Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. II
- Renewable Energy, Energy, Sustainability, Transportation, Mobility, Materials, Agriculture, Food, Technology
Christopher Sorrells serves as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors . Mr. Sorrells is also the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Spring Valley I. Mr. Sorrells has been an investor, operator, advisor and board member in the Sustainability industry for over 20 years. Mr. Sorrells currently serves as Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), having previously served as Vice Chairman of its board and led the $100 million financing in 2006 to create the company. Renewable Energy Group, Inc.'s revenues have grown from approximately $85 million in 2008 to approximately $2.6 billion in 2019 via organic growth and an aggressive acquisition strategy. In addition, the stock price for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. has appreciated significantly since its initial public offering in January 2012 while its market capitalization has grown to approximately $4.6 billion as of February 16, 2021. Previously, Mr. Sorrells served as a Managing Director and then as an Operating Partner of NGP Energy Technology Partners (“NGP ETP”), an affiliate of Natural Gas Partners (“NGP”), a leading energy private equity fund with $20 billion of assets under management, which he helped grow into one of the most successful Sustainability-focused private equity funds. Mr. Sorrells and/or his former firms including NGP ETP have invested in over 30 Sustainability platforms in a broad range of companies across the Sustainability industry, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), Power-One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: PWER), Caminus Corporation (formerly Nasdaq: CAMZ), Waste Resource Management, Inc., TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC) and others. In addition to leading investments, Mr. Sorrells has held a number of board positions for numerous public and private firms, including groSolar (which was later sold to EDF Renewables Inc.), GSE Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: GVP) and Living Earth (which was later sold to Bain Capital Double Impact). As an operator, Mr. Sorrells has held a variety of senior executive leadership roles at Sustainability-focused companies including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Director of GSE Systems, Inc. Mr. Sorrells started his career in the energy, power and Sustainability industries as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in 1996 and later at Banc of America Securities LLC where he created one of the first Sustainability-focused investment banking teams in 2000. Mr. Sorrells received his Master of Accounting from University of Southern California, an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.
William Quinn serves as the Chairman of our board of directors . Mr. Quinn is also the Chairman of the board of directors of Spring Valley I. Mr. Quinn has over 25 years of private equity investment experience and has been involved in transactions totaling in the multi-billion dollars in aggregate value. Currently, Mr. Quinn is the Managing Partner of Pearl, an investment firm that he founded in 2015 with $1.2 billion of committed capital under management as of February 2021. Prior to founding Pearl, Mr. Quinn served as a Co-Managing Partner of Natural Gas Partners. During his time at NGP, the firm raised funds totaling over $10 billion in cumulative committed capital, made multiple investments in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service and created a dedicated sustainable technology investment platform, NGP Energy Technology Partners. Mr. Quinn was a key contributor to the formation of NGP ETP in 2005 and served on its investment committee until 2013, during which time he oversaw their investments in the sustainability, oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency and clean energy subsectors, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) and TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC), a global leader in wind blade manufacturing. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Quinn worked at Rainwater, Inc. and Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc. and worked as an analyst in the investment banking divisions of Bear Stearns & Co. and BT Securities Corporation. Mr. Quinn has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies, including Resolute Energy Corporation (NYSE: REN), which was taken public via Hicks Acquisition Company I in 2009 and subsequently sold to Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) in early 2019, and Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: EROC). In addition to his investing activities, Mr. Quinn serves on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a guest lecturer on private equity investing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Quinn received a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Quinn’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies as well as in various related investment roles makes him well-qualified to serve as Chairman of our board of directors.
Jeffrey Schramm serves as our Chief Financial Officer . Mr. Schramm is also the Chief Financial Officer of Spring Valley I, in which capacity he has served since 2020. Mr. Schramm has over 20 years of leadership, finance and operations experience in advanced materials and specialty chemical organizations with a deep understanding of the Sustainability industry having worked with some of the leading venture capital and private equity funds such as Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures and NGP Energy Technology Partners. Most recently, from 2019 until 2020, Mr. Schramm worked as a consultant to Mr. Sorrells, who is an affiliate of our sponsor. Previously, Mr. Schramm served as Chief Financial Officer at Lehigh from 2009 until 2019 where he was responsible for raising both debt and equity, as well as financial and administrative functions. Mr. Schramm was instrumental in Lehigh’s sale to a publicly traded company and largest tire manufacturer in Europe, Michelin, as the key part of its sustainability initiative. Prior to that, Mr. Schramm served as Vice President of Finance for Euramax International, Inc. (now OmniMax International, Inc.) in the Exterior Products & Fabral (fabrication) divisions from 2007 until 2009 where he managed a large multilocation team supporting revenues close to $1 billion annually. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Schramm was with Kemira Chemicals, Inc. (formerly Vulcan Performance Chemicals) as head of Financial Planning & Analysis and North American Chief Financial Officer over the Pulp & Paper and Water Treatment specialty chemical businesses. During his time at Kemira Chemicals, Inc., he was a key member of the acquisition team acquiring the Pulp & Paper chemicals business from Lanxess (LXS.DE) and the Pulp & Paper business from FinnChem USA. In 1993 to 2000, Mr. Schramm began his career at Milliken & Company in various roles starting in Accounting, Controllership and later served as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager in Procurement. Mr. Schramm earned a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A. from LaGrange College.
