VectoIQ Acquisition Corp. II
- Industrial, Technology, Transportation
Stephen Girsky has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Director since August 2020. Mr. Girsky is a Managing Partner of VectoIQ, LLC, an independent advisory firm based in New York. Mr. Girsky has more than 30 years of experience working with corporate board executives, labor leaders, OEM leaders, suppliers, dealers and national policy makers. Mr. Girsky served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020, and continues to serve as a member of Nikola’s Board of Directors (and since September 2020 has served as Chairman of the Board). Mr. Girsky served in a number of capacities at General Motors from November 2009 until July 2014, including Vice Chairman, having responsibility for global corporate strategy, new business development, global product planning and program management, global connected consumer/OnStar, and GM Ventures LLC, Global Research & Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Mr. Girsky served as Chairman of the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board from November 2011 to January 2014 and was President of GM Europe from July 2012 to March 2013. He also served on General Motors’ Board of Directors following its emergence from bankruptcy in June 2009 until June 2016. Mr. Girsky has also served as president of Centerbridge Industrial Partners, an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, LP and a multibillion dollar investment fund, from 2006 to 2009. Prior to Centerbridge, Mr. Girsky served as Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of General Motors from 2005 to 2006, and prior to that Mr. Girsky served as managing director at Morgan Stanley and as senior analyst of the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive and Auto Parts Research Team. In addition to Nikola, Mr. Girsky currently serves on the Boards of Directors of United States Steel Corporation and Brookfield Business Partners Limited, the general partner of Brookfield Business Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BBU; TSX BBU.UN), as well as two private companies, Clarios and Valens Semiconductor Ltd. We believe Mr. Girsky is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based on his extensive leadership and business experience, together with his strong background in finance and public company governance.
Mary Chan has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since August 2020. Ms. Chan is a Managing Partner of VectoIQ, LLC. Ms. Chan served as Chief Operating Officer of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020. Ms. Chan joined General Motors in 2012 as President, Global Connected Consumer. In that role, she was responsible for building the next generation of connected vehicle product and services. Prior to General Motors, Ms. Chan worked at Dell Inc., where she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services from 2009 to 2012. At Dell, she was responsible for developing Consumer PC/Gaming products and Enterprise Mobility Application services. Prior to Dell, with over 20 years of wireless infrastructure experience she was the EVP/President Global Wireless Network Group at Alcatel-Lucent and SVP of Wireless R&D at Lucent Technologies Inc. Ms. Chan currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA), Dialog Semiconductor PLC (ETR: DLG), SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAC) and CommScope (Nasdaq: COMM), as well as two private companies, WiTricity Corporation and Service King.
Steve Shindler has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2018. Mr. Shindler is a Director of NII Holdings, Inc., a provider of differentiated mobile communications services for businesses and high value consumers in Latin America. Mr. Shindler served as Chief Financial Officer of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020, and has served on the board of directors of Nikola since September 2020. Mr. Shindler served as Chief Executive Officer of NII from 2012 until August of 2017 as well as from 2000 to 2008. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Shindler successfully transformed NII from a start-up operation into a leading wireless provider with nearly 11.5 million subscribers. In his most recent role as Chief Executive Officer of NII, Mr. Shindler guided the company through a financial restructuring that included sales of its core businesses in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, as well as a voluntary petition seeking relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in September 2014, where he continued in the Chief Executive Officer role following its emergence from bankruptcy in June 2015. Mr. Shindler joined Nextel Communications, Inc. in 1996 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Nextel, Mr. Shindler was Managing Director of Communications Finance at The Toronto Dominion Bank, one of the largest suppliers of capital to the wireless industry. Mr. Shindler is also a founding partner of RIME Communications Capital, a firm that has invested in early stage media, tech and telco companies.
Mindy Luxenberg-Grant has served as our Treasurer and Secretary since August 2020. Ms. Luxenberg-Grant served as Treasurer of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020. Ms. Luxenberg-Grant is the Chief Financial Officer of VectoIQ LLC. Prior to joining VectoIQ LLC, Ms. Luxenberg-Grant was a Founder and has served as Chief Financial Officer of Headhaul Capital Partners LLC since April 2013. Ms. Luxenberg-Grant was also the Chief Financial Officer of Jefferies Capital Partners LLC and its predecessors from 1997 to 2009. She was a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she specialized in business assurances and tax services as part of its Entrepreneurial Advisory Services group and serviced exclusively venture capital and private investment fund clients. Ms. Luxenberg-Grant also spent two years as the Chief Financial Officer of Western NIS Enterprise Fund, a venture capital fund which invested in small and medium-sized companies based primarily in the Ukraine.
Rich Bilotti has served as our Vice President – Business Development since September 2020. Mr. Bilotti was the Portfolio Manager for Global Special Situations at P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (“PSAM”) from July 2010 through September 2020. Prior to joining PSAM, Mr. Bilotti was a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, where he focused on public and private investments in the media and telecom sectors. From 1994 to 2006 Mr. Bilotti worked at Morgan Stanley, where he held positions as an equity research analyst, Executive Director and most recently Managing Director, focusing on the communications and entertainment industries. Mr. Bilotti has also held positions at Prudential Bache Securities, L.F. Rothschild and Kidder, Peabody.
