Omnichannel Acquisition Corp.
- Technology, Retail, Consumer, Healthcare, Unicorns
Matt Higgins has been our Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and a member of our board of directors since September 2020. In 2012, Mr. Higgins co-founded RSE Ventures, a private investment firm that focuses on sports and entertainment, media and marketing, food and lifestyle, and technology, where he currently serves as its chief executive officer. Mr. Higgins represents RSE Ventures on numerous boards of directors, including Momofuku, Drone Racing League, &pizza, Fuku, Milk Bar, Bluestone Lane, Derris, VaynerMedia, FanVision, SkOUT Secure Intelligence and Relevent Sports. Mr. Higgins has also served as the vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins since 2012 and on the board of directors of Healthe Lighting (since 2020) and Autism Speaks (since 2013). In connection with RSE Ventures, Mr. Higgins has also launched several companies, including the International Champions Cup, Insignia and VaynerRSE, alongside Gary Vaynerchuk in 2014. Mr. Higgins is an Executive Fellow at the Harvard Business School, where he co-teaches a course on emerging consumer trends, Moving Beyond DTC, through Harvard’s Short Immersive Program (SIP). Mr. Higgins received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and honorary doctorate from Queens College and his J.D. from Fordham Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Mr. Higgins’ qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive knowledge of consumer trend and involvement with major consumer brands through RSE.
Chris Pantoya has been our Chief Financial Officer since October 2020. Ms. Pantoya has served as the chief commercial officer, head of strategy of FANchise, a professional football e-sports platform, since July 2020. Additionally, Ms. Pantoya currently serves as a board member of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) (since February 2019) and the managing director of Uncommon Brands, which she founded in January 2019. Prior to these roles, Ms. Pantoya was a senior vice president and the head of the Mobile & Direct-to-Consumer division of the National Basketball Association from January 2015 to October 2018 and a vice president in the corporate development and strategy department of Verizon Communications from April 2012 to January 2015. Ms. Pantoya has held numerous other senior operating roles in various telecommunications companies throughout her career, including Cox Communications, Enhanced Wireless, Clearwire, Sprint Nextel and PrimeCo. She attended Old Dominion University where she received her MBA in 1995 and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 1993.
Austin Simon has been our Chief Operating Officer since October 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Simon was an associate at Kainos Capital, a private equity firm dedicated to the consumer sector from July 2016 to July 2018. Before that, Mr. Simon was an associate at BlackRock in the U.S. Private Capital group, a principal investment team focused on private equity and credit investments in middle market companies from May 2013 to July 2016. At BlackRock, Mr. Simon’s team led the formation of Gordon Brothers Finance Company, a retail industry-focused investment platform jointly managed by BlackRock U.S.P.C. and Gordon Brothers Group. Mr. Simon started his career at Deutsche Bank as an analyst from 2012 to 2013 in the consumer and retail industry coverage group. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tulane University, summa cum laude in 2012, and his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School in 2020.
Bobbi Brown will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mrs. Brown is the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, where she served as the Chief Creative Officer until 2016. Mrs. Brown also launched Beauty Evolution, a modern lifestyle company for all things wellness, beauty, and everything in between. Beauty Evolution has facilitated the launch of three new brands: EVOLUTION_18, a line of lifestyle-inspired wellness and beauty ingestible products; justBOBBI.com, an editorial platform; and THE GEORGE, a boutique hotel. She is the Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, has her own podcast, and pens columns for Charlotte’s Book, PureWow, and Naturally, Danny Seo. She is the author of nine books, including many New York Times bestsellers. Mrs. Brown has received wide recognition, including the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, the Fashion Group International Night of Stars Beauty Award, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s ROBIE Humanitarian Award. She was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation and has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Mrs. Brown earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Montclair State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Monmouth University, and Emerson College. Mrs. Brown’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her experience in launching several successful brands in the beauty and makeup industry.
Albert Carey will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Carey currently serves as the chairman of the board of Unifi, Inc. (since April 2019) and has been on the board of directors of The Home Depot since 2008. Mr. Carey previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo North America from March 2016 to April 2019, where he was responsible for leading PepsiCo’s North America Beverage business, Frito Lay North America, and the North America Nutrition business. Prior to his role as the chief executive officer, Mr. Carey held multiple executive roles at PepsiCo, working across the snacks and beverages portfolio. He served as president and CEO of Frito-Lay North America, where he led the snack and convenient foods business, and as president of PepsiCo Sales, where he led sales and customer management for the company’s retail, foodservice and fountain businesses. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 1981, Mr. Carey worked at Procter & Gamble for seven years. Mr. Carey is on the Board of Trustees, and the Dean’s advisory council of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, both at the University of Maryland. Mr. Carey holds a Bachelor of Science in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Carey’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his decades of experience working with iconic food and beverage brands.
