CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II
Chinh E. Chu, 53, has been our Chief Executive Officer and Director since May 2020. Mr. Chu has over 25 years of investment and acquisition experience. Since January 2020, Mr. Chu has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of CCN I (NYSE: PCPL), a blank check company co-founded by CC Capital and formed for substantially similar purposes as our company, which has not yet announced or completed its initial business combination. CCN I sold 41.4 million units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $414.0 million. Since June 2018, Mr. Chu has been the Vice Chairman of Collier Creek (NYSE: CCH), a blank check company co-founded by him and formed for substantially similar purposes as our company. Collier Creek sold 44.0 million units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $440.0 million. On June 5, 2020, Collier Creek announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Utz Quality Foods, LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, to combine and form Utz Brands. In 2016, Mr. Chu co-founded CF Corporation for substantially similar purposes as our company. CF Corporation sold 69.0 million units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $690.0 million. On November 30, 2017, CF Corporation consummated the acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, a provider of annuities and life insurance products, for approximately $1.835 billion plus the assumption of $405 million of existing debt, and related transactions. In connection with the FGL business combination, the name of the company was changed from “CF Corporation” to “FGL Holdings” (NYSE: FG). Mr. Chu served as Co-Executive Chairman of FGL Holdings. Mr. Chu is also the Founder and the Senior Managing Partner of CC Capital, a private investment firm which he founded in November 2015. As Senior Managing Director of CC Capital, Mr. Chu led the effort to take Dun & Bradstreet private in a $7.2 billion deal that closed in February 2019. Before founding CC Capital, Mr. Chu worked at Blackstone from 1990 to December 2015, where Mr. Chu led numerous investments across multiple sectors, including technology, financial services, chemicals, specialty pharma and healthcare products, and packaging. Mr. Chu was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone from 2000 until his departure in December 2015, where he served, at various points, as a member of Blackstone’s Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of Blackstone’s Private Equity Executive Committee and as a member of Blackstone Capital Partners’ Investment Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 1990, Mr. Chu worked at Salomon Brothers in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. In addition to Mr. Chu’s role as Co-Executive Chairman of FGL Holdings, he has served on the boards of directors of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and Stearns Mortgage since 2015 and Dun & Bradstreet since 2019. Mr. Chu previously served on the board of directors of AVINTIV from 2011 to 2012, BankUnited Inc. from 2009 to 2014, Kronos Incorporated from 2014 to 2015, Biomet, Inc. from July 2007 to September 2007 and from 2013 to 2015, Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. from 2011 to 2015 and HealthMarkets, Inc. from 2006 to 2016. Mr. Chu also previously served on the board of directors of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., AlliedBarton Security Services, Celanese Corporation, DJO Global, Inc., Graham Packaging, the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, Nalco Company, Nycomed, Stiefel Laboratories and SunGard Data Systems, Inc. Mr. Chu received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Buffalo.
We believe Mr. Chu’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and strategic business planning; his track record at CC Capital and Blackstone and in advising and managing multi-national companies; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
Matthew Skurbe, 46, has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2020. Beginning in July 2020, Mr. Skurbe will be the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of CC Capital. Prior to joining CC Capital, Mr. Skurbe was the Treasurer and Managing Director in Finance for Blackstone. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Skurbe was the CFO for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, a multi-billion dollar bank housing several of Merrill Lynch’s consumer lending and banking businesses. Prior to that role, Mr. Skurbe spent seven years supporting Merrill Lynch’s Treasury function and had previous roles with Amerada Hess and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Skurbe is also a board member of the Association for Financial Professionals, Project Sunshine and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. Mr. Skurbe received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University, achieved the Certified Public Accountant certification and is a Certified Treasury Professional.
Jason K. Giordano, 41, has been our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development since July 2020. Mr. Giordano has 18 years of investment and acquisition experience across several industry sectors, including consumer products, education, packaging, chemicals and industrials, among others. Since June 2018, Mr. Giordano has served as the Co-Executive Chairman of Collier Creek Holdings (NYSE: CCH), a blank check company which he co-founded to pursue an acquisition, merger or similar business combination with one or more companies in the consumer goods and related sectors On June 5, 2020, Collier Creek announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Utz Quality Foods, LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, to combine and form Utz Brands. Mr. Giordano has been a Senior Managing Director at CC Capital since November 2018. Previously, Mr. Giordano was a Managing Director in the private equity group at Blackstone where he oversaw investments in the consumer, education, packaging and chemicals sectors. During his over 11 year tenure at Blackstone from August 2006 to October 2017, Mr . Giordano was involved in 12 initial and follow-on acquisitions representing over $10 billion of transaction value. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Giordano was a private equity investment professional at Bain Capital, LP and an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs, & Co. Mr. Giordano has served on the board of directors of Collier Creek Holdings (NYSE: CCH) since June 2018, and previously served on the board of directors of Pinnacle Foods, Inc. (NYSE: PF), a U.S.-based manufacturer and marketer of branded food products, from 2007 to September 2015, Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX), a global supplier of branded footwear, from January 2015 to October 2017, AVINTIV, a global supplier of specialty materials primarily sold to consumer goods manufacturers, from January 2011 to October 2015, Outerstuff LLC, a leading U.S. supplier of licensed children’s sports apparel, from May 2014 to October 2017, Ascend Learning, LLC, a provider of online professional training tools and educational software, from July 2017 to October 2017, and HealthMarkets, Inc., a direct-to-consumer provider of health, life, supplemental, and other insurance and related products, from February 2009 to October 2017. Mr. Giordano earned an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an A.B. with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College.
