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Poema Global Holdings Corp.

Raised
$345M
CIK
1826333
Focus
Technology
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Emmanuel DeSousa is the Co-Chairman of Poema Global and the Co-Founder of Princeville Capital. A seasoned investor with over 20 years of experience in the technology sector spanning advertising, e-commerce, marketplaces, data analytics, and software sectors across Europe, U.S. and Latin America, Mr. DeSousa is a member of the board of directors or shareholder's committee at a number of well-established, European technology companies, including Auto1 Group and Ozon. Mr. DeSousa has a proven investment and advisory track record spanning marquee global technology companies including Alibaba, eBay, Sabre, Softbank and Yandex.

Prior to founding Princeville Capital, Mr. DeSousa served as the Vice-Chairman of Global Technology, Media and Telecom and the Head of Global Internet & New Media investment banking at Deutsche Bank in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. DeSousa was the Head of the Ibero-American technology investment banking team across Europe and Latin America at Credit Suisse. He holds a B.A. with honors from McGill University, a masters of science in computer information systems from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. DeSousa is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Joaquin Rodriguez Torres is the Co-Chairman of Poema Global and the Co-Founder of Princeville Capital. An experienced corporate finance advisor and investor with over 20 years of experience in the technology sectors across Asia, U.S. and Europe. Mr. Rodriguez Torres' advisory clients include leading technology companies, such as Alibaba, Cisco Systems, MercadoLibre, NXP Semiconductors, TAL Education, Tencent and Xiaomi, among others. He has advised in many award-winning transactions throughout his career, as well as on SPAC IPOs and successful subsequent mergers. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors in a voting or an observer or advisory capacity at several technology companies, including Cue & Co., Doctor on Demand, Hipac, Remitly and Versa Networks.

Mr. Rodriguez Torres was formerly a managing director at Deutsche Bank in Silicon Valley and Asia for 11 years, holding various leadership roles, including the Head of Technology, Media and Telecom in Asia and a member of the Corporate Finance Advisory Board. Prior to moving to Asia in 2008, he spent eight years in Silicon Valley at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, advising leading technology companies. Throughout his career, Mr. Rodriguez Torres has executed over 120 corporate finance transactions globally with an aggregate value of more than $125 billion, including raising more than $30 billion in 25 global IPOs. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1998, Mr. Rodriguez Torres founded and led multiple tech start-ups in Latin America. He holds a B.S. with honors from Universidad Catolica Argentina and an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is also currently the vice-chairman of the Global Advisory Council at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Mr. Rodriguez Torres is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Homer Sun is the Chief Executive Officer of Poema Global. Mr. Sun is a seasoned private equity investor and M&A practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Sun was formerly the Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Stanley Private Equity ("MSPE") Asia, a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a member of the Firm's Global Private Credit & Equity Executive Committee. While leading MSPE Asia over 14 years, Mr. Sun managed and fully invested three Pan-Asian funds totaling $3.7 billion of capital deployed across approximately 60 buyout and growth investments. Mr. Sun's private equity investing led to Asian Venture Capital Journal naming him "China Private Equity Professional of the Year".

Prior to MSPE Asia, Mr. Sun spent 10 years as an M&A banker at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division and as an M&A lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. During the course of his career, Mr. Sun has negotiated, structured and led dozens of merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions. These M&A transactions have involved both public and private company deal processes and have primarily been cross-border in nature. Mr. Sun holds a B.S.E. (Chemical Engineering), magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Sun is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Marc Chan is the President of Poema Global. Mr. Chan is a serial entrepreneur, manager and investor with over 35 years of experience. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Amprion Inc., where he is actively involved in technology and product roadmaps, services positioning, market strategies and key management hiring. In 2000, he co-founded the networking equipment provider Harbour Networks, which was acquired by a large strategic investor. Prior to Harbour Networks, he founded Huacomm, a telecom and networks system integration firm in 1997 and continues to serve as an Executive Director where he is involved with business operations as well as marketing and distribution channel strategies. In addition, Mr. Chan serves as an advisor to several global private equity funds, including the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of Princeville Capital. He has 20 years of investment experience across numerous firms as a lead and core strategic advisor, including ArcSoft Inc. (SHA: 688088, Internet & Software) and OM Holdings Ltd. (ASX: OMH, Advanced Materials).

As an experienced operator, Mr. Chan has held various management positions, including the Strategic Marketing Manager for Motorola Semiconductors Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for product pipeline, market strategy and development, major client relationships and strategic technology cooperation programs for the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Chan also served as a Sales and Marketing Manager for the Greater China region at Texas Instruments, where he was responsible for accounts and distribution channel development. Prior to re-locating to Asia from Canada, Mr. Chan worked as a System Design Manager at Motorola Communications Canada, as well as Canadian National Railways, where he was responsible for implementation of supply contracts for major Canadian Government IT and Defense programs. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Sciences (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Chan is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.