Julia Steyn has served as our Vice President – Business Development since September 2020. Ms. Steyn is the Chief Commercial Officer of VectoIQ, LLC. Prior to that, Ms. Steyn served as Chief Executive Officer of Bolt Mobility, a pioneer start-up in business-to-business micromobility technology. Previously, Ms. Steyn served as Vice President, Urban Mobility and Chief Executive Officer of Maven at General Motors from 2015 to 2019, where she was responsible for the development of acquisition and organic new mobility strategy. She joined General Motors as Vice President, Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, in 2012. In her role, Julia oversaw multiple strategic transactions for General Motors, including acquisition of a minority stake in Lyft and a strategic partnership with Opel/PSA. Ms. Steyn was Vice President and Co-Managing Director of Alcoa Corporate Development from 2008 to 2012 and was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2008. She currently serves as an independent director of First Group PLC.
Sarah W. Hallac will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Ms. Hallac served as a director of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020. Ms. Hallac has served as a consultant for a corporate philanthropic initiative by BlackRock, Inc., an investment management corporation. Ms. Hallac is a retired investment banker from Bear, Stearns and Company, where she spent her entire career in the Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions group. Ms. Hallac was involved in the early days of mortgage securitization including the first Agency Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit (REMIC) issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA). Ms. Hallac has been published in several books, including The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities. We believe Ms. Hallac is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based on her extensive experience in investment banking and evaluating investments.
Richard J. Lynch will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Lynch served as a director of Vecto I from its incorporation in January 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Nikola in June 2020. Mr. Lynch has served as President of FB Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the telecommunications industry, since October 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Lynch held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with Verizon Communications and with Verizon Wireless and its predecessors. Mr. Lynch currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN) and a director of Blackberry Limited (NYSE: BB). We believe Mr. Lynch is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based on his extensive leadership experience in the technology industry and serving on the Boards of public companies.
Sherwin Prior will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Prior has over 20 years of experience as a finance and investment professional. He has served as Director of U.S. ventures at Orbia, a venture capital firm, since March 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Prior served as managing partner of Blue Victor Capital, LLC, an early-stage venture capital fund that he co-founded in April 2018. From September 2010 to April 20218 he served as the managing director of GM Ventures LLC, the corporate venture capital arm of General Motors. Mr. Prior’s investment experience also includes work as a buy-side equity analyst for NorthPointe Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York. In 2017, Mr. Prior was ranked #14 in the Global Corporate Venturing Rising Stars publication. In 2018, Mr. Prior was recognized as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by the SAVOY publication. We believe Mr. Prior is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors based on his extensive investment, finance and transactional experience.
On March 4, 2014, a purported class action lawsuit was filed against NII and certain of NII’s current and former directors and executive officers (including Mr. Shindler) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of a putative class of persons who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of NII between February 25, 2010 and February 27, 2014. In September 2016, a settlement was entered into that fully released all claims against the individual defendants.
Other Business Development Advisors
Daniel F. Akerson served as Vice Chairman of The Carlyle Group from March 2014 to December 2015. Mr. Akerson was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company from January 2011 until his retirement in January 2014. He was elected to the Board of Directors of General Motors Company in 2009 and was Chief Executive Officer from September 2010 to December 2010. Prior to joining General Motors Company, he was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, serving as the Head of Global Buyout from July 2009 to August 2010 and as Co-Head of U.S. Buyout from June 2003 to June 2009. Prior to his time at GM and Carlyle, he held a variety of executive roles including Chairman and CEO of XO Communications (1999-2003), Chairman and CEO of Nextel Communications, Inc. (1996-2001), Chairman and CEO of General Instrument (1993-1995) and Executive Vice President, President and COO of MCI Communications (1983-1993). Mr. Akerson currently serves as Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Foundation, Chairman of KrollDiscovery, LLC, an information services company, and as a member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin.
Robert Gendelman has served as Senior Portfolio Manager and head of Equity Investments at Loews Corporation, a diversified holding company, since January 2013. Prior to joining Loews Corporation, Mr. Gendelman was Chief Investment Officer for RG Advisors, and prior to that was Managing Director at Clearbridge Advisors, where he managed assets for Legg Mason Partners Capital & Income Fund. He also spent approximately 10 years as a portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman.
Stefan Jacoby has had more than 30 years of broad international experience in the automotive industry including more than 11 years of experience as a CEO and executive Vice President. Mr. Jacoby served as executive Vice President of General Motors, President of General Motors International Operations and was a member of the Global Executive leadership team until March 2018. Prior to joining General Motors, Mr. Jacoby was the Global CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation, and prior to that was the CEO and President of Volkswagen Group of America. Prior to those roles at Volkswagen Group of America, he also held the roles of Executive Vice President of Group Marketing and Sales at Volkswagen, as well as CEO and President at Mitsubishi Motors Europe. Mr. Jacoby currently sits on the board of GM Korea and has had past board experience at Volvo Car Corporation, Auto Alliance, Volkswagen AG, and a JV company of Volkswagen AG, SAIC and FAW. He has also been a member of supervisory boards at LeasePlan Corporation, Volkswagen Financial Services AG and Europcar.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann is a senior executive with 30 years of international business experience in the semiconductor and automotive industries. Dr. Neumann served as the Senior Vice President at General Motors and was CEO of Adam Opel AG. Prior to that, Dr. Neumann was the CEO and President of Volkswagen Group China. At Volkswagen, he held several other roles including Executive Vice President of Volkswagen Group, Electromobility. Prior to that, he held various executive roles at Continental AG, including CEO, CTO and acting CFO. Dr. Neumann started his career at Motorola and held a number of roles including Design Engineer, Senior Systems Engineer and Director of Strategy and Advanced System Laboratories.