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Carney Technology Acquisition Corp. II

Raised
$402M
CIK
1823634
Focus
Technology, Unicorns
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Lloyd Carney, our Chief Acquisition Officer, has spent over 30 years in the technology industry. In 2018, Mr. Carney founded and served as Chief Executive Officer and director of ChaSerg Technology Acquisition Corp. (formerly NASDAQ: CTAC), or CTAC, a blank check company. CTAC completed its initial public offering in October 2018, generating gross proceeds of $220 million. In March 2020, CTAC consummated its initial business combination with Grid Dynamics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GDYN), or Grid Dynamics. Grid Dynamics is a leader in driving enterprise-level digital transformation in the Fortune 1000, developing next generation solutions in artificial intelligence, data science, cloud computing, Big Data and DevOps to accelerate enterprise digitization for its clients across the financial, technology and retail sectors. Following the merger of CTAC with Grid Dynamics, Mr. Carney became Chairman of the Board of the combined company. Mr. Carney started his career at Wellfleet and Nortel Networks where he rose to become division president. Mr. Carney then joined Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) as Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2003, where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Thereafter Mr. Carney was named Chief Executive Officer of Micromuse Inc., (formerly NASDAQ:MUSE) an enterprise and telecom network management company, from 2003 to 2006, where he led the sale of Micromuse to IBM for $865 million. Following the transaction, Mr. Carney stayed at IBM to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Carney then became the Chief Executive Officer of Xsigo Systems in 2008, a data center networking company, until its sale to Oracle in 2012. Subsequently, Mr. Carney was named Chief Executive Officer of Brocade Communications Systems (formerly NASDAQ: BRCD), or “Brocade” in 2013, which was sold to Broadcom for $5.9 billion in 2017. Mr. Carney is a member of the board of directors at Visa, Inc. (NYSE: V), a leading digital payments company since 2015, and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee; the Chairman of the board of directors at Nuance Communications, an AI-enabled communication company (NASDAQ: NUAN), since 2018; a member of the board of directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biotechnology company (NASDAQ: VRTX) since 2019; and the Chairman of the board of directors at Grid Dynamics, as described above, since 2020. From 2005 to 2014, he was a member of the board of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, where he served on the audit and compensation committees. He was also a member of the board of Technicolor (SA), a technology company in the media and entertainment sector from 2010 until 2015, where he chaired its technology committee. In addition, since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Carney Global Ventures, LLC, a global investment vehicle. Mr. Carney holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, as well as a M.S. degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College.

David Roberson, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer as well as Chairman of the Board , has more than 30 years of senior executive experience in the technology industry. Mr. Roberson served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at Hewlett-Packard Company from 2007 to 2011, responsible for a $4 billion business line and 6,000 employees. Under his leadership of the business line, Mr. Roberson presided over the acquisition of LeftHand Networks, IBRIX and 3PAR. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Roberson served as Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, or “HDS”, from 2006 to 2007. Over Mr. Roberson’s 26 year tenure at HDS, he helped transform the company from a mainframe focused provider into a leader in the storage market. Since 2012, following his tenure with Hewlett-Packard Company, Mr. Roberson has been a business advisor and mentor to technology companies. Mr. Roberson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley-based accounting and financial advisory firm that provides professional service solutions to public and private companies, including a number of pre-IPO technology companies, since 2020. Mr. Roberson also brings a wealth of experience from serving on the boards of several technology companies, including Spansion Corporation (formerly NYSE: CODE), a flash memory manufacturer, from 2005 to 2008, Integrated Device Technology Corporation (formerly NASDAQ: IDTI), a mixed signal semiconductor solution provider, International Game Technology Corporation (NYSE: IGT), developer and manufacturer of computerized gaming equipment, software and systems from 2004 to 2005, Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO), backup, recovery and archive solution provider, from 2011 to 2017 and Brocade, a data and storage networking solution provider, from 2014 to 2017. While serving as a director and Chairman of the Corporate Development Committee at Brocade, in partnership with Mr. Carney, Mr. Roberson oversaw the company’s sale to Broadcom. Mr. Roberson previously served on the board of Raging Wire, a leading provider of wholesale data centers for top enterprises and cloud companies and a platform subsidiary of the NTT Communications group from 2002 to 2006 and 2011 to 2014 and also currently serves as the Chairman of Push Technology, a private technology company focused on data delivery for web, mobile and Internet of Things (“IoT”) applications, since 2017. Mr. Roberson holds a B.A degree in Social Ecology from University of California at Irvine and a J.D degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his extensive operational and investment experience in the technology sector.

