New Vista Acquisition Corp
- Aviation, Aerospace, Defense, Logistics
Dennis A. Muilenburg has been the Chairman of our board of directors and our Chief Executive Officer since December 2020. Mr. Muilenburg has more than 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense sector, with extensive leadership, global business, and engineering responsibilities. Most recently, Mr. Muilenburg was President and Chief Executive Officer from 2015 to 2019 and Chairman of the board of directors from 2016 to 2019 at The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) (“Boeing”). Starting at the company as an engineering intern in 1985, Mr. Muilenburg’s multi-decade career has spanned a wide array of Boeing’s global customer base as well as the company’s extensive operations, supply chain, acquisitions, and stakeholder sets. Prior to his tenure as Chief Executive Officer at Boeing, Mr. Muilenburg served in a number of leadership, management, and engineering roles, including as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Boeing, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, among others. Mr. Muilenburg also served as a member of the Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) board of directors from 2011 to 2020, chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association board of governors, an executive committee member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the National Space Council’s User Advisory Group, a member of the U.S.-China Business Council, a member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation board of directors, a member of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) board of directors, and as a trustee of Washington University, the National World War II Museum, and Northwestern University. Mr. Muilenburg received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University, as well as a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the inaugural Innovator in Residence at Iowa State University, and a distinguished fellow for aerospace, mobility, and manufacturing at the Saint Louis University Research Institute. We believe Mr. Muilenburg’ s qualifications to serve on our board of directors includes his extensive experience and track record in our target industries.
Kirsten Bartok Touw has been our Co-President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of our board of directors since December 2020. She is the founder and managing partner of AirFinance, which has sourced, structured, diligenced and serviced more than $1.2 billion in financing across a variety of structured products to aerospace companies, their suppliers, and their customers globally since 2008. Prior to AirFinance, from 2009 to 2012, Ms. Bartok Touw was Vice President, Structured Finance & Corporate Development at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where she helped lead the company’s expansion into Asia, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and sales financing. Prior to Hawker, from 2005 to 2008, Ms. Bartok Touw co-founded XOJET, Inc., serving on its board and as Chief Financial Officer, where she raised and structured more than $1.5 billion of equity and debt financing. Before co-founding XOJET, Inc., Ms. Bartok Touw spent over 12 years in private equity and venture capital at Alpine Investors and JPMorgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners technology team. Ms. Bartok Touw began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, or GSB. She also serves on Stanford’s GSB Management Board and on the National Business Aviation Association’s Advisory Council. We believe Ms. Bartok Touw’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors includes her investment and deal-making experience in our target industries.
Travis S. Nelson has been our Co-President and Chief Financial Officer and a member of our board of directors since December 2020. He has also served as the Managing Member of Eclipse Investors, an independent investment management firm, since 2018. Prior to Eclipse, Mr. Nelson served as a Managing Director at TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., or TowerBrook, from 2005 until 2018 and currently serves as a member of TowerBrook’s Management Advisory Board. While he was at the firm, TowerBrook’s assets under management reached in excess of $7 billion as of December 31, 2017, and Mr. Nelson played material roles in respect of numerous investments and has served on the board of directors of multiple portfolio companies, including those of Broadlane, BevMo, Rave Cinemas, True Religion, FloWorks, Vistage and J.Jill. Mr. Nelson remains a director of J.Jill Inc. (NYSE: JILL), where he served on the board since 2015 and remained on the board through J.Jill’s initial public offering in 2017. During his tenure at TowerBrook, Mr. Nelson led or participated in recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or one or more other key executives into every portfolio company for which he served as a director. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Mr. Nelson co-founded Pacific Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in software as a service businesses, and served as a Managing Director there from 2000 to 2005. At Pacific Partners, Mr. Nelson led the sourcing, diligence, negotiating, and structuring of venture capital investments in six companies (Jamcracker, BigMachines, Apexon, QuantumShift, Velosel and GetActive), investing in rounds alongside of other venture firms such as Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund, Foundation Capital, and Menlo Ventures. Prior to Pacific Partners, Mr. Nelson served as an investment professional at Oak Hill Capital Management and Freeman Spogli & Co., working on private investments in a wide range of companies, and served as a consultant to the Chief Executive Officer of NetJets. Mr. Nelson began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Nelson received a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Nelson’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors includes his deep knowledge of and experience in various aspects of a deal cycle.
