Owlet Baby Care
Sandbridge Acquisition Corp
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- Owlet Baby Care
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Ken Suslow is our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Suslow is Founding Managing Partner at Sandbridge Capital, where he chairs the Investment Committee. Mr. Suslow has led Sandbridge Capital’s investments since its inception in 2013, including the majority buyout of Thom Browne, in which Sandbridge Capital fully divested its ownership position through a strategic sale to Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Mr. Suslow also led Sandbridge Capital’s investments in The RealReal, Farfetch and Youth To The People, among others. Prior to co-founding Sandbridge Capital, Mr. Suslow was Managing Director at The Strand Partners, the Los Angeles-based family office vehicle for William C. Powers, where Mr. Suslow advised and led investments in privately held consumer companies. Mr. Suslow serves on the boards of Youth To The People, Peach & Lily, Inc., and ILIA, Inc., is a Board Advisor to Rossignol’s apparel division and is the former Chairman of Thom Browne. Mr. Suslow has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe that Mr. Suslow’s significant experience managing a global consumer private equity fund, analyzing investments and advising companies in the consumer space make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Richard Henry has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Henry is a Principal at Sandbridge Capital, where he is responsible for analyzing and executing new transactions. He is also active in monitoring the Sandbridge Consumer Funds’ existing portfolio investments. Prior to joining Sandbridge Capital, Mr. Henry was a Vice President with Credit Suisse in their Los Angeles and Asia coverage offices, where his responsibilities included originating, structuring and executing capital markets and M&A transactions. Previously, he was an analyst at Genesis Capital, an Atlanta-based investment and merchant banking firm. During his investment banking tenure, Mr. Henry executed a range of strategic transactions with a focus on the consumer sector. He currently serves on the boards of Stio and BackJoy and is a board observer for Youth to the People Mr. Henry graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Joe Lamastra has served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception. Mr. Lamastra is Founding Managing Partner at Sandbridge Capital and a member of its Investment Committee. Since 1998, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of T Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm where he is a business and investing partner with Tommy Hilfiger. Mr. Lamastra was active in the 1992 initial public offering of Tommy Hilfiger Corporation (“THC”) on the NYSE, the 1998 $1.1 billion acquisition of Apparel International Holdings Ltd by THC, the 2006 acquisition of THC by Apax Partners and the 2010 sale of THC to PVH Corp. for approximately $3.0 billion. Prior to 1998, Mr. Lamastra was a partner and attorney at the law firm Graham Curtin P.A., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, tax and corporate transactions. Mr. Lamastra started his career as a Financial Analyst with The Amerivest Group. He also worked for Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte) in its Tax Department concentrating on mergers, acquisitions, real estate, and other corporate transactions. Mr. Lamastra was also a member on the board of Thom Browne and on the Villanova University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. He currently serves on the University’s Provost Board. Mr. Lamastra has a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School and a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University.
Domenico De Sole has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Mr. De Sole is the co-founder of luxury retailer Tom Ford International, LLC and has been the Chairman of its board of directors since its formation in 2005. During this time, Mr. De Sole also advised TPG Capital Advisors, LLC in connection with the repositioning and sale of Bally International AG. From 1984 to 1994, Mr. De Sole served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci America and, from 1994 to 2004, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group, a company he helped transform from an almost bankrupt monobrand company into one of the largest and most profitable luxury groups in the world, which included brands such as Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Sergio Rossi. Previously, Mr. De Sole practiced law at the firm Patton, Boggs and Blow. Mr. De Sole has served on numerous public and private company boards of directors, including his current roles as Chairman of Tom Ford International, LLC and a director of Condé Nast, Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp. He formerly served as Chairman of Sotheby’s, lead independent director of Telecom Italia S.p.A. and a director of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Delta Airlines, Inc., Gap, Inc., Newell Brands Inc. and Procter & Gamble. Mr. De Sole graduated from the University of Rome with a law degree and received an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School where he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. We believe that Mr. De Sole is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his extensive background in the consumer and retail sectors, along with his broad leadership and operational experience.
