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Name: David J. P. Meachin

Title/Position: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Company: Cross Border Enterprises, L.L.C.

Business Description: Investment bank focused on the needs of information technology (IT) companies with products and services that enable major corporations to remain competitive.

Chapter: New York


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Website: www.crossborderent.com




1971:  MBA with Distinction, Harvard Business School
1966:  Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Management, Cambridge University
1965:  Post-graduate Degree - MS equivalent - in Petroleum Engineering from ENSPM,     
             Institut Français du Pétrole - IFP (French Petroleum Institute), Paris.
1963:  BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
             Awarded the Total Oil Company Post-graduate Scholarship for study in France  
1960:  BS degree in Physical Science (First Class), University of Natal, South Africa


Board Experience

2004 - present:  Director of Lyondell Chemical Company (LYO - NYSE), a Fortune 100 Company with annualized revenues of over $25 billion and operations on five continents. Member of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Responsibility and Governance Committee.  

1996 - 2004:  Director of Millennium Chemicals, Inc. (MCH - NYSE), which was merged into Lyondell Chemical in 2004.  One of two Millennium Chemicals, Inc.'s Directors to be elected to the Board of Lyondell Chemical Company.  At Millennium Chemicals, Inc. he served for eight years on both the Audit and Compensation Committees, and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was also a member, with the Chairman and the CEO, of the Executive Committee of the Board.  

1991 - 1995:  Director of The Ground Round, Inc., a consumer focused company listed on both the Amex and NASDAQ, which is now private.  He served on both the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee for 4 years.  

1995 - 2002: Director of The Spartek Emerging Opportunities of India Fund, (now closed).  

1999 - present: Member of the Advisory Board of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC) - provides specialized financial advisory services in the area of debt capital markets to financial institutions and other business entities.  

2004 - present: Member of the Advisory Board of Gow & Partners, an international executive recruiting/board advisory firm.

2005 - present: Member, Corporate Directors Club  www.corporatedirectorsclub.com

2007 - present: Member, The Chief Executive Officers Club  www.ceoclubs.org


1982 - present: Vice Chairman of the University of Cape Town Fund in the US

Fund has raised important capital from US institutions and individuals to provide scholarships for black students at UCT

1993 - present: Director and past Chairman of the British American Educational Foundation

Since its inception in the 1960s the Foundation has enabled over 700 US high school students to spend a year abroad at British boarding schools

2005 - present: Member of the Advisory Board of SACCA (South African Chamber of Commerce America).  Main organizer of a successful Conference in New York in October 2006 on Investment Opportunities in South African Companies for Domestic and International Expansion, with over 150 CEOs and other senior executives of the South African and U.S. business communities in attendance


1991 - present:  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Border Enterprises, L.L.C., (www.crossborderent.com) an internationally oriented investment/merchant bank in New York that assists information technology and other value-added growth sector companies.

Mr. Meachin founded Cross Border Enterprises in 1991, following a 20-year career on Wall Street

Cross Border Enterprises provides private equity financing, advisory and related services, including cross border M&A, to emerging growth and established middle market companies in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  Cross Border's clients help satisfy the IT and Information Management needs of several of the world's largest companies.  Cross Border also brings relevant leading-edge technologies to the attention of the CEOs and Board Members of major multinationals, to help make their businesses more efficient and maintain competitive advantage.

Cross Border has introduced its IT clients at the C-level and/or Board level to over 70 major corporations across numerous industries, located in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Through both his investment banking and current work for IT companies and boards, he is in contact with senior partners of major venture capital and private equity firms as well as with the top management and board members of many multinational corporations, investment banks and financial services companies worldwide.

1981 - 1991: Managing Director, Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in New York.  While at Merrill Lynch he served for a number of years on the Equity Commitment Committee of the Firm.   

1975 - 1981: Vice President and General Manager of International Corporate Finance, Salomon Brothers. New York and London

1971 -1975: Second Vice President, Smith, Barney and Company, Inc. New York and Tokyo.

Investment banking clients have included, among others: GE Capital and GE; DuPont; Dow Chemical; Akzo Nobel; ICI; Rhône Poulenc /Rhodia; Sun Oil Co.; Royal Dutch Shell; BP; Elf Aquitaine; Gulf and Texaco; Lafarge Coppée; Newmont Mining; Minorco (Anglo American); Norsk Hydro; British Telecom; Nestlé; Unilever; Gillette; McGraw-Hill; Tribune Company, Daimler Chrysler; Renault; Volvo; KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; Eaton; Philips; Toshiba; Kubota and Mitsui.  He has also raised capital for European, Asian and Latin American govt. agencies.

He has knowledge of global business in both developed and emerging countries.  He has arranged numerous private equity, project financings, public equity and debt financings, initial public offerings and advised on major merger and acquisition assignments.

1966 - 1969: Project Engineer for Humphreys and Glasgow Ltd., an international chemical plant contracting company, based in London.   

He has also lived and worked in Paris, South Africa and Zimbabwe and traveled extensively on business in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, Latin America, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking Engagements, Conference Participations, and Publications

Mr. Meachin is a frequent speaker and forum participant on issues of investment banking, private equity and corporate governance.  He has spoken at Harvard Business School, Dartmouth (Amos Tuck), Columbia University, Duke University (Fuqua Business School) and Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business), and in New York, Washington, London, Paris, Helsinki, Tokyo, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Harare.

He has participated in the Directors' Education Institute Program on Corporate Governance at Duke University, the Directorship Corporate Governance Forum in Chicago, and the Montana State University Directors Conference as well as the FORTUNE Magazine Boardroom Forums and the Corporate Board Member Magazine and NYSE sponsored Annual Boardroom Summit Conference.  He attended the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) Corporate Governance Conferences in New York in March and November 2006.   He is quoted in the Nov/Dec 2004 Edition of Corporate Board Member Magazine and his article entitled "Globalizing the Boardroom: The Case for a New Kind of Diversity" appeared in the September 2005 edition of Directorship Magazine.  In February 2007 he led a Round Table Panel organized by Directorship Magazine on the Risks for Directors of doing Business Internationally. In May 2007 he participated in a China Investment Roundtable for Directors hosted by Corporate Board Member Magazine.  He will be  participating on a Panel focused on "Defining and Achieving Diversity for Your Board" at the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) Conference in June 2007 and acting as Moderator of a Panel on "Does Your Board Composition and Competence Adequately Reflect the Needs of Your Company in 2007?" at the October 2007 ODX.  


Member of the Union Club and the Harvard Club in New York, The Pilgrims of the United States, the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill, Rhode Island (past Governor), The Oxford & Cambridge Club in London, and Kelvin Grove Club in Cape Town, South Africa.  Past Member of the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club in Japan. Elder of the Brick Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Meachin, a U.S. citizen who also holds British citizenship, was born in Devon, England in 1941. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Finance.