Advanced Merger Partners, Inc.
John Mavredakis has served as Chairman of our board of directors since our inception and will serve as a member of our Investment Committee. Since 1981, Mr. Mavredakis has served as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Houlihan’s Financial Sponsors Group, having previously managed the firm’s investment banking operations and served as President of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., Houlihan’s SEC registered broker-dealer. He is a member of Houlihan’s Operating Committee and was also a member of its board of directors prior to the firm’s initial public offering in August 2015. Mr. Mavredakis has over 35 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private financings, and ESOP buyouts, and he has personally closed more than 500 transactions. Mr. Mavredakis received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver Graduate School of Business.
We believe that Mr. Mavredakis is well qualified to serve as Chairman of our board as he brings to the board significant executive and operational leadership experience, as well as over 35 years of investment banking experience in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions.
Roy J. Katzovicz has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception and will serve as a member of our Investment Committee. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Saddle Point and serves as a portfolio manager and trader for the investment funds and certain accounts advised by the Saddle Point, which he founded in 2018. From 2015 to present, Mr. Katzovicz has served as Chairman of Saddle Point Group, LLC, a family office advised by Saddle Point Strategic Advisors, LLC, for which he serves as managing member. Prior to Saddle Point, from 2006 to 2015, Mr. Katzovicz served as a Partner, Investment Team Member and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an investment manager of multibillion dollar hedge funds. Prior to joining Pershing Square, Mr. Katzovicz served as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where his practice focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, securities law matters and corporate governance. Prior to private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable William B. Chandler, Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Mr. Katzovicz received his J.D. and B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe that Mr. Katzovicz is well qualified to serve as a director due to his leadership experience managing equity investments, as well as his past legal experience, including as Chief Legal Officer of an investment manager and as a corporate attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate law matters.
Stephen Katchur has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2021 and currently serves as an operations consultant to Saddle Point. Since 2018, Mr. Katchur has been President of Blue Ribbon CFOs, a provider of outsourced CFO solutions and business consulting. Previously, from 2014 to 2018, Mr. Katchur was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Land & Buildings Investment Management LLC. Mr. Katchur was Chief Financial Officer of North Oak Capital Advisors LLC from 2012 to 2014 , and of Wolfacre Global Management LLC from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Katchur holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Gregory S. Lyss has served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception. Since 2019, Mr. Lyss has been a private investor. From 2011 to 2019, he served as the Chief Investment Officer for TABLE Management, L.P., a single-family office. Prior to TABLE, Mr. Lyss was a partner and analyst at Alson Capital Partners, L.P., an investment manager to multibillion dollar hedge funds. Mr. Lyss had previously worked as an investment analyst at Gotham Partners, L.P. and co-founded Cohanzick Management, L.P., a private investment partnership. Prior to Cohanzick Management, Mr. Lyss worked as an analyst for Leucadia National Corporation (now Jeffries Financial Group Inc.). Mr. Lyss serves on the board of directors of 26 Capital Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (Nasdaq: ADER), and Alpha Precision Media, Inc. He previously served on the boards of Calendre Company, MD Insider and Maverick Brands. He currently serves as the Treasurer and a member of the Board of UJA-Federation of New York. Mr. Lyss received his A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Irwin Gold has served as a director since January 2021 and will serve as Chairman of our Investment Committee . Mr. Gold is a Senior Managing Director and the Executive Chairman of Houlihan’s board of directors. He co-founded Houlihan’s Financial Restructuring Group in 1988 and has led many of the Group’s largest, most complex financial restructuring engagements, both in bankruptcy and out-of-court. Mr. Gold received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
We believe that Mr. Gold is well qualified to serve as a director due to his substantial senior leadership experience of an investment bank.
Ann Daly has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the closing of this offering. Ms. Daly is founding partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires and operates businesses at the convergence of new media and cutting-edge technology, launched in 2017. Prior to co-founding WndrCo, from 2004 to 2016, Ms. Daly served as Chief Operating Officer and then as President of DreamWorks. During that time, she was responsible for business strategy, creative, production, technology and operating business units for the global branded family entertainment company. She was previously head of the animation division of DreamWorks SKG since 1997. Prior to DreamWorks, Ms. Daly spent 14 years at the Walt Disney Company, as a pioneer in the newly-emerging home video industry. Ms. Daly is the recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, an award presented to women who have been a pioneer or leader in the entertainment industry. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and serves on the board of the UCLA Foundation.
