Queen's Gambit Growth Capital
- Sustainability, Energy, Healthcare, Technology, FinTech, Industrial, Mobility
Victoria Grace has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since December 2020. Ms. Grace is a founding partner of Colle Capital Partners I, LP, an opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. Prior to founding Colle Capital, Ms. Grace was a partner at Wall Street Technology Partners LP, a mid-stage technology fund, from November 2000 to February 2014, and a director of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Private Equity Group from November 2000 to October 2004. In addition, Ms. Grace co-founded, co-managed and served as President of Work It, Mom! LLC, a network site for professional moms with an advertising revenue model from 2007 until its merger with another content company in 2012. She also serves on the board of directors of VNV Global Ltd., an investment company with a focus on companies with network effects. Ms. Grace has worked with, and made investments in a broad range of companies, including enterprise software, wireless technologies, medical devices, health IT, FinTech, hardware, virtual reality and D2C retail companies. Notable investments that Ms. Grace either led or worked closely with include Apriso (acquired by Dassault Systemes), AZA Group (formerly BitPesa Ltd.), Lon, Inc. (d/b/a Bread) (acquired by Alliance Data Systems Operations), CargoX Ltd., Concourse Global Enrollment, Inc., Health Platforms Inc. (Doctor.com) (acquired by Press Ganey Associates LLC), EnsoData Inc., Hyliion Inc. (NYSE: HYLN), Maven Clinic Co., MaxBone, Inc., MetaStorm Inc. (acquired by OpenText Corporation), Netki, Inc., Numan, Parkside Securities, Inc., QMerit, Inc., Radar, Sensydia Corporation, Skopenow, Inc., Swiftmile, Inc., Syft (acquired by Recruit Holdings Co Ltd., owner of indeed.co.uk) and Vergent Bioscience, Inc. Ms. Grace received her Bachelor of Arts in economics and biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997.
We believe that Ms. Grace’s extensive experience in originating, structuring and monitoring venture capital transactions, as well as her substantial business, leadership and management experience, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors.
Anastasia Nyrkovskaya has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2020. Ms. Nyrkovskaya is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Media (USA) Corporation (“Fortune Media”), which she joined in April 2019, where she leads all aspects of finance and accounting, board relations, corporate development and multiple new initiatives, including a post-acquisition transition. Prior to joining Fortune Media, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Birchbox Inc., from July 2018 to February 2019, where she oversaw finance and accounting, business intelligence and human resources, and Chief Financial Officer of XpresSpa Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: XSPA) from May 2013 to August 2018, where she led finance and accounting functions, including SEC reporting and debt raises in the public markets. Prior to these roles, Mrs. Nyrkovskaya served as Vice President and Assistant Global Controller and Vice President, Corporate Finance and Business Development at NBCUniversal Media, LLC (“NBCUniversal”) from November 2006 to May 2013. While at NBCUniversal, she was the accounting and finance lead on numerous M&A transactions, including the original formation of HULU, LLC, as well as the acquisitions of The Weather Channel and Oxygen Network, among others. Mrs. Nyrkovskaya started her career in Audit followed by Transaction Services at KPMG, LLP where she worked from September 1998 to November 2006. Mrs. Nyrkovskaya is a Certified Public Accountant and received an advanced degree in Economics and Business Administration from Moscow State University of Publishing and Printing Arts in 1998.
Jennifer Barbetta, one of our independent director nominees , is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm with a primary focus on global real estate. Additionally, Ms. Barbetta currently serves on the board of directors of Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. and is a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 2019, Ms. Barbetta was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs from 1995 to 2019, Ms. Barbetta served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Strategic Client Services of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2011 to 2016 and Chief Operating Officer of the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection business where she worked from 1997 to 2011. Ms. Barbetta currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Villanova School of Business as of 2018 and the Emeritus Board of the Point Foundation as of 2017. Ms. Barbetta received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Villanova University.
We believe that Ms. Barbetta’s extensive experience as a seasoned investment professional and operations leader bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Cheryl Martin, Ph.D, one of our independent director nominees , is the Founder and Principal of Harwich Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that works with public and private sector entities to design and implement solutions for complex problems, especially those related to energy, sustainability and technology adoption. From March 2016 to November 2018, Dr. Martin was a member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was responsible for a range of industry and innovation initiatives. Prior to this, Dr. Martin served as Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (“ARPA-E”) from 2013 to 2014. Dr. Martin additionally served as the Deputy Director for Commercialization at ARPA-E from August 2011 to March 2015, where she led the Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in California from January 2010 to August 2011 and served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Renmatix, a start-up company focused on renewable materials from March 2010 to August 2010. Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the Plastics Additive business and later in the Plastics Additive and Coatings businesses. In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director, Investor Relations of Rohm and Haas Company, and later Director, Financial Planning. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Martin was named General Manager of Rohm and Haas Company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America and was elected as Corporate Vice President as well as the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Dr. Martin currently serves as Chair of the board of directors of Sound Agriculture Company as of May 2020. Dr. Martin additionally served as a member of the board of directors of Enbala Power Networks from March 2016 until its acquisition by Generac Power System in October 2020. Dr. Martin currently serves as a member of several non-profit boards of directors, including Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, rejoining the board in September 2020 after prior board service from 2010 to 2016 as well as Clean Energy Trust and Elemental Excelerator. Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, where she is currently a Trustee, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”).
