About Us

High performance requires bold leadership, unwavering integrity and a culture of collaboration for constant improvement. National Holdings Corporation is committed to the above guiding principles.  Over the past 70 years, we have built relationships with some of the most trusted names on Wall Street and built an innovative financial services platform offering a comprehensive product mix.

Client-Focused Financial Services

We believe that in order to provide exceptional client service, it is our duty to anticipate the future and provide solutions that position our clients to capture tomorrow’s opportunities. In order to do this, National focuses on creating a culture of collaboration at every level. We bring our diverse advisor community, investor base, and industry partners together into an ongoing conversation about what’s next. The result is unparalleled service and support.

National Holdings Corporation (NHLD) is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that, through its affiliates, provides a range of services, including independent retail brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, institutional sales and trading,  equity research, financial planning, market making, tax preparation, insurance, to corporations, institutions, high net-worth and retail investors. With over 1,000 advisors, registered reps, traders, sales associates and corporate staff, National Holdings operates through various subsidiaries including National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation, Gilman Ciocia, Inc. and GC Capital Corporation. Formed as a holding company in 1999, National Holdings’ largest subsidiary National Securities Corporation has been in business since 1947. National Holdings is headquartered in New York and Florida. For more information, visit www.nhld.com. Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO) through its affiliate FBIO Acquisition, Inc., is a majority shareholder of NHLD. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com

Leadership Team

The team at National Holdings is made up of veterans of the financial services industry, known for their innovative leadership. Learn more about who you’ll be working with when you partner with National.

Michael A. Mullen: Chairman and CEO, National Holdings Corporation

Mr. Mullen serves as the Chairman of the Board of all National Holdings Corporation’s operating companies; National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Mr. Mullen also serves as a Director on the Board of the National Holdings Corporation's operating companies; National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Mr. Mullen began his career in 1986 and has since developed a broad and deep understanding of the financial services industry, with a focus on investing in biotechnology companies. Mr. Mullen has been a Registered Principal with National Securities Corporation since 2008. He brings this expertise to his leadership of the National Family of Companies. Mr. Mullen holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 63, 65, 99 and Life and Health Insurance and Variable Annuity Licenses.

    Glenn C. Worman: President and CFO, National Holdings Corporation

    Mr. Worman serves as President and CFO of National Holdings Corporation. He is also a Director on the Boards of National's operating companies: National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Prior to joining National, Mr. Worman held various senior financial positions at ICAP plc, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He has a background in corporate finance, global fixed income, equity trading finance, wealth management, investment management and inter-dealer broker finance. Mr. Worman received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his B.B.A from Ramapo College. Mr. Worman holds his Series 99 License.

      John C. DeSena: COO, National Holdings Corporation

      Mr. DeSena serves as Chief Operating Officer of National Holdings Corporation and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors for all National Holdings Corporation’s operating companies; National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Mr. DeSena also serves as a Director on the National Insurance Corporation’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining National, Mr. DeSena was the Chief Operating Officer for Group Technology & Operations, the Head of Operational Excellence for the Americas, and Head of Americas Finance Infrastructure at Deutsche Bank. At Merrill Lynch Mr. DeSena served as Head of Global Markets & Investment Banking Financial Planning and Analysis, and Chief Financial Officer of Americas Investment Banking. Mr. DeSena holds his Series 99 License.

        Michael E. Singer: Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, National Holdings Corporation

        Mr. Singer also serves on the Legal Committee of National Holdings’ Board. Mr. Singer most recently served as CEO and President of Ramius, at its peak, a $13 billion alternative investment advisory platform. As CEO of Ramius, Mr. Singer directed strategy and execution of the firm's business plan. During his tenure, he created a salesforce which raised more than $5 billion for the firm's investment teams and closed deals to onboard to the platform five talented hedge fund teams including Margate Capital. Mr. Singer was Co-President of Ivy Asset Management, a Fund of Hedge Funds business with over $15 billion in assets. At Ivy, Mr. Singer established the firm’s strategic plan and ran the day-to-day activities. He began his career at Weiss, Peck & Greer, a $17 billion asset management firm, where he spent nine years and served as Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee Member. He oversaw day-to-day operations, new product development, client relationship management, hedge fund sales and risk functions. Mr. Singer received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and his B.S. from Penn State University.

          Fred N. Knopf: General Counsel

          Mr. Knopf has more than 25 years of experience handling securities and regulatory matters. Before joining National, he was a partner at the law firm of Wilson Elser and was chair of the firm’s Securities Industry Practice Group. Mr. Knopf is a member of the bar in New York and Connecticut and numerous federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Knopf also served as Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel of Williams Financial Group. Mr. Knopf received his J.D. from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.A. and B.S. from Sacred Heart University. Mr. Knopf has published and lectured extensively on matters involving the securities industry and is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Finance Program at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University, teaching Regulatory Compliance and Ethics.

            Board of Directors

            Our Board of Directors includes strategic advisors and experts in financial services and governance.

            Michael A. Mullen: Chairman and CEO, National Holdings Corporation

            Mr. Mullen serves as the Chairman of the Board of all National Holdings Corporation’s operating companies; National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Mr. Mullen also serves as a Director on the Board of the National Holdings Corporation's operating companies; National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation and Gilman Ciocia Tax & Financial Planning. Mr. Mullen began his career in 1986 and has since developed a broad and deep understanding of the financial services industry, with a focus on investing in biotechnology companies. Mr. Mullen has been a Registered Principal with National Securities Corporation since 2008. He brings this expertise to his leadership of the National Family of Companies. Mr. Mullen holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 63, 65, 99 and Life and Health Insurance and Variable Annuity Licenses.

