Board

Board of Directors

Sourav Mukherjee

Founder & President

Sourav is the founder of Netscribes and has been spearheading its strategy and business development activities since its inception in 2000. Set up as a classical start-up with just 5 employees, Netscribes has successfully raised three rounds of private equity capital and now ranks among the top research and market intelligence firms in India ...

Sourav Mukherjee

Founder & President

Sourav is the founder of Netscribes and has been spearheading its strategy and business development activities since its inception in 2000. Set up as a classical start-up with just 5 employees, Netscribes has successfully raised three rounds of private equity capital and now ranks among the top research and market intelligence firms in India.

Sourav was formerly the Finance Editor of The Economic Times, the world's third largest business and financial daily, and part of India's largest media house—Bennett, Coleman & Co (owners of The Times of India Group and other major brands and properties). During his 10-year stint, Sourav drove finance and industry sector news, carried out strategic initiatives like building in-house databases, structuring and launching new products, and research initiatives. He was also responsible for recruiting and training personnel, and managing large teams of writers, analysts and researchers. Prior to joining The Economic Times, he was involved in business reporting with The ABP Group of Publications—eastern India's largest publishing firm, and teaching English at graduate and post-graduate levels.

Sourav holds a postgraduate degree in English Literature with specialisation in medieval European classics, and is a National Educational Trust qualified university lecturer in English literature.

Edgar Cullman, Jr.

Director

During his more than thirty years in operating roles at General Cigar and Culbro Corporation, Edgar M. Cullman Jr. faced both favorable and unfavorable business conditions and learned how to lead in both those circumstances. For instance, in his early career, the cigar industry began a slow decline that lasted nearly 20 years, while in his ...

Edgar Cullman, Jr.

Director

During his more than thirty years in operating roles at General Cigar and Culbro Corporation, Edgar M. Cullman Jr. faced both favorable and unfavorable business conditions and learned how to lead in both those circumstances.

For instance, in his early career, the cigar industry began a slow decline that lasted nearly 20 years, while in his later years the cigar industry had a tremendous revival. During this time, he not only took a hands-on approach to General Cigar but also helped lead the company into other diversified businesses. Mr. Cullman’s unusual operating experience adds exceptional value to his role as a managing member of Culbro, LLC.

Mr. Cullman joined General Cigar in 1974 after spending time in the US Army and as a management trainee for Manufacturers Hanover Bank. Like his father, he believed strongly in the importance of learning the tobacco business from the ground-up and began his career working in Puerto Rico, where the company sorted Connecticut wrapper, and Hartford, Connecticut where this wrapper is grown. Later he learned cigar manufacturing at the company’s operations in Kingston, Jamaica, Tampa, Florida and Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.

After absorbing all aspects of the cigar and tobacco business, including marketing and sales, Mr. Cullman rose to president of General Cigar in 1980 and subsequently to president of Culbro Corporation, the corporate parent of General Cigar, in 1984. Mr. Cullman became CEO of Culbro Corporation in 1996.

Mr. Cullman is on the boards of Mount Sinai Hospital, the visiting committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brain Trauma Foundation, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Yale University Council.

He is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School (’64) and Yale University (’68).

David Danziger

Director

Having spent his career first in finance and then later in marketing & sales, David Danziger brings a combination of financial and operating experience to Culbro, LLC., of which he is a co-founder and managing member. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Danziger was in charge of sales & marketing at General Cigar and oversaw a number of acquisitions a ...

David Danziger

Director

Having spent his career first in finance and then later in marketing & sales, David Danziger brings a combination of financial and operating experience to Culbro, LLC., of which he is a co-founder and managing member.

From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Danziger was in charge of sales & marketing at General Cigar and oversaw a number of acquisitions and integrations. Previously, Mr. Danziger had worked as head of sales & marketing at Villazon, a General Cigar subsidiary, and had worked in various positions in strategy and operations for Culbro Corporation, then General Cigar’s parent.

Mr. Danziger’s first experience after college was as a member of the principal investment group of Shearson Lehman Hutton. Later, Mr. Danziger worked for the City of New York as deputy director of budget & analysis for the Bureau of Bridges.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Mr. Danziger is presently a director of Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc., MT Educare Private Limited, LearningMate Private Limited and Hi Rel Electronics Private Limited.

John Fletcher

Director

For over 40 years Mr. Fletcher has served in a variety of positions at Bloomingdale Properties. As a diversified family office, its investments have ranged from real estate, public market portfolios, hedge funds as well as venture capital and private equity transactions. Today besides managing the affairs of Bloomingdale Properties, he als ...

John Fletcher

Director

For over 40 years Mr. Fletcher has served in a variety of positions at Bloomingdale Properties. As a diversified family office, its investments have ranged from real estate, public market portfolios, hedge funds as well as venture capital and private equity transactions.

Today besides managing the affairs of Bloomingdale Properties, he also works closely with Culbro LLC on their investments in the US and in India. Mr. Fletcher is the former Chairman of Culbro Land Resources Inc. and Doral Bank NY, FSB. He is a member of the board of LearningMate Solutions Pvt Ltd.