Trepont Acquisition Corp I
- Technology, Software, Communications, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Security
Arun Sarin, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Sarin has been a member of our Board of Directors and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception. He currently serves as the Chairman of the board of directors at Cerence Inc. and has been its Director since October 2019. He is also a Director of Accenture PLC since October 2015, Cisco systems, Inc. since 2009, Charles Schwab Corporation since October 2009 and ANI Technologies/Ola Cabs since July 2015. Mr. Sarin served as Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Group plc from July 2003 to July 2008 and as a director at Vodafone Group plc from June 1999 to July 2008. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the USA/Asia-Pacific region of Vodafone plc from June 1999 to April 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Sarin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Airtouch Inc. from February 1997 to June 1999 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Airtouch International from April 1994 to February 1997. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Bluecora, Inc. from April 2000 to January 2001. Mr. Sarin served as Vice President and General Manager of Bay/regional markets, Vice president, Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Bell and Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Pacific Telesis Group from 1989 to 1993. He joined Pacific Telesis in the Corporate Development group in 1984. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Sarin has held several other directorships including Safeway Inc. (2009-2015), Blackhawk Networks (2009-2018), Gap, Inc. (1999-2003), Bank of England (2005-2009) and Mobileum (2017 to date). He was a senior advisor to KKR from 2009 to 2014 and a member of the advisory board of Accel-KKR from 2009 to 2019. Mr. Sarin was named as an Honorary Knight of the British Empire for his services to the communications industry. Mr. Sarin holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Engineering, both from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT, Kharagpur. We believe Mr. Sarin’s experiences make him well qualified to serve as a director.
Ori Sasson, President and Director
Our other Co-Founder, Ori Sasson, has over three decades of experience as an entrepreneur and investor in disruptive technology companies. In 1990, Mr. Sasson founded Scopus Technology, a pioneer in enterprise customer relationship management software. Mr. Sasson served as Chairman and CEO of Scopus from its founding through its IPO in 1996 and its sale to Siebel Systems in 1998. In 1999, Mr. Sasson was appointed CEO of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories (“Genesys”), a provider of computer telephony integration and enterprise interaction management solutions. As CEO, Mr. Sasson, expanded Genesys’ global market reach and recruited an elite international management team. After approximately one year as CEO, Mr. Sasson spearheaded the sale of Genesys to Paris-based Alcatel (NYSE: ALU) for $1.9 billion. In total, Mr. Sasson has founded and seed funded multiple companies that have created billions of dollars in market value. Mr. Sasson has utilized his extensive operational experience as an entrepreneur to build a successful career as technology investor. Prior to founding Primera Capital in 2007, he was a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity firm. As General Partner of Primera Capital, Mr. Sasson leverages his operational knowledge, board experience and network connections to help his portfolio companies. Mr. Sasson’s strategy is to invest in extraordinary products, opportune markets and daring entrepreneurs with unwavering visions. Mr. Sasson has funded some of the world’s most transformative technology companies over the past two decades. Investments include VMware (acquired by EMC), Chegg (NYSE: CHGG), Fandango (acquired by Comcast), Houzz, HomeLight, Tipalti, TripActions and Duda. He founded and served as a board member of GTNexus until facilitating the company's sale to Infor in August 2015. Mr. Sasson was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mobileum. He currently serves as Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Airlinq and sits on the Board of Directors of Mobileum, Lifelink, Jitterbit and AirProtein. He has received numerous accolades, including the award for 1997 Bay Area Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Sasson earned a B.A. in Computer Science & Mathematics and an M.S. in Engineering and Operations Research in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley. We believe Mr. Sasson’s experiences make him well qualified to serve as a director.
Brenton Saunders, Director
Mr. Saunders is the Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan and served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2014 and of Chairman from October 2016 to May 2020, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President, and as director, of Forest Laboratories, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Allergan. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, a leading global eye health company, serving in this capacity from March 2010 until August 2013. Mr. Saunders also held a number of leadership positions at Schering-Plough, including the position of President of Global Consumer Health Care and was named head of integration for the company’s merger with Merck & Co. and for Schering-Plough’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences (2003-2009). Before joining Schering-Plough, Mr. Saunders was a Partner and Head of Compliance Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (1999-2003). Prior to that, he was Chief Risk Officer at Coventry Health Care (1998-1999) and Senior Vice President, Compliance, Legal and Regulatory at Home Care Corporation of America (1997-1998). Mr. Saunders began his career as Chief Compliance Officer for the Thomas Jefferson University Health System (1992-1997). Mr. Saunders serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Inc. and BridgeBio Inc., and is a member of the Business Council. We believe Mr. Saunders’ experiences make him well qualified to serve as a director.
Sanjay Jha, Director
Mr. Jha is the former Chief Executive Officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., a role in which he served from January 2014 to March 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Mobility (January 2011-June 2012), the Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, Inc. (August 2008-December 2010), and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm (May 1994-August 2008). Mr. Jha has also been a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of California-San Diego’s Faculty of Engineering since 2013 and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute since 2012. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of SPARK Microsystems, Swift Navigation, Biological Dynamics, Anello Photonics, Cerence Inc., and is a strategic advisor to Eclipse Ventures. Mr. Jha earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liverpool, a PhD from the University of Strathclyde in Digital Signal Processing, and a D.Sc. from the University of Strathclyde. We believe Mr. Jha’s experiences make him well qualified to serve as a director.
Oren Zeev, Director
From 2015 to present, Mr. Zeev has been the Sole General Partner of Zeev Ventures, a venture capital firm. From 2007 to present, Mr. Zeev invested his own capital in early stage technology startups. Prior to that, Mr. Zeev was General Partner at Apax Partners, a multi-stage venture capital firm. Mr. Zeev also served on the board of Chegg (2008-2013) and Audible (2003-2008). Mr. Zeev has a BSc Cum Laude in EE from the Technion (1990) and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD (1994). We believe Mr. Zeev’s experience as a professional investor makes him well qualified to serve as a director.