Letter Of Intent
Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I
- Registration2021-02-08 Filed S1
- IPO2021-03-03 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2023-04-17 Agreement for merger
- CompletedNot yet completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Envoy Medical
- Industrial, Technology
Mr. Wulfsohn serves as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ashland from 2015 to 2019, where he led Ashland’s transition to a pure-play specialty chemicals company and oversaw multiple spinouts and divestitures. This included the successful $5.3 billion separation of Valvoline, where Mr. Wulfsohn served as the founding chairman for the first year. Prior to Ashland, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation from 2010-2014. Mr. Wulfsohn currently serves as a board director for Avient, formerly known as PolyOne. He was also previously a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and senior executive with PPG, Honeywell, and Rohm and Haas. Mr. Wulfsohn received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering and his master of business administration from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Whitney Haring-Smith
Dr. Haring-Smith serves as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as a co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners since March 2015, where he has led the IPO-crossover investment into Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-enabled live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services and led the mezzanine financing for Pivotal Systems Corporation, a gas flow monitoring provider and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry. Dr. Haring-Smith serves on the board of multiple private technology companies, including Adaptive Surface Technologies since August 2020, Volatiq since July 2020, Sofregen Medical since August 2019 and Slyce Acquisition since November 2016. He previously served on the board of MultiMechanics, Inc. from January 2019 to November 2019, Axsun Technologies, Inc. from November 2016 to January 2019 and Lightship Works, Inc. from May 2015 to May 2020. In addition, he led the acquisition of Axsun Technologies Inc., the Koninklijke Philips N.V. spin-off, returning approximately eight times investors’ invested capital, and MultiMechanics, which was acquired by Siemens in 2019. He was formerly a BCG Principal from January 2011 to March 2015 in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Nigeria and United Kingdom, where he led transformations for multi-billion-dollar business units of large publicly-traded companies. Dr. Haring-Smith received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Yale University in Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
John W. Joy
Mr. Joy serves as our Chief Financial Officer. He served as Vice President of Corporate Development from 2008 to 2020 and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis from 2004 to 2008 at Ashland, where his significant transaction experience included: IPO / spin-off of Valvoline ($5.3 billion transaction value); acquisition of International Specialty Products ($3.2 billion transaction value) and Hercules ($3.4 billion transaction value); sale of Ashland Water Technologies ($1.8 billion transaction value), composites business and butanediol facility in Marl, Germany ($1 billion transaction value) and distribution business ($1 billion transaction value). Prior to Ashland, he was a director at PepsiCo from 1992 to 2004, where he led financial planning and analysis for a $9 billion division. Mr. Joy received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Mathematical Economics and his master of management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Peter J. Ganz
Mr. Ganz serves as our General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. He served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Ashland from June 2011 to January 2021, where he was a member of the executive committee and was responsible for managing Ashland’s legal and corporate governance matters, as well as overseeing Ashland’s ethics and compliance, government relations, risk and insurance and real estate functions. Prior to Ashland, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Foster Wheeler from September 2005 to January 2010, a $5 billion publicly traded company, and General Counsel and Secretary at G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), a $3.5 billion group of related companies. Mr. Ganz received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Teresa A. Harris
Ms. Harris will serve as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. She is a finance, strategy and business development executive with experience in industrial technology software. She has served on the board of directors of Altair since 2016, including during its IPO process and listing on the NASDAQ in 2017. Altair is currently a $4.35 billion publicly traded software technology company focused on data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing. She is Chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit and M&A committees. Ms. Harris is also on the board of USA Climbing, Landmark West and a private technology company, Bungie, which created the Halo and Destiny video game franchises. She was formerly the senior-most U.S. executive for strategy finance and M&A for Vivendi from 2001 to 2014, the $30 billion European media company, where she was a lead negotiator of a $5.8 billion transaction with NBC Universal. She began her career as an investment banker with JP Morgan. Ms. Harris received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Economics and her master of business administration from Yale School of Management in Finance.
Priya Cherian Huskins
Ms. Huskins will serve as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Ms. Huskins is an executive advisor for public companies and fast-growing private companies on risk mitigation. She is currently a partner and senior vice president at Woodruff Sawyer, where she has been focused on Director & Officer (D&O) insurance since 2003. In addition to serving on the board of Woodruff Sawyer, Ms. Huskins also serves on the board of Realty Income Corporation, an S&P 500 public company, where she serves on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and is the Chair of the Compensation Committee. She also serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. She is a former senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), a prominent law firm, where she advised companies on M&A and corporate law transactions. Ms. Huskins received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.
Susan J. Kantor
Ms. Kantor will serve as an independent director upon the completion of this offering. Ms. Kantor has experience leading international finance, tax, treasury, risk, compliance and technology enablement for global services organizations. She was a National Advisory Partner for PwC from 2011 to 2016, a CFO & Treasurer for PRTM from 1997 to 2011, and a former CFO at Monitor Group from 1995 to 1997. During her time at PRTM, she completed several successful M&A transactions in the U.S. and abroad, including the sale of PRTM to PwC. Ms. Kantor previously served as an executive with Parexel, a clinical research organization, and the Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Kantor is currently on the board of Teknor Apex, a billion dollar privately-held material science company, the board of Guest Services, a hospitality company, the board of Point Pleasant Resort and Audit Committee chair for the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Ms. Kantor previously served as a board director for Lionbridge Technologies from 2016 to 2017 when it was a $550 million publicly held company. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Accounting and Business Administration and her CPA in MA.