Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.
Harry E. Sloan has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since October 2020. Most recently Mr. Sloan has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FEAC), or Flying Eagle, which raised $600,000,000 in its initial public offering in March 2020 and in September 2020 announced its initial business combination with Skillz Inc., a technology company that enables game developers to monetize their content through fun and fair multi-player competition. Prior to that, Mr. Sloan was a founding investor of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC), which raised $400 million in its initial public offering in May 2019 and in January 2020 announced its initial business combination with DraftKings, Inc., a digital sports entertainment and gaming company known for its industry-leading daily fantasy sports and mobile sports betting platforms, and SBTech (Global) Limited, an international turnkey provider of cutting-edge sports betting and gaming technologies. Mr. Sloan previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp. from April 2013 until the consummation of its initial business combination in March 2015 with Videocon d2h Limited (“Videocon”) (Nasdaq: VDTH). From May 2016 to April 2018 Mr. Sloan served on the board of directors of Videocon, where he was a member of its Nomination, Remuneration and Compensation Committee. Mr. Sloan also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. from February 2011 until the consummation of its business combination in January 2013, and he remains a director of the combined company, Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. From October 2005 to August 2009, Mr. Sloan served as chairman and chief executive officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., or MGM, a motion picture, television, home entertainment, and theatrical production and distribution company, and thereafter continued as non-executive chairman until December 2010. MGM filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010. From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Sloan was chairman and chief executive officer of SBS Broadcasting, S.A. (“SBS”) (Nasdaq: SBTV), a European broadcasting group, operating commercial television, premium pay channels, radio stations and related print businesses in Western and Central and Eastern Europe, which he founded in 1990 and continued as executive chairman until 2005. In 1999, SBS became the largest shareholder of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., or Lions Gate, an independent motion picture and television production company. Mr. Sloan served as chairman of the board of Lions Gate from April 2004 to March 2005. From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Sloan was co-chairman of New World Entertainment Ltd., an independent motion picture and television production company. In January 2011, Mr. Sloan joined the board of Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (“PRISA”) (NYSE: PRIS), Spain’s largest media conglomerate which owns El Pais, the leading newspaper in the Spanish-speaking world, as well as pay television, radio and digital properties. He has served on the board of ZeniMax Media Inc., an independent producer of interactive gaming and web content, since 1999. He currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors and the Executive Board of UCLA Theatre, Film and Television. Mr. Sloan received his B.A. degree from UCLA and J.D. Degree from Loyola Law School.
Eli Baker is a Partner in Eagle Equity Partners (and its related companies). Mr. Baker has been our President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2020. Most recently Mr. Baker has served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Flying Eagle through the business combination with Skillz, Inc. Mr. Baker also served as president, chief financial officer and secretary of Diamond Eagle from March 2019 until the consummation of its business combination with DraftKings, Inc., in April 2020. Mr. Baker served as the president, chief financial officer and secretary of Platinum Eagle from July 2017 until the consummation of its business combination with Target Hospitality in March 2019, and has served as a member of Target Hospitality’s board of directors since March 2019. Mr. Baker served as Double Eagle’s vice president, general counsel and secretary from June 2015 through its business combination in November 2017. Mr. Baker was also a director of Silver Eagle from July 2014 through Silver’ Eagle’s business combination in March 2015. Mr. Baker is a co-founder and partner of Manifest Investment Partners, LLC, a growth equity/venture fund that focuses in early stage technology-enabled business where he has served since June 2016. Mr. Baker continues to be co-managing director and a partner in Hemisphere Capital Management LLC, a private finance company that specializes in special opportunity equity and credit investments in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Baker is a former lawyer and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Hastings Law School.