We believe that Dr. Martin’s extensive experience in tech development and as a commercialization expert bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jill Putman, one of our independent director nominees , is the Chief Financial Officer at Jamf Holding Corp. (“Jamf”) (NASDAQ: JAMF), a comprehensive enterprise management software of the Apple platform. Prior to joining Jamf in 2014, Ms. Putman served as Chief Financial Officer of Kroll Ontrack, Inc., a private-equity owned e-discovery firm from July 2011 to May 2014. Prior to her role at Kroll Ontrack, Inc., Ms. Putman was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Lifetouch Inc. from 2010 to 2011, where she was responsible for driving strategic planning, controlling and reporting of financial reports, financial planning and analysis and policy development. Ms. Putman also served as Vice President of Finance at McAfee Corp. from 2008 to 2009, and Vice President of Global Finance and Treasurer of Secure Computing Corporation from 1997 until its acquisition by McAfee Corp. in 2008. Prior to joining Secure Computing Corporation, Ms. Putman held several finance positions at Target Corp. (Dayton Hudson Corporation) from 1993 to 1997. Ms. Putman additionally served as an auditor at KPMG LLP, serving in its audit practice, from 1990 to 1993. Ms. Putman received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Psychology from Luther College in 1989, an Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of St. Thomas – Opus College of Business in 1996 and is an inactive CPA.
We believe that Ms. Putman’s 30 years of global executive experience and extensive expertise in investor relations, M&A and global expansion, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jeannine Sargent, one of our independent director nominees , currently serves in investment and advisory roles that are focused on industries ranging from AI-enabled solutions to energy and sustainability, including serving as an Advisor at Breakthrough Energy Ventures as of December 2018, Senior Advisor at Generation Investment Management LLP as of November 2017 and Operating Partner and Senior Advisor at Katalyst Ventures Management LLC, an early-stage technology venture fund as of January 2018. Formerly, she was an EIR/Venture Advisor at Crosslink Capital from 2010 to 2012. From January 2012 to October 2017, Ms. Sargent held multiple leadership roles at Flex Ltd., a leading contract design, engineering and manufacturing company, including President of Innovation and New Ventures and President of Flex’s Energy business. Prior to joining Flex Ltd., Ms. Sargent served as Chief Executive Officer at Oerlikon Solar AG, a thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic module manufacturer, from 2007 to 2010 and Chief Executive Officer of Voyan Technology, an embedded systems software provider from 1996 to 2001. Additionally, Ms. Sargent served as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Veeco from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Sargent currently serves on the boards of directors of Synopsys Inc., an electronic design automation company that focuses on silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property and software security and quality since September 2020, Fortive Corporation since February 2019 and Proterra Inc. since October 2018; as well as a member of the board of trustees of Northeastern University since July 2017. Ms. Sargent previously served as a member of the board of directors at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from December 2017 to May 2020. Ms. Sargent received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Chemical Engineering, from Northeastern University in 1987 and holds certificates from the executive development programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, IMD Business School, Harvard University, Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, as well as a CERT certificate of cyber risk oversight from the National Association of Corporate Directors in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.
We believe that Ms. Sargent’s 30 years of operating and management experience across numerous industries, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Lone Fonss Schroder, one of our independent director nominees , currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Concordium AG, the world’s first blockchain with protocol-level identity mechanism, as of February 2019. Ms. Fonss Schroder currently sits on the boards of directors of IKEA Group, Volvo Car Group, Aker Group (comprised of Akastor ASA and Aker Solutions ASA which merged with Kvaerner ASA in November 2020), the CSL Group Inc. and Geely Sweden Holdings. She previously served as Chairman of Saxo Bank A/S from 2014 to 2018, Audit Committee Chairman of Valmet Oy from 2014 to 2018, a member of the Credit & Audit Committee of Handelsbanken AB from 2009 to 2014, a member of the Audit Committee of Vattenfall AB from 2005 to 2012 and a member of the Audit Committee of Yara ASD from 2006 to 2011. Ms. Fonss Schroder co-founded the fintech company Cashworks, Inc. in 2016, and formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wallenius Lines from 2005 to 2010. Additionally, Ms. Fonss Schroder spent 22 years at A.P. Moller Maersk, where she held several senior management positions, and founded Maersk Procurement and Star Air where she was responsible for the Car Carriers and Bulk division. She was also a Senior Advisor for Credit Suisse from 2014 to 2018 and a former partner of CMC Biologics A/S (which was acquired by AGC Biologics, Inc. in 2016). Ms. Fonss Schroder received a Masters of Science in Law from the University of Copenhagen in 1987 and a Masters of Science in Economics from the Copenhagen Business School in 1984.
We believe that Ms. Fonss Schroder’s extensive experience as a global leader active in multiple industries, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Elizabeth K. Weymouth, one of our independent director nominees , is the Founder, Managing Partner and Chair of the Investment Committee at Grafine Partners, LP, a boutique alternative asset management firm. Prior to founding Grafine Partners, LP in 2018, Ms. Weymouth served as a Partner at Riverstone Holdings LLC, a private investment firm focused on growth capital investments in the energy industry, from 2007 to 2017, where Ms. Weymouth helped to institutionalize the firm and secured $27 billion of capital from global sources. Before joining Riverstone Holdings LLC, Ms. Weymouth was at J.P. Morgan serving in a variety of roles from 1994 to 2007, including serving as Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Head of Investments for the U.S. Northeast region, as well as serving on the Global Investment Leadership Team and Fiduciary Oversight Committee. Ms. Weymouth additionally served as a member of the firm’s Senior Women's Leadership Forum and Mentoring Committee. Earlier in her career, Ms. Weymouth worked in London for Willis Corroon, PLC as an Associate in the Oil and Gas Division, negotiating insurance coverage for Fortune 50 energy companies with underwriters. Ms. Weymouth additionally served as Chair of the board of trustees of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business from 2016 to 2019, where she served as the first female chair in their history. Ms. Weymouth earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1989 and a Masters of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business in 1994.
We believe that Ms. Weymouth’s 25 years of building, growing and running investment platforms, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors and make her qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.