Independence Holdings Corp.
- FinTech, Technology, Software, Unicorns
Steven J. McLaughlin has served as our Co-Chairman of the board of directors, and as a director , since inception. Mr. McLaughlin is the CEO and 100% beneficial owner of FT Partners, which he founded in 2001. He has over 25 years of leadership and experience in FinTech and financial services and is regarded as an important thought-leader and pioneer in the global emergence of FinTech. Since founding FT Partners in 2001, Mr. McLaughlin has grown the firm to more than 150 employees, expanded its office presence from its headquarters in San Francisco to New York City and London, and has solidified its position as a leading global investment bank exclusively focused on FinTech. FT Partners has advised on nearly 300 M&A, financing and advisory transactions over its history, and Mr. McLaughlin was ranked #1 on the list of “Most Influential Dealmakers in FinTech” in the FinTech Finance 40 by Institutional Investor in November 2018.
Prior to founding FT Partners, Mr. McLaughlin worked for Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group and became one of the earliest and senior-most investment bankers in the firm’s Financial Technology Group. He began his career in the Financial Management Program and Corporate Audit Staff at General Electric Corp. Mr. McLaughlin earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree (with a concentration in Finance) from Villanova University.
Eugene Yoon has served as our Co-Chairman of the board of directors, and as a director , since inception. Mr. Yoon is the founder and Managing Partner of Sagemount, a growth-focused technology private investment firm with 22 investment professionals and a team of operating professionals. Mr. Yoon has over 20 years of investing and advisory experience, has evaluated thousands of investment opportunities and has personally led dozens of investments for some of the most respected private investment firms in the industry. Since founding Sagemount in 2012 with the raising of $500 million in committed capital, Mr. Yoon led fundraises for two additional equity funds and two credit funds, bringing the firm’s cumulative committed capital to $3.5 billion. Mr. Yoon and Sagemount have made investments in 46 FinTech, software and tech-enabled services companies and Sagemount has expanded from a founding team of five investment professionals to 22. Mr. Yoon was ranked #1 on the list of “Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors” by GrowthCap in July 2014.
Prior to founding Sagemount, Mr. Yoon served as the Head of Private Equity for Goldman Sachs’ Americas Special Situations Group, where he led and managed numerous investments in private companies including Vivint, LifeLock and Amber Road. Mr. Yoon served as a board member to each of Vivint, LifeLock and Amber Road until founding Sagemount in 2012. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Yoon served as a Partner at Great Hill Partners, a growth-focused private equity firm. Prior to that, Mr. Yoon was Director of Corporate Development at Geocast Network Systems and an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Yoon earned both his M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Lawrence Furlong has served as our Chief Executive Officer since inception. Mr. Furlong has over 25 years of banking and finance experience and has been a Managing Director at FT Partners for approximately 11 years. During his career as an investment banker at both Goldman Sachs and FT Partners, Mr. Furlong has worked with large numbers of businesses across a number of sectors, with a particular emphasis on financial services and financial technology. He has advised clients on a myriad of transaction types, including significant numbers of private and public company debt and equity financings (including numerous IPO transactions) and large numbers of M&A transactions.
Prior to joining FT Partners in 2010, Mr. Furlong was a partner in a start-up media business in Los Angeles. Before that, he was a senior banker at Goldman Sachs and a member of that firm’s Financial Institutions Group in New York, London and Los Angeles. He began his career as a commercial banker at BB&T Corp. in 1993. Mr. Furlong earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree (with a concentration in Finance) from East Carolina University.
Jaskaran Heir has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 28, 2021. Mr. Heir has approximately 10 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Mr. Heir is currently a Vice President at Sagemount, and has been with the firm since 2014. At Sagemount, Mr. Heir has worked on numerous investments, including the firm’s investment in Open Lending.
Prior to joining Sagemount, Mr. Heir was an associate at CIVC Partners, LP and an analyst at Moelis & Company. Mr. Heir holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Corr will serve as one of our Directors as of the effective date of the registration statement. Mr. Corr has over 25 years of experience in technology leadership, corporate strategy and acquisitions. Currently, Mr. Corr is serving on the Mortgage Bankers Association board of directors and is on its audit committee. He is also an investor and advisor to several private technology companies. Mr. Corr served as CEO of Ellie Mae, Inc. (“Ellie Mae”) from February 2015 through October 2020, and as its President from February 2013 through October 2020. During his tenure as President & CEO, Mr. Corr took Ellie Mae private with Thoma Bravo, LLC in April 2019 at an equity valuation of approximately $3.7 billion. Within approximately eighteen months, in September 2020, he oversaw the sale of Ellie Mae to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. for $11 billion. Prior to serving as President, Mr. Corr served as Ellie Mae’s Chief Operating Officer from November 2011. Prior to that, he held the roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from November 2009 through November 2011 (during which time he helped lead Ellie Mae’s IPO in April 2011), Chief Strategy Officer from August 2005 through November 2009, and Senior Vice President of Product Management from October 2002 through August 2005. During his 18 year tenure at Ellie Mae, the company grew, both organically and through acquisitions, from under $10 million to nearly $1 billion in revenue.
Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Mr. Corr served in executive and management positions at PeopleSoft, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, KANA Software, Inc., BroadBase Software, Inc., and Rubric Inc. Mr. Corr holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Corr’s extensive corporate strategy and transactional experience make him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.