Aspiration Partners, Inc
InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc.
- Financial Services, Payment Platforms, Insurance, Risk, Unicorns
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.
Sunil Kappagoda has served as our Vice Chairman and board member since our inception. Mr. Kappagoda has over 30 years of banking, financial services and fintech experience. Mr. Kappagoda’s blank check company experience includes serving as an advisor to InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., and he has also served as an advisor to other InterPrivate-affiliated investment vehicles. Mr. Kappagoda currently serves as Chairman of F1 Payments and InterPayments, an InterPrivate portfolio company, where he has worked closely with Mr. Fattouh. Mr. Kappagoda is also a Director at Linkly (a merger of PCEftpos, EFT Solutions and Premier Technologies), an Advisor to Envestnet and an LP / Advisor at NYCA Partners. His recent fintech experience also includes being an advisor / board member at 11 fintech companies, including Billtrust (NYSE: BTRS), Ondot Systems (acquired by Fiserv), and Earthport (acquired by Visa), amongst others. Mr. Kappagoda’s previous experience includes serving as President of Asia-Pacific at Verifone Systems where he led a 14-country business that spanned China, India, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group where he focused exclusively on Banks and Financial Institutions. Mr. Kappagoda holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. in Economics from The London School of Economics and a B.Sc. Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology.
Nicholaos C. Krenteras has served as our President and board member since our inception. Mr. Krenteras’ blank check company experience includes serving as an advisor to InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., and he has also served as an advisor to other InterPrivate-affiliated investment vehicles. Mr. Krenteras has a 20-year career in financial services including serving as a Partner and Managing Director for 14 years at Pine Brook Partners, a New York-based private equity firm with more than $3 billion in assets under management. Pine Brook and InterPrivate have worked together closely, jointly pursuing and completing financial services investments. At Pine Brook, Mr. Krenteras was a member of the investment committee and board representative on numerous portfolio company boards. Prior to Pine Brook, Mr. Krenteras spent nine years in the financial services industry; working for LabMorgan, JP Morgan’s financial technology venture capital arm, as vice president of portfolio development. Earlier in his career, he worked for Bank of America as an interest rate derivatives trader and as the vice president of trading and business development for Pedestal Capital, a start-up institutional brokerage for mortgage-backed securities. Throughout his career Mr. Krenteras has worked with over 25 portfolio companies in all stages of development from seed through and post-IPO, including Belmont Green Limited, Better Holdco Inc., Clear Blue Financial Holdings, Syndicate Holding Corp., Aurigen Capital Limited, Third Point Reinsurance Ltd., Essent Group Ltd., Green Bancorp, Inc., Global Atlantic, Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, and NBIC Holdings, Inc. Mr. Krenteras holds an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. We believe Mr. Krenteras is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience investing and serving on private company boards.
Alexey Sokolin has served as our Executive Advisor since January 2021. Mr. Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur focused on the next generation of financial services. He is the Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys, a blockchain software company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world. He focuses on strategy, go-to-market, and product development across decentralized finance, tokenized digital assets, and enterprise blockchain solutions in financial services. Previously, Mr. Sokolin was the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, an equity research firm serving institutional investors (acquired by AllianceBernstein), where he covered artificial intelligence, blockchain, neobanks, digital lenders, roboadvisors, paytech, and mixed reality. Before Autonomous, Lex was COO at AdvisorEngine, a digital wealth management technology platform (acquired by Franklin Templeton), and CEO of NestEgg Wealth, a roboadvisor that partnered with financial advisors (acquired by AdvisorEngine). Prior to NestEgg, Lex held roles in investment management and banking at Barclays, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank. He earned a JD/MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Law from Amherst College.
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.
Minesh K. Patel has served as a Vice President since our inception. Mr. Patel has been a Principal at InterPrivate since 2019 where he focuses on market research, investment analysis, and deal execution. Mr. Patel’s blank check company experience includes serving as Vice President of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. Mr. Patel previously was a Principal at Fiduciary Network LLC, a private equity firm that provided permanent capital solutions to wealth management firms, from 2011 to 2018. Fiduciary Network’s portfolio companies managed in excess of $35 billion in assets under management and included some of the most respected firms in the industry. Mr. Patel’s responsibilities included leading or advising on all aspects of the firm’s M&A transactions, including deal sourcing, valuation and structuring. Prior to Fiduciary Network, Mr. Patel worked at JPMorgan Chase in a prime brokerage unit that was acquired from Bear Stearns from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Patel received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas and has been a CFA charterholder since 2012.