Marion Blakey will serve as our director upon the completion of this offering. From 2015 to 2018, Ms. Blakey was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce North America. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, from 2007 to 2015, Ms. Blakey was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association for eight years, providing a leading voice for the aerospace and defense industry and representing more than 270 member companies. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Blakey served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to this, she held several senior-level positions including Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and led her own private consulting firm specializing in transportation and infrastructure issues. Ms. Blakey previously served on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, the Washington Area Airports Task Force Advisory Board and the International Aviation Women’s Association Advisory Board. Ms. Blakey is a member of the board of directors of the Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Advisory Board and Noblis Board of Trustees. She also serves as an advisor to multiple aerospace start-up companies. Ms. Blakey received a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College at the University of Virginia. We believe Ms. Blakey’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her experience and knowledge in the regulatory framework relating to our target industries.
Howard L. Lance will serve as our director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Lance was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxar Technologies (previously MDA) from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Lance was Executive Advisor at Blackstone Group’s private equity business from 2012 to 2016 covering industries such as aerospace, industrial, healthcare and technology. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Lance was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Corporation (now L3Harris Technologies), a leading global provider of communications and information technology products, software, systems and services to government, defense and commercial markets. Prior to Harris Corporation, Mr. Lance served as President of NCR Corporation, and Co-Chief Operating Officer of its Retail and Financial Group from 2001 to 2002. Previously, he spent 17 years with Emerson Electric Company including as Executive Vice President of its Electronics and Telecommunications group and Chief Executive Officer of its Astec PLC subsidiary based in Hong Kong. Mr. Lance earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with honors from Bradley University and an MBA at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. We believe Mr. Lance’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience and knowledge in key areas relating to our target industries.
Dr. Christopher B. Lofgren will serve as our director upon the completion of this offering. Dr. Lofgren currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors of International Monetary Express, Inc., an emerging growth public FinTech company. Dr. Lofgren was President and Chief Executive Officer of Schneider National, Inc., or Schneider, a provider of transportation and logistics services, from 2002 to 2019. Before becoming CEO, Dr. Lofgren served as Chief Operating officer for the corporation, President of their logistics sector, and Chief Information Officer. Prior to Schneider, Dr. Lofgren held positions at Symantec Corporation, where he led software engineering at one of their divisions; Motorola, Inc., at their corporate manufacturing research center; and CAPS Logistics. Previously, Dr. Lofgren served on the board of directors of CA Technologies and as a director of the American Trucking Association. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University, and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2009, Dr. Lofgren was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. We believe Dr. Lofgren’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his engineering experience and expertise in sectors that comprise our target industries.
Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Ret. will serve as our director upon the completion of this offering. General Wilson is a retired 4-star U.S. Air Force General with over 39 years of military service. General Wilson has extensive operational experience including commanding the largest Wing in the Middle East and commanding and reinvigorating America’s nuclear Bombers and Missile forces in Global Strike Command before assuming his duties as the 39th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. As the Vice Chief, he was responsible for organizing, training and equipping over 685,000 active duty, National Guard and reserve airmen, directing strategy, policy, acquisition, technology, personnel and risk management. He served on the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, setting the acquisition requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense, and oversaw the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the Air Force’s $205 billion annual budget for fiscal year 2020. In 2020, AFWERX was named in Fast Company’s “100 Best Workplaces for Innovators in America” list. His many awards and decorations include three Defense Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars and two Air Medals. General Wilson is a command pilot with over 4,500 flight hours that includes nearly 700 combat hours. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He holds two Master’s degrees — one in Engineering Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and one in Strategic Studies from Air University. We believe General Wilson’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his distinct and deep experience and value-add in our target industries.