Robert Kaplan serves as our Vice President of Business Development . Mr. Kaplan is also the Vice President of Business Development of Spring Valley I. Mr. Kaplan has over 20 years of investment banking experience in the Sustainability industry. Mr. Kaplan has been involved in over 60 transactions totaling approximately $6 billion in transaction value. Mr. Kaplan was most recently Managing Director of Clean Technologies / Renewables at Stifel. In this role, Mr. Kaplan was responsible for the firm’s capital markets and advisory services in various sustainability subsectors, including, clean energy, biofuels, energy storage, energy efficiency, mobility and environmental technologies. He joined Stifel in 2010 in connection with Stifel’s acquisition of TWP in 2010. Mr. Kaplan joined TWP in 2007 as a Vice President in the Technology investment banking group with a focus on sustainable technologies. Prior to joining TWP, Mr. Kaplan started his investment banking career at First Albany where he was a founding member of one of the first Sustainability-focused banking franchise on Wall Street. During his tenure at First Albany, he completed many of the industry’s first public offerings in various sustainability subsectors, such as solar, alternative fuels, mobility, fuel cells and the smart grid. Mr. Kaplan serves on the board of directors of TWO NIL, LLC. Mr. Kaplan received a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.
David Buzby will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Buzby has over 30 years of business experience in sustainability, renewable energy, and technology, including forming several billion-dollar public companies in the Sustainability industry as well as raising $1.5 billion of co-investment from institutional investors over a period of 30 years. Currently, Mr. Buzby is on the board of directors and chair of the audit committee for Stem, Inc., a leading energy storage/grid services company in North America, currently undergoing a de-SPAC merger with Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. (NYSE: STPK), where he has served since 2010. In addition, he was an early investor and board member in Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) from 2008 through 2012, helping lead the company to complete its initial public offering in 2015, to attain a leading market share in residential solar in the United States in 2018 and to a current market capitalization of approximately $14 billion as of February 2021. Mr. Buzby was also a founding investor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE) helping create one of North America’s leading solar developers before selling the company to MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR) in 2009 for approximately $323 million including earn-out value. Mr. Buzby was also a founding investor and board member and chair of the audit committee of ValueClick (NASD: VCLK) which conducted its initial public offering in 2000 and subsequently later sold to Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) for approximately $2.3 billion in 2014. Mr. Buzby has held 12 board seats of both public and private companies and held various senior executive roles in numerous companies, including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Buzby received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Middlebury College. We believe Mr. Buzby's significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies makes him well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Richard Thompson will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Thompson is also a member of the board of directors of Spring Valley I. Mr. Thompson has over 35 years of international business experience in renewable energy, power electronics and semiconductors, including several billion-dollar public exits in the Sustainability industry. Currently, Mr. Thompson is a strategic adviser to Sumeru Equity Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, in which he has served since 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he was Executive Chairman of AVI-SPL, an approximately $700 million privately held, global leader in video communications. From 2008 to October 2013, Mr. Thompson was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Power-One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: PWER), a leading provider of renewable energy and power conversion solutions. During his tenure, he successfully led the company through restructuring to become one of the largest renewable energy inverter suppliers worldwide, generating over $1 billion in sales in 2012, along with its sale to ABB (NYSE: ABB) for over $1 billion in equity value. Prior to joining Power-One, Inc., Mr. Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of American Power Conversion Corporation (Nasdaq: APCC) from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired in March 2007 by a French competitor, Schneider Electric SA (Paris: SU.PA), in an auction for approximately $6 billion in enterprise value. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Artesyn Technologies (Nasdaq: ATSN) and was instrumental in creating one of the leading power component companies in the industry which was later sold to Emerson (NYSE: EMR) for $500 million. In addition to his role at Artesyn, he was also General Manager of Spider Software and led the company’s merger with Zytec Inc. that created a robust power component and computer board business. We believe Mr. Thompson’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in both private and public companies makes him well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Sharon Youngblood will serve as a board member upon the closing of this offering. Dr. Youngblood is a biologist with training in the fields of immunology and molecular genetics. She has served on the faculty of several institutions, and has been a consultant in the Biomedical applications in the semiconductor industry. Dr. Youngblood has held research associate positions at both the Howard Hughes Institute and the Molecular Cardiology department at University of Texas Southwestern. After completing almost 20 years in scientific research, she moved into non-profit work. She has served on five boards over the past 30 years with a focus on wildlife, conservation, sustainability and education. As a current board member of The World Wildlife Fund (the “WWF”), on which she has served since 2013, she currently serves on the Conservation and Development Committees. WWF is a non-for-profit corporation whose mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. In addition to wildlife conservation, the organization aims to create a sustainable, healthy, and productive environment for nature and humans to co-exist. In addition, she has served on the board of directors of the Dallas Zoological Society from 1991 to 1994 and Presbyterian Health Resources from 2005 to 2011. She has also served as a trustee at the Hockaday School from 2008 to 2014 and the St. Philips School from 2012 to 2018. After receiving a BS in biophysics from Southern University, she completed her PhD at MIT, followed by postdoctoral training at University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Youngblood belongs to numerous organizations including the National Wildlife Federation, The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, WWF, The Sierra Club, Ocean Conservancy and Nature Conservancy. We believe Dr. Youngblood’s significant experience in the Sustainability industry in various academic and non-profit institutions makes her well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.