Virgin Group Acquisition Corp. II
- Travel, Leisure, Financial Services, Healthcare, Wellness, Technology, Music, Entertainment, Media, Renewable Energy
Josh Bayliss, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Josh Bayliss has been a member of our Board of Directors and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception in January, 2021. Mr. Bayliss currently is a member of the board of directors and the Chief Executive Officer of VGAC I. Since 2011, Mr. Bayliss has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group and has been responsible for the Virgin Group’s strategic development, licensing of the brand globally, and management of direct investments on behalf of the Virgin Group in various branded and unbranded companies around the world. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Bayliss served as General Counsel of the Virgin Group. Prior to joining Virgin, Mr. Bayliss was a senior associate at Slaughter and May, a leading international law firm. Mr. Bayliss has extensive experience as a director of a large number of companies across the Virgin Group globally, and currently serves as a director of Virgin Red (2018 – present), Virgin’s group-wide loyalty program that is currently in development. Mr. Bayliss holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. We believe Mr. Bayliss’s extensive leadership experience, broad network of senior business executives, and deep understanding of the Virgin brand make him a valuable addition to our management team and board of directors.
Evan Lovell, Chief Financial Officer and Director
Evan Lovell has been a member of our Board of Directors and has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception in January, 2021. Mr. Lovell currently is a member of the board of directors and the Chief Financial Officer of VGAC I. Since 2012, Mr. Lovell has served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Virgin Group, where he has been responsible for managing the Virgin Group’s portfolio and investments in North America. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Lovell was the Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund, a private equity fund investing in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Lovell served as an investment professional at TPG Capital, where he also served on the board of directors of a number of TPG portfolio companies. Mr. Lovell currently serves on the boards of several companies including Virgin Hotels (2012 – present), Virgin Voyages (2014 – present), BMR Energy (2016 – present), Virgin Galactic (2017 – present), and Virgin Orbit (2017 – present). Mr. Lovell previously served on the board of Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA) from 2013 until its acquisition by Alaska Air in 2016. Mr. Lovell holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. We believe Mr. Lovell’s broad experience directing Virgin’s investments and management expertise from serving on boards of both public and private companies make him a valuable addition to our management team and board of directors.
Rayhan Arif, Chief Operating Officer
Rayhan Arif has served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception. Mr. Arif is an Investment Director at the Virgin Group, where he has worked since 2017. He is responsible for investing the Virgin Group’s capital across a range of opportunities and supporting the strategic development of Virgin’s portfolio companies in the Americas. Mr. Arif currently serves on the boards of Virgin Mobile Latin America and BMR Energy. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Arif served as an investment professional at AEA Investors, a global private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments. From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Arif worked on the strategy team of Zipcar, a leading car-sharing network. Prior thereto, Mr. Arif was a management consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Arif received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School. We believe that Mr. Arif’s investment and operational experience make him a valuable addition to our management team.