Kaleil has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist for nearly 20 years, as both an operator in digital media and real estate development, as well as founding and acting as managing partner of KIT Capital (formerly called Recognition Group).
From late 2007 to 2012, Kaleil served as Chairman and CEO of KIT digital, now called Piksel (www.piksel.com), which provides software for managing video content to companies like AT&T, Liberty Global, Mediaset and Airbus. During Kaleil’s tenure, the company grew revenue by more than 20x, added over 1,000 corporate clients and initiated trading on NASDAQ. Kaleil led KIT digital through a period during which its share price went from $2.80 to $9.20 and market capitalization rose from $6.3 million to $450 million. KIT digital was taken over by JEC Capital in July 2012.
Kaleil previously served as President & COO of KIT Capital portfolio company JumpTV Inc. (2005-2007), then the world’s largest broadcaster of international and sports content over the Internet. JumpTV grew from a few employees to 300+ staff worldwide under Kaleil’s tenure, and went public on Toronto and London stock exchanges. JumpTV was ultimately sold to Neulion, Inc (TSX: NLN)
Kaleil previously served as Chairman & CEO of KPE, Inc., a leading New York-based digital media agency which was sold by KIT Capital to a global media services firm for an 11.3x investor return in 2002. Before taking over KPE, Kaleil co-founded govWorks, a KKR and Mayfield-backed company which was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Startup.com (Artisan Entertainment, Directed by Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim, 2001).
In the 1990s, Kaleil worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. on emerging markets investment banking and risk arbitrage teams based out of New York, where he co-managed one of the largest pools of capital at the time dedicated to active public equity investments in Latin America. At Goldman, Kaleil led the firm’s active investments in firms like Bancolombia (formerly BIC) and Telebras, and was a key member of the investment banking coverage teams for Ecopetrol, Iusacell, PDVSA, the Sindicato Antioqueño, Southern Peru Copper Corp, Telefónica del Perú and other major Latin American corporates.
Kaleil was appointed to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hispanic Leadership Council in 2009. As a trade representative under U.S. presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, Kaleil was a member of the leadership groups of trade missions to Colombia and Mexico. He was appointed as an advisor to the World Bank’s e-government Gateway Development Project in 2001 and was elected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2003.
Kaleil has been a commentator on digital business trends for CNBC and National Public Radio, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, the LA Times and Fortune Small Business. Kaleil has also been a featured interview guest on ABC’s Nightline UpClose, Charlie Rose and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He was recently named as one of Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics and authored The Entrepreneur’s Success Kit: A 5-Step Lesson Plan to Create and Grow Your Own Business (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).
Kaleil graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in Government and a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies. He also studied International Relations at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Kaleil is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and proficient in Russian.
In his role as COO, Rosario oversees internal operations, helps guide overall strategy, and leads the firm’s North American business. Rosario also runs the firm’s Financial Advisory and Restructuring Services practices.
In his 12+years at KIT Capital, Rosario has led over two dozen financial advisory assignments and been instrumental in many of the firm’s direct investments in technology and media-related assets. He has expertise in recapitalization exercises, debt restructuring, forensic accounting, litigation management and asset recovery.
Rosario acted as Corporate Development Manager for KIT portfolio company KIT digital (now called Piksel, www.piksel.com), focusing on capital restructuring and acquisition initiatives. Previously Rosario held the post of Corporate Development Manager at KIT Capital portfolio company JumpTV, where he held previous posts of General Manager of Africa and the Caribbean. Prior to KIT Capital, Rosario served as an operations and management consultant in the business services industry.
Rosario has been a member of the board of directors of a number of public and privately held businesses, including Servador, Logimetrics, Litigation Management Group and KIT Media (a KIT Capital special purpose investment vehicle for digital media).
Rosario graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Rutgers University and speaks both Sicilian Italian and Spanish.
In her role running KIT Capital’s finance and accounting department in Colombia, Grey is responsible for implementing and monitoring financial controls, financial reporting, operational budgeting, internal auditing, tax reporting and compliance.
With over 10 years of experience in the field, Grey has held prominent financial management and accounting positions in both the private and public sectors—including being the Public Accounting Manager for the Colombian Ministry of Education, Cartagena District, and acting as an internal auditor for some of the largest construction and real estate development firms on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia.
Grey complements her professional endeavors by acting as an Adjunct Professor in Accounting and Finance at the Corporación Universitaria IAFIC. She holds a degree in accounting from the Universidad Simón Bolivar en Barranquilla.
On behalf of KIT Capital, Clarena is responsible for overall project management of the Viceroy Cartagena Convento Obra Pía project, in conjunction with luxury hotelier Viceroy and leading architectural firm Barrera & Barrera. In addition to Viceroy Cartagena project management, Clarena contributes to KIT Capital’s sourcing and acquisition of real estate in Colombia.
Clarena is a civil engineer by trade and has specialized throughout her career in project management as ire relates to colonial property restoration on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. Clarena also has 8+ years of experience working as a project manager and engineer for the Colombian government on energy and construction-related projects, and has advised top-tier Colombian investment firms on planning and execution of real estate development opportunities. Clarena holds an MS Eng. from Universidad del Norte, Colombia.
In her role at KIT Capital over the years, Hana has overseen real estate operations and project renovations in the Czech Republic, UAE, the UK, and the USA. Previously, Hana was the Executive Assistant to the CEO at KIT digital for three years, managing a wide range of projects, including the acquisition of new office headquarters and company-wide human resource initiatives. Hana is currently shuttling between the UK and Prague, and contributes to KIT Capital on a special projects basis.
Prior to KIT digital, Hana spent over 14 years of experience in the hospitality sector, running front-of-house operations for top hotels in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hana graduated from the Private School of Tourism Roznov pod Radhostem (Czech Republic) with specialties in hotel management and language. Hana speaks fluent Czech, Slovak, Russian and English, and is conversational in French and German.
José is an Associate Director at KIT Capital, focusing on sourcing new investment opportunities and developing co-investment pools for KIT Capital-led projects.
José was the founding partner and Director at Capital Agroindustrial S.A. and is an Advisor to the Board at Banco Voii S.A. (formerly MBA Lazard). He has also acted as a financial advisor to the Chairman of Grupo ASSA from 2007 through 2010.
Between 2000 and 2007, José was based in New York and was the Managing Director and Head of Latin America Corporate Finance & Advisory at Calyon Securities USA, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Group, focusing on corporate and governmental finance advisory services to institutions in México, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
Prior to joining Calyon Securities USA Inc., José was Director of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank Argentina, where he prepared and led investment banking transactions. Prior to Deutsche Bank, José was Vice President at Crédit Lyonnais Securities USA Inc., in New York, where he organized and structured security offerings (including ADRs) in México and Chile.
Over the years, José has been involved in numerous boards and associations. He was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and a consultant to the Secretary of Finance of Argentina. José was also recently President of the American Club of Buenos Aires.
José graduated from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) as a nationally certified public accountant. He also holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). José is fluent in English and Spanish.