InterPrivate IV InfraTech Partners Inc.
- Technology, Media, Telecommunications, TMT, Unicorns
Ahmed M. Fattouh has served as our Chairman 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.
Kevin Timmons has served as Chief Executive Officer and board member since our inception. Mr. Timmons is a recognized industry leader and proven executive who has designed, built, and operated some of the world’s largest technology infrastructures over his career. Over nine years, he helped grow the $525 million acquisition of CyrusOne into the world’s third largest publicly traded data center REIT, with an enterprise value of over $10 billion, where he was directly responsible for defining and sharing the technology roadmap for the company. Prior to CyrusOne, Mr. Timmons led Microsoft’s global data center team as General Manager of Data Center Services. Under his leadership, he fundamentally changed the way the company designed, developed, and operated its worldwide data center assets and opened four of the world’s largest data centers. Previously, Mr. Timmons held several positions within the operations team at Yahoo!, where his responsibilities included management of the global production operations team, including the operation of all customer-facing networks, data centers, and supporting infrastructure. He was the fourth employee at GeoCities, which was acquired by Yahoo! for $4.6 billion. Mr. Timmons’ background also includes over 10 years of experience in real-time embedded systems software development with several leading aerospace firms such as Lockheed Martin and Marconi Dynamics. Mr. Timmons received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We believe Mr. Timmons is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience growing public companies.
Dave Withers has served as our President since our inception. Mr. Withers is a seasoned entrepreneur, technology executive, multistage venture investor, board member and strategic advisor. He is a veteran of numerous successful ventures, both as an operator and as an investor, and has a 25-year track record of identifying disruptive technologies, building product and go-to-market organizations, fundraising, and executing successful exits. He has spent the majority of his career as a founder, operator, and executive in the storage, cloud, and SaaS industries. Mr. Withers was CEO and Co-Founder of Renasar Technologies, an infrastructure software company that was acquired by EMC, and served as VP of Technology for Global Platform Engineering at EMC/Dell post-acquisition. Prior to Renasar, he held executive and leadership roles as an operator at Nebula, Ocarina (acquired by Dell), Isilon (acquired by EMC), PolyServe (acquired by HP), Access Graphics (acquired by GE), and APC (acquired by Schneider). Mr. Withers is currently an active investor and advisor at DeepMap, GameOn (Board Member), Skyland Analytics (Board Member) Facilitron, Zededa, CarIQ, Digistor (Board Member), Nutshell, Qsensei, GigaOm (Board Observer), Cloud App, Deeyook, and was previously an investor and advisor to Cycle Computing (acquired by Microsoft). His technology investments include Carta, Oura, and Payoneer. Mr. Withers holds an MBA in Finance from New York University, a B.S. in Decision Sciences from Santa Clara University, and completed the International Management Program at London Business School.
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.
Nina C. Fairbairn has served as our Vice President since January 2021. Since 2018, Ms. Fairbairn has been a partner at Transcend Partners, a family office, specializing in both private and public technology companies. From 2016 to 2018, she was an investment team member at Insight Venture Partners, where her responsibilities included relationship management, deal sourcing, and diligence. Insight Venture Partners is a growth stage software venture capital firm with $30 billion in assets under management and over 400 portfolio companies. Ms. Fairbairn received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Michael Perone has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Perone has been a pioneer in the high-tech industry for more than 30 years. Mr. Perone’s sales enablement, lead generation, and online marketing strategies have set industry standards that countless other companies emulate today. He co-founded Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) and, as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Perone led worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. Under his marketing leadership, Barracuda grew to over $400 million in annual revenue and executed a successful IPO. Prior to Barracuda, Mr. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc., a free internet service provider (ISP) that powered retail branded ISPs, including Kmart’s Bluelight.com Internet service, Costco, Barnes & Noble, Yahoo!, Home Depot, and many others (acquired by Kmart). Additionally, Mr. Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He previously held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California” award recipient. We believe Mr. Perone is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his entrepreneurship and IPO experience.
James Eisenstein has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Eisenstein is Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo TorreSur, the largest independent wireless tower company in Latin America. Previously, Mr. Eisenstein served on the Board of Directors of Eaton Towers Limited, a pan-African wireless tower company which operated towers across six countries, from 2012 until its sale in 2019 to American Tower Corporation for $1.9 billion. During the same period, Mr. Eisenstein also sat on the Board of Directors of CTI Towers. Prior to co-founding Grupo TorreSur, Mr. Eisenstein was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Optasite Holding Company, Inc. from 2003 to 2008, and he was Chief Executive Officer of Concourse Communications Group LLC during 2013. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Eisenstein co-founded and served in various roles at American Tower Corporation, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer. Before co-founding American Tower, Mr. Eisenstein was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Amaturo Group, Ltd. from 1990 to 1995, and prior to Amaturo, he was Deputy General Counsel of Home Shopping Network from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Eisenstein was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom from 1986 to 1988 and at Vinson & Elkins from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Eisenstein sits on the Board of Directors of ATN International, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ:ATNI) which owns and operates telecom and renewable energy companies. Mr. Eisenstein is a graduate of Georgetown University, and he holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. We believe Mr. Eisenstein is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his broad management and legal experience.
Peter Gross has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Gross is an internationally recognized technology and energy expert whose career spans over three decades. He is recognized as a thought leader in the mission-critical information, communication, and infrastructure design realm, has published numerous technical papers in the field and is a frequent speaker at international events. Mr. Gross is currently the Managing Partner of PMG Associates, a consulting and advisory firm, and sits on several boards of directors and advisors for public, private, and not-for-profit companies. He previously led the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, the premier manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells. Prior to joining Bloom, he was Managing Partner for Hewlett-Packard’s Carbon, Power, and Critical Facilities Services where he was responsible for strategic technology planning and business development. He was the co-founder and CEO of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc., a preeminent consulting and engineering firm dedicated to the design and operation of mission critical facilities (acquired by HP). Mr. Gross is the recipient of 2010 Data Center Dynamics’ “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” award. He is a member of the Advisory Board of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and Southern Methodist University’s Datacenter Systems Engineering Program. Mr. Gross also serves as Chairman of the Board of SmartNations and is a member of the DCIRN Board of Directors. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA from California State University. We believe Mr. Gross is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company based on his business development experience.
Gary Wostasjek has agreed to serve on our board of directors as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Wostasjek served as President and CEO and a member of the board of directors of CyrusOne from 2012 to 2020. Prior to becoming President of CyrusOne, Mr. Wojtaszek served as CFO of Cincinnati Bell Inc., where he had responsibility for the data center business and oversaw CyrusOne’s successful spin-off and IPO. Prior to joining Cincinnati Bell, he was Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer for the Laureate Education Corporation. He previously worked at Agere Systems, the semiconductor and optical electronics communications division of Lucent Technologies, where he held a number of finance positions, ultimately serving as the vice president of corporate finance, overseeing all controllership, tax and treasury functions. Mr. Wojtaszek started his career in General Motors’ New York treasury group and joined Delphi Automotive Systems as the regional European treasurer in connection with the initial public offering and spin-off of Delphi Automotive Systems from General Motors. Mr. Wojtaszek is currently serving on the board of directors of GDS, an established leader in the China datacenter market. He is also on the board of directors of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and the advisory board of Southern Methodist University’s Datacenter Systems Engineering Program, Columbia University’s Lang Entrepreneur Center, and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wojtaszek previously served as a director of Cincinnati Bell Inc., the Dallas Zoo, and Tech Wildcatters. Mr. Wojtaszek graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics, and he earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University. We believe Mr. Wostajek is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company based on his IPO experience and broad network.