Apollo Strategic Growth Capital III
Sanjay Patel — Mr. Patel serves as our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of our board of directors . Mr. Patel is Chairman International and Senior Partner of Private Equity of Apollo, with responsibility for helping to build and develop Apollo’s international businesses. He is currently a member of Apollo’s Management Committee and Private Equity Investment Committees and was formerly Head of Europe and managing partner of Apollo European Principal Finance. Mr. Patel is also the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of APSG I and APSG II. He currently serves on the board of directors of Tegra Apparel; he previously also served on the boards of directors of Amissima Holdings, Brit Insurance, Countrywide PLC and Watches of Switzerland. Mr. Patel joined Apollo in 2010 as Head of International Private Equity. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Patel was a partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was co-head of European and Indian Private Equity for the Principal Investment Area (PIA), a member of the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee and a member of the Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Prior thereto, he was President of Greenwich Street Capital. Mr. Patel is a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean’s Leadership Council and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He also serves on the Investment Committee of the Eton College Foundation and is a member of the Eton Development Advisory Council. He received his AB and SM engineering degrees, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and received his MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He was educated at Eton College in the UK, where he was a King’s Scholar. We believe Mr. Patel’s extensive financial background and expertise in investing in public and private companies makes him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
James Crossen — Mr. Crossen serves as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer . Mr. Crossen is the Chief Financial Officer of APSG I, APSG II, Spartan II, Spartan III and Acropolis, and is Chief Financial Officer for Private Equity and Real Assets at Apollo, having joined Apollo in 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Crossen was a Controller at Roundtable Investment Partners LLC. Prior thereto, Mr. Crossen was a Controller at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to that time, Mr. Crossen was a member of the Funds Management and Tax Group at JP Morgan Partners LLC. Mr. Crossen is a Certified Public Accountant in New York. Mr. Crossen served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut.
Brooke Sorensen — Ms. Sorensen is our Director Nominee . Ms. Sorenson is a Managing Director at Apollo, where she is responsible for fundraising and managing investor relationships for the Firm’s private markets business. Most recently, she led Global Infrastructure Partners’ Investor Relations team in New York. Prior to that time, Ms. Sorensen spent over seven years with Apollo, as a member of Apollo’s Client & Product Solutions private equity team. Prior to that, she was a member of the infrastructure marketing team at Macquarie Group. Ms. Sorenson began her career in the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Securities. Ms. Sorensen graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and concentrations in Finance and Management. We believe Ms. Sorensen’s extensive leadership experience and background make her a well-qualified member of our board of directors.
Henrique De Castro — Mr. De Castro is our Director Nominee . Mr. De Castro currently serves as a board director at Santander S.A., where he is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Innovation & Technology Committees, and at Finserv, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees. Mr. De Castro also served on the board of Target, Inc. as a member of the Audit and Investment & Infrastructure Committees from 2013 to 2020. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. De Castro served as the Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo, Inc., and from 2006 to 2012, as a senior executive at Google, Inc. Mr. De Castro graduated from the University of Lisbon with a Bachelor’s Degree and from the IMD Institute for Management Development with a Masters of Business Administration. We believe Mr. De Castro’s extensive leadership experience and background make him a well-qualified member of our board of directors.
Laurie Ann Goldman — Ms. Goldman is our Director Nominee . Ms. Goldman regularly advises private equity portfolio companies and currently serves on the boards of Joe & the Juice, 101 Studios, ClubCorp and Newlight Technologies. Ms. Goldman also serves on the board of Terminex Global Holdings, Inc. (“Terminex”), where she is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and on the board of GUESS?, Inc., where she is the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. From 2018 to 2019, Ms. Goldman served as the CEO and Director of Avon North America for private equity investor Cerebus Capital. From 2002 to 2014, Ms. Goldman served as the CEO of Spanx. Prior to SPANX, Laurie Ann had progressively responsible marketing and operational roles at The Coca-Cola Company. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors. We believe Ms. Goldman’s extensive leadership experience and background make her a well-qualified member of our board of directors.
Steven LeBlanc — Mr. LeBlanc is our Director Nominee . Mr. LeBlanc is the founder partner and senior advisor to CapRidge Partners, a fully integrated real estate and private equity operating company focused on value investments in commercial properties in the growth markets in the U.S. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. LeBlanc was the senior managing director of private markets, overseeing the real assets, private equity and principal investments portfolios at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Mr. LeBlanc is a board member of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Chairman of the Board of Affordable Central Texas. Additionally, Mr. LeBlanc is Treasurer and a member of the board of The Headliners Club in Austin, Texas. He also serves on the advisory boards of Blue Sage Capital, Capital Creek Partners, LLC, SineCera Capital and The Barvin Group. Mr. LeBlanc also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, where he has also formerly served as an adjunct professor. Mr. LeBlanc has a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Associate Director of the Real Estate and Finance Council. We believe Mr. LeBlanc’s extensive leadership experience and background make him a well-qualified member of our board of directors.