The Ardour Index Committee maintains oversight over the selection process of companies to be included in the Ardour family of global indexes. The Index Committee convenes semi-annually to nominate companies from around the world for inclusion in the Ardour Global IndexesSM (Composite) - (Ardour CompositeSM) and meets quarterly to review additions, deletions and changes. The Members of the Index Committee are:
Ambassador Sichan Siv. Ambassador Siv (www.sichansiv.com) is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones, an American dream story, published by HarperCollins. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U.N. in San Francisco, in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower 1955, Johnson 1965, and Clinton 1995.
Joseph E. Levangie. Mr. Levangie is the Chief Executive Officer of Jel & Associates. The firm provides financial & administrative advice and investment services to large firms, growing companies and entrepreneurs. Activities include business planning, financial engineering (and modeling) and LBO and M&A / IPO counseling. In the past Mr. Levangie has held management positions with Spire Corporation, Northern Energy Corp., and was a presidential appointee to The Solar Energy & Energy Conservation Bank. He holds degrees from M.I.T. and Harvard.
Joseph LaCorte, CFA – Mr. LaCorte is presently a Managing Member of S-Network, a New York based consulting firm specializing in the development of indexes, quantitative asset management products and structured products, including exchange traded funds and over-the-counter derivatives. In the past five years, he served as a Managing Director of UBS, with responsibility for that firm’s global exchange traded fund (ETF) initiative. Prior to that, Mr. LaCorte served as managing member of S-Network LLC, where he maintained responsibility for key clients, including the American Stock Exchange, Deutsche Borse and State Street Bank & Trust.
Mr. LaCorte was also a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, responsible for that bank’s US index arbitrage and portfolio trading businesses. He worked as part of the management teams at both Nomura and Kidder Peabody in the similar capacities. While at each of these firms, their index arbitrage businesses were the largest in the United States.