              Michael E. Singer: Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, National Holdings Corporation

              Mr. Singer also serves on the Legal Committee of National Holdings’ Board. Mr. Singer most recently served as CEO and President of Ramius, at its peak, a $13 billion alternative investment advisory platform. As CEO of Ramius, Mr. Singer directed strategy and execution of the firm's business plan. During his tenure, he created a salesforce which raised more than $5 billion for the firm's investment teams and closed deals to onboard to the platform five talented hedge fund teams including Margate Capital. Mr. Singer was Co-President of Ivy Asset Management, a Fund of Hedge Funds business with over $15 billion in assets. At Ivy, Mr. Singer established the firm’s strategic plan and ran the day-to-day activities. He began his career at Weiss, Peck & Greer, a $17 billion asset management firm, where he spent nine years and served as Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee Member. He oversaw day-to-day operations, new product development, client relationship management, hedge fund sales and risk functions. Mr. Singer received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and his B.S. from Penn State University.

                Robert Fagenson: Vice Chairman

                Mr. Fagenson has been a member of National’s Board since March 2012. Mr. Fagenson spent the majority of his career at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where he was Managing Partner of one of the exchange’s largest specialist firms. During his career as a member of the NYSE, Mr. Fagenson served as a Governor on the trading floor and was elected to the NYSE Board of Directors in 1993, where he served for six years, eventually becoming Vice Chairman of the Board in 1998 to 1999. Mr. Fagenson has served on the boards of a number of public companies and presently is the Non-Executive Chairman of Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSEMKT: DSS) and a member of the Board of Cash Technologies Corp. He is also a Director of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP). In addition, Mr. Fagenson serves as Vice President and a Director of New York Services for the Handicapped, Treasurer and Director of the Centurion Foundation, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, Treasurer and Director of the New York City Police Museum and as a Member of the Board of the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation. He is a Member of the alumni boards of both the Whitman School of Business and the Athletic Department at Syracuse University. Mr. Fagenson received his B.S. degree in Transportation Sciences & Finance from Syracuse University in 1970.

                  Daniel Hume: Director

                  Mr. Hume also serves on both the Audit and Compensation Committees, and Chairs the Legal Committee of National Holdings’ Board. Mr. Hume is currently a partner in Kirby McInerney, LLP's New York office and is a member of the firm's management committee. Mr. Hume's law practice focuses on securities, structured finance, and antitrust litigation and regulation. He joined Kirby McInerney, LLP in 1995. Since then, Mr. Hume has advised corporate, public, and individual clients, including some of the largest institutional investors in the world, and helped them recover billions of dollars in losses throughout the course of his career. His work has earned him assorted honors and recognition. Mr. Hume also serves on the Board of Directors of TG Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:TGTX), an affiliated company of Fortress Biotech, Inc. Mr. Hume received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

                    Neil Herskowitz: Director

                    Mr. Herskowitz also serves on the company’s Compensation Committee and Chairs the Audit Committee of National Holdings’ Board. Mr. Herskowitz’s financial experience is vast as he has been the President of Riverside Claims LLC. since June 2004. Mr. Herskowitz has been the President of Riverside Contracting LLC since June 1998. He has been a Managing Member of ReGen Partners LLC since 1998 which includes ReGen Capital Investments LLC and Riverside Claims Investments LLC. Mr. Herskowitz serves as a Managing Member of Riverside Contracting LLC. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Starting Point Services for Children. Mr. Herskowitz also serves on the Board of Directors of Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKPT) and Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATXI) which are both affiliated companies of Fortress Biotech Inc. (NASDAQ:FBIO) Mr. Herskowitz received his B.B.A. in Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College.

                      Eli Salig: Director

                      Mr. Salig also serves on the Audit Committee of National Holdings’ Board. Mr. Salig was President and Chief Operating Officer of ASI Solutions, Inc. (ASIS), a human resources consulting and outsourcing firm he co-founded in 1978. With prestigious clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Verizon and Morgan Stanley, and key acquisitions, ASIS grew to a major factor in the industry with over 1,600 employees world-wide and in excess of $100 million in annual revenue when it was acquired in 2001 by AON Consulting. Following the sale Mr. Salig was Executive Vice President of AON Consulting until 2004. Mr. Salig serves on the board of Robot Galaxy, a children's toy and experience company and is involved in local charitable activities. Mr. Salig began his professional career in the financial services industry serving in various Human Resources functions including recruitment & employment, compensation & benefits, and related regulatory & compliance areas. Mr. Salig is a graduate of Columbia College, and his Master's Degrees from Columbia University and New York University Graduate School of Business.

                        Nassos Michas: Director

                        Nassos Michas brings more than 30 years of financial services experience to the National Holdings Board. Mr. Michas also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board to Juniper Investment Company, LLC. He is President of Masons Island LLC, a holding company investing in financial services firms. From 2001 to 2004, he was President and CEO of Robeco USA Inc. (Weiss, Peck & Greer), a $30 billion investment manager. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at Merrill Lynch and Co., including Chairman of Merrill Lynch Banks. He joined Merrill Lynch and Co. in 1974 as an analyst, and was named twice in first place on the Institutional Investor All American Research Team. Mr. Michas holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Systems Theory and Control from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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