Mr. Neil Richardson, 64, will serve as our chairman commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration of which this prospectus forms a part. From December 2017 until December 2019, he served as Chairman of Twelve Seas Investment Company. Since January 2012, Mr. Richardson has been the Chairman of North Sea Capital, an independent family office involved in private equity and other investments. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Richardson was a Founding Partner for Lion Capital, a London-based private equity firm specializing in consumer industry investments globally. From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Richardson was with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a leading global private equity firm, where he was a General Partner. From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Richardson was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment banking firm. From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Richardson was a manager with Bain & Company, a consulting firm. Mr. Richardson previously served as director of multiple corporate entities including Newsquest, Wincorp Nixdorf, Tenovis, Aurum, American Apparel and Twelve Seas Investment Company. Mr. Richardson is an investor in Twelve Seas Limited, a private equity advisory company, and currently serves as a director of that company. Mr. Richardson graduated from Oxford University. We believe Mr. Richardson is well-qualified to serve as the Chairman of the board given his significant directorship experience, in-depth knowledge of the capital markets and lengthy investing experience.
Mr. Dimitri Elkin, 52, has been our Chief Executive Officer and Director since inception. From December 2017 until December 2019, he served as Chief Exectuve Officer of Twelve Seas Investment Company. Since April 2013, Mr. Elkin has been a Founding Partner of Twelve Seas Limited. From 2007 to April 2013, Mr. Elkin served as General Partner of UFG Private Equity, a mid-market regional buyout firm based in Moscow. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Elkin was a Founding Partner at GIC Capital, a U.S. private equity firm. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Elkin served as an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., heading its activities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Elkin served as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Elkin previously served as director of multiple corporate entities, including Kamaz, Imperial Porcelain Company, Russian Alcohol, and Twelve Seas Investment Company. Mr. Elkin graduated from Moscow State University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Elkin is well-qualified to serve as a director given his extensive experience in banking, finance and investment.
Mr. Jonathan Morris, 44, has been our Chief Financial Officer since inception and a Director since November 2020. Mr. Morris has over 23 years of experience as a finance executive as a principal, operator and advisor. Mr. Morris has led principal investments and structuring at a large private family office. Mr. Morris served at Blackstone Group, Inc., from 2012 to 2016, and was on the board of directors of SunGard AS, from 2014 to 2016. From 2005 to 2012 he was in the TMT Investment Banking Group of Credit Suisse. Mr. Morris began his career in 1997 within the private equity division of Lombard, Odier et Cie, private bank in Switzerland. Mr. Morris currently serves as Chief Development Officer of TLG Acqusition One Corp and as CFO of FreeCast Inc and Hush Aerospace. Mr. Morris holds bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Mr. Anthony Steains, 54, will serve as an independent director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Steains has over 25 years of investment banking experience. Mr. Steains is the founder of Comprador Limited, a Hong Kong based corporate finance advisory firm specializing in complex cross-border mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings, and has served as Chairman and CEO since April 2015, following the transfer of Blackstone’s (NYSE: BX) Asia M&A advisory business to Comprador Limited. Prior to founding Comprador, Mr. Steains was a Senior Managing Director for Blackstone and established Blackstone Advisory Partners in 2008. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Steains was Head of the Asia Corporate Finance Group at Lehman Brothers and was formerly Head of Merger & Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank in Asia. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Steains served as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in Asia for ING Barings. Mr. Steains is the Senior Independent Director of Capital & Counties Properties PLC (LON: CAPC), a United Kingdom-based property investment and development company. Mr. Steains received a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of London. We believe Mr. Steains is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his investment banking and corporate activities.
Bob Foresman, our advisor , has, since July 2020, served as a director of Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACND), a blank check company which consummated its initial public offering of $414,000,000 in July 2020. Mr. Foresman served as vice chairman of UBS Investment Bank (NYSE: UBS), based in New York, from October 2016 to April 2020. Mr. Foresman was also chairman of OOO UBS Bank in Russia as well as UBS Group country head for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States region (“CIS”) from January 2018 to April 2020. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Foresman was the Barclays Group (OTC: BCLYF) country head (from December 2009 to April 2016) for Russia and the wider region, where he represented and coordinated the activities of Barclays Group in the region, including investment banking and wealth management. Prior to his work at Barclays, Mr. Foresman was deputy chairman of Renaissance Capital (from August 2006 to November 2009, chairman of the management committee for Russia and the CIS at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (from January 2001 to June 2006) and head of investment banking for Russia and the CIS at ING Barings (from August 1997 to December 2000). Mr. Foresman also ran the Ukrainian Privatization Advisory office of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) from June 1993 to November 1995 in Kyiv and worked on private equity and project finance transactions as an investment officer at IFC’s head office in Washington, DC, from December 1995 to July 1997. Mr. Foresman served as an independent non-executive director of TMK Group (MCX: TRMK), a producer of steel pipes for the oil & gas industry, from June 2012 to June 2019. Mr. Foresman also currently serves of the board of Miami Steel, a micro steel mill project in South Florida. Mr. Foresman has been a member of the Board of Counselors of the East West Institute since September 2012; a member of the advisory board of Harvard University’s David Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies since January 2016; and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations since March 2015. Mr. Foresman graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1993 and Bucknell University in 1990. Mr. Foresman also received a certificate from the Moscow Energy Institute in 1989.