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SPRING VALLEY ACQUISITION CORP.

Raised
$232M
CIK
1822966
Focus
Sustainability, Energy, Transportation, Agriculture, Materials
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Christopher Sorrells serves as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors. Mr. Sorrells has been an investor, operator, advisor and board member in the Sustainability industry for over 20 years. Mr. Sorrells currently serves as Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), having previously served as Vice Chairman of its board. Previously, Mr. Sorrells served as a Managing Director and then as an Operating Partner of NGP ETP, an affiliate of NGP, a leading energy private equity fund with $20 billion of assets under management, which he helped grow into one of the most successful Sustainability-focused private equity funds. Mr. Sorrells and/or his former firms including NGP ETP have invested in a broad range of companies across the Sustainability industry, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), Power-One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: PWER), Caminus Corporation (formerly Nasdaq: CAMZ), Waste Resource Management, Inc., TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC) and others. In addition to leading investments, Mr. Sorrells has held a number of board positions for numerous public and private firms, including groSolar (which was later sold to EDF Renewables Inc.), GSE Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: GVP) and Living Earth (which was later sold to Bain Capital Double Impact). As an operator, Mr. Sorrells has held a variety of senior executive leadership roles at Sustainability-focused companies including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Director of GSE Systems, Inc. Mr. Sorrells started his career in the energy, power and Sustainability industries as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in 1996 and later at Banc of America Securities LLC where he created one of the first Sustainability-focused investment banking teams in 2000. Mr. Sorrells received his Master of Accounting from University of Southern California, an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University. We believe Mr. Sorrells’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies as well as in various related investment roles makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

William Quinn serves as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. Quinn has over 25 years of private equity investment experience and has been involved in transactions totaling in the multi-billion dollars in aggregate value. Currently, Mr. Quinn is the Managing Partner of Pearl, an investment firm with $1.2 billion of committed capital under management that he founded in 2015. Prior to founding Pearl, Mr. Quinn served as a Co-Managing Partner of Natural Gas Partners. During his time at NGP, the firm raised funds totaling over $10 billion in cumulative committed capital, made multiple investments in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service and created a dedicated sustainable technology investment platform, NGP Energy Technology Partners. Mr. Quinn was a key contributor to the formation of NGP ETP in 2005 and served on its investment committee until 2013, during which time he oversaw their investments in the Sustainability, oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency and clean energy subsectors, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) and TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC), a global leader in wind blade manufacturing. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Quinn worked at Rainwater, Inc. and Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc. and worked as an analyst in the investment banking divisions of Bear Stearns & Co. and BT Securities Corporation. Mr. Quinn has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies, including Resolute Energy Corporation (NYSE: REN), which was taken public via Hicks Acquisition Company I in 2009 and subsequently sold to Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) in early 2019, and Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: EROC). In addition to his investing activities, Mr. Quinn serves on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a guest lecturer on private equity investing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Quinn received a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Quinn’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies as well as in various related investment roles makes him well qualified to serve as Chairman of our board of directors.

Jeffrey Schramm serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Schramm has over 20 years of leadership, finance and operations experience in advanced materials and specialty chemical organizations with a deep understanding of the Sustainability industry having worked with some of the leading venture capital and private equity funds such as Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures and NGP Energy Technology Partners. Previously, Mr. Schramm served as Chief Financial Officer at Lehigh from 2009 until 2019 where he was responsible for raising both debt and equity, as well as financial and administrative functions. Mr. Schramm was instrumental in Lehigh’s sale to a publicly traded company and largest tire manufacturer in Europe, Michelin, as the key part of its sustainability initiative. Prior to that, Mr. Schramm served as Vice President of Finance for Euramax International, Inc. (now OmniMax International, Inc.) in the Exterior Products & Fabral (fabrication) divisions from 2007 until 2009 where he managed a large multilocation team supporting revenues close to $1 billion annually. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Schramm was with Kemira Chemicals, Inc. (formerly Vulcan Performance Chemicals) as head of Financial Planning & Analysis and North American CFO over the Pulp & Paper and Water Treatment specialty chemical businesses. During his time at Kemira Chemicals, Inc., he was a key member of the acquisition team acquiring the Pulp & Paper chemicals business from Lanxess (LXS.DE) and the Pulp & Paper business from FinnChem USA. In 1993 to 2000, Mr. Schramm began his career at Milliken & Company in various roles starting in Accounting, Controllership and later served as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager in Procurement. Mr. Schramm earned a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A from LaGrange College.