Scott M. Delman will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Delman has served on Flying Eagle’s board of directors since March 2020. Mr. Delman also served on Diamond Eagle’s board of directors from December 2019 until the consummation of its business combination with DraftKings, Inc., in April 2020. Mr. Delman is the founder of Blue Spruce Productions, a producer of top Broadway and West End theatrical events, and is also the Managing Partner of DGZ Capital, a private equity firm that acquires ownership stakes in alternative investment firms (“DGZ”). Prior to forming DGZ, Mr. Delman was co-founder and President of Capital Z Investments, where he initiated and managed a multi-billion-dollar investment program to sponsor the creation of new alternative asset management companies. Capital Z Investments has invested over $2.0 billion in more than 25 investment firms throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Delman has served on the boards and advisory councils of various academic, corporate, cultural and public policy organizations such as Third Way, the New America Foundation, The Truman Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Yale Drama School and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Delman graduated with honors from Yale College in 1982 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986. Mr. Delman also served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School for Government in 2006 and 2007, where he focused on the intersection between international capital markets and national security.
We believe Mr. Delman is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive private equity and investment experience, as well as his substantial knowledge of the entertainment business.
Joshua Kazam will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Kazam has served on Flying Eagle’s board of directors since March 2020. Mr Kazam also served on Diamond Eagle’s board of directors from May 2019 until the consummation of its business combination with DraftKings, Inc., in April 2020. Mr. Kazam served as a director of Platinum Eagle from its initial public offering through the completion of its initial business combination in March 2019. Mr. Kazam is a co-founder and has been a Partner of Two River Consulting, LLC (“Two River”) since fall of 2004. Mr. Kazam is a co-founder, officer and director of Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), of Kronos Bio Inc. (Nasdaq: KRON), and TS Innovation Acquisitions (TSIA) and a co-founder of Vida Ventures. Mr. Kazam co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of Kite Pharma, Inc. from its inception in 2009 until it was acquired by Gilead Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) in October 2017. Mr. Kazam also serves as a director of several privately held companies, including Iconovir Bio, Hubble Contacts, Byheart, Inc. and Breakthrough Properties, LLC. Mr. Kazam is a Member of the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board and serves on the Board of Directors of the Desert Flower Foundation. Mr. Kazam received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe Mr. Kazam is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive venture capital experience and his experience serving on boards of other public companies.
Dennis A. Miller will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Miller served on the board of directors of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. from May 2011 until the consummation of its business combination in January 2013. Mr. Miller currently serves on the board of Nexstar Broadcasting. Mr. Miller also served on the boards of Radio One, Inc. from September 2011 until 2015 and Storage Upreit Partners, LP from February 2012 until February 2014. In 2005, Mr. Miller became a General Partner of Spark Capital LLC, a venture fund focusing on the tech industry, and is currently a venture partner. In 2000, Mr. Miller became a managing director of Constellation Ventures, the venture partner business anchored by Bear Stearns. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Miller was executive vice president of Lions Gate. Prior to joining Lions Gate, from 1995 to 1998, he was executive vice president of SPE. While there, he was responsible for all television operations of SPE and actively involved with strategic planning and new media. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Miller was executive vice president of Turner Network Television, or TNT, a cable television channel, and in 1993 he took on the additional responsibility for the Turner Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Mr. Miller received his Juris Doctor from Boalt Law School in 1982 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 1978.
We believe Mr. Miller is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his due to his extensive private equity and investment experience and his experience serving on the boards of other organizations.
Laurence E. Paul has been the co-founder and managing principal of Laurel Crown Partners since 2001. Mr. Paul has also served on Flying Eagle’s board of directors since May 2020. Mr. Paul has extensive experience in private equity investing, the identification, negotiation and purchase of new portfolio companies, sale of existing entities and general strategic and financial involvement and oversight of portfolio companies. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Paul worked at Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS) in various investment banking including as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Paul is currently a member of the board of directors for several non-profit organizations and portfolio companies including: Harvard Medical School’s Board of Fellows, Harvard Alumni Association, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Crew Knitwear, Kova International, and Vereco. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Paul was a member of the Board of Governors during which time he served in many roles including Vice Chairman of the board and chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Paul holds a B.A. from Harvard College, a M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
We believe Mr. Paul is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive private equity and investment experience and his experience serving on the boards of other organizations.