Priya Dogra will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mrs. Dogra currently serves as the President, WarnerMedia for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia (excluding China) (since July 2020). She is responsible for various commercial and content activities, including theatrical distribution, advertising, affiliate sales, content sales, programming, production as well as the operations of the company’s linear channels across the regions. Mrs. Dogra has been in the media sector for over a decade and prior to this role, she served as the head of Strategy & Corporate Development for WarnerMedia from August 2018 to July 2020, with responsibility for driving the company’s overall corporate growth initiatives and their direct-to-consumer strategy internationally. Previously, Mrs. Dogra served as the head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Time Warner from August 2015 to July 2018. She has extensive public company deal experience and considerable background in direct-to-consumer activities. Prior to WarnerMedia, Mrs. Dogra spent seven years at Citigroup in the Media and Telecom Investment Banking group. Mrs. Dogra received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Mrs. Dogra’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her work with commercial activities and direct-to-consumer strategy at WarnerMedia.
Vicky Free will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mrs. Free currently serves as the senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer for Novant Health (since May 2019) and has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and brand management. At Novant, she oversees and implements the organization’s marketing strategies including brand, market research, paid media and campaign management, digital engagement as well as insights and analytics. Mrs. Free was previously the senior vice president of global brand strategy, marketing and creative for Disney/ABC International from March 2017 to May 2019, where she led the overall brand strategy, marketing campaign development, retail marketing and digital initiatives to drive sales, ownership and consumption of Walt Disney Studios Theatrical in-home content and ABC Television Distribution content. Prior to working at Disney/ABC International, Mrs. Free served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BET Networks from June 2011 to January 2017, where she led brand strategy and consumer advertising across the BET Networks enterprise. Mrs. Free also held several marketing leadership positions with Time Warner, including Turner Networks, TNT, TBS and TCM. Prior to her work in national media, Mrs. Free worked with McDonald’s Corporation to develop annual marketing campaigns for women and multicultural markets. Mrs. Free is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and on the board of directors for PromaxBDA, serving as the Secretary of the Executive Board, and is a member of the University of South Carolina Dean’s Advisory Board. She has been recognized for her executive leadership and marketing expertise by Ad Age, Ebony, UpTown, CableFax 50 Most Powerful Women & Minorities in Cable (2008-2018), NAMIC, Multicultural TV Leadership Awards, PromaxBDA, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Mrs. Free earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has also earned leadership certifications from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and Harvard University. Mrs. Free’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her 25 years of marketing and brand management experience at major media companies.
Mark Gerson will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Gerson currently serves on the board of directors of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), which position he has held since he co-founded GLG in 1998. He is also the co-founder of several other companies in industries ranging from healthcare services to enterprise software, and Create, a venture studio that is launching companies across a number of diversified industries, where he also serves as a board member. Mr. Gerson also serves as a director of Julius (since June 2017), Voray (since August 2014), Quality Reviews (since June 2012), Thuzio (since April 2012) and Matterhorn (since August 2011). He has been a seed round investor in companies in industries from diversified consumer products to biotechnology. Mr. Gerson is also the co-founder and Chairman of United Hatzalah, the crowd-sourced network of volunteer first responders throughout Israel with affiliates throughout the world. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Africa Mission Healthcare Foundation, which supports the work of medical missionaries in Africa through clinical care, training and infrastructure. He has a regular column on the Torah on the Christian Broadcasting Network, and his book, “The Telling — How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life” is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Essentials in March 2021. Mark received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College, summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Gerson’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his role in establishing multiple new companies in diverse industries.
Emmett Shine will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Shine is the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director (since August 2019) of Pattern, a family of consumer brands that work together to help people enjoy daily life. Each brand provides the essentials to make, shape, and grow a home — the center of daily life. Prior to Pattern, Mr. Shine founded Gin Lane, serving as President and Executive Creative Director from January 2008 to August 2019. Gin Lane helped usher in a new wave of consumer-led, digital-first brands, helping to launch and grow Harry’s, SmileDirectClub, Sweetgreen, Hims, Stadium Goods, Quip, Recess, Haus, Sunday Goods, and many more. Mr. Shine is on the founding team of JAJA Tequila and an advisor to Care/Of, Sunday Goods, Swell Energy, Shhhowercap, and Recess. Mr. Shine’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his roles as the Executive Creative Director at Pattern and Gin Lane and his involvement in launching several new brands.