DD3 Acquisition Corp. II
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Dr. Martin M. Werner has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since our inception in September 2020. Dr. Werner served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of DD3 Acquisition I from June 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Betterware in March 2020, and continues to serve as a member of Betterware’s board of directors. He is a co-founding partner of DD3 Capital, a private investment and financial services firm headquartered in Mexico City that provides a wide range of financial services to clients including, among others, merger and acquisitions advisory, equity and debt capital raising, highly structured debt financing and financial restructurings. Prior to founding DD3 Capital in 2016, Dr. Werner worked at Goldman Sachs for 16 years (2000 – 2016) becoming a Managing Director in 2000 and a Partner in 2006. He was co-head of the Investment Banking Division for Latin America and the country head of the Mexico office. From 2011 to December 2019, Dr. Werner served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Red de Carreteras de Occidente (RCO), one of Mexico’s largest private concessionaires operating more than 760 kilometers of toll roads, which was previously owned by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, from 2007 until its sale to Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. and GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd. Prior to his time with Goldman Sachs, Dr. Werner served in the Mexican Treasury Department as the General Director of Public Credit from 1995 to 1997, and as Deputy Minister from 1997 to 1999. Among his numerous activities, he was in charge of restructuring Mexico’s public debt during the financial crisis of 1994 and 1995. Dr. Werner is the second largest investor of Banca Mifel, a leading mid-market Mexican bank with $3.3 billion in assets and a credit portfolio of $2.0 billion. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Comercial Chedraui, a leading supermarket chain in Mexico and the United States, of Empresas ICA, a leading infrastructure construction company in Mexico, and of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, one of Mexico’s largest airport operators. He is a member of Yale University’s School of Management Advisory Board. Dr. Werner holds a bachelor degree in economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Jorge Combe has been our Chief Operating Officer and one of our directors since our inception in September 2020. Mr. Combe served as the Chief Operating Officer and as director of DD3 Acquisition I from June 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Betterware in March 2020. He co-founded DD3 Capital together with Dr. Werner in 2016 and is a managing partner. Prior to co-founding DD3 Capital, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Mexico City from 2010 to 2017. While at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Combe covered companies across the Latin American region and leading several initial equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, structured financing notes and debt offerings transactions in the Mexican and Latin American markets. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Combe was a vice president in the investment banking division in Merrill Lynch from 2009 to 2010. From 2008 to 2009, he worked at GP Investimentos, one of the leading Brazilian private equity firms, where Mr. Combe was part of the founding investment team, analyzing multiple investment opportunities as well as supervising the portfolio company, Fogo de Chao. Prior to GP Investimentos, Mr. Combe worked for Credit Suisse as an associate in the equity capital markets group where he was involved in over 20 equity offerings for Latin American companies. Mr. Combe began his career at Banco Banorte as floor equity trader, where he held various positions in Mexico and New York. Mr. Combe is a member of the Board of Directors of Quiero Casa, a leading real estate residential developer in Mexico. He earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
Daniel Salim has been our Chief Financial Officer since our inception in September 2020. Mr. Salim served as the Chief Financial Officer of DD3 Acquisition I from June 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Betterware in March 2020. Since 2017, Mr. Salim has also been a member of the DD3 Capital team analyzing the deal flow and execution of mergers and acquisitions, equity raising, advisory and debt raising. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Salim worked for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in its Latin America Corporate & Investment Banking Group, where he evaluated project finance and acquisition opportunities involving Mexican blue-chip and state-owned companies, across Latin America, in the renewable energy, petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an analyst at HR Ratings, a local rating agency covering medium and large companies in the retail, real state, consumer, manufacturing and entertainment industries. Mr. Salim received a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Universidad Anahuac Norte and is currently a chartered financial analyst candidate.