Douglas Newton, 41, has been our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development since July 2020 (previously serving as our Chief Financial Officer from May 2020 to July 2020). Since January 2020, Mr. Newton has served as the Chief Financial Officer of CCN I (NYSE: PCPL), a blank check company co-founded by CC Capital and formed for substantially similar purposes as our company. Mr. Newton has more than 16 years of professional investing experience across both public and private markets. Mr. Newton joined CC Capital at its founding and was integral to CC Capital’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet. Mr. Newton served as Chief Financial Officer of CF Corporation, the permanent capital vehicle through which CC Capital acquired Fidelity & Guaranty Life, and he played a leading role in the $2.5 billion acquisition. Before joining CC Capital, Mr. Newton was a Founding Partner at WindAcre, an investment firm that owns a concentrated, long-term portfolio of global public equities and takes a private equity approach to public equity investing. At WindAcre, Mr. Newton helped lead deep company-specific research focused primarily on assessing the quality of potential investment opportunities and their intrinsic value. Prior to that, Mr. Newton was a Senior Investment Analyst at Seneca Capital Investments, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he focused on making long-term fundamental value investments across a company’s capital structure. Mr. Newton also served as an Analyst at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a private equity firm, where he focused on investments in the industrial, power and media sectors. In addition, Mr. Newton served as an Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston’s Media & Communications Group, and at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Newton received a A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Charles Kantor, 49, has served on our board of directors since May 2020. Mr. Kantor is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman after joining the firm in 2000. Since January 2020, Mr. Kantor has served on the board of directors CCN I (NYSE: PCPL), a blank check company co-founded by CC Capital and formed for substantially similar purposes as our company, which has not yet announced or completed its initial business combination. Mr. Kantor is the founder and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Kantor Group, which manages over $5 billion of equity and fixed income securities for institutional and high net worth investors as of December 31, 2019. Mr. Kantor leads a team of eight investment professionals with aggregate investment experience of over 150 years and sits on the firm’s Partnership Committee as a senior leader of Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Mr. Kantor led Stern Stewart’s Financial Institutions division, where he advised clients on implementing EVA-based financial management systems and co-authored academic papers in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. In addition, Mr. Kantor is a regular commentator and contributor to various financial and business news media outlets. Mr. Kantor earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and an MBA (with honors) from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
We believe Mr. Kantor’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and strategic business planning; his track record at the Kantor Group and in advising and managing multi-national companies; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
Joel Alsfine, 51, has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Alsfine is a Senior Advisor to MSD Capital LP. Until June 2020, Mr. Alsfine was a Partner at MSD Capital LP in New York, the investment firm formed in 1998 to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family, which he joined in 2002. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Alsfine was a Managing Director of TG Capital Corp. in Miami. Prior to 2000, he held the post of Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. in New York and also worked with Fisher Hoffman Stride an accounting and auditing firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. From January 2015, Mr. Alsfine has served on the board of Asbury Automotive Group (NYSE: ABG) where he is head of the Capital Allocation and Risk Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. From July 2019, Mr. Alsfine has served on the board of Life Time Inc. where he serves on the Audit and Finance committees. Mr. Alsfine received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and his Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
We believe Mr. Alsfine’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his extensive capital markets experience and financial and investment experience as a partner at MSD Capital LP; his financial and risk management related experience at various investment firms; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
James Quella, 70, has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Quella has served as Chairman of the board of Michaels Companies, Inc. since April 2019, having previously served as Lead Independent Director since November 2018. Mr. Quella retired as a Senior Managing Director, Senior Operating Partner and co-head of the Portfolio Operations Group at Blackstone in the Private Equity Group in June 2014, having served in these roles since 2003. Mr. Quella serves as a director and on the Compensation Committee and Audit Committee of Dun and Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Quella was formerly a director of Allied Waste, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc., Columbia House, Celanese Corporation, DJO Global, Inc., FGL Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Graham Packaging Company, L.P., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, Intelenet Global Services, Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., The Nielsen Company and Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. Mr. Quella received a B.A. in International Studies from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. with Dean’s Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
We believe Mr. Quella’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his financial expertise, as well as his significant experience in working with companies transitioning from control by private equity sponsors.