Disruptive Acquisition Corp I
- Healthcare, Wellness, Entertainment, Consumer, Technology
Alexander J. Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Alexander J. Davis has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since the inception of Disruptive Acquisition Corporation I. Since June 2012, Mr. Davis has been the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Disruptive, a merchant bank with investments in top-performing, late-stage private technology companies. He has grown Disruptive to deploy more than three billion dollars in the private markets, working with a diverse group of leading global investors and portfolio companies such as Palantir (where, as of the day of Palantir’s direct listing, Disruptive was the second-largest outside shareholder), Hims (where, as of January 15, 2021, Disruptive was the second largest contributor of private capital), UiPath, Pinterest and Spotify. Since inception, Mr. Davis has identified attractive business extensions and expanded the firm into four business lines—proprietary investments, investment banking, business development and a liquidity fund (which provides financing to private technology company share and option holders)—that coalesce to provide a full suite of services in support of Disruptive’s portfolio companies. Before founding Disruptive, Mr. Davis served as the Founding Managing Director of Ten-X, LLC (formerly Auction.com) from 2007 to 2011, where he led the company in its transition from a traditional “brick and mortar” auction company into a technology-enabled marketplace. Mr. Davis and his wife, Lindsay, co-chair The Giving Fund, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those less fortunate. He also served on the board of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a nonprofit organization working toward the permanent eradication of child sex trafficking. We believe Mr. Davis’s entrepreneurial, business and investment experience makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Phillip C. Caputo, Chief Financial Officer
Phillip C. Caputo has served as our Chief Financial Officer since the inception of Disruptive Acquisition Corporation I. Mr. Caputo joined Disruptive in 2019, and, since April 2020, has served as the Chief Financial Officer, where he focuses on developing and implementing processes and controls required to produce timely and accurate reporting that inform strategic decisions in the areas of finance, accounting, and tax for Disruptive and its affiliates. Mr. Caputo previously served as Disruptive’s Vice President of Finance and Accounting from April 2019 to April 2020. Before joining Disruptive, he was Assistant Controller at The Palisades Group, LLC from 2018 to 2019. Mr. Caputo was Vice President at The TCW Group from 2016 to 2017 and Vice President of Operations at Fintan Partners from 2014 to 2016. He has 15 years of experience managing back office operations teams for reputable investment management firms. Mr. Caputo graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University, receiving a B.S. in Finance and Insurance, with a minor in Economics. He is also a CFA charterholder.
David M. Tarnowski, Chief Operating Officer and Director
David M. Tarnowski has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a member of our board of directors since the inception of Disruptive Acquisition Corporation I. Mr. Tarnowski joined Disruptive in November 2017, and he currently serves as a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer where he focuses on overall operations of the firm, as well as investment sourcing and analysis, transaction execution, legal and investor relations. He has over 10 years of investment and banking experience in private and public markets, working with globally diverse institutional investors and various companies across different sectors, including technology. From 2007 to 2017, Mr. Tarnowski worked at Ampton Investments Inc., a New York-based boutique investment and advisory firm, where he was involved in transactions relating to two special purpose acquisition companies. He holds a B.B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. We believe Mr. Tarnowski’s operational and investment experience makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mardy S. Fish, Vice President, Business Development
Mardy S. Fish has served as our Vice President, Business Development since the inception of Disruptive Acquisition Corporation I. Since January 2020, Mr. Fish has held the same position at Disruptive, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Alexander J. Davis, to expand the company’s business development nationwide by cultivating new and existing relationships, with a focus on the professional athlete community. Before joining Disruptive, Mr. Fish was a professional tennis player, earning American No. 1 and world No. 7 ATP rankings in 2011. He won the Olympic Silver Medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Mr. Fish retired from professional tennis in 2015 with 14 career ATP titles and victories over Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi. He has been the captain of the United States Davis Cup team since January 2019. Continuing his athletic career in golf, Mr. Fish is a two-time Diamond Resorts Invitational champion and won the 2020 American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. In 2007, Mr. Fish founded the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation (MFCF), which has supported over 2,400 children with the opportunity to participate in sports and extracurricular activities throughout the Indian River County.
James R. Blake, Director Nominee
James R. Blake will serve as a member of our board of directors upon completion of this offering. Since January 2018, Mr. Blake has been the tournament director of the Miami Open, one of the biggest events on the ATP calendar, including during the tournament’s historic move to the Hard Rock Stadium. Before that, from 2015 to 2018, Mr. Blake served as the chairperson of the USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association, Inc. Mr. Blake’s first career was as a professional tennis player, earning career-high American No. 1 and world No. 4 ATP rankings before retiring in 2013. Some of his career highlights include representing the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and victories over Roger Federer, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal. Mr. Blake also played an integral role on the Davis Cup team during the U.S. team’s title run in 2007 and was elected to serve a two-year term as the Vice President of the ATP Player Council. In 2008, he founded the James Blake Foundation, a nonprofit that has donated approximately $1.2 million to fund research for early detection of cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. We believe Mr. Blake’s experience, along with his relationships with professional athletes, makes him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Karen L. Finerman, Director Nominee
Karen L. Finerman will serve as a member of our board of directors upon completion of this offering. Ms. Finerman co-founded New York-based hedge fund Metropolitan Capital Advisors in 1992 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since 2014. She serves on the board of directors of Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FCAC) and served as a member of the board of directors at GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF) from 2014 until its acquisition in 2015. In addition, Ms. Finerman is a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and she sat for 15 years on the board of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She has been a panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money since its debut in 2007 and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life. Ms. Finerman received a B.S. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the Board of Advisors. We believe Ms. Finerman’s extensive experience analyzing market reactions to public offerings, along with her particular expertise in corporate governance and effective investor communication, makes her well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Galen C. Smith, Director Nominee
Galen C. Smith will serve as a member of our board of directors upon completion of this offering. Since 2016, Mr. Smith has served as Chief Executive Officer of Redbox, an entertainment distribution company. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Outerwall, a leading provider of automated retail solutions, including Redbox, Coinstar and ecoATM. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Smith served in various financial positions at Outerwall, including as Senior Vice President of Finance at Redbox and as Outerwall’s Corporate Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. Before joining Outerwall, Mr. Smith was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co., working in the consumer and retail investment banking group from 2007 to 2009. He has served on the board of directors at CareerBuilder since 2017. Mr. Smith received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Wheaton College. We believe Mr. Smith’s experience in finance and entertainment make him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.