firm, Nest, in 2010, and founded Mile Point Capital Partners in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Fisch also co-founded and became the non-executive Chairman of Dragon Law, a Hong Kong and Singapore based technology company. Prior to these roles and activities, Mr. Fisch was an attorney at leading international law firms in New York City, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Mr. Fisch has been a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, is a member of the Hong Kong-based Hong Kong Forum, affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Executive Forum, a fifty-person forum for the most senior managers of multinational corporations headquartered in Asia. Mr. Fisch holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Geoffrey Weiji Gao, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Geoffrey Weiji Gao is the Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Vice President of Acorn. Mr. Gao has extensive experience in financial control and planning, cash management, procurement & supplier chain management, process optimization, etc. Mr. Gao joined our company in February 2012. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Gao accumulated 16 years’ experience in different MNCs (multi-national companies), including Merck China & Hong Kong from June 2005 to February 2012, YUM! China from November 1999 to June 2005 and Societe Generale Shanghai Branch from September 1996 to November 1999. Mr. Gao received his bachelor’s degree in Economy from Shanghai University (International Business Institute) and is a holder of FCMA and CGMA since May 2014.
Jan Lu, Vice President – Business Operations
Jan Lu (Lu Jie) is Vice President – Business Operations, responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the business, focusing, in particular, on driving the growth of our brands, media and content divisions. Her background includes experience in operations, business development (deal sourcing and execution) as well as government relations in China. Prior to becoming Vice President – Business Operations in April 2016, Ms. Lu served as our General Manager – Media and Creative from September 2015 to March 2016. Prior to joining Acorn in September 2015, she was Vice President at Cachet Hotel Group, focused on Operations and Business Development from July 2013 to May 2015. Prior to Cachet, Ms. Lu was Junior Partner & General Manager at David Laris Creates (DLC) from August 2008 to June 2013, a Food & Beverage consultancy company, focusing on licensing, project management, and the operation of DLC, as well as various restaurants DLC invested in or managed. Ms. Lu graduated with a degree in International Finance in 1999 from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.