Gordy Holterman has agreed to serve on our board of directors upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Holterman is a successful investor, entrepreneur and senior bank executive and has over 30 years of experience in making investments and building and using technology for investment management. Mr. Holterman is Founder and CEO of Proelio Capital where he focuses on active investing in fintech companies, creating/growing businesses and building successful JV’s, partnerships and acquisitions with major banks and asset managers. His primary area of focus is the fintech ecosystem, as well as proptech, insurtech and agtech. Mr. Holterman was previously CEO of Overland Advisors, a multi-asset relative value hedge fund, Head of Financial Products for Wells Fargo, and a partner and portfolio manager at Farallon Fixed Income. Mr. Holterman began his career as an M&A lawyer for Skadden Arps, and an options trader at O’Connor & Associates (now UBS). As an active fintech investor and advisor, he has invested and/or advised numerous fintech and proptech investments including Jaris, Payoneer, Roofstock, Linkly, LeapYear, Hearth, Zoe, CarIQ, and Vertis.ai, among others. Mr. Holterman holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. We believe Mr. Holterman is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience investing in the technology sector.
Rich McGinn has agreed to serve on our board of directors upon the completion of this offering. Mr. McGinn is a prominent leader in the global communication systems, networking, and technology industries, bringing more than 45 years of business management, financial and investment experience. Mr. McGinn currently serves as Chairman of Kaloom Inc., a data center software company, and he is a board member of Cushman Wakefield PLC. Previously, he was a cofounder and principal investor in Sky Capital from 2014 until it was acquired in 2016. Before Sky Capital, he served as Chairman, then CEO, of Verifone from 2011 to 2013. Mr. McGinn was a GP at RRE Ventures, a tech venture firm, from 2001 to 2010, and he served as President, then CEO and Chairman, of Lucent Technologies from 1996 to 2000. Before Lucent, Mr. McGinn held numerous managerial and executive positions at AT&T from 1969 to 1996, including President of Data Networking, EVP EMEA, EVP AsiaPac, and CEO of Western Electric. He has previously served on multiple boards including American Express, Oracle, Verifone, ViaSystems, Cyota, Broadsoft and Nexsan. Mr. McGinn holds a B.A. from Grinnell College. We believe Mr. McGinn is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive investment expertise and industry contacts.
Howard Newman has agreed to serve on our board of directors upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Newman is chairman and chief executive officer of Pine Brook Partners, an investment firm that manages more than $3 billion of limited partner commitments, and which he co-founded in 2006. He is also a member of the Pine Brook’s Investment Committee. Mr. Newman currently represents Pine Brook on the boards of Elevation Resources Holdings, LLC and La Luna Energy Partners, LP. Over the course of his career, he has been a director or observer on the boards of more than 50 companies, including 20 public companies. Prior to co-founding Pine Brook, Mr. Newman was with Warburg Pincus for 22 years, most recently as vice chairman and senior advisor, and as a senior member of the Firm’s management and investment committees. At Warburg Pincus, he led or co-led the energy, financial services, media, real estate and general investment practices, and was directly involved in investments in 47 companies. Before joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Newman spent 10 years in energy and financial services investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Co. In addition to overseeing Pine Brook’s portfolio, Mr. Newman is a Trustee of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and serves on the board of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund. During the term of Governor George Pataki of New York, Mr. Newman served as an advisor on energy policy and as a senior advisor to the Long Island Power Authority. Mr. Newman has served as a chairman of the Yale Alumni Fund and as a member of the Yale University Council and its Climate & Energy Institute Advisory Board. Mr. Newman holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude with Distinction) and an M.A. in Economics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University. We believe Mr. Newman is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive public company and investment experience.
John McCoy has agreed to serve on our board of directors upon the completion of this offering. Mr. McCoy retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank One Corporation in December 1999, where he had been CEO since 1984. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from $9.1 billion in assets to $269.4 billion, participating in more than 100 acquisitions of other financial institutions. Prior to moving to the parent company in 1983 as President and Chief Operating Officer, he was president of Bank One, Columbus, NA from 1977 until 1983, and of Bank One Trust Company, NA in 1981. He joined Bank One (then City National Bank & Trust Company) in 1970. Mr. McCoy is a director of Onex Corporation (OCX.SV on the Toronto Stock Exchange). He also serves on the holding company board of First Capital Bancshares, sits on the Advisory Board of Second Curve Capital, and is a member of the PGA TOUR First Tee Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. McCoy is a retired director of AT&T Inc. and Cardinal Health, Inc. and retired Chairman of the PGA TOUR Policy board, and is former board chair and director of Battelle Memorial Institute. Mr. McCoy is a former member of the board of trustees of Williams College and of Stanford University and past chairman of the board of trustees of Kenyon College. He has served on the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Advisory Board of FTV Capital. Mr. McCoy graduated from Williams College with a B.A. degree in history, and he holds an M.B.A. degree in finance from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. McCoy is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his expertise in growing public companies.