Provident Acquisition Corp.
Winato Kartono, our Executive Chairman of the Board , is a founder of Provident Group. Mr. Kartono has 24 years of experience in founding, investing, building and operating businesses. He serves as commissioner on the board of Gojek, the largest Internet platform in Indonesia and Tower Bersama. Mr. Kartono is a co-founder of JD.id, founder of Tower Bersama, and founder of Merdeka Copper Gold. Prior to founding PT Provident Capital Indonesia (PCI) in 2004 and Provident Growth in 2018, Mr. Kartono worked at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) for eight years from 1996 to 2004, where he lastly served as the Head of Investment Banking in Indonesia. Prior to joining Salomon Smith Barney, Mr. Kartono worked at Arthur Andersen and Bank Sumitomo Niaga. Mr. Kartono holds a BCommerce from Trisakti University, Indonesia.
Michael Aw, our Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer , is a founding partner of Provident Growth. Mr. Aw has 20 years of investing and investment banking experience. He currently serves as a director on the Board of Pomelo, the leading technology driven modern fashion brand in Thailand and Southeast Asia. In addition, Mr. Aw serves as a director on the board of Horangi, a high-growth cybersecurity SaaS company in Southeast Asia and a board observer of Traveloka. Prior to founding Provident Growth in 2018, Mr. Aw served as a Managing Director in Provident Capital for one year and was responsible for technology-related investments in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Provident Capital, Mr. Aw spent 16 years in UBS’s Investment Banking division in Hong Kong till 2016, where he lastly served as Managing Director and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications in Asia. At UBS, Mr. Aw led and completed various mergers and acquisitions, de-mergers, initial public offerings, bond offerings and loan transactions across various geographies. Mr. Aw holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester and M.Phil. in Management Studies from University of Cambridge. Mr. Aw was also a Cambridge Chevening Scholar.
Andre Hoffmann, President of the Company , has also served as the Executive Vice-Chairman of L’Occitane Group since 2016. Mr. Hoffmann has over 40 years of experience in the consumer retail sector. Mr. Hoffmann invested in L’Occitane Group in 1995 and spearheaded and built its Asia business from a start-up to a leading consumer retail company. Under Mr. Hoffmann’s leadership, L’Occitane en Provence successfully grew in Asia from a single store to over 450 stores as of March 31, 2020 and started its online partnerships in China. L’Occitane Group achieved more than $700 million of revenue from Asia in fiscal year 2020 ended March 31, 2020, according to L'Occitane Group's annual report for such fiscal year. Mr. Hoffmann was a key member of the senior team that led L’Occitane Group’s $900 million acquisition of Elemis, a leading British luxury skincare and spa brand, in 2019. Apart from L’Occitane Group, Mr. Hoffmann invested in Venchi’s Greater China joint venture to help Venchi expand and grow in North Asia. Mr. Hoffmann is also a serial investor who has actively invested in multiple technology companies and sits on the board of Pomelo and the advisory board of Square Yards, a property technology company in India. Mr. Hoffmann holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Charles Mark Broadley will serve as our Independent Director immediately upon the effectiveness of our registration statement on Form S-1, of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Broadley has served as an independent non-executive director of L’Occitane International S.A. since 2008 and is a member of the remuneration committee. He also chairs the audit committee of the board of L’Occitane International S.A. Mr. Broadley serves as interim CEO and member of the audit committee of Future Mobility Solutions, a boat manufacturer focused on military and commercial rigid inflatable boats, where Mr. Broadley is also a shareholder. Mr. Broadley is also a shareholder and has served on the board of Carinat Sports Marketing, a sports marketing company focused on rugby and golf, since 2013, and is Chairman of World Tens Series Inc., a subsidiary of Carinat Sports Marketing. Mr. Broadley is a seasoned investor and has been investing on his own behalf and on behalf of an investor from the Middle East since 2011. His previous investments include M2 Education and Samoa Water. Mr. Broadley’s prior professional experience includes founding Voyager Partners, a private equity firm whose notable transactions include the purchase of a controlling interest in the Fairmont Raffles Hotel Group and of an interest in the Majestic Hotel Group in France. Voyager Partners also purchased the Raffles Hotel in Singapore on behalf of its investor group and a number of commercial properties in France. Prior to Voyager Partners, Mr. Broadley was on the board of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Group (Peninsula) as Chief Financial Officer of the Group from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Broadley started his career as an investment banker at UBS in London and subsequently joined HSBC and Rothschilds. Mr. Broadley holds an M.A. in law from Cambridge University.
