Cerberus Telecom Acquisition Corp.
- Registration2020-10-02 Filed S1
- IPO2020-10-23 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2021-03-12 Agreement for merger
- Completed2020-06-30 Merger Completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Grid Dynamics
- Merged Ticker
- Telecommunications, Technology
Frank W. Bruno, our Chairman , is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus and is responsible for leading Cerberus’s global investment activities across credit, private equity, and real estate strategies, working closely with Co-Chief Executive Officer, Stephen A. Feinberg. Prior to this role, Mr. Bruno was President of Cerberus Global Investments, where he was responsible for leading Cerberus’s international businesses. Since joining Cerberus in 1998, Mr. Bruno has overseen the investment of more than $38 billion in equity capital in Asia and Europe alone. Under Mr Bruno’s leadership, Cerberus expanded its international presence significantly, opening global advisory offices across Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and across Europe, including Baarn, Belfast, Dublin, Frankfurt, London and Madrid. Mr. Bruno graduated from Cornell University and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bruno currently serves on the Wharton School’s Graduate Advisory Board.
Timothy M. Donahue, our Chief Executive Officer and a nominee to our board of directors , served as the Chief Executive Officer of Nextel Communications Inc., a nationwide wireless telecommunications company, from 1999 until 2005, when Nextel was merged with Sprint Corporation to form Sprint Nextel Corporation. Thereafter, and until 2006, Mr. Donahue was the Executive Chairman of Sprint Nextel and the Chairman of the Sprint Nextel Corporation. From 1996 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Donahue served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nextel. During his tenure at Nextel, Nextel experienced significant improvements in financial performance, including significant growth in revenues and EBITDA. Over that same period, the market capitalization of the company increased from approximately $16 billion to approximately $40 billion. Mr. Donahue started his telecommunications career with McCaw Cellular in 1986 as president of its paging division. Mr. Donahue is currently a member of the board of directors of Ligado Networks (wireless network), and AURA Network Systems (communications), and former member of the board of directors of NVR Inc. (home builder) (NYSE:NVR). Mr. Donahue is a former director of ADT Corporation (home security) (formerly NASDAQ:ADT); Covidien plc (medical devices) (NYSE:COV); Eastman Kodak Company (imaging) (NYSE:KODK); Nextel Partners Inc. (telecommunications); and Tyco International Ltd. (diversified) (formerly NYSE:TYC). Mr. Donahue also served on the board of John Carroll University and is the former chairman of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In 2004, Institutional Investor Magazine honored Mr. Donahue as the best chief executive officer in the telecommunications services and wireless sector based on ratings by investors and brokerage firm analysts. Mr. Donahue received his BA in English Literature from John Carroll University.
Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir, our Chief Technology Officer and a nominee to our board of directors , is best known for driving transformational change through technology innovation at Verizon where he was Group Chief Information Officer from January 2000 to December 2010, at Barclays Bank as Group Chief Operating Officer from January 2011 to December 2013, and at Juniper Networks from January 2014 to December 2014 and Coriant from September 2015 to June 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Dr. Kheradpir continues to work with high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, leading private equity firms, and national governments on 5G networks, next generation applications for the industrial internet, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and blockchain. Dr. Kheradpir was on the founding Executive Leadership Committee of Verizon, helping transform it from a phone company to a premier telecom company worldwide in super high-speed networks such as FiOS and 4G-LTE, in interactive multi-media, and in world-class customer service and internal automation. At Barclays, Dr. Kheradpir was Group Chief Operating Officer and on the bank’s Global Executive Committee, setting the course for 21st century industrialization in financial services. At Juniper as Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kheradpir focused the company by creating and executing its Integrated Operating Plan (IOP), while becoming a premier “cloud-builder” and creator of “high IQ networks” via cutting-edge networking technology, automation and machine learning. At Coriant as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kheradpir integrated and re-invented three predecessor companies of Tellabs, Siemens Optical, and Sycamore, creating the industry-first Hyperscale Carrier Architecture (HCA) products, propelling Coriant to become the leading insurgent telecom equipment company worldwide across high-speed packet-optical and 5G networks. Dr. Kheradpir received his BS, MS and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University, served on the advisory board of US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is on the board of MTN Group (260 million wireless subscribers), and is on the Cornell University Engineering Council. Dr. Kheradpir was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2006 and selected in 1990 as outstanding young engineer by US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Jeffrey L. Lomasky, our Chief Financial Officer , is the Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management. Mr. Lomasky joined Cerberus in 1994. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Lomasky was the Chief Financial Officer of New Street Securities from 1992 to 1994. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Lomasky was the controller of Drexel Burnham Lambert and from 1989 to 1990, he was the Chief Financial Officer of European activities for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Lomasky is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College.
Nicholas P. Robinson, our Co-Chief Investment Officer , is a Managing Director and Cerberus’ Global Head of Trading. Mr. Robinson currently sits on Cerberus’ Corporate Credit Investment Committee. Cerberus’ Corporate Credit team has invested approximately $30 billion across industries, geographies, and asset classes since inception. Mr. Robinson helps manage several of Cerberus’ largest ICT investments. Mr. Robinson is a member of Cerberus’ Financial Risk Subcommittee and is involved in risk management for the firm globally. Mr. Robinson joined Cerberus in 2011 from Morgan Stanley where he was an Executive Director in the Distressed Credit Trading division. Mr. Robinson started his career in the Leveraged Loan Group at Goldman Sachs in 2004. Mr. Robinson graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Michael K. Palmer, our Co-Chief Investment Officer , is a Managing Director at Cerberus within Cerberus’ private equity platform, which invests in global companies across various industries and geographies. In this role, Mr. Palmer helps support Cerberus’ private equity investments in healthcare, telecommunications and technology companies. Mr. Palmer has assisted in the identification of opportunities to collaborate with innovative managers and invest in sectors undergoing transformation. Mr. Palmer has also contributed to the development of Cerberus�� investing practice in emerging markets and he currently serves on Cerberus’ Emerging Markets Investment Committee. Mr. Palmer is also on the Board of Directors of Stratolaunch, an American aerospace company that develops and operates technologies to fulfill national priorities; and AURA Network Systems, a company focused on developing a dedicated nationwide air-to-ground wireless communications network. Mr. Palmer previously served on the Board of Directors of Steward Health Care (an accountable care organization), Covis Pharma (a specialty pharmaceuticals company), PaxVax Global (a global specialty vaccines business), and Print Media Holdings (a division of YP Holdings, which was an advertising solutions platform that Cerberus carved out of AT&T). Mr. Palmer is a graduate of Duke University.
Dr. Hossein Moiin will be appointed to our board of directors in connection with this offering. Dr. Moiin has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector. Dr. Moiin was Chief Technology, Innovation, and Strategy Officer for Nokia Mobile Networks from 2016 to 2018 where he was responsible for returning Nokia to profitability following the acquisition of the Alcatel Lucent wireless business and merging portfolios in a manner that minimized customer disruption. Dr. Moiin was also responsible for 5G and IoT, and for creating a roadmap from 4G networks encompassing technology and business models. Prior to that, Dr. Moiin was Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and a member of the Executive Board of Nokia from January 2012 to February 2016. Dr. Moiin also served in senior technology roles at British Telecom and T-Mobile. Dr. Moiin obtained his BS, MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Electrical and Computer Engineering.