Constellation Acquisition Corp I
Klaus Kleinfeld has served as our CEO and as Chairman of the board of directors since our inception in November 2020. From October 2017 to July 2018 Mr. Kleinfeld served as CEO of NEOM. Before that, Mr. Kleinfeld served as Chairman and CEO at Arconic from November 2016 to May 2017. Previously Mr. Kleinfeld was the CEO of Alcoa from May 2008 to October 2016 and also its Chairman from April 2010 to October 2016 when he split the company into Alcoa and Arconic. Mr. Kleinfeld holds an MBA from University Goettingen and a PhD in from University Wuerzburg.
Thomas Stapp has served as Chief Financial Officer since our inception in November 2020. From July 2020 to January 2021, Mr. Stapp served as an Associate Partner of Bain & Company, a leading global management consulting firm. Mr. Stapp was a member of Bain’s Private Equity Group working in depth with major private and public sector financial institutional investors. Mr. Stapp has worked with private equity and institutional investor clients across the investment life cycle, from deal generation and due diligence to portfolio value creation and exit planning. From 2011 to 2020, Mr. Stapp served as a Principal of Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consulting firm. Mr. Stapp was a member of Olivier Wyman’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring Practice supporting investors to identify and evaluate opportunities to deliver superior returns on their funds. Mr. Stapp has a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2009) and a Bachelor of Finance (Honours) from the Australian National University, Australia (2010).
Board of Directors (Including Director Nominees)
Martin Weckwerth has served as our investment officer since our inception in November 2020, and he has been appointed to our board in connection with this offering. Mr. Weckwerth is an experienced investor with over 24 years of private equity and private investing experience. Since September 2013, Mr. Weckwerth has served as Managing Director of MC Investments GmbH, a family office, where he leads various real estate and minority share investments. Prior to his private investing role, Mr. Weckwerth worked for almost 20 years (15 years as a partner), from April 1997 to December 2016, at Permira, a British private equity fund, where he gained significant cross sectoral and functional experience and later focused on the consumer space. Throughout his time at Permira, Mr. Weckwerth played a key role in a wide range of transactions, including Premiere (Pay TV – today, Sky Germany), Hugo Boss and Valentino and screened hundreds of potential deals. Mr. Weckwerth studied Industrial Engineering at TU Darmstadt and the University of Illinois and has a Ph.D. in economics from TU Darmstadt. We believe Mr. Weckwerth is qualified to serve on our board because of his international investing expertise.
Hugo Banziger will be appointed to our board in connection with this offering. Mr. Banziger has been at Deutsche Bank from April 1996 to May 2012 where he has been the Chief Risk Officer in charge of risk, treasury, capital management, compliance and legal from 2006 to 2012. He also served on the bank’s Risk and Audit Committee and was a member of the Senior Compensation Committee. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he served as Senior Executive at Credit Suisse Financial Products and was in charge of risk. From 2014 to December 2018, Mr. Banziger has been Managing Partner at Lombard Odier in charge of finance, risk, compliance, marketing, IT and operations. He chaired the bank’s Senior Compensation Committee and the Risk Committee, and he was a member of the Audit Committee. From July 2012 to June 2018, Mr. Banziger was the Chairman of the Board of EUREX, Europe’s largest exchange for Futures and Traded Options, and also chaired its Risk, Audit and Compensation Committee. Mr. Banziger also currently serves as Head of the Audit Committee of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Additionally, since June 2020, he is an advisory board member to Countryrisk.io.
Vesna Nevistic will be appointed to our board in connection with this offering. From July 2009 to April 2012, Ms. Nevistic was a Group Managing Director and Head of Corporate Development at UBS, where she was part of the senior executive team that restructured the bank’s operations following the financial crisis. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. Nevistic was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division from July 2006 to July 2009, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company, working out of Zurich and New York offices from February 1997 to June 2006. Ms. Nevistic currently serves as a Non-Executive Director at the Board of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA since 2017, and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees, and at the Supervisory Board of Samskip BV since 2014. She also runs her own advisory boutique focusing on corporate strategy and business transformations. Ms. Nevistic holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Charles Stonehill will be appointed to our board in connection with this offering. Mr. Stonehill has been a Founding Partner of Green & Blue Advisors LLC since September 2011. Since 2006, he has served as a Director of Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. and has been a Director of Julius Baer Group Ltd. since 2009, where he also currently serves as non-executive Vice Chairman and Chair of the Governance & Risk Committee. Additionally, since May 2019, he has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Boerse AG. He has also served as a non-executive director of Equitable Holdings Inc. since April 2018, where he serves as the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee and the Chair of the Investments Committee. Mr. Stonehill has also served as a non-executive director of AllianceBernstein Corporation since March 2019, where he serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Stonehill has also served as a non-executive director of PlayMagnus A/S in Oslo since October 2016. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. Stonehill served as a non-executive Director of CommonBond LLC. He is a Governor of Harrow School in the United Kingdom. Mr. Stonehill received a M.A. degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
Stefan Benz has served as an External Advisor (legal) since our inception in November 2020. Since 2017, Mr. Benz has been the Head of Investments / Legal of MC Investments GmbH, the German family office of Martin Weckwerth and Christoph Zeiss. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Benz worked as an attorney in the Private Equity / Mergers & Acquisitions department of POELLATH, a leading German law firm. Mr. Benz has a law degree from the University of Passau, Germany (2008) and a postgraduate law degree from the higher regional court Munich (2010).
Niklas Einsfeld has served as an External Advisor since our inception in November 2020. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Einsfeld was Partner and Head of DACH at Astorg, a pan-European Private Equity firm with €9 billion assets under management. From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Einsfeld worked at Permira, the global Private Equity firm and one of the leading European tech investors, most recently as Principal in the Frankfurt office where he was working closely together with Mr. Weckwerth. Prior to joining Permira, Mr. Einsfeld worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch in London. Mr. Einsfeld graduated in 1999 from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany, and holds a M.Sc. degree, majoring in Finance. He also studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the Ecole Superieure de Commere in Dijon, France.
Michael Wunderlich has served as an External Advisor since our inception in November 2020. Mr. Wunderlich is an experienced investor with over 20 years of private equity and private investing experience. He currently serves as Managing Director of JR Beteiligungs Holding AG, a family office. He is also a member of the board of various portfolio companies, including AIM Sport Services AG where he is an executive director. From 2001 to 2015, Mr. Wunderlich worked at BC Partners, a private equity fund (from 2006 as Partner). Throughout his time at BC Partners, Mr. Wunderlich played a role in a wide range of transactions and gained significant cross sectoral and functional experience, particularly in the healthcare space. Mr. Wunderlich received a degree in Business Administration at University of Leipzig. We believe Mr. Wunderlich is qualified to serve on our board because of his investing expertise.