Merged into Sarcos Robotics, ticker now STRC
ROT

Completed

Sarcos Robotics

Rotor Acquisition Corp.

Sponsors: Rotor Sponsor
Raised
$276M
CIK
1826681
Focus
Industrial, Consumer
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Brian Finn has served as our Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Treasurer and a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Finn has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry as well as a variety of corporate and philanthropic board roles. From 2008 until he retired in 2013, Mr. Finn served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Management Finance Corp (AMF) and as a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Finn was Chairman and Head of Alternative Investments (AI) at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, the firm launched a series of alternative investment management firms, including GSO (now Blackstone-GSO), Global Infrastructure Partners (partnership with General Electric), China Renaissance Capital (China Private Equity), Gulf Capital (Middle East-North Africa PE), Mubadala Infrastructure Partners (Middle East Infrastructure in partnership with Mubadala and GE), Ospraie Special Opportunities (Commodities PE), Hudson Clean Energy (Alternative Energy PE) and Matlin Patterson (distressed). From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Finn held senior managements positions within Credit Suisse, including President of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), President of Investment Banking, Co-President of Institutional Securities, CEO of Credit Suisse USA and a member of the Office of the Chairman of CSFB. He was also a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group. Mr. Finn began his career in 1982 as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group (M&A) at The First Boston Corporation, ultimately becoming Co-Head of M&A in 1993. He has advised on dozens of transactions worth well over $100 billion. In 1997, he joined the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as a partner and then later rejoined Credit Suisse in 2002. Mr. Finn is a member of the boards of Scotts Miracle Gro and Owl Rock Capital. He is currently Chairman of Star Mountain Capital, Chairman of Covr Financial Technologies, an Investment Partner at Nyca Partners (fintech VC) as well as a board member of a number of early stage companies. He has previously been a Strategic Advisor to KKR, member of the boards of Baxter International, Telemundo, MGM Pictures, and a number of other public and private companies. Mr. Finn is past Chairman of the Undergraduate Executive Board of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chairman of the Board of the City Kids Foundation and a member of the Boards of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation and the Starmar Foundation. Mr. Finn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Finn is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience, relationships and contacts.

Stefan M. Selig has served as a member of our board of directors (Chairman) since our formation. Mr. Selig is an accomplished banker and senior executive who has served in prominent leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. During his nearly 30-year Wall Street career, Mr. Selig built a reputation as a trusted counselor to his clients, and he is recognized for his experience and judgment in providing strategic and financial advice to leading companies and investors. In 2017, Mr. Selig founded, and has since served as Managing Partner of, BridgePark Advisors LLC to provide personalized strategic advice on a broad range of critical business and financial issues and transaction execution to a select group of CEOs, boards of directors, and institutional and high net worth investors. Mr. Selig served as President Obama’s Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2014 to 2016. As one of the nation’s most senior commercial diplomats, Mr. Selig headed the International Trade Administration, a bureau of 2,200 trade and investment professionals in over 75 countries. Mr. Selig also served as the Executive Director of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, sat on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, was a Commissioner for the Congressional Executive Commission on China, and was the Executive Director of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Before joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Selig was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 1999 to 2014, most recently as the Executive Vice Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking. At BAML, Mr. Selig built and maintained critical relationships at the CEO and board level with important clients of the bank. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions with responsibilityfor Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Global Financial Sponsors Groups; Chairman, Fairness Opinion Review Committee, and Member of Risk and Reputation and New York Market Committees. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Selig held various senior investment banking positions, including Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for UBS Securities. He began his investment banking career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at The First Boston Corporation in 1984, and subsequently was an original member of Wasserstein Perella & Co. Mr. Selig currently serves as a director of a number of public and private companies including: Tuscan Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: THCB), a blank check company searching for an initial business combination; Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG), an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and mixed-use destinations; Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), one of the top two radio broadcasters in the U.S., reaching more than 100 million people weekly via its 235 radio stations and its digital platforms and live events. Mr. Selig also serves as lead director of Safehold Inc. (NYSE: SAFE), which acquires, owns, manages and capitalizes ground net leases and of Drive DeVilibiss Healthcare, a leading manufacturer of medical products controlled by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee and the Atlantic Council Councilors Program. Mr. Selig is a graduate received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Selig is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience, relationships and contacts.

