Qell Acquisition Corp
- Sustainability, Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles
Barry Engle serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Engle has experience in operational, financial and managerial roles within the international automotive sector, as well as growth-oriented companies across various industries. He has spent the past five years serving in senior executive roles at General Motors (“GM”). Most recently, Mr. Engle served as President of GM North America, the company’s largest segment with over $100+ billion in sales during the year ended December 31, 2019. Under his leadership, GM frequently beat analysts’ expectations, including during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Before this, Mr. Engle served as the President of GM International, where he successfully worked with various stakeholders to improve the segment’s profitability. Mr. Engle joined GM in September 2015 as President of South America, leading the business unit through the region’s economic recession and achieving market leadership in Brazil for 50+ months while restructuring the business to improve its profitability. Prior to joining GM, Mr. Engle spent time leading high growth, private equity and venture capital-backed companies, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Agility Fuel Systems, a leading provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and electric vehicle manufacturer Think Holding AS, a Norwegian company, which, subsequent to his departure from the company entered into Norwegian bankruptcy proceedings in June 2011. Before joining Think Holdings AS, Mr. Engle spent two years as President and CEO of New Holland Agricultural Equipment in Turin, Italy. Mr. Engle also spent a number of years with Ford Motor Company where he served as President & CEO of Ford Canada, President of Ford Brazil, and Head of North American Marketing. Finally, Mr. Engle has also led entrepreneurial endeavors of his own; he previously owned Barry Engle Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep, near Salt Lake City, from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Engle earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe that Mr. Engle is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his longstanding track-record of success and broad experience leading organizations both large and small around the world, in addition to his network of OEM, commercial vehicle and technology leaders, which will provide us with a differentiated perspective in both sourcing targets and ultimately, creating value in the company we endeavor to acquire.
Sam Gabbita serves as our Chief Financial Officer . Mr. Gabbita has held a variety of positions across financial and managerial functions within the financial services industry. Until September 2020 Mr. Gabbita led OGCI Climate Investments’ (“CI”) San Francisco office. CI is a $1 billion dollar fund that invests in solutions to decarbonize pollutant sectors like oil and gas, industry and commercial transportation. From March 2018 to December 2019, he served as Chairman of Agility Fuel Solutions (“Agility”). Prior to that, from September 2006 to December 2016, Mr. Gabbita served as Managing Director at Element Partners, a sustainability-focused private investment firm that managed $850 million of capital and over 25 portfolio companies. At Element, he made venture and growth investments in sustainable technology companies in the clean transportation arena, including Agility. In addition, he has served on boards of several high growth companies including Qnergy, Kairos Aerospace, Soleras Advanced Coatings, and others. Mr. Gabbita spent the early part of his career working at various financial services firms: at Lazard Freres as an associate focusing on financial restructuring; at Nautic Partners, a private equity firm, as an associate focusing on growth, buyout and venture investments; and at Salomon Brothers, as a financial analyst covering firms in the industrial sector. Mr. Gabbita holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
We believe that Mr. Gabbita is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his extensive experience in the private equity industry and his deep knowledge of our industry.
Kathleen Ligocki, who will be a director upon completion of this offering, is the former CEO of Agility Fuel Solutions, a leader in sustainable clean energy storage and propulsion solutions for commercial vehicles around the world, since 2015. From 2014 to 2015, Ms. Ligocki served as the Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Power, one of the leading organics management companies in North America. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as an Operating Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Ligocki served as Chief Executive Officer of Next Autoworks, an auto company. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Ligocki served as Chief Executive Officer of GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate. From 2003 to 2007, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Tower Automotive, a Fortune 1000 global auto supplier. Ms. Ligocki also founded Pine Lake Partner, a consultancy firm focused on start-ups and turnarounds, in 2008. She has held executive positions at Ford and United Technologies where she led operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia. She started her career at General Motors in 1979 in manufacturing leadership, sales and strategy/program management. Ms. Ligocki earned a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from Indiana University Kokomo and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University Kokomo and Central Michigan University. Currently she serves on the boards of Lear Corporation, a publicly traded Fortune 200 automotive supplier and Farmers Business Network, a venture capital-backed technology company in the agriculture sector. She is also a board member at the Indiana University Foundation.
We believe Ms. Ligocki is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her board and business experience and her overall industry knowledge.
