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Byron Georgiou has had a long career in the private and public sectors in business, law and government service. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the appointee of then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as one of ten bipartisan nationwide members on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which conducted America’s official investigation into the causes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, reporting its results to the President and Congress.
Byron currently oversees Georgiou Enterprises, with wide-ranging interests in a variety of businesses, including:
- Lead investor since 2017 and sole independent non-founder director of ForeSee Medical, developing predictive analytics to improve health outcomes and bend downward the cost curve of healthcare expenditures, www.ForeSeeMed.com;
- Lead investor and sole independent non-founder director of Health Fusion, providing practice management and cloud-based information technology to U.S. healthcare providers, sold in 2016 to NextGen Healthcare Inc. (NXGN-NASDAQ), www.HealthFusion.com;
- One of three major shareholders of Jericho Associates, casino gaming and hospitality division of Concrete Leveling Systems (CLEV-OTC Pink);
- 2005 co-founder and continuing advisor to Corinthian Capital Group, a New York and Boston based middle market private equity fund, www.CorinthianCap.com;
- Director since 2014 of Genelux, a mature clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary oncolytic virus-based technology platform, www.Genelux.com;
- Major investor and 2016 to 2018 director of NIPD Genetics, a Cyprus-based biotechnology designer, developer and manufacturer of non-invasive diagnostic genetics tests, www.NIPD.com, with a lead role in securing transformative growth financing from Swedish healthcare firm, Medicover (MCOV-B.ST);
- 1985 co-founder with Jack Ford, son of President Gerald Ford, and director since inception of InfoplaceUSA, providing customer services at regional shopping centers throughout the United States, www.infoplaceusa.com;
- Chair and controlling shareholder since 2014 of Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles, Inc, manufacturer of lithium-ion, iron-phosphate battery powered all-electric niche vehicles;
- Former director of Group Aero, which provided advanced engineering, design and manufacturing services to the space, commercial aerospace and defense markets;
- Former director and major investor in Mortgage Resolution Partners, a community advisory firm that attempted to assist local governments in addressing the underwater mortgage crisis in America.
Byron served from 2005 to 2020 on the advisory board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, www.Law.Harvard.Edu/programs/corp_gov, which hosts the world’s leading blog on corporate governance and financial regulation. The HLS Program on Corporate Governance, operating within the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, seeks to facilitate research and scholarship about corporate governance and provide a framework for research and discussion by individuals holding a wide range of views on corporate governance issues.
From 2000 to 2011, Byron was Of Counsel to Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd, www.RGRDlaw.com, and its predecessor law firms, the world’s largest plaintiffs’ securities practice, investigating and civilly prosecuting financial fraud, with leadership roles in the historic litigations on behalf of victimized institutional investors at Enron, WorldCom, Dynegy, AOL/TimeWarner and UnitedHealth.
In 1994, Byron co-founded American Partners Capital Group with Dale Hanson, then CEO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), America’s largest pension fund, to meet the needs of institutional investors and investment managers with capital formation in a variety of alternative asset categories.
From 1983-1994, he was Managing Partner and co-founder of the San Diego law firm of Georgiou, Tosdal, Levine & Smith, a general civil practice, with emphasis on litigation, appearances before executive and legislative governmental bodies, and representation throughout the United States of labor organizations and their members, including contract negotiations and enforcement for many California public and private sector labor organizations, including working Americans as varied as police and deputy sheriffs, skilled building trades persons, truckers, hotel and restaurant employees, farm field and packing shed workers, shipbuilding and iron workers, local municipal, county and state employees, and their respective international unions.
During the second of Jerry Brown’s four terms as California Governor, from 1980 to 1983, Byron served as Legal Affairs Secretary, responsible for litigation by and against the Governor, judicial appointments, liaison with the Attorney General, Judiciary and State Bar, legal advice to the Governor and members of his Cabinet, and exercise of the Governor’s powers of extradition and clemency.
Mr. Georgiou served from 1975-1980 in various capacities with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, defending the constitutionality of the law up through the United States and California Supreme Courts, and prosecuting unfair labor practice cases enforcing the collective bargaining rights of farm workers, who had been excluded from labor protection under the National Labor Relations Act.
Byron attended Stanford University on an Alfred P. Sloan full academic scholarship, graduating with Great Distinction in 1970 with an A.B. in Political Science, as a participant in the Honors Program in Social Thought and Institutions.
After a year co-founding and teaching 7th and 8th graders at the Mariposa School, which thrived for 35 years as an alternative primary through middle school in rural Mendocino County, California, he attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude.
Byron was admitted to the California Bar in 1974 and served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He is also a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a variety of United States District Courts throughout America.
Byron and his Irish-born wife, Dr. Thérèse Collins Georgiou, reside in the village of Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland and in Las Vegas, Nevada with their daughters, Ariadne (2008), Athena (2010), and Olympia (2012).