Pathfinder Acquisition Corp
- Technology, Unicorns
Rich Lawson, Rich Lawson, Chairman of the Board of Directors , is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HGGC, where he has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its formation and directs the firm’s strategy and investment decisions, governance and investor relations. Since HGGC’s inception in 2007, Mr. Lawson has overseen hundreds of completed transactions representing tens of billions of dollars in aggregate transaction value. Prior to leading HGGC, Mr. Lawson established predecessor private equity funds Huntsman Gay Capital Partners in 2007 with industrialist Jon M. Huntsman and Robert C. Gay, as well as Sorenson Capital in 2002 with medical products pioneer James LeVoy Sorenson. Mr. Lawson also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of enterprise software company Found, Inc. and worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Lawson received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College.
We believe that Mr. Lawson’s experience across hundreds of transactions in a variety of investment spaces qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
David Chung, Chief Executive Officer and Director Nominee , is an Executive Director of HGGC, where he has led the extension of HGGC’s core middle-market private equity strategy to include public/private crossover strategies such as take-private transactions, PIPEs and toehold investments in publicly traded companies. He has over 25 years of experience as a private equity, public equity and crossover public/private investor and dealmaker, through which he has developed a distinctive wide-angle experience set and expertise as an engaged financial sponsor and partnership-oriented investor across the public-private spectrum. He has led or actively participated in a large number of transactions and investments involving private and public companies at different stages of growth across a wide range of industries, including Technology, Software, Technology-enabled Products and Services, Business Services and Consumer. Prior to joining HGGC in December 2016, Mr. Chung was an independent crossover private equity and public market investor through Arrowhead Holdings LLC since January 2013, a Partner at Blum Capital Partners (a hybrid private equity and public equity investment firm) from 2006 to 2012, Managing Member of Perspective Value Partners (startup public/private hybrid investment firm) from 2005 to 2006, a Partner at Standard Pacific Capital (a global long/short hedge fund) from 2002 to 2004, and a Director at KKR (a global private equity firm) from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Chung also served on the board of directors of Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) from 2013 to 2017 as an independent director. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist Inc., which specialized in IPOs, follow-on offerings and M&A transactions for emerging growth Technology and Healthcare companies. Mr. Chung is a graduate of Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.
We believe that Mr. Chung’s experience as a crossover investor across the public-private spectrum and expertise in transactions involving both public and private companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Lindsay Sharma, Chief Investment Officer and Director Nominee , is a Managing Director of Industry Ventures, where she has led the Industry Ventures Tech Buyout strategy and concentrated on originating, valuing and managing primary fund commitments and direct co-investment opportunities for the Industry Ventures Tech Buyout Fund since October 2018. She serves on the investment committee for the Industry Ventures Tech Buyout Fund and is actively involved in helping to enable successful exit scenarios in older venture-funded technology companies.
Ms. Sharma also brings four years of experience as part of the Industry Ventures secondary team, purchasing secondary direct investments and limited partner interests, and assists in valuing companies. Prior to joining Industry Ventures in 2014, Ms. Sharma was a Principal in corporate strategy and development at Intuit, leading merger and acquisition activities for the company. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sharma was an investment professional at Great Hill Partners, a tech focused private equity firm and started her career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns in New York as a member of the Technology, Media and Telecom team. Ms. Sharma received her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University, graduating with distinction.
We believe that Ms. Sharma’s investment management experience and experience evaluating potential investments in the private equity space qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.
Lance Taylor, Chief Financial Officer , is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer of HGGC, where he leads the firm’s finance and accounting operations. Prior to joining HGGC in May 2014, Mr. Taylor was Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Calera Capital, a middle-market private equity firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, from May 2012 to May 2014. At Calera, Mr. Taylor oversaw the operations of the firm including investor relations, financial reporting, human resources and facilities. Prior to Calera, he was Chief Financial Officer of Legacy Venture, a venture focused philanthropic fund-of-funds with over $1 billion of assets under management. Mr. Taylor also worked at Lightspeed Venture Partners as their Director of Finance from 2000 to 2004. He was a Senior Audit Manager at Ernst & Young and began his career in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen in San Jose. Mr. Taylor earned an MBA from Duke University and a Master of Accountancy and BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Steve Young, Director Nominee , is the President and Co-Founder of HGGC, where he leads and manages the business and co-heads the Investment Committee together with Rich Lawson. Mr. Young serves as Chairman of the Board of four HGGC portfolio companies: Idera, Inc., Integrity Marketing Group, Dealer-FX and AutoAlert. Prior to their sales, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the firm’s exited investments in hybris Software (acquired by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP)), Serena Software (acquired by Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP)) and Sunquest Information Systems (acquired by Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP)). Prior to the inception of HGGC in 2007, Mr. Young’s professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News’ Player of the Year from 1992 to 1994 and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Mr. Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Young founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation, which is actively involved in children’s charities worldwide. Mr. Young earned a JD from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and a BS in Finance and Political Science from Brigham Young University.
We believe that Mr. Young’s experience in investment management and as a member of the board of directors of multiple companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Hans Swildens, Director Nominee , is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Industry Ventures, where he has led and managed the overall business since August 1999. As an early pioneer of the modern secondary market for venture capital, Mr. Swildens created new ways to get liquidity for venture capital investments prior to an IPO or M&A event. Additionally, he was early to support the development of a new class of venture capital partnerships focused on seed and early stage investing during the last decade. He directs the firm’s investment processes, operations and limited partner relationships. Earlier in his career, Mr. Swildens was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded and acted as President of Microline Software, which was acquired by Blaze Software (IPO) and was subsequently acquired by Fair Isaac. He also helped start Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai) and provided board advisory services to Discovery Mining (acquired by Interwoven), nCircle Network Security (acquired by Tripwire), and StepUp Commerce (acquired by Intuit). Mr. Swildens also helped finance Lowercase Capital. Mr. Swildens holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA with distinction from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
We believe that Mr. Swildens’ investment and management experience and experience providing board advisory services qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Steve Walske, Director Nominee , led Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PTC) as its CEO from 1986 to 2000. Mr. Walske guided PTC from its start-up phase through its initial public offering to its position as the market leader in mechanical design automation software. Through Myriad Investments, LLC, since February 2000, he has advised private companies (several of which have gone public) such as Medallia (NYSE: MDLA), Endeca Technologies, Platfora, BladeLogic (NASDAQ: BLOG), Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) and ClearCare on growth and go-to-market strategies as a value-added Board member. Mr. Walske has served on the boards of directors of Synopsys and Medallia since 1991 and 2011, respectively, and he served on the board of directors of Platforma from September 2012 until August 2016 and on the board of directors of ClearCare from August 2016 to November 2019. Mr. Walske has extensive relationships in the venture capital and growth equity communities as well as with executives in the technology arena. Mr. Walske holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
We believe that Mr. Walske’s past experience as a member of the board of directors of both public and private companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.