Joseph Walker, who will be a director following the completion of this offering, served as a Vice Chairman and Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (“J.P. Morgan”) from 2012 to 2018, and provides expertise in operations management, corporate finance, capital budgeting, transaction execution and restructuring. In 2008, Mr. Walker helped co-found KW Advisors, a strategic advisory partnership. Mr. Walker served as senior advisor to General Motors (“GM”) from 2001-2006, counseling GM on a variety of corporate finance, capital budgeting and restructuring issues. From 1998 to 2000, Walker served as the global head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Walker also co-led J.P. Morgan’s mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) group after helping the firm build their M&A franchise in New York City. Mr. Walker previously served as a board member of Liquid Environmental Solutions, a nationwide provider of non-hazardous waste water treatment services. Mr. Walker has a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Columbia University.
We believe Mr. Walker is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his business experience and extensive industry experience.
Steve Adams, who will be a director following the completion of this offering, has served as the Chief Operating Officer at North American Holding Company (“NAHC”), a privately held investment company and family office based in Brentwood, TN, since January 2000. NAHC makes early stage and venture investments, and manages a family office and charitable foundation. In addition, Mr. Adams has been a Director of Agility Fuel Systems since 2010, serving on its Audit and Compensation Committees. Before serving as a director, Mr. Adams served as Chairman and President of FAB holdings, an Agility Fuel Solutions predecessor company, from 2005 to 2010 and from 2000 to 2005, respectively. Before his roles at Agility, Mr. Adams held strategic and financial roles in the healthcare industry after beginning his career with Deloitte in 1982. Mr. Adams earned a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
We believe Mr. Adams is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his financial and accounting expertise from his prior experience in finance roles with private corporations and his in depth knowledge of our industry.
Ryan Popple, who has agreed to serve as a director following the completion of this offering, has served, since April 2016, as a partner at the venture capital firm R7 Partners and a director at Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric vehicles, since May 2014. Mr. Popple has served on the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group since April 2016 and is currently a member of the executive board. Before his current roles, Mr. Popple served as CEO of Proterra for over five years beginning in October 2014, leading the company through technology development, exponential revenue growth and the establishment of its Tier-1 EV component business unit. Before that, he was a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, from April 2010 to October 2014. Mr. Popple was also an early employee at Tesla Motors where he served as a senior director of finance and was focused on strategic financial planning and corporate and business development. Mr. Popple served as an officer in the U.S. Army and has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and earned his MBA from Harvard University.
We believe Mr. Popple is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his financial expertise and extensive industry experience.
David Cozzens, who has agreed to serve as a director following the completion of this offering, has served on the boards of revVana since January 2019 and Kareo since July 2018, each of which are venture and growth-stage technology companies seeking to revolutionize established markets. He was also an advisor and served on the board of Digital Map Products from January 2019 until its acquisition by Lightbox in June 2019. Prior to his current roles and from May 2007 to August 2016, Mr. Cozzens served as the CEO of Telogis, a global enterprise Software-as-a-Service company. Under his leadership, Telogis grew from a start-up to become one of the largest players in the connected vehicle/smart mobility market leading to its acquisition by Verizon Communications. Before joining Telogis, Mr. Cozzens served as Vice President of Operations for Novell Americas. Prior to this role, Mr. Cozzens held a number of senior executive positions at Novell including area vice president and general manager for the Midwest and Federal businesses as well as vice president of North America Consulting. Before joining Novell, Mr. Cozzens was the Vice President of Consulting at Cambridge Technology Partners before its acquisition by Novell. Mr. Cozzens earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a dual MBA degree in International Business from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business)/University of South Carolina.
We believe Mr. Cozzens is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive business and industry experience.
Designated Board Observer
The PIMCO private funds have the right to have a board observer attend all of the meetings of our board of directors and receive all information provided to our board of directors during the period in which it has the right to designate a board member. The PIMCO private funds’ initial board observer is expected to be David Gluckman .
Mr. Gluckman is a senior vice president, portfolio manager, and investment analyst for PIMCO’s Global Credit Opportunity Strategy where he focuses on credit relative value opportunities and special situations. Previously, he was a credit analyst responsible for the automotive and metals & mining industries. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2014, he worked for Ares Management, where he focused on senior loan and mezzanine investments. Previously, he was an analyst at Houlihan Lokey in the financial restructuring group. He has 11 years of investment experience and holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar. He received a BA in Business Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.