Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp.
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Alan G. Mnuchin founded and has been the chief executive officer of Ariliam Group, a principal investment and strategic consulting firm, since 2019. Mr. Mnuchin has invested in various media and technology companies prior to and since founding Ariliam Group. Since May 2020, Mr. Mnuchin has served as a member of the board of directors of Flying Eagle. Mr. Mnuchin served as a member of the board of directors of Target Hospitality Corp. (Nasdaq: TH) from January 2019 to March 2019. In 2003, Mr. Mnuchin formed the boutique investment bank AGM Partners LLC, through which he has acted as a strategic M&A advisor to leading corporate, entrepreneurial and private equity clients on transactions totalling over $80 billion. Prior to founding AGM Partners, Mr. Mnuchin was the global head of the media group of Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2003. Previously, Mr. Mnuchin was head of the media and entertainment group at Bear Stearns from 1996 to 2000. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Mnuchin was a senior member of the communications, media and entertainment group at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), where he started his career in 1984, with primary responsibility for the group’s media industry efforts. Mr. Mnuchin earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Mnuchin is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive knowledge of the media and entertainment fields and considerable experience in merger and acquisition transactions.
Saif Rahman has been the managing director and chief operating officer of Ariliam Group since 2019. In this role, Mr. Rahman sources, evaluates and manages Ariliam Group’s investments in media and technology companies. Prior to Ariliam Group, Mr. Rahman was a senior member of AGM Partners LLC, where he joined in late 2003, with a focus on the company’s entrepreneurial and private equity client advisory practice. In 2016, Mr. Rahman independently pursued an event-driven public investment strategy focused on the media and technology sectors through Five Square Capital Management. Prior to AGM Partners LLC, Mr. Rahman was vice president of Hudson Apparel Group, a textile & apparel design and manufacturing firm focused on womenswear, where he led the firm’s strategic shift from an importer of specialty textiles to a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of women’s apparel. Mr. Rahman began his career as an analyst in Salomon Smith Barney’s mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Rahman earned a B.S. from Cornell University in 2000.
Jeff Sagansky, our director nominee, was the chief executive officer and chairman of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. from March 2019 until the consummation of its business combination in April 2020. Mr. Sagansky served as the chief executive officer and chairman of Platinum Eagle from December 2017 until the consummation of its business combination with Target Hospitality in March 2019, and continues to serve as a member of Target Hospitality’s board of directors. Mr. Sagansky has been a director of WillScot Corporation since Double Eagle was formed in June 2015 and served as Double Eagle’s president and chief executive officer from August 6, 2015 until the consummation of its business combination in November 2017. Mr. Sagansky is a co-founder of Hemisphere Capital Management LLC, a private finance company that specializes in special opportunity equity and credit investments in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Sagansky also co-founded, together with Harry E. Sloan, Global Eagle Acquisition, which completed its business combination with Row 44 and AIA in January 2013. Mr. Sagansky served as Global Eagle Acquisition’s president from February 2011 through January 2013. He also co-founded, together with Mr. Sloan, Silver Eagle, which invested approximately $273.3 million in Videocon d2h in exchange for equity shares of Videocon d2h represented by ADSs in March 2015. In March 2018, Videocon d2h merged with and into Dish TV India Limited (NSE: DISHTV). Mr. Sagansky served as Silver Eagle’s president from April 2013 through March 2015.
Mr. Sagansky was formerly chief executive officer and then vice chairman of Paxson Communications Corporation from 1998 to 2003, where he launched the PAX TV program network in 1998. Under his leadership, PAX TV became a highly rated family-friendly television network with distribution growing from 60% of U.S. television households to almost 90% in only four years. In addition, Mr. Sagansky drove substantial improvement in the network’s financial performance with compounded annual revenue growth of 24% and compounded annual gross income growth of 30% from 1998 to 2002. Prior to joining Pax, Mr. Sagansky was co-president of Sony Pictures Entertainment, or SPE, from 1996 to 1998 where he was responsible for SPE’s strategic planning and worldwide television operations. While at SPE, he spearheaded SPE’s acquisition, in partnership with Liberty Media Corporation and other investors, of Telemundo Network Group, LLC, or Telemundo. The transaction generated significant returns for SPE as Telemundo was sold to the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., for over six times its original investment less than three years later. Previously, as executive vice president of Sony Corporation of America, or SCA, Mr. Sagansky oversaw the 1997 merger of SCA’s Loews Theaters unit with the Cineplex Odeon Corporation to create one of the world’s largest movie theater companies, and the highly successful U.S. launch of the Sony Playstation video game console. Prior to joining SCA, Mr. Sagansky was president of CBS Entertainment from 1990 to 1994, where he engineered CBS’s ratings rise from third to first place in eighteen months. Mr. Sagansky previously served as president of production and then president of TriStar Pictures, where he developed and oversaw production of a wide variety of successful films.