Ramez Toubassy has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Toubassy has served as President, Brands of Gordon Brothers, a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm, since May 2016, focusing on the acquisition, turnaround and sale of intellectual property assets, as well as providing valuation expertise for brand appraisals. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers, from April 2014 to May 2016, Mr. Toubassy was the Founding Partner of Blast-Off Brands, where he was involved in several branding and licensing projects, including serving as the Interim President of the Life is Good lifestyle brand and as the exclusive global licensing agent for Kodak. Before forming Blast-Off Brands, Mr. Toubassy spent over a decade leading Brand Sense Partners, LLC, a top global branding and licensing agency, most of that time serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. At Brand Sense, Mr. Toubassy worked with a variety of notable brands, and also drove brand acquisition and operational efforts. Previously, Mr. Toubassy held various business development and licensing, principal and advisory roles at Indian Motorcycle International, LLC, Evolution Global Partners, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Toubassy has a B.A. in economics from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Toubassy is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. We believe that Mr. Toubassy is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his extensive background in the consumer and retail sectors, along with his broad leadership and operational experience.
Jamie Weinstein has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Since September 2019, Mr. Weinstein has served as a managing director, portfolio manager and head of corporate special situations at PIMCO, focusing on PIMCO’s opportunistic and alternative strategies within corporate credit. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2019, Mr. Weinstein worked for KKR as a portfolio manager for the firm’s special situations funds and portfolios, which he managed since their inception in 2009. Mr. Weinstein was also a member of KKR’s special situations, real estate, and India NBFC investment committees and the KKR credit portfolio management committee. Previously, Mr. Weinstein was a portfolio manager with responsibility across KKR’s credit strategies. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Weinstein was with Tishman Speyer Properties as director of acquisitions for Northern California and at Boston Consulting Group as a consultant. Currently, Mr. Weinstein serves on the board of directors of Capstar Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. He has 18 years of investment experience and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2002 and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University in 1998. We believe Mr. Weinstein is well qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive leadership and business experience, including his expertise in investment management and acquisitions.
Special Advisors and Board Observers
Our management and board of directors will be supported by two special advisors, Tommy Hilfiger and Bill Powers.
Tommy Hilfiger is a world-class designer, entrepreneur and fashion icon. After launching his namesake brand in 1985, Mr. Hilfiger has become globally renowned as a pioneer in the apparel industry. Inspired by iconic pop culture and Americana heritage, the designer and his brand are driven by an ever-optimistic vision to break conventions and celebrate individuality. Today, under Mr. Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands and shares its inclusive and youthful spirit with consumers worldwide. In 2010, PVH Corp. acquired the Tommy Hilfiger Group, which today has an extensive distribution network spanning over 100 countries.
Bill Powers is a Founding Partner of Sandbridge Capital and an investor and philanthropist. In addition to his leadership roles at Sandbridge Capital, Mr. Powers also serves as a Partner of Aspen Highland Partners, Managing Partner at the Strand Partners, and Managing Principal & Investment Committee Member of Encore Capital Management. Mr. Powers is a Partner of Kairos Venture Partners, an investment firm focused on groundbreaking startups and research in life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. He is also a Senior Advisor to JRK Multifamily Platform L.P. He previously spent over 19 years at PIMCO as Portfolio Manager and Managing Director, and as a member of the Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to that, he was Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and a Mortgage Specialist at Salomon Brothers.
We currently expect each of Mr. Hilfiger and Mr. Powers, as our special advisors, to (i) assist us in sourcing and negotiating with potential business combination targets, (ii) provide business insights when we assess potential business combination targets and (iii) upon our request, provide business insights as we work to create additional value in the business or businesses that we acquire. In this regard, they will fulfill some of the same functions as our board members; however, they will not owe any fiduciary obligations to us nor will they perform board or committee functions or have any voting or decision-making capacity on our behalf. Neither Mr. Hilfiger nor Mr. Powers has any employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us, and they will not be required to devote any specific amount of time to our efforts.
Dan Degtyar , who is expected to serve as PIMCO’s initial board observer, is an Executive Vice President, portfolio manager and senior analyst for PIMCO’s Global Credit Opportunity Strategy, where he focuses on credit relative value opportunities and special situations. Prior to joining PIMCO, Mr. Degtyar was a senior analyst at Beach Point Capital, a private equity associate at Ares Management and an investment banking associate at Credit Suisse. Mr. Degtyar is a CFA charterholder with 14 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Degtyar has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us.
Richard Henry, who is our Chief Financial Officer, is expected to serve as Sandbridge Capital’s initial board observer. Although he serves as an officer, Mr. Henry has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us. Please see Mr. Henry’s biographical information above.