InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp.
- Automotive, Mobility, Business Services, Consumer, Retail, Ecommerce, Industrial, Technology
Ahmed M. Fattouh has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a board member since our inception. Mr. Fattouh has over 25 years of private equity and M&A experience. Since 2017, he has been a Founder Member and the Chief Executive Officer of InterPrivate LLC, a private investment firm that invests on behalf of a consortium of family offices in partnership with independent sponsors from leading private equity firms with strong relationships with former portfolio companies. Mr. Fattouh’s blank check company experience includes serving as Chairman and CEO of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., which announced its intent to combine with Aeva Inc. in November 2020, and senior advisor to Tuscan Holdings Corp., which announced its intent to combine with Microvast Inc. in February 2021. In 2001, Mr. Fattouh became a Founding Member and the Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Value Investments, an asset management firm. He also served as the Managing Member of Landmark Value Strategies, Landmark Activist Strategies, Landmark Credit Strategies, the Landmark Real Assets Fund, the Landmark Protection Fund, Globalist Value Strategies and the Globalist MENA Fund. Mr. Fattouh is a former member of the private equity group at Investcorp International and the M&A Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. He has executed transactions involving industry leaders, including RJR Nabisco, Mobil Corporation, Ampolex, IBM, Elf Atochem, Tivoli Systems, Eagle Industries, Amerace, Washington Energy, Puget Power, Synergy Gas, KKR, Saks Fifth Avenue, Werner Ladder, Falcon Building Products, LVMH, Bliss, Eastern Software, Sumo Logic, and Fidelity National. Mr. Fattouh previously served as a director of Columbia Medical Products, the Del Grande Dealer Group, Massmedium, and Collective Sense. Mr. Fattouh received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Brian Q. Pham has served as an Executive Vice President since our inception. Mr. Pham has been an investor, advisor, and builder of technology companies throughout his career. Mr. Pham’s blank check company experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. and advisor to Tuscan Holdings Corp. Mr. Pham has been an independent investor and C-level advisor to technology companies since 2017. From 2013 to 2016, he was a Principal at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. Mr. Pham was on the founding team, was the first investor to join the founders, and helped build the organization from the ground to approximately $700 million in assets under management. Select investments led or co-led by Mr. Pham include Pillpack, Slack, Uber, Airbnb, Curology, Opendoor, and Cue. He is also an advisor to Maven and Cytovale. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Pham was a member of the Morgan Stanley technology investment banking team based in Menlo Park. There he focused on the equity markets for high growth technology companies and helped clients raise $22.0 billion through initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, and convertible debt offerings. A few representative transactions that his team led include IPOs for Facebook, Workday, and ServiceNow. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Pham was a biotech entrepreneur and helped lead efforts to build companies based off of IP developed at the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. Mr. Pham received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California Los Angeles.
Alan Pinto has served as an Executive Vice President since our inception. He is a 25-year veteran of the finance industry. Mr. Pinto’s blank check company experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. and advisor to Tuscan Holdings Corp. After establishing himself in institutional Sales and Trading, Mr. Pinto became a founding Managing Director of Dahlman Rose & Co in 2003, a boutique investment bank focused on the shipping industry and all related energy and commodity markets. Having established a long roster of sophisticated institutional clients who had a growing appetite for structured, private deals, Mr. Pinto left Dahlman Rose in 2013 to independently advise corporate clients on capital raising and M&A. In 2014, Mr. Pinto coordinated a $500 million hybrid mezzanine and equity investment from several hedge funds to back a European tanker operator to acquire a $1.0 billion fleet of crude carriers from AP Moeller-Maersk. Since that transaction, Mr. Pinto has advised on deals across a wide spectrum of industries, including auto retail, real estate, transportation infrastructure, oil and gas and technology. Mr. Pinto received a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Brandon C. Bentley has served as our General Counsel and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Bentley is founder of InterPrivate and has been Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel since 2017. Mr. Bentley’s blank check company experience includes serving as General Counsel and board member of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Bentley was the General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Landmark Value Investments. Mr. Bentley also served as General Counsel of the firm’s registered broker-dealer affiliate from 2011 to 2013. Prior to InterPrivate, Mr. Bentley served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Castellan Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity firm based in New York, from 2014 to 2016 and worked for e.ventures Europe in a senior finance and operations capacity. Mr. Bentley previously worked as an attorney at White & Case LLP in New York from 1999 to 2005, where he focused on securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bentley received a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. We believe Mr. Bentley is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his legal and investment expertise.
