Merged into Li-Cycle, ticker now LICY
PDAC

Completed

Li-Cycle

Peridot Acquisition Corp.

Raised
$300M
CIK
1821317
Focus
Energy, Sustainability
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Alan Levande has been our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since August 2020. Mr. Levande is a career energy executive with broad experience across the power, utilities, renewables, midstream and upstream value chains. Most recently, Mr. Levande was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Covey Park Energy LLC, a natural gas company that was acquired for $2.2 billion in 2019 by a public company, from June 2013 to July 2019. Previously, Mr. Levande was a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director at Tenaska Capital Management LLC, a $4 billion private equity manager focused on investments in the power and energy sectors, from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Levande began his career in energy investment banking, where he spent 20 years with Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers covering power, utilities, renewables and natural resources. In all of Mr. Levande’s prior roles, Mr. Levande was actively involved in sourcing and executing large-scale, complex mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Levande received his B.S. and M.B.A. from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Levande’s significant experience as an energy executive make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Markus Specks has been our Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development since August 2020. Mr. Specks is an energy investor with significant experience sourcing, structuring and executing complex transactions. He was most recently a Managing Director with Värde Partners, a global alternative investment advisor managing approximately $14 billion in assets, where he was employed from July 2008 to June 2020. Mr. Specks opened and was Head of Värde’s Houston office, where he focused on investments across the energy landscape, including upstream, power, renewables and energy infrastructure. He began his career in investment banking at Lazard. Mr. Specks received his B.A. from Lawrence University.

Tomas Ackerman has been one of our directors since August 2020. Mr. Ackerman is a Co-Founder and a Partner of Carnelian, where he oversees Carnelian’s efforts in sourcing investments, transaction negotiation and execution, monitoring of portfolio companies and firm management and strategy. Prior to co-founding Carnelian, Mr. Ackerman was an energy investor at Natural Gas Partners from 2002 to 2015, most recently serving as a Managing Director and the head of the Houston office. Mr. Ackerman received a B.B.A. from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Ackerman’s transactional experience, as well as a significant investing experience, in the energy sector make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Preston Powell has been one of our directors since August 2020. Mr. Powell is a Managing Director of Carnelian, where he is responsible for leading investment sourcing, transaction due diligence and execution and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to joining Carnelian in November 2015, Mr. Powell was an energy investor at Denham Capital Management and KKR & Co. from 2011 to 2015. He began his career in investment banking at Greenhill & Co. and received a B.B.A. from the Business Honors Program from The University of Texas at Austin. We believe that Mr. Powell’s significant investment and financial experience make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Scott Prochazka has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Prochazka most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of CenterPoint Energy, an NYSE-listed, Fortune 500 energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations (“CenterPoint”) from January 1, 2014 to February 20, 2020. Prior to that role, Mr. Prochazka held several positions at CenterPoint since 2011, including Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President and Division President, Electric Operations. Mr. Prochazka received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. We believe that Mr. Prochazka’s extensive knowledge of the energy industry and his experience as a public company executive officer and director make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Dr. Varun Sivaram has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Dr. Sivaram is a senior research scholar at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy and has served in this capacity since May 2020. Previously, Dr. Sivaram served as Chief Technology Officer of ReNew Power Limited, India’s largest renewable energy firm, from September 2018 to March 2020, as a fellow and director of the energy program at the Council on Foreign Relations from March 2015 to September 2018, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Sivaram currently serves on the advisory boards of Glint Solar, a clean energy and software company, the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Dr. Sivaram also serves as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and as a senior advisor to Camus Energy and Radia, Inc. Dr. Sivaram received a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Oxford University and a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. We believe that Dr. Sivaram’s wide-range of experience and research in the clean energy industry makes him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.

June Yearwood has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Ms. Yearwood is a Managing Director and the Head of Private Specialty Strategies for CPF, a multi-billion dollar private pension fund, and has served in this capacity since 2006. In her role at CPF, Ms. Yearwood focuses on private equity, real estate and real assets, including natural resources and infrastructure. Previously, Ms. Yearwood served as Vice President, Secretary and Investment Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a non-profit foundation, from 2001 to 2006 and spent over a decade with J.P. Morgan, where she served in debt capital markets, public finance and community development roles of increasing seniority. Ms. Yearwood received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and currently serves as Board Chairperson for Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, a New York City-based non-profit focused on creating living-wage employment opportunities. We believe that Ms. Yearwood’s experience investing in the energy and infrastructure sectors makes her well qualified to serve on our board of directors.