LDHA

Unit Split

LDH Growth Corp I

Raised
$230M
CIK
1842373
Focus
Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Software, Transportation, Ecommerce, FinTech
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Marcelo Claure will be the Chairman of our board of directors and serve as our CEO . He has served as an Executive Vice President and COO of SoftBank Group Corp since May 2018. He oversees SoftBank's operations and strategy globally along with SoftBank’s senior management, including CEO Masayoshi Son. Prior to this position, Mr. Claure oversaw the merger of Sprint Corp. with T-Mobile US Inc., first as the CEO from August 2014 to May 2018, and later as the Executive Chairman, of Sprint Corp. from May 2018 to April 2020. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp. from 1997 to February 2015, the time of its sale to SoftBank. Mr. Claure has served and continues to serve in several senior leadership roles including as Chairman of the Board of Fortress Investment Group since May 2019, Director and Executive Chairman of WeWork since December 2019, Director of Brightstar Corp. since March 2019, Director of T-Mobile US Inc. since April 2020, and Director of Arm Limited since March 2018. We believe Mr. Claure’s distinguished career experience will make him a valuable additional to our board. Mr. Claure holds a bachelor’s degree of science in economics and finance from Bentley University.

Michel Combes serves as our President and director . He has served asthe President of SoftBank Group International since April 2020. He joined SoftBank Group International after successfully overseeing the merger of T-Mobile with Sprint, where Mr. Combes was the CEO from May 2018 to April 2020. From January 2018 to May 2018, Mr. Combes served as CFO of Sprint. Mr. Combes has led a distinguished career marked by several successful transformations and combinations, with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries, which we believe will make him a valuable addition to our board. Prior to his joining Sprint, Mr. Combes served at Altice Group as CEO and chief operating officer from June 2016 to November 2017, previously serving as chief operating officer of Altice Groupfrom September 2015 He also served as Chairman and CEO of SFR Group from September 2015 to November 2017. Additional executive experience includes positions as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, CEO of Vodafone Europe, Chairman and CEO of TDF Group, CFO and senior executive vice president of France Telecom. In addition, Mr. Combes serves or has served as a board member of Philip Morris International since December 2020 and F5 Networks since June 2018. Mr. Combes is a graduate of École Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech, with a focus in engineering.

Paulo Passoni serves as Managing Partner . He has served as a Managing Partner of the SoftBank Latin America Fund since April 2019. Previously, he spent over seven years, from May 2011 to January 2019, at Third Point LLC, as Managing Director of emerging markets focusing on Latin America across the capital structure. Prior to that, he was a founding member of Eton Park's special situation effort in Latin America where he sourced, executed and monitored private investments. Mr. Passoni started his career at Morgan Stanley in the investment banking division based out of São Paulo. Mr. Passoni holds a joint degree in business from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar) and in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Fundação Getulio Vargas in business in São Paulo, Brazil (honors).

Mwashuma (Shu) Nyatta serves as our Managing Partner . He has served as a Managing Partner of the SoftBank Latin America Fund since April 2019 and the SoftBank Opportunity Fund since June 2020. He joined SoftBank in 2015 as a founding member of SoftBank’s Silicon Valley investment team. He subsequently joined the SoftBank Vision Fund in 2017, also as a founding member, where he led investments in the US, Europe, India and China, across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining SoftBank in 2015, Mr. Nyatta was at JP Morgan and McKinsey & Co. Outside of board memberships for various Latin America Fund companies, Mr. Nyatta serves on the board of Lemonade (NYSE: LMND) and the global board of Endeavor. Mr. Nyatta has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Chris Cooper is our CFO . He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of SoftBank Group International since June 2019. Mr. Cooper is a seasoned senior finance executive with over 30 years of finance, M&A, fund and cross-border experience. Previously, Mr. Cooper served as Global Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Sequoia Capital from March 2016 to June 2019, where he led the firm's overall financial strategy and global administrative activities, including multiple fundraisings. Prior to that Mr. Cooper was a partner at Deloitte from March 2008 to February 2016. Mr. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Michelle Kerrick will serve as an independent director on the board of directors of the Company and as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Kerrick is a Board member for HydraFacial, an FDA registered manufacturer of advanced aesthetic consumer products and technologies. She also serves on the board of a publicly traded REIT, American Homes 4 Rent. Ms. Kerrick is an accomplished leader, with 35 years of diverse management and executive leadership experience at Deloitte, where she was a firm partner until September 2020. Ms. Kerrick has been a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 C-suite executives, corporate boards and audit committees across a broad set of industries. She brings experience in the areas of financial and strategic planning, operational effectiveness and digital transformation. She also has a strong background in corporate governance and is qualified to serve as a financial expert. We believe Ms. Kerrick will make a valuable addition to our board because she brings deep financial and strategic acumen. Ms. Kerrick’s corporate governance, audit and financial expertise provides her with the necessary skills and experience to perform audit committee functions. Ms. Kerrick received her bachelors’ degree in accountancy from Northern Arizona University.

Annette Franqui will serve as an independent director of the board of directors of the Company. Ms. Franqui is the Board Chair of the AARP, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S., as well as Chair of its Board Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. Ms. Franqui is also a founding partner, President and CIO of Forrestal Capital, a business and investment advisory firm formed in 2003 to service the original Latin American founding families of Panamco. She serves on the board of various private companies in Latin America, the US and Europe as well as Arcos Dorados, a NYSE-listed company that is the largest operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean and its largest franchisee in terms of system-wide sales and number of restaurants. She has held this position since 2007. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of NYSE-listed Panamco, until its sale in 2003 and spent 15 years in various roles in the financial industry, including as Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase and in other senior roles at Goldman Sachs. We believe Ms. Franqui will make a valuable contribution to our board because of her distinguished experience in Latin America and beyond. She is qualified to serve as a financial expert. Ms. Franqui holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.

Patricia Wexler will serve as an independent director on the board of directors of the Company. Ms. Wexler has served as co-founder and Managing Director of Starlight Ventures since August 2017, an early-stage venture fund based out of Florida. From March 2013 to August 2017 she ran Tembo Capital, the private investment arm of a family office, and before that she was a Principal at Elevation Partners, a private equity fund focused on media and technology. Prior to that, she ran the global business development team for Locaweb, Brazil’s leading webhosting provider. Prior to joining Locaweb, Ms. Wexler was a Manager in the Strategic Planning group at The Walt Disney Company. She began her business career with management consulting and investment banking experience across Latin America at BCG and DLJ, respectively. She brings experience in the areas of investing in Latin America, which we believe will make her a valuable additional to our board. Ms. Wexler graduated cum laude from Simon Bolivar University with an MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, and she received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.