Mr. Sagansky graduated with a B.A. from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves on the boards of Omio and Imagine Entertainment. We believe Mr. Sagansky is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive background and experience as an executive in the media and entertainment industries and his substantial mergers and acquisitions experience.
Edgar Bronfman Jr., our director nominee, is a general partner, chairman and co-founder of Waverley Capital, a venture capital group focused on the opportunities presented by disruption in the media industry. He is also a managing partner at Accretive LLC, a unique firm that specializes in creating companies to solve important problems in large industries, where he has been since 2002. Mr. Bronfman is also executive chairman of Global Thermostat LLC, a pioneering company designed to develop and commercialize a technology for the direct capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and other sources. From early 2004 until January 2012, Mr. Bronfman served as chairman of Warner Music Group Corp. (“Warner Music Group”) (Nasdaq: WMG). Mr. Bronfman was also the chief executive officer of Warner Music Group from early 2004 until August 2011. Before joining Warner Music Group in March 2004, Mr. Bronfman served as chairman and chief executive officer of Lexa Partners LLC, a management venture capital group that he founded in April 2002. Mr. Bronfman was vice chairman of the board of directors of Vivendi S.A. (“Vivendi”) from December 2000 until December 2003 and also served as an executive officer of Vivendi from December 2000 until December 2001. Prior to the formation of Vivendi, Mr. Bronfman served as president and chief executive officer of The Seagram Company Ltd. (“Seagram”) from June 1994 until December 2000 and as president and chief operating officer of Seagram from 1989 until June 1994. Mr. Bronfman served as a director of IAC (Nasdaq: MTCH), a publicly-held operator of Internet businesses, from February 1998 through October 2019, and Global Thermostat, LLC. Mr. Bronfman served as a director of R1 RCM (Nasdaq: RCM) from October 2006 until his resignation in February 2016. Mr. Bronfman is chairman of the board of Endeavor Global, Inc., a member of the board of trustees of the NYU Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center, a member of the board of the Council of Foreign Relations, vice president of the Ann L. Bronfman Foundation and director of the Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr. Foundation. In addition, Mr. Bronfman serves on the boards of directors of the following Accretive portfolio companies, which are privately-held: Insureon Holdings, LLC since November 2012 and Everspring Inc since May 2014. Mr. Bronfman has served on the board of directors and as executive chairman of FaceBank Group, Inc. (d/b/a fuboTV), a live TV streaming platform, since April 29, 2020. We believe Mr. Bronfman is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience as an executive in the media and entertainment industry, as well as his long history of serving on the boards of multiple companies and foundations.
Karen Finerman, our director nominee, co-founded New York-based hedge fund Metropolitan Capital Advisors in 1992 and currently serves as its chief executive officer. She has been a panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money since its debut in 2007, and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, *Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life.* Ms. Finerman served as a member of the board of directors at GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF) from 2014 until its acquisition in 2015. Ms. Finerman is a board member of the Overseers Board at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater. In addition, Ms. Finerman is a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and she sat for 15 years on the board of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. We believe Ms. Finerman is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience analyzing market reactions to public offerings and particular expertise in corporate governance and effective communication with investors.
Michael Ronen, our director nominee, is managing partner of Oud Capital Management LLC, which he formed to pursue investments in growth equity opportunities in the technology space. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Ronen was managing partner of SoftBank Investment Advisers (commonly referred to as the Softbank Vision Fund), a technology-focused private investment fund affiliated with SoftBank Group Corp, where he held four board seats and two board observer positions. From 1998 to 2017, Mr. Ronen held various positions at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) most recently as a partner, managing director and co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group, as well as a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Mr. Ronen earned an LLB from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998. We believe Mr. Ronen is qualified to be on our board of directors due to his extensive advisory, investment and venture capital experiences, as well as his experience of serving on the boards of technology-focused companies.