Amy Salerno has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2020. From 2016 to 2020, Ms. Salerno served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Covr Financial Technologies, a leading insurance technology firm, where she is currently a member of its Board of Directors. Since retiring from her executive positions with Covr, she has been a private advisor and consultant. Prior to Covr, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Wealth Partners, a multi-family office and wealth advisory boutique catering to high-net worth families, from 2009 to 2016. Previous operational management roles include Greentech Capital Advisors where she was a Principal in the operations and business development area from 2008 to 2009 and BroadStreet Capital Partners where she was Head of Operations from 2005 to 2009. Ms. Salerno began her career in 1997 at Lehman Brothers in the structured products origination and mortgage backed securities groups. Ms. Salerno received a B.A. in Economics with Distinction from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Sam S. Potter has served as our Vice President of Corporate Development since September 2020. Mr. Potter has spent the past six years working with early stage companies where he has led such companies in fundraising, strategy, operations, financial planning and analysis, corporate development and investor relations. Since November 2019, Mr. Potter has been Managing Member of BMB Capital LLC, a consulting firm he founded, which provides its clients with a range of corporate development services including deal sourcing, diligence, and execution work. Beginning in November 2016, Mr. Potter has served in a variety of roles for WVC Holdings and its predecessor, Wolf Venture Capital, LLC, a holding company that is active in founding and investing in early stage companies across a range of industries. From April 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Potter was in corporate development and finance at Ebbu, an early stage hemp and cannabis research company. Prior to that, Mr. Potter was a consultant to GoHydrate, a direct to consumer beverage company, from June 2014 to April 2015. Before starting his work with early stage companies, Mr. Potter served as an investment professional in Ares Management’s Direct Lending business from July 2010 to June 2014. While at Ares Management, Mr. Potter led transaction diligence, structuring and execution as well as provided ongoing portfolio company monitoring and support primarily with respect to middle market financings for companies in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, software, specialty distribution, commercial laundry, broadband communications, specialty manufacturing, waste services and education. Mr. Potter started his career in June 2007 at Deutsche Bank in the Global Industrials Group providing M&A, equity and debt financing services to paper and packaging companies throughout North America. Mr. Potter received a B.S. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

John D. Howard has served as a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Howard has served as the founder and Co-Managing Partner of Irving Place Capital, an investment firm, since its formation in 1997. Mr. Howard has 35 years of private equity investing experience in the consumer products, retail, and industrial industries. Prior to founding Irving Place Capital (as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking), he was the co-Chief Executive Officer of Vestar Capital Partners, a private investment firm specializing in management buyouts. Previously, Mr. Howard was a Senior Vice President and Partner of Wesray Capital Corporation, one of the foremost private equity sponsors and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business. His board experience includes Bendon, New York & Company, rag & bone, AERO SAFETY, Aéropostale, Dots, Integrated Circuit Systems, Multi Packaging Solutions, Nice-Pak Holdings, NRT Incorporated, Safety 1st, Seven For All Mankind, Standard Holdings, Stuart Weitzman, Universal Hospital Services, Vitamin Shoppe. Mr. Howard received a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Yale School of Management. We believe Mr. Howard is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience, relationships and contacts.

David J. Berkman has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since January 2000, Mr. Berkman has served as the Managing Partner of Associated Partners, LP, a private equity firm primarily engaged in telecommunications infrastructure operations and investments. He serves on the boards (or equivalent bodies) of Hamilton Lane Inc. (NASDAQ: HLNE), Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), as Lead Director, and on its audit, compensation (Chair), nominating/corporate governance and executive committees, Franklin Square Holdings, LP and Chemimage, Inc. and on the advisory committee of First Round Capital, a venture firm. Mr. Berkman also serves on the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. He previously served on the boards of Actua Corporation until 2018 and Diamond Resorts International, Inc. until 2016. He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Berkman is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience in private markets, in the start-up and operation of various platforms, as well as his long-standing service on other public company boards. Additionally, we believe his insight in the areas of corporate finance, financial reporting, and accounting and controls will be valuable to our board.

Kim S. Fennebresque has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Fennebresque has served as a senior advisor to Cowen Group Inc., a diversified financial services firm, since 2008, where he also served as its chairman, president and chief executive officer from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Fennebresque serves on the board of directors of Albertsons Companies, a grocery retailer, since March 2015, Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY), a financial services company, since May 2009, BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BXC), a distributor of building products, since May 2013, and as its Chairperson since May 2016. Mr. Fennebresque has served as a member of the Supervisory Board of BAWAG P.S.K., one of Austria’s largest banks, since 2017, and as Deputy Chairman since 2019. Mr. Fennebresque previously served as a director of Ribbon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: RBBN), a provider of network communications solutions, from October 2017 to February 2020, and as a director of Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc. (the parent of DynCorp International, a provider of defense and technical services and government outsourced solutions) from May 2015 to July 2017. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Fennebresque served as chairman of Dahlman Rose & Co., LLC, an investment bank. He has also served as head of the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions departments at UBS and was a general partner and co-head of investment banking at Lazard Frères & Co. He has also held various positions at First Boston Corporation, an investment bank acquired by Credit Suisse. Mr. Fennebresque received a B.A. from Trinity College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review. We believe Mr. Fennebresque is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience as a director of several public companies and history of leadership in the financial services industry.