Kenneth W. Hitchner will serve as our Independent Director immediately upon the effectiveness of our registration statement on Form S-1, of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Hitchner brings a wealth of financial services experience through a 28-year career at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Hitchner began his career at Goldman Sachs in New York City, United States in 1991 and became a partner in 2002. Over the course of his career at Goldman Sachs from 1991 to 2019, Mr. Hitchner served as the global head of the healthcare banking group and global co-head of the technology, media and telecom group. Selected transactions completed in this period include Ping An Health Cloud’s approximately US$500 million private placement in 2016, as well as the initial public offerings of Xiaomi Corporation, Pinduoduo Inc., China Tower Corporation Limited, Meituan Dianping and Tencent Music Entertainment Group. Prior to his retirement from Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hitchner relocated to Hong Kong in 2013 and served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan and a member of Goldman Sachs’ Global Management Committee. Mr. Hitchner currently serves as a board member of Shanghai-based Wuxi Biologics (Cayman) Inc. and a senior advisor to Wuxi AppTec Co., Ltd., two of China’s leading healthcare companies. Mr. Hitchner received his B.A. degree from The University of Colorado and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
John Mackay McCulloch Williamson will serve as our Independent Director immediately upon the effectiveness of our registration statement on Form S-1, of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Williamson served as Managing Director of NatWest Investment Services, London from 1992 to 1994 and the Chief Operating Officer of NatWest Securities Asia Holdings Limited from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Williamson served as Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure and Operational Risk at Morgan Stanley Asia. From 2007 to 2018, he was at Search Investment Group Limited as Senior Managing Director (from 2012 to 2018), CFO (from 2007 to 2018) and Managing Director (from 2007 to 2011). From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Williamson also served as Chief Executive Officer at SAIL Advisors Limited. Since 2018, Mr. Williamson has served and currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of Generations Limited, a family office consulting firm. Since 2008, Mr. Williamson has served and currently serves as an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX). He currently serves as the Chairman of the HKEX’s Risk Committee and a member of the Board Executive, Audit, Corporate Social Responsibility, Remuneration and Risk Management Committees. Mr. Williamson previously served as a member of HKEX’s Nomination Committee, Investment Advisory Committee and Clearing Consultative Panel. In 2020, Mr. Williamson was appointed as non-executive Chairman of the UK Tote Group Limited, the UK’s leading pool betting operator, and as a non-executive director of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited. Mr. Williamson received his B.A. degree from Heriot-Watt University in 1980, is a chartered accountant and member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, UK, a Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and a Member of the Hong Kong Management Association.
Mr. Sidney Huang currently serves as a senior advisor of JD.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: JD) and served as its chief financial officer from September 2013 until his retirement in September 2020. Mr. Huang previously served as chief financial officer of VanceInfo Technologies Inc. and its successor company, Pactera Technology International Ltd., from July 2006 to September 2013. He was also the chief operating officer of VanceInfo Technologies Inc. from 2008 to 2010 and its co-president from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Huang served as chief financial officer at two China-based companies in the technology and Internet sectors between 2004 and 2006. He was an investment banker at Citigroup in New York from 2002 to 2004. He held various positions including audit manager at KPMG LLP from 1996 to 2000 and was a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Huang has been an independent director of Yatsen Holding, an NYSE-listed company since November 2020. He also served on the board of Bitauto Holdings Limited from November 2010 to August 2020. Mr. Huang received his B.A. in accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York and his MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Roy Kuan currently is a private investor across a variety of asset classes and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several private and public companies across the telecom, media and technology (“TMT”), consumer, and industrial sectors in Asia. Mr. Kuan previously served as a managing partner at CVC Capital Partners (“CVC”), a global private equity firm where he co-founded CVC’s Asian business, from 1999 to 2020. Mr. Kuan also served as a member of CVC’s board of directors and its Asia investment and portfolio committees from 2008 to 2020. Prior to CVC, Mr. Kuan was an investment director at Citigroup’s Asian private equity investment division from 1996 to 1999. During his private equity career, Mr. Kuan was a senior team member of several investments in the TMT sectors, including Hong Kong Broadband Network (broadband services, Hong Kong), Arteria Networks (enterprise data communications, Japan), Technopro Holdings (R&D staffing, Japan), CJ CGV (cinemas, South Korea) and 39 Home Shopping (media commerce, Korea). Mr. Kuan currently serves as a director or advisory board member of several other technology related companies, including E-Broker (online wealth management, China), Point Avenue Holdings (education technology, Southeast Asia), and Computime Group Limited (IoT controls, Hong Kong). Mr. Kuan received his MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. degree from Georgetown University, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar. Mr. Kuan also serves on the Wharton School’s Asia Executive Board.