Robert Kaplan serves as our Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Kaplan has over 20 years of investment banking experience in the Sustainability industry. Mr. Kaplan has been involved in over 60 transactions totaling approximately $6 billion in transaction value. Mr. Kaplan was most recently Managing Director of Clean Technologies / Renewables at Stifel. In this role, Mr. Kaplan was responsible for the firm’s capital markets and advisory services in various sustainability subsectors, including, clean energy, biofuels, energy storage, energy efficiency, mobility and environmental technologies. He joined Stifel in 2010 in connection with Stifel’s acquisition of TWP in 2010. Mr. Kaplan joined TWP in 2007 as a Vice President in the Technology investment banking group with a focus on sustainable technologies. Prior to joining TWP, Mr. Kaplan started his investment banking career at First Albany where he was a founding member of one of the first Sustainability focused banking franchise on Wall Street. During his tenure at First Albany, he completed many of the industry’s first public offerings in various sustainability subsectors, such as solar, alternative fuels, mobility, fuel cells and the smart grid. Mr. Kaplan serves on the board of directors of TWO NIL, LLC. Mr. Kaplan received a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Debora Frodl will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Ms. Frodl has over 30 years of international business experience with General Electric Company. From 2012 to 2017, Ms. Frodl served as the Global Executive Director of Ecomagination. Ms. Frodl repositioned this sustainable technology strategy into one of multi-faceted innovation and expansive global growth. During Ms. Frodl’s tenure from 2012 to 2017, GE Ecomagination’s revenues exceeded $125 billion. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Frodl served as GE’s Chief Strategy Officer and Global Alternative Fuels Leader where she pioneered the business strategy to decarbonize the commercial fleet industry through alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure technologies. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Frodl served as Chief Commercial Officer of GE Capital Fleet Services, from 2004 to 2005, as Chief Marketing Officer of GE Capital Commercial Equipment Finance and from 2002 to 2004, as Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Dealer Finance. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Frodl served as Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Public Finance. Currently Ms. Frodl serves on the board of directors for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. and ITC Holdings Corp. and Chair of the board for XL Hybrids, a leader in smart vehicle electrification for commercial fleets. Ms. Frodl has been recognized by Green Building & Design as 2017 “Woman in Sustainability Leadership,” Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment as 2014 “Woman of the Year,” Connected World Magazine as 2013 “Top Women in M2M.” She holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and BSBA from Minnesota State University. We believe Ms. Frodl’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in several public company roles makes her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Richard Thompson will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Thompson has over 35 years of international business experience in renewable energy, power electronics and semiconductors, including several billion-dollar public exits in the Sustainability industry. Currently, Mr. Thompson is a strategic adviser to Sumeru Equity Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm. From 2014 to 2016, he was Executive Chairman of AVI-SPL, an approximately $580 million privately held, global leader in video communications. From 2008 to October 2013, Mr. Thompson was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Power-One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: PWER), a leading provider of renewable energy and power conversion solutions. During his tenure, he successfully led the company through restructuring to become one of the largest renewable energy inverter suppliers worldwide, generating over $1 billion in sales in 2012, along with its sale to ABB (NYSE: ABB) for over $1 billion in equity value. Prior to joining Power-One, Inc., Mr. Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of American Power Conversion Corporation (Nasdaq: APCC) from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired in March 2007 by a French competitor, Schneider Electric SA (Paris: SU.PA), in an auction for approximately $6 billion in enterprise value. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Artesyn Technologies (Nasdaq: ATSN) and was instrumental in creating one of the leading power component companies in the industry which was later sold to Emerson (NYSE: EMR) for $500 million. In addition to his role at Artesyn, he was also General Manager of Spider Software and led the company’s merger with Zytec Inc. that created a robust power component and computer board business. We believe Mr. Thompson’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Patrick Wood, III will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Wood has over 25 years of experience in the development, financing, regulation, and the legal and policy issues of energy infrastructure. Currently, Mr. Wood serves as CEO of the Hunt Energy Network, a distributed energy platform company, since February 2019. Known for his role in setting up competitive energy markets in Texas and across the country, Mr. Wood served as Chairman of both the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 1995 to 2001 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 2001 to 2005. Since leaving public service, he has focused on developing energy infrastructure projects and companies. He currently serves as a director of SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) and of Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR), including his recent appointment to Luma Energy, overseeing the Quanta-ATCO joint venture to operate the Puerto Rico utility system. Mr. Wood served as board chairman of independent power producer Dynegy from its emergence from bankruptcy in 2012 through its merger with Vistra Energy in 2018 for $1.7 billion in an all stock deal, creating a $10 billion publicly traded equity valued company upon closing. He was a strategic advisor to Natural Gas Partners from 2005 to 2014, when he became an independent director of Memorial Resources Development (Nasdaq: MRD) upon its IPO in 2014. MRD was subsequently sold to Range Resources in 2016 for $4.2 billion in enterprise value. Mr. Wood was also a past director of TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC) and has prior affiliations with InfraREIT (NYSE: HIFR), Airtricity, First Wind, Texas Genco, The Texas A&M Smart Grid Council, the American Council on Renewable Energy, and remains a member of the National Petroleum Council. We believe Mr. Wood’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both corporate and government positions makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.