Grandview Capital Acquisition Corp.
- SPAC Ticker
- Food, Restaurant
Rajiv Singh, our Executive Chairman and a Director, has over 25 years of investing, corporate finance and food industry experience. Since 2018, he has served as a Managing Partner at Grandview Capital Partners, an investment firm focused exclusively on the food industry. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Singh held leadership positions at Rabobank, a leading global financial institution focused on the food and agribusiness sector with operations in 38 countries. Mr. Singh was the CEO for Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking, where he established deep relationships with leaders, owners and management at companies in the food and agribusiness sectors, and led the execution of numerous investments, financing, capital markets, and corporate transformation transactions. As CEO, he was responsible for corporate banking, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, specialized products, food and agribusiness research, capital markets activities, as well as operational and support functions. Mr. Singh has chaired and was a member of Rabobank’s principal risk committees focused on equity, credit, capital markets activities, compliance and reputation. Prior to Rabobank, Mr. Singh held various positions in investment banking and special situations investing at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, and in corporate strategy and project operations at United Technologies Corp. and Nestle. Mr. Singh serves as the co-Chairperson for FoodShot Global, a collaborative investment platform designed to address key problems in the food sector, including health, sustainability and equitability. He is also a member of Board of Advisors at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Mr. Singh is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Mr. Singh’s considerable experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Torrey Rossetter, our Chief Executive Officer and a Director, has over 25 years of investment, mergers and acquisitions, and finance experience in the food industry. Since 2008 he has served as a Managing Partner at Grandview Capital Partners. He has deep industry knowledge with experience in many segments of the food industry and during his career has led numerous investments and corporate finance transactions encompassing each major sector of the food industry from food input companies to food manufacturers, food distributors, food retailers and food service companies. From 2006 to 2008 Mr. Rossetter served as Managing Director and head of Food & Beverage Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, a financial institution with 70 offices in 15 countries. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Rossetter was a Managing Director at Strategic Food Capital Partners, an investment firm focused exclusively on food companies. From 1998 to 2002 he was a Managing Director at Rabobank, where he was a founder of Rabobank’s Mergers and Acquisitions/Financial Sponsors Group. Mr. Rossetter began his food industry career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the Corporate Finance Department where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the food industry. Mr. Rossetter graduated from Williams College and Harvard Business School. Mr. Rossetter’s considerable experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Raymond Silcock, a Director, is an executive with over 40 years of experience with food companies and other consumer businesses. Since March 2019 he has served as Executive Vice-President and CFO of Perrigo plc (NYSE:PRGO), an S&P 500 consumer goods company based in Dublin, Ireland with corporate offices in Michigan and Florida. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Silcock served as CFO of INW Holdings, a manufacturer of nutrition products. From June 2016 to July 2018, Mr. Silcock served as Executive Vice President and CFO of CTI Foods, a prepared foods manufacturer. In March 2019, CTI Foods filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. From 2013 until the sale of the company in 2018 he was Executive Vice President and CFO of Diamond Foods Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND), a producer of snack foods, and previously he held CFO roles at US Tobacco (NYSE:UST), Swift & Co, a beef and pork processor, and Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT), a private label beverage manufacturer. Mr. Silcock also served on the boards of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), a branded packaged food manufacturer, American Italian Pasta Company NYSE:AIPC), a producer of dry pasta, Prestige Brands (NYSE:PBH) and Bacardi Limited. His early career was highlighted by an 18 year tenure at Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) where he held positions of increasing responsibility from 1979 until 1997. Mr. Silcock holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). Mr. Silcock’s considerable experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Louis Imbrogno, Jr., a Director, is an executive with more 40 years of experience with food and food-related businesses. Mr. Imbrogno was at PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) for more than 35 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Technical Operations for Pepsi-Cola North America and PepsiCo Beverages International, with responsibility for Pepsi’s worldwide beverage quality, concentrate operations, research and development and contract manufacturing. Since his retirement from Pepsico, Mr. Imbrogno has consulted for multiple companies. For a six month period in 2014, Mr. Imbrogno served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Constar International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of PET plastic containers, during a bankruptcy proceeding and the company’s subsequent sale to Plastipak Packaging Inc. in a court administered public auction. Since August 2019, Mr. Imbrogno has been a member of the board of directors of Reed’s Inc. (NASDAQ: REED), the owner of a leading portfolio of handcrafted, all-natural beverages. He received his BA from Pace College where he majored in business and completed the Wharton Executive MBA program. Mr. Imbrogno’s extensive expertise in beverage supply chain and management qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Daniel Knutson, a Director, is an executive with more than 35 years of experience with food companies. From 1978 until his retirement at the end of 2017, Mr. Knutson was employed by Land O’Lakes, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and during his tenure he oversaw the company’s corporate finance, accounting, treasury, audit and strategy functions. Land O’Lakes is one of the largest food and agricultural companies in the U.S. with operations in more than 50 countries. Land O’Lakes is one of the largest producers of butter and cheese and other dairy related products in the U.S. under the Land O’Lakes, Kozy Shack and Alpine Lace brands. Land O’Lakes is also one of the leading producers of animal feed, producing to the livestock animal markets, and one of the largest producers of crop protection, crop nutrients and seed products. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Knutson was CEO of Moark, one of the largest egg producers in the U.S. Since 2018 Mr. Knutson has been a member of the board of Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ: BCPC), a manufacturer of specialty ingredients used in the food industry and other sectors, and chairs the audit committee at Balchem Corporation. He received both his BS and MBA degrees from Minnesota State where he majored in accounting and finance, respectively. Mr. Knutson’s experience in the food industry, together with his financial and business management experience, qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Robert Sarlls, a Director, has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. He is currently a managing member of Food Strategies, LLC, a strategic consulting firm for food businesses and private equity firms active in the food industry, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Mennel Milling Company. From March 2020 to November 2021, he was the Chairman of the Board of SNAC International, the trade association representing the global snack industry. From November 2015 to November 2021, Mr. Sarlls was President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Wyandot Snacks, a privately-owned food manufacturer of “better for you” snacks for contact manufacturing, private label, and foodservice/ingredient customers, including blue-chip global fast moving consumer goods companies as well as fast growing emerging snack brands. From 2009 to 2013 he was a senior executive at John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS), one of the largest nut businesses in the world. Prior to his career as a CEO and operator in the food industry, he was an investment banker specializing in the food sector. During his tenure at RBC Capital Markets, Strategic Food Capital Partners and Rabobank he successfully completed numerous assignments with Fortune 500 companies in the food industry. Following his participation in a successful proxy contest as a member of a group seeking to replace the incumbent members of the Board of Directors of Alco Stores, Inc.(NASDAQ:ALCS), in August 2014 Mr. Sarlls became Chairman of the Board of Alco Stores. Alco Stores filed a petition in bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Act in October 2014. He is a graduate of Harvard College and attended the Citicorp Global Institute of Finance. Mr. Sarlls’ experience working with major suppliers to large and small retailers in the food industry and extensive financial and capital markets professional experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
James Gold, a Director, is an executive with more than 40 years of experience with food companies. From 1977 to 2009, he was Managing Director of Lazard a leading investment banking firm, where he co-founded its international food and consumer practice. At Lazard, Mr. Gold was responsible for cultivating client relationships with major Fortune 500 food companies. He also oversaw Lazard’s health and wellness focus. As an investment banker, he provided strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, financing, capital raising, spinoffs and recapitalizations. In addition, Mr. Gold has more than 25 years of corporate board experience with food and food related companies. From 1993 to 2015, Mr. Gold was on the board of Smart & Final (NYSE:SFS). During his tenure, he was a member of the Compensation Committee, an observer to the Audit Committee and formulated the company’s long-term strategy and shareholder value creation plan. From 1998 to 2004 he was on the board of Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN), a manufacturer of branded organic and natural food, also serving as a Member of the Compensation Committee and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee. In 2013, Mr. Gold joined Southern Star Shipping, a family office, as a senior advisor where he created and oversaw a growth-focused global corporate development activity focusing on its principal food holdings. From 2014 to 2020, Mr. Gold was a senior advisor at Sawaya Partners helping the firm grow its food-focused advisory practice. Mr. Gold is the managing principal of James Gold LLC, which provides consulting services to companies in the food industry. Mr. Gold received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed post graduate studies from The London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. Mr. Gold’s considerable experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Kevin Jach, a Director, is an executive with more than more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, with specific expertise in food and agriculture mergers and acquisition transactions. From September 2019 to August 2020, Mr. Jach was a Managing Director at Lazard Middle Market LLC (“LMM”) and from July 2015 to December 2017, he was Senior Advisor, Food and Agricultural Group at LMM. Mr. Jach founded the Food and Agriculture group at LMM’s predecessor firm (Goldsmith Agio Helms) in 1998. He led the growth and development of the food and agriculture practice as the Head/Co-Head of the group during his nearly 20 years with the firm. He also became a partner and shareholder of Goldsmith Agio Helms in 2000, and remained a partner until the firm was sold to Lazard Ltd in 2007. From October 1992 to December 1997, Mr. Jach was employed by The Pillsbury Company, including as Vice President of Business Development, where he led Pillsbury’s global mergers and acquisitions activities, Vice President of Finance for Pillsbury’s International division, as well as Director of Finance for the Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, and Progresso businesses. From 1988 to September 1992, Mr. Jach was a Manager of mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte & Touche where he managed the acquisition, divestiture, and financing process for corporate and middle market clients. He received a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance and strategy from the University of Michigan, and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. Mr. Jach’s considerable experience in the food industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Lawrence Mock, a Director, is a managing partner of Navigation Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2007, and leads its SPAC Operations group. His investing track record and prior experience managing portfolio companies within the financial sector is expected to provide valuable insight in evaluating and assessing potential targets within the industry. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Mock served as President and CEO of Mellon Ventures Inc., which he founded in partnership with Mellon Financial Corporation, to make private equity and venture capital investments in operating companies. Mr. Mock is Chairman of the Board of American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVCT). Mr. Mock received his BA from Harvard University, and completed post graduate studies in Economic Theory and Systems Planning at The London School of Economics and Florida State University. Mr. Mock’s considerable experience with special purpose acquisition companies and managing portfolio companies within the financial sector qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.