Gale England, our President and a director nominee , has more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry. Mr. England served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations at Brocade where he oversaw engineering, manufacturing and supply chain, procurement, intellectual property and information technology from 2013 to 2018. During his time at Brocade, Mr. England, in partnership with Mr. Carney and Mr. Roberson, oversaw the acquisition or asset purchase and integration of six companies including Vyatta Inc., Vistapointe Networks, Riverbed, Connectem Inc., Steel App and Ruckus Wireless, and the divestitures of six business units in connection with the Broadcom acquisition of Brocade. Between 2018 and 2020, Mr. England was a General Partner at Thomson Kelvin Capital, a venture capital firm focused on disruptive technology businesses in the United States and Asia. Between 2019 and 2020, Mr. England also served as Chief Manufacturing/Supply Chain Officer at Carbon, a digital manufacturing company, where he was responsible for overseeing all of its operations, ensuring the company meets productivity, efficiency and growth targets. Prior to his tenure at Brocade, Mr. England was Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Quality at Grass Valley, LLC, where he led the rollout of services and technology designed to improve the company’s manufacturing, ordering, logistics, supply chain and quality processes from 2011 to 2013. Earlier in his career, Mr. England served in senior executive and operating positions at Sonus Networks, Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Wellfleet Communications alongside Mr. Carney and members of the board of directors. Mr. England also currently serves as a director at Torii Technologies, a governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) solutions provider, since 2018. Mr. England holds a B.S degree in Economics from California State University — Chico. He is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his extensive operational and investment experience in the technology sector.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert Ferrell, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part, served 38 years in the U.S. Army. His final assignment was as Chief Information Officer responsible for overseeing an annual budget of $10.5 billion in Army information-technology investments from 2013 to 2017, and responsible for setting strategic direction and objectives for the Army’s network that serviced over 1.2 million people. Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ferrell previously commanded the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and served as Director, Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, U.S. Africa Command from 2008 to 2013. Since 2017, he has served as Vice President, Public Sector Strategy, at World Wide Technology, Inc, a private technology solutions provider. Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert Ferrell holds a B.S degree in Marketing from Hampton University, a M.S degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and M.S degree in Strategy from the Army War College. He is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his extensive operational and investment experience in the technology sector.

Carol Goode, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part, is a multifaceted business executive with over 35 years of experience. During her career she has led due diligence, talent assessment and integration/divestiture efforts on over 20 M&A transactions. Ms. Goode currently runs her own consultancy advising corporations and the public sector on human capital strategy. Ms. Goode previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brocade Communications, overseeing Brocade’s 6,000-person global workforce from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Goode currently serves on the Board of Directors for Science Applications International Corp (NYSE; SAIC), a government services and information technology support company, and is a member of its Human Resources & Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee since 2019. Until August 2019, Ms. Goode also served on the Board of Directors for WageWorks (NYSE: WAGE), an online administrator of consumer directed benefits. Ms. Goode holds a B.S in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and M.B.A degree from Duquesne University. She is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to her extensive operational and public company board experience in the technology sector.

Ellen O’Donnell, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part, is a global business executive with over 20 years of experience in leading in-house legal teams. Ms. O’Donnell previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at McAfee, a private internet security company, from 2019 to 2020, where she was responsible for global legal, privacy, government affairs and compliance matters. While at McAfee, Ms. O’Donnell worked to mature governance processes and drive public company readiness, and was co-lead of McAfee’s COVID-19 Response Team. Prior to McAfee, Ms. O’Donnell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Brocade Communications from 2014 to 2017. During her tenure at Brocade, Ms. O’Donnell led teams that completed 11 M&A transactions and a China-based joint venture, and was instrumental to success of the CFIUS and Antitrust regulatory approval processes in connection with the sale of Brocade to Broadcom. Prior to Brocade, Ms. O’Donnell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Micromuse, an enterprise and telecom network management company, from 1999 to 2006 with Mr. Carney as its Chief Executive Officer and in leadership positions at LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC, an entertainment development company, from 2007 to 2010, and VeriFone Holdings, Inc., a provider of technology for electronic payment transactions, from 1997 to 1999. Ms. O’Donnell holds a B.A in History from Stanford University and a J.D degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to her extensive legal and operational experience in the technology sector.

Advisors

Alex Vieux is the chief executive officer of Herring International, a Belgian corporation. Over the last 35 years, he has worked with and engaged C-suite executives from five continents, scouting disruptive companies later embraced by the markets. Red Herring has ranked the most prominent startups in the global technology industry and featured them in its publication since 1993. Many of the Red Herring “Top 100” end up being acquired or going public. Mr. Vieux started his career at Arthur Andersen/Accenture. Then he co-founded two technology companies, C•ATS Software and Renaissance Software, both fintech startups that either went public or were sold in the 1990’s. He also founded ETRE, The European Technology Roundtable Exhibition a yearly forum assembling 800 technology world leaders. He was elected on the board of directors of Tandem Computers and Computer Associates (listed on NYSE) Checkpoint Software, Commerce One, and Qualys (listed on NASDAQ) as well as dozens of private companies. He served as an advisor to Chaserg Technology Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: CTAC), a blank-check company which consummated its initial business combination in March 2020, and serves as an advisor to Apex Technology Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: APXT), a blank-check company searching for a target business in the technology industry and E.Merge Technology Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:ETAC), a blank check company searching for a target business in the software and internet technology industries. A graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the French business school HEC, Mr. Vieux also holds a law degree from the Universite de Paris and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Steven Fletcher advised numerous technology companies on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions in his 24 year career as an investment banker. Mr. Fletcher worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs for more than eight years, where he held a number of leadership roles including head of Information Technology Services banking, head of Systems and Storage banking and head of the Private Placement Group. In 2003, he helped to start a new investment bank, GCA (formerly known as Savvian LLC), which has grown to over 400 professionals. Mr. Fletcher was a member of GCA’s U.S. management committee and head of the software group and co-head of the digital media group. Mr. Fletcher has worked on transactions with companies including some of the biggest names in the technology industry as well as hundreds of growth and middle-market technology companies. He served as an advisor to Chaserg Technology Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: CTAC), a blank-check company which consummated its initial business combination in March 2020, serves as an advisor to Apex Technology Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: APXT), a blank-check company searching for a target business in the technology industry, E.Merge Technology Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:ETAC), a blank check company searching for a target business in the software and internet technology industries, and serves on the Board of Directors of Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE), a US media company. He holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.