James Pipe has served as a Vice President since December 2020 and currently serves as InterPrivate’s Director of Finance and Operations. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Pipe served as a member of the finance team at Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc., where his responsibilities included managing the monthly financial statement preparation process for the firm, acting as the primary liaison between Google Ventures and the Alphabet corporate accounting team, and managing the firm’s relationships with external service providers. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Pipe was the Controller at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. Mr. Pipe was a member of the founding team and oversaw the finance, operations, legal, human resources, and information technology functions of the firm, scaling the back office to support approximately $700 million in assets under management. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Pipe worked in a finance and operations role at Landmark Advisors. Mr. Pipe received a B.A. in Economics from New York University, where he studied on a National Merit Scholarship.
Jeffrey Harris has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Harris is the founder and managing member of Global Reserve Group LLC, a financial advisory and investment firm founded in 2011 focused primarily on the energy industry. From 1983 to 2011, he worked at Warburg Pincus LLC and was a Managing Director and member of the Executive Management Group. During his tenure he invested in numerous companies across sectors including energy, technology, telecommunications, industrial, and consumer/retail, and has served as a director of over forty public and private companies, including Chargepoint. Currently, he is a director of Knoll, Inc. and several private companies. In addition, Mr. Harris is a member of the Board of Trustees of each of the Cranbrook Educational Community, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Friends of the High Line. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School for thirteen years, and is a past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Harris received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Harris is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company based on his investment experience across multiple sectors.
Susan L. Decker has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Ms. Decker is the CEO and founder of Raftr, a trusted event and communications platform for college campuses. She also serves on the boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, Costco Wholesale Corporation, SurveyMonkey, Vail Resorts, Vox Media and Automattic, and she has previously served on the boards of Intel Corporation and Pixar Animation Studios, among others. From June 2000 to April 2009, Ms. Decker held various executive management positions at Yahoo! Inc., including president (June 2007 to April 2009), head of the Advertiser and Publisher Group (December 2006 to June 2007), and chief financial officer (June 2000 to June 2007). Before Yahoo!, Ms. Decker spent 14 years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as Managing Director of global equity research (1998 to 2000), and previously as an equity research analyst (1986 to 1998). She received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1989 and served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) for a four-year term, from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Decker holds a B.S. degree from Tufts University with a double major in computer science and economics, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Decker is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company because of her extensive public company experience.
Tracey Brophy Warson has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Ms. Warson is an advisor to startups in FinTech, clean energy, and food sustainability, and she has more than 30 years of experience building financial services businesses. Most recently, Ms. Warson was CEO of Citi Private Bank from 2014-2019, and she served as Chairman of Citi Private Bank North America from 2019-2020. As CEO of Citi Private Bank in North America, Ms. Warson was directly responsible for leading the ultra-high net worth and Law Firm Group private banking activities in 25 offices throughout North America, overseeing over $230.0 billion in client business volume as of year-end 2018. Prior to her role as CEO, she was Global Market Manager for the Western U.S. from 2010 to 2014 and oversaw Private Banking in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Phoenix and Seattle. From 2014-2018, Ms. Warson was the co-chair of Citi Women, Citi’s global strategy to focus on the advancement of women as leaders and business drivers. Before joining Citi in 2009, Ms. Warson served as West Division Executive for US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Prior to joining US Trust, she was Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director of Private Client Services at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Previously, Ms. Warson served as an Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Distribution for Wells Fargo’s trading and sales business. She started her career in banking as an International Banking Officer at Toyo Trust & Banking Company in Los Angeles. Since 2015, Ms. Warson has been recognized each year by the American Banker as of one of the top “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance.” Additionally, in 2018, the Financial Times recognized Ms. Warson as an “FTHero” in their ranking of the Top 100 executives globally who support women in business. Ms. Warson earned her B.A. in Business Administration and French from the University of Minnesota. She also completed a fellowship at the Université de Tours in Tours, France. We believe Ms. Warson is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her broad experience advising companies and her extensive contacts.