We believe that Ms. Daly is well qualified to serve as a director due to her transformative leadership experience in global entertainment companies, as well as her experience acquiring and operating businesses.
James Ellis has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the closing of this offering. From 2007 to 2019, Mr. Ellis served as Dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He continues to have a full time appointment to the Faculty as a Professor in the Department of Marketing, where he has served since 1997. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Ellis was Vice Provost of Global Initiatives for the University. Prior to that, he was Vice Dean, External Relations, responsible for planning and implementing executive education programs for corporate executives. In his prior corporate roles, Mr. Ellis served as Vice President, Merchandising of the Broadway Department Stores, President and CEO of American Porsche Design, Chief Executive Officer of Port O’Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, and was owner and officer of Mayco Colors, a ceramic paint manufacturer. Mr. Ellis was also involved in entrepreneurial ventures after leaving his corporate roles. He was Vice President, Merchandising, of Miller’s Outpost, Chairman of Socks du Jour, a startup retail chain of 23 stores, and Chairman of the board of Comfort Center Mattress Shops, a chain of 21 stores which grew from five after being acquired. In addition, Mr. Ellis has served on a number of corporate boards, and currently serves as a board member of the Capital Group’s Fixed Income Funds, the Investment Company of America, Mercury General, The Gill Corporation and The Laird Norton Corporation. Mr. Ellis holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
We believe that Mr. Ellis is well qualified to serve as a director due to his past executive leadership experience, including his entrepreneurial experience, as well as his experience serving as a board member of several corporate boards.
Alejandro Santo Domingo has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Santo Domingo is a Senior Managing Director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc., an investment advisory firm. He is a member of the board of Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI). He was a member of the board of directors of SABMiller Plc, where he was also Vice-Chairman of SABMiller Plc. for Latin America. Mr. Santo Domingo is Chairman of the board of Bavaria S.A. in Colombia. He is Chairman of the board of Valorem, a company which manages a diverse portfolio of industrial and media assets in Latin America. Mr. Santo Domingo is also a director of JDE Peet’s N.V., ContourGlobal plc, Life Time Inc., Florida Crystals, the world’s largest sugar refiner, Caracol TV, Colombia’s leading broadcaster, El Espectador, a leading Colombian daily newspaper, and Cine Colombia, Colombia’s leading film distribution and movie theater company. In the non-profit sector, he is Chair of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. Mr. Santo Domingo is also a member of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a member of the board of Channel Thirteen/WNET (PBS), a member of the board of DKMS, a foundation dedicated to finding donors for leukemia patients, and a member of the board of Fundacion Pies Descalzos. He is also a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council (GAC) and a member of the board of trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System. Mr. Santo Domingo is a graduate of Harvard College.
We believe that Mr. Santo Domingo is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive executive leadership experience, including of an investment advisory firm, as well as his substantial experience serving as a chairman or director of several boards.
Bruce Zimmerman has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Zimmerman has served as Chief Investment Officer of Dalio Family Office since July 2019 and was the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (“UTIMCO”) from 2007 until 2016. UTIMCO is the second largest investor of discretionary university assets worldwide. Before joining UTIMCO, Mr. Zimmerman was Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Pension Investments at Citigroup. Mr. Zimmerman also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Citigroup Alternate Investments, which invests proprietary and client capital across a range of hedge fund, private equity, real estate and structured credit vehicles. Prior to his work at Citigroup, Mr. Zimmerman spent thirteen years at Texas Commerce Bank/JP Morgan Chase in a variety of capacities including Merger & Acquisition Investment Banking, Internet and ATM Retail Management, Consumer Marketing and Financial Planning, Strategy and Corporate Department. Mr. Zimmerman has been a member of the boards of Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (Nasdaq: OCSL) and Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation (Nasdaq: OCSI) since October 2017. Mr. Zimmerman previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST), an integrated power company, from 2018 to 2020, as a member of the board of directors of GWG Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: GWGH), a financial services company, during 2019, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the CommonFund, a nonprofit asset management firm and on the Investment Committee for the Houston Endowment. Mr. Zimmerman received an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University.
We believe that Mr. Zimmerman is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in corporate finance and strategic investment activities, as well as his service as a board member and audit committee member of other publicly traded companies.