Supernova Partners Acquisition Co II, Ltd.
- SPAC Ticker
- Rigetti Computing
- Merged Ticker
- Technology, Unicorns
Spencer M. Rascoff has been Co-Chair of our Board since our inception. Mr. Rascoff currently serves as Co-Chair of the board of directors of Supernova I. Mr. Rascoff served as CEO of Zillow from 2008 to 2018 and currently serves as chairman of dot.LA and chairman of Pacaso.
During Mr. Rascoff’s tenure as Zillow’s CEO, he led the acquisition and subsequent integration of 15 businesses including the acquisition and integration of Trulia, Zillow’s then-largest direct competitor. He also led Zillow through its IPO, where he was instrumental in leveraging Zillow’s IPO as a substantial consumer branding event. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Zillow, Mr. Rascoff created and maintained a corporate culture that was frequently recognized as exemplary, receiving awards from Fortune Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, The Seattle Times, and many other organizations. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Zillow created employee affinity networks and was twice named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index. Prior to Zillow, Mr. Rascoff co-founded Hotwire, where he ran corporate development through the company’s launch, the aftermath of 9/11, and ultimately the sale of the business to Expedia for $685 million.
Mr. Rascoff is currently on the board of directors of Palantir. He formerly served on the board of directors of several other public and private technology companies, including Zillow Group, TripAdvisor, Zulily and Julep. Before his consumer Internet career, Mr. Rascoff worked in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at TPG Capital. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and has served as a Visiting Executive Professor at Harvard Business School. Mr. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University. We believe Mr. Rascoff is well qualified to serve on our Board due to his knowledge of the technology industry and extensive leadership experience in operating and advising technology companies.
Alexander M. Klabin has been Co-Chair of our Board since our inception. Mr. Klabin currently serves as Co-Chair of the board of directors of Supernova I. Mr. Klabin co-founded Senator Investment Group in early 2008 where he served as Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer until 2020 and has served as Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Financial Services since October 2020. In addition, Mr. Klabin currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Ancient Management LP.
Mr. Klabin built and scaled Senator to be a widely respected investment management firm that managed up to $10 billion in assets. During his tenure, Senator managed capital on behalf of many of the largest pensions, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices globally. Under Mr. Klabin’s leadership, Senator became known for pursuing differentiated thematic and event-driven investments in public and private securities across both credit and equity.
Prior to co-founding Senator, Mr. Klabin worked at York Capital Management and Quadrangle Group. Mr. Klabin began his career in the M&A department at Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the board of directors of Enstructure, Faherty Brand and The Nantucket Project. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee of the New York Philharmonic, The Allen-Stevenson School and is a member of the Leadership Council of The Robin Hood Foundation. Mr. Klabin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Klabin is well qualified to serve on our Board due to his vast investment and corporate finance experience.
Robert D. Reid has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception. Mr. Reid currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Supernova I. Prior to that he was a Partner at BDT Capital Partners and was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone prior to July 2019, where he helped lead over 15 private equity investments representing over $40 billion in transaction value across a range of industries and geographies. In his 21 years at Blackstone, Mr. Reid sourced, evaluated and executed a range of transaction types including growth capital, buyouts and distressed opportunities. He was a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Investment Committee and was one of the senior partners helping lead the firm’s private equity efforts in Europe from 2012 to 2016.
Mr. Reid has served on a several public and private boards, including Scout24, one of the largest online classified business in Germany, SESAC, a large music performance rights organization Intelenet, a business process solutions company and Nielsen, a leading consumer and media measurement business. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Reid worked in the Investment Banking division at Morgan Stanley. He earned a degree in economics and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Reid is well qualified to serve on our Board due to his corporate finance and prior public company experience.
Michael S. Clifton has served as our Chief Financial officer and a director since our inception. Mr. Clifton currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Supernova I. Prior to that he was a senior investment professional at The Carlyle Group from 2010 to 2020 as a member of its flagship U.S. Buyout team where he helped lead Carlyle’s investing activities in the technology and business services sectors. During his tenure he worked on transactions involving companies in multiple sectors, including enterprise software, FinTech and IT services. He has served on four private boards and has been a board observer of a public company. In addition, Mr. Clifton currently serves as Managing Director of Ancient Management LP.
Over his career, Mr. Clifton has been involved in transactions with a total value in excess of $30 billion, including multiple leveraged buyouts, growth investments, carve-outs, and turnarounds. Mr. Clifton has substantial public market experience and has helped lead the public exits of three portfolio companies, representing the sale of over $5 billion in equity. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Clifton worked at two mid-market private equity firms, as well as in the M&A group of Bank of America Securities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in classics from Davidson College, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. We believe Mr. Clifton is well qualified to serve on our Board due to his corporate finance experience and previous SPAC experience.