Teresa Barger will serve as one of our Directors as of the effective date of the registration statement. Ms. Barger has significant experience and extensive knowledge of ESG investing and corporate governance.

Ms. Barger co-founded Cartica Management LLC, an alternative asset manager dedicated to Emerging Market investment, in 2009, where she currently serves as the CEO. Prior to that, Ms. Barger spent 21 years at the International Finance Corporation investing in emerging market companies in nearly all regions of the world. At IFC, among other positions, Ms. Barger was Division Manager for Africa, Deputy Director of Credit/Investment Review, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds. In that post, Ms. Barger created the first index for EM private equity and co-founded the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Ms. Barger also developed the first two corporate governance funds in the Emerging Markets, for Korea and Brazil. Ms. Barger was subsequently Director of Corporate Governance and Securities Market Development. In that position Ms. Barger was responsible for the governance aspects of IFC investments and using governance as a value addition strategy. Before joining IFC, Ms. Barger was with McKinsey & Company.

In addition, Ms. Barger currently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of American University in Cairo, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India, and ANERA. Ms. Barger also serves on the Advisory Council for the Pacific Pension and Investment Institute and Princeville Climate Tech Fund. Ms. Barger received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. Ms. Barger also did post graduate work at the American University in Cairo.

Richard Hart will serve as one of our Directors as of the effective date of the registration statement. Mr. Hart has over 20 years of management experience in the technology and financial services industries. Mr. Hart currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Altair Engineering (NASDAQ: ALTR), a technical software company; of Wonolo, Inc., a private on-demand labor staffing platform, and of Vitech Corporation, a private vendor of systems software to the financial and insurance verticals. Mr. Hart served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Guidewire Software (NYSE: GWRE), from March 2018 through November 2018, and as its Chief Financial Officer, from March 2015 through March 2018. From 1999 through 2013, Mr. Hart served, among other roles, as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and later at Deutsche Bank, assisting software technology companies with their strategic and financing needs. Prior to his career in technology investment banking, Mr. Hart practiced as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Mr. Hart holds a dual Bachelor's degree in Physics and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate degree from the New York University School of Law.

Christina Kosmowski will serve as one of our Directors as of the effective date of the registration statement. Ms. Kosmowski has over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software space, holding various leadership positions at leading organizations. Ms. Kosmowski currently serves as a Vice President and Global Head of Customer Success and Services at Slack Technologies (NYSE: WORK), Inc. Ms. Kosmowski is responsible for ensuring customers realize the type of business value from Slack that drives lifetime customer loyalty. Prior to Slack, Ms. Kosmowski spent 15 years at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), where she oversaw functions including renewals, consulting, support and customer success management. Ms. Kosmowski started her career as a manufacturing engineer at Tenneco Packaging and also worked as a project manager at Inforte, a global consulting firm specializing in e-business software applications. Ms. Kosmowski serves on the board of Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), a provider of security data and analytics solutions that enable organizations to implement an active approach to cyber security. Ms. Kosmowski received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

Gary Wojtaszek will serve as one of our Directors as of the effective date of the registration statement. Mr. Wojtaszek has extensive experience leading both emerging and established companies with respect to corporate finance and public markets strategy. Mr. Wojtaszek most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CyrusOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: CONE), a real estate investment trust that builds and manages carrier-neutral data centers and provides colocation and peering services, from August 2011 to February 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Wojtaszek served as chief financial officer and board member of Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB), where he had responsibility for the data center business and oversaw CyrusOne's successful spin-off and IPO. Prior to joining Cincinnati Bell in July 2008, he was senior vice president, treasurer, and chief accounting officer for the Laureate Education Corporation (NASDAQ: LAUR) in Baltimore, Maryland from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Wojtaszek worked at Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR), the semiconductor and optical electronics communications division of Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU), from 2001 to 2008, which was subsequently spun off through an initial public offering. While at Agere Systems, Mr. Wojtaszek worked in a number of finance positions, ultimately serving as the vice president of corporate finance, overseeing all controllership, tax and treasury functions. Mr. Wojtaszek started his career in General Motors Company's New York treasury group and joined Delphi Automotive Systems as the regional European treasurer in connection with the initial public offering and spin-off of Delphi Automotive Systems from General Motors.

Mr. Wojtaszek currently serves on the Board of GDS Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: GDS), an integrated provider of high-performance data centers and Information Technology infrastructure services in China, the board of directors of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and the advisory board of the Lyle School of Engineering's Datacenter Systems Engineering Program at Southern Methodist University, Columbia University's Lang Entrepreneur Center and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wojtaszek previously served as a director of Cincinnati Bell Inc., the Dallas Zoo, and Tech Wildcatters. Mr. Wojtaszek received his master's degree of Business Administration from Columbia University and his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.