Horizon Acquisition Corp III
- Technology, FinTech, Insurance, Real Estate, Financial Services, Media, Sports, Consumer
Todd L. Boehly, 47, has been our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a Director since November 2020. Mr. Boehly is also Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of HAC (NYSE: HZAC) and HAC II (NYSE: HZON), each a blank check company co-founded by an affiliate of our sponsor and formed for substantially similar purposes as our company, each of which has not yet announced or completed its initial business combination. HAC sold 54.4 million units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $544 million. HAC II sold 52.5 million units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $525 million. Mr. Boehly is the Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eldridge, a holding company with a network of businesses across the insurance, technology, credit, real estate, sports, media and consumer landscapes. Prior to founding Eldridge in 2015, Mr. Boehly worked at the global asset manager Guggenheim Partners, from 2001 to 2015, where he founded the credit business and served as President of Guggenheim Partners from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Boehly is a Board member of Kennedy-Wilson. Mr. Boehly received his B.B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1996. He has also studied at the London School of Economics.
We believe Mr. Boehly’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his substantial experience building and managing businesses, his long-standing track record in identifying differentiated ideas, and unlocking value that will deliver access to a broad spectrum of potential acquisition opportunities.
David Minella, 68, will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Minella has served as the managing member of Minella Capital Management LLC, since 2006 and is a Director of HAC (NYSE: HZAC). In 2007, Mr. Minella founded Prospect, a special purpose acquisition company that completed its $250 million initial public offering that year. In 2009, Prospect merged with Kennedy-Wilson (NYSE: KW), creating a publicly-traded REIT with the capital to take advantage of distressed opportunities in the real estate market. Mr. Minella remains a Board member of Kennedy-Wilson. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Minella served as the CEO and a director of Value Asset Management LLC. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Minella served as the president and CEO of the asset management division of Liechtenstein Global Trust, a wealth and asset management firm. Mr. Minella received a BS in Accounting from Bentley University.
We believe Mr. Minella’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his deep management expertise and his prior experience with special purpose acquisition companies.
Michele Trogni, 55, will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Ms. Trogni is a Director of HAC (NYSE: HZAC). Ms. Trogni has been an Operating Partner at Eldridge Industries since January 2020. She also currently serves as Chairman of SE2, a leader in technology-driven third-party administration services for the U.S. life and annuity insurance industry. As a technology innovator and agent of change, Ms. Trogni has operated as a global business leader in banking and financial services for more than 30 years. Since 2018, Ms. Trogni has been engaged in venture capital investing and advisory in the fintech space, and throughout her role at Markit was engaged in a number of fintech acquisitions. Ms. Trogni is currently a member of the Deutsche Bank Supervisory board. From 2013 until 2017, Ms. Trogni was Executive Vice President of Consolidated Markets and Solutions for IHS Markit, where she led a portfolio of businesses that deliver data insights, analytics, and technology solutions to financial markets, engineering, and technology companies. Prior to joining Markit in 2013, Michele spent 25 years with UBS, the global wealth management and banking firm. Most recently, she served as UBS’ CIO and Head of Operations. Ms. Trogni earned a BA (Honors) in Accounting from Northumbria University and is a Qualified UK Accountant.
We believe Ms. Trogni’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her extensive experience in and knowledge of the banking and financial services industry.
Safwan Shah, 59, will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Shah is a Director of HAC (NYSE: HZAC). Mr. Shah founded PayActiv, a Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corp, in 2012 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding PayActiv, Mr. Shah founded Infonox in 1999, which was acquired by TSYS (now Global Payments) and served as its Group Executive from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Shah is a noted public speaker and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times and NPR. Mr. Shah’s book, It’s About TIME, calls for businesses to embrace the mantle of saving the world and has been published by Conscious Capitalism Press. In 2019, Mr. Shah received the George Norlin Award, the highest alumni honor for his devotion towards the betterment of society from Colorado University Boulder, where he got his PhD in aerospace engineering and worked for Bioserve Space Technologies, a NASA center for commercialization of space. Mr. Shah has taught at the Haas School of Business, Berkeley and Baskin School of Engineering in Santa Cruz, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program. Mr. Shah earned a PhD Aero and MS EE from Colorado University Boulder and BS EEE from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.
We believe Mr. Shah’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his substantial fintech experience.
Haroon Mokhtarzada, 41, will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Mokhtarzada is a Director of HAC (NYSE: HZAC). Mr. Mokhtarzada co-founded Truebill, a budget and bill tracker app, in 2015 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Truebill, Mr. Mokhtarzada served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Product Officer of Webs.com from 2001 to 2011. Webs.com was a popular website creation platform that grew to 50 million users before being acquired by Vistaprint where Mr. Mokhtarzada led digital product strategy from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Mokhtarzada has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a JD from Harvard Law.
We believe Mr. Mokhtarzada’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his significant entrepreneurial and fintech experience.
Todd Gilbert, 39, has served as Vice President since March 19, 2021. Mr. Gilbert is a Principal at Eldridge, which he joined at its inception in 2015. Mr. Gilbert focuses on platform development and investment opportunities across the capital structure of numerous asset classes, including credit, private equity, growth equity, real estate and venture capital. Mr. Gilbert helps oversee Eldridge’s financial services and real estate investments and helped develop the firm’s equipment finance and real estate net lease platforms. Prior to joining Eldridge, Mr. Gilbert was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and focused on principal investing, business development and strategic transactions for Guggenheim, as well as private equity, corporate credit and special situations investments for its funds. Mr. Gilbert currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Blackbrook Capital, National Realty Trust, Capital Integration Systems (CAIS), Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, and Lionel Holdings, and is actively involved with various other Eldridge businesses. Mr. Gilbert received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Robert Ott, 34, has served as Vice President since November 2020. Mr. Ott is also Vice President of HAC and HAC II. Mr. Ott is a Senior Director at Eldridge Industries. Mr. Ott has been with Eldridge since its inception in 2015, where he has worked as in-house counsel focusing on negotiating and structuring transactions across the firm’s investment platform. Mr. Ott currently serves on the Board of Directors of Maranon Capital. Prior to joining Eldridge, Mr. Ott worked as in-house counsel for the investment management business at Guggenheim Partners from 2011 to 2014. He earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. Mr. Ott is also a CFA charterholder.
Kunal Arora, 28, has served as Vice President since March 19, 2021. Mr. Arora is also Vice President of HAC. Mr. Arora is a Director at Eldridge Industries. Mr. Arora has been with Eldridge since its inception in 2015, where he has been involved in investments across corporate credit, structured credit, private equity, and venture capital. He currently helps oversee Eldridge’s early stage and technology investment platform, focusing on fintech, insurtech, real estate, consumer, sports, and media. Mr. Arora currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cutover. Prior to joining Eldridge, Mr. Arora was an investment associate at Security Benefit. He earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia.