Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corp
- Sustainability, Decarbonization, Energy
David W. Crane is our Chief Executive Office and director since August 2020. Previously, from 2003 to 2015, Mr. Crane served as the Chief Executive Officer of NRG Energy, Inc. Prior to his role at NRG Energy, Inc., Mr. Crane was Chief Executive Officer of International Power Plc. Prior to that, Mr. Crane worked as a banker at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., focusing on the energy sector, and as an attorney at the law firm White & Case LLP in the project finance and debt restructuring departments. Currently, Mr. Crane serves on the boards of directors of Jera Co., Inc., a power generation joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric; Inspire Energy Holdings LLC, a green retail energy provider; and Elemental Excelerator Inc, a late stage accelerator focused on climate impact and sustainability more generally. Mr. Cane holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Princeton University. We believe that Mr. Crane’s significant experience as a chief executive officer and his extensive background in the climate sector, including the clean energy, renewables and carbon removal subsectors, along with his board leadership experience, make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
John A. Cavalier is our Chief Financial Officer since August 2020. Previously, from 2000 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2020, Mr. Cavalier held a number of senior positions at Credit Suisse, including Chairman of the Global Energy Group and Head of the Global Renewables Group. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, from 1990 to 2000, Mr. Cavalier served as the Managing Director and founding member of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Power & Energy group. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Cavalier served as a managing partner of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equity firm focused on clean energy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cavalier served in the U.S. Army for nine years where he was an officer in the Signal Corps, and later the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. Mr. Cavalier holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, a J.D. from the University of Illinois School of Law, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Elizabeth Comstock is our Chief Commercial Officer since August 2020. Previously, from 1990 to 2017, Ms. Comstock served as the Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at General Electric. Prior to General Electric, Ms. Comstock served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, overseeing television advertising revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com. She has also been a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Science and society and frequently advises start up founders and corporate business leaders on commercial strategy, innovation and culture change. Ms. Comstock serves on the board of directors of Nike, Inc. and is a trustee of The National Geographic Society. Ms. Comstock holds a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary.
Anne Frank-Shapiro is our Chief Operating Officer since August 2020. Previously, from 2013 to 2019, Ms. Frank-Shapiro served as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm. From 2012 to 2013, Ms. Frank-Shapiro served as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equity firm. Earlier in her career, from 1987 to 2011, Ms. Frank-Shapiro worked at Credit Suisse, where she held senior positions in the investment banking division , including as Chief Operating Officer for Global Emerging Markets Head and IBD Global Head of Expense Management. Prior to Credit Suisse, from 1980 to 1983, Ms. Frank-Shapiro served as Chief Administrative Officer at NYC Department of Environmental Protection where she managed its capital budget. Ms. Frank-Shapiro holds a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Buffalo and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Mary Powell is expected to serve on our board of directors as the Chairperson . From 2008 to 2019, Ms. Powell served as the president and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power. Prior to that role, Ms. Powell held various other senior executive officer positions with Green Mountain Power since 1989. Ms. Powell currently serves on the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., Sunrun Inc. and CGI Group. Ms. Powell holds a B.A. from Keene State College. We believe Ms. Powell is well qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her extensive experience and knowledge of the energy and utility industry and her experience in finance.
Mimi Alemayehou is expected to serve on our board of directors as an independent director . Ms. Alemayehou has been serving as a Senior Vice President at Mastercard Incorporated since September 2020. Previously, from 2014 to 2020, Ms. Alemayehou served as a Managing Director of Black Rhino Group and an Executive Advisor and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LP. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Alemayehou served as executive vice president of the OPIC, and from 2008 to 2010, as a United States Executive Director of the Africa Development Bank. Ms. Alemayehou currently serves on the board of directors of FinDev Canada. Ms. Alemayehou holds a B.A. from West Texas A&M University and an M.A. from Tufts University. We believe Ms. Alemayehou is well qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her extensive experience with investments in emerging markets, including in the broader energy sector, and as a policy advocate for increased energy access in the developing world, as well as her expertise in finance.
Richard Kauffman is expected to serve on our board of directors as an independent director . Since February 2020, Mr. Kauffman has served as an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Previously, from 2012 to 2018, Mr. Kauffman served in the Executive Chamber of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s Chairman of Energy and Finance. Prior to that, Mr. Kauffman served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the DOE. Mr. Kauffman also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Good Energies, Inc. from 2006 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kauffman served as a partner of Goldman Sachs and as a Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities business and co-head of its Banking Department. Mr. Kauffman currently serves on the board of directors of Altaba Inc., the successor company of Yahoo, as the Chair of the board of Generate Capital, Inc. and as the Chair of the board of NYSERDA. Mr. Kauffman holds an A.B. from Stanford University, an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a Masters in Public Policy & Management from the Yale School of Management. We believe Mr. Kauffman is well qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive leadership and business experience, including his experience in the finance and energy sector.
Jamie Weinstein is expected 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 and Mr. Weinstein has been nominated to serve as a director of Sandbridge Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Weinstein has 18 years of investment experience and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. 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
John A. Cavalier, who is our Chief Financial Officer, is expected to serve as one of the CRIS consortium’s initial board observers. Although he serves as an officer, Mr. Cavalier has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us. Please see Mr. Cavalier’s biographical information above.
Elizabeth Comstock, who is our Chief Commercial Officer, is expected to serve as one of the CRIS consortium’s initial board observers. Although she serves as an officer, Ms. Comstock has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us. Please see Ms. Comstock’s biographical information above.
Christian Stracke, who is expected to serve as a board advisor, is a managing director, global head of the credit research group, and co-head of PIMCO’s BRAVO opportunistic private strategies complex. Mr. Stracke is also a senior portfolio manager across PIMCO’s suite of private credit strategies, investing across mortgage, real estate, specialty financials, corporate special situations, and performing private corporate credit. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, he sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, he was a senior credit strategist at CreditSights and also held positions as head of Latin America fixed income strategy with Commerzbank Securities and head of Latin America local markets strategy with Deutsche Bank. He has 23 years of investment experience. Mr. Stracke has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Stracke has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us.
Dan Degtyar, who is expected to serve as one of PIMCO’s initial board observers, 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.
Grover Burthey, who is expected to serve as one of PIMCO’s initial board observers, is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for PIMCO, where he focuses on debt and equity infrastructure investment opportunities. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Burthey served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he focused on infrastructure policy. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Burthey worked at PIMCO as a portfolio manager on the structured credit desk. Prior to PIMCO, Mr. Burthey worked at HSBC in the debt capital markets group. Mr. Burthey holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford School of Business and a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Burthey has no employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us.