VG Acquisition Corp.
- Travel, Leisure, Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology, Entertainment, Media, Energy, Sustainability, Opportunity Based on Coronavirus Impact
Josh Bayliss, Chief Executive Officer and Director - Josh Bayliss has been a member of our Board of Directors and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception in February 2020. Since 2011, Mr. Bayliss has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group and has been responsible for the Group’s strategic development, licensing of the brand globally, and management of direct investments on behalf of the Virgin Group in various branded and unbranded companies around the world. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Bayliss served as General Counsel of the Virgin Group. Prior to joining Virgin, Mr. Bayliss was a senior associate at Slaughter and May, a leading international law firm. Mr. Bayliss has extensive experience as a director of a large number of companies across the Virgin Group globally, and currently serves as a director of Virgin Red (2018 – present), Virgin’s group-wide loyalty program that is currently in development. Mr. Bayliss holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. We believe Mr. Bayliss’s extensive leadership experience, broad network of senior business executives, and deep understanding of the Virgin brand make him a valuable addition to our management team and board of directors.
Evan Lovell, Chief Financial Officer and Director - Evan Lovell has been a member of our Board of Directors and has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception in February 2020. Since 2012, Mr. Lovell has served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Virgin Group, where he has been responsible for managing the Group’s portfolio and investments in North America. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Lovell was the Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund, a private equity fund investing in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Lovell served as an investment professional at TPG Capital, where he also served on the board of directors of a number of TPG portfolio companies. Mr. Lovell currently serves on the boards of several companies including Virgin Hotels (2012 – present), Virgin Voyages (2014 – present), BMR Energy (2016 – present), Virgin Galactic (2017 – present), and Virgin Orbit (2017 – present). Mr. Lovell previously served on the board of Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA) from 2013 until its acquisition by Alaska Air in 2016. Mr. Lovell holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. We believe Mr. Lovell’s broad experience directing Virgin’s investments and management expertise from serving on boards of both public and private companies make him a valuable addition to our management team and board of directors.
Teresa Briggs, Director - Teresa Briggs will serve as a director upon the completion of this offering. Ms. Briggs served as Vice Chair & West Region and San Francisco Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP, a global professional services firm, from June 2011 to April 2019, and as Managing Partner, Silicon Valley from June 2006 to June 2011. Ms. Briggs currently serves on the board of directors of Snowflake, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW), ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE: NOW), DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU), and JAND, Inc. (dba Warby Parker), and previously served on the board of directors of Deloitte USA LLP from January 2016 to March 2019. Ms. Briggs also served as an adjunct member of Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness. In 2019, she was a Distinguished Careers Fellow at Stanford University. Ms. Briggs holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. We believe that Ms. Briggs will be a valuable member of our board of directors because her extensive network across the technology sector will enhance our sourcing processes and her financial expertise will support our review of potential investment opportunities. Additionally, we believe that Ms. Briggs’s experience on the boards of a number of public and private companies makes her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
James B. Lockhart III, Director - James B. Lockhart III will serve as a Director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Lockhart served as the Vice Chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, a New York City based private equity firm owned by Invesco, leading their financial services team from 2009 through 2018. Prior to joining WL Ross & Co., Mr. Lockhart served as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Chairman of its Oversight Board, Director of its predecessor agency, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, and as a member of the Troubled Asset Relief Program's Financial Stability Oversight Board. Prior to that, he served as the Principal Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at the Social Security Administration. Mr. Lockhart previously served on the board of directors of several public companies, including Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ: CACB), Sun Bancorp (NASDAQ: SNBC), and Virgin Money Holdings U.K. (LSE: VMUK). Mr. Lockhart served as a Lieutenant (j.g.) on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, and holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Yale University. We believe that Mr. Lockhart will be a valuable member of our board of directors given his decades of experience in financial services will provide incremental access to a high quality network of investors and businesses, and his investing expertise will support our review of potential investment opportunities. Additionally, we believe that Mr. Lockhart's experience on the boards and as a senior financial officer of a number of public and private companies makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Douglas R. Brown, Director - Douglas R. Brown will serve as a director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Brown founded AquaVenture Holdings LLC (NYSE: WAAS), a multinational provider of Water as a Service® solutions, in December 2006 and served as Chairman from January 2007 until the company’s acquisition by Culligan in March 2020. Mr. Brown served as chief executive officer of AquaVenture Holdings LLC from January 2007 to October 2012 and from October 2014 to December 2018. Mr. Brown has also served as chief executive officer of Seven Seas Water Corporation from January 2007 to October 2012 and from October 2014 to December 2018. From 2003 to 2005 Mr. Brown served as the chief executive officer of Ionics, Incorporated (NYSE: ION), a water purification technology company that was sold to General Electric in 2005. Before joining Ionics, Mr. Brown spent 17 years at Advent International, a global private equity firm, the last 7 years of which he was chief executive officer. He also serves as an operating partner and senior advisor of Element Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Brown received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Brown will be a valuable member of our board of directors given his experience as a proven operator in the sustainability space. He will augment our review of opportunities in that sector, and his precedent tenure as a leader in private equity will supplement our access to a high quality set of investment opportunities across industries. Additionally, we believe Mr. Brown’s experience on the leadership teams and boards of public and private companies makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.