Dr. Guillermo Ortiz, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has also served as an independent director of DD3 Acquisition I from June 2018 until the consummation of its business combination with Betterware in March 2020, and continues to serve as a member of Betterware’s board of directors. Dr. Ortiz has also served as Chairman of BTG Pactual Latin America ex-Brazil, a leading Brazilian financial services company with operations throughout Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, since 2015. Prior to joining BTG, from 2010 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Board of Grupo Financiero Banorte-Ixe, the largest independent Mexican financial institution. Dr. Ortiz served two consecutive six-year terms as Governor of Mexico’s Central Bank from 1998 to 2009. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Ortiz served as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit in the Mexican Federal Government where he guided Mexico through the “Tequila” crisis and contributed to the stabilization of the Mexican economy, helping return the nation to growth in 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank. Dr. Ortiz is Chairman of the Board of each of the Pe Jacobsson Foundation, a member of Group of Thirty, the Center for Financial Stability, the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and China’s International Finance Forum. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wetherford International, a leading company in the oil and equipment industry, as well as of a number of Mexican companies, including Aeropuertos del Sureste, one of Mexico’s largest airport operators, and Vitro, a leading glass manufacturer company in Mexico. Dr. Ortiz is also a member of the Quality of Life Advisory board of the Government of Mexico City. Dr. Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Dr. Ortiz was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his significant government service and finance experience.
Daniel Valdez, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has also served as a director (alternate) for Betterware since December 2018, when his co-led special purpose vehicle, Promotora Forteza, S.A. de C.V., acquired a minority stake in the business. He is a Managing Partner of Alternative Investments and Portfolio Manager (Public Equities) for Morales y Guerra Capital Asesores (MG Capital). Mr. Valdez has also served as an independent member of investment committees for several public and private investment trusts, including Altum Capital. Prior to joining MG Capital, he held Senior Analyst positions at prominent hedge funds: Sigma Capital Management from 2012 to 2014; Eton Park Capital Management from 2011 to 2012; and Surveyor Capital (Citadel) from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Surveyor Capital, Mr. Valdez worked as an Investment Banking Associate for Morgan Stanley in New York from 2008 to 2010. While at Morgan Stanley, he joined the Technology, Media & Telecom group executing several initial equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and debt offerings transactions. Mr. Valdez earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University. Mr. Valdez was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive financial and investment management expertise.
Pedro Solís Cámara, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, is a founding partner and director of Solís Cámara y Cia, S.C. and Solís Cámara, López Guerrero, S.C., which are tax advisory firms headquartered in Mexico City and formed in 1991. Prior to founding Solís Cámara y Cia, S.C. and Solís Cámara, López Guerrero, S.C., Mr. Solís Cámara worked at Galaz, Carstens, Chavero y Yamazaki (currently Deloitte) from 1981 to 1986, where he was the head of Grupo SARE’s tax department. From 1986 to 1991, he worked as an independent tax advisor at Solís Cámara, Escobar y Compañia, S.C. Mr. Solís Cámara has also worked in the academic field as a part-time professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) from 1985 to 2015 and has participated as a speaker and panel member numerous conferences on tax issues. From 1995 and 1996, he served as member of the Fiscal Advisory Council on property tax of the Treasury of Distrito Federal, and from 2013 to 2014, he was part of the training group of the Tax Administration System (SAT). Mr. Solís Cámara is an active partner and member of the Fiscal Commission of Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México, A.C. Additionally, he is member of Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos, A.C., of the IFA Grupo Mexico and of the International Fiscal Association. Currently, Mr. Solís Cámara is an investor in advisor to several companies including Bardahl de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Grupo Ambrosia, La Era Natural, Don Apoyo, S.A.P.I. de C.V., Grupo Dinero Práctico, Grupo Gicsa S.A.B. de C.V., Day Asesores, Fibra Plus and Latam Hotel Corporation LTD. Mr. Solís Cámara earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from ITAM in 1983 and his degree in tax law from ITAM in 1985. Mr. Solís Cámara was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his significant accounting and tax advisory experience.
Luis Campos, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has been in the direct to consumer business for almost 25 years. He has been Chairman of Betterware since 2001. Prior to Betterware, Mr. Campos served as Chairman of Tupperware Americas from 1994 to 1999, Chairman of Sara Lee – House of Fuller Mexico from 1991 to 1993, and Chairman of Hasbro Mexico from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Campos is an active member of the “Consejo Consultivo” of Banamex and he was an active member of the Direct Selling Association, The Latin America Regional Managers’ Club and The Conference Board, and a board member of the Economic Development Commission of Mid Florida, Casa Alianza-Covenant House, The Metro Orlando International Affairs Commission, SunTrust Bank and Casa de Mexico de la Florida Central, Inc. Mr. Campos earned a bachelor’s degree in public accounting from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico in 1974. Mr. Campos was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in consumer product companies, especially in direct sales, as well as his relevant top-level experience in American public multinational companies.