Dila Capital Acquisition Corp
Eduardo Clave has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since our inception in December 2020. Mr. Clave co-founded DILA Capital in 2013 and serves as its Managing Partner. He has more than 20 years of experience building and investing in early-stage companies in Mexico and Latin America. He has led the fund raising of four venture funds: DILA I, DILA II, DILA III and DILA IV, as well as the analysis, due diligence, investment process and follow-on investments of 20 start-ups from 2013 to date. Prior to DILA Capital, in 2009, Mr. Clave founded one of the first search funds in Mexico, which in 2010 acquired Enkontrol, the top software company for the construction industry in Mexico. Mr. Clave served as co-CEO of Enkontrol, leading the company’s international expansion and overseeing a tripling in its size. Mr. Clave began his career in UBS Investment Banking in Mexico and New York in 2000, where he gained broad sector exposure to global industrials, financial institutions, consumer and retail, and sovereign clients throughout Latin America in disciplines ranging from M&A, debt and equity capital markets, and corporate restructuring. He also worked for Lehman Brothers in its London office as part of the emerging markets team. Mr. Clave holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alejandro Diez Barroso has served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception in December 2020. Mr. Diez Barroso co-founded DILA Capital in 2013 and serves as its Managing Partner. Mr. Diez Barroso has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and venture capital in Mexico. He has led the fund raising of four venture funds: DILA I, DILA II, DILA III and DILA IV, as well as the analysis, due diligence, investment process, and follow-on investments of 30 start-ups from 2013 to date. He has been active in Mexico’s entrepreneurial sector since 2000, when he co-founded WAU Spot, SA de CV, an advertising company for shopping centers, which he sold in 2005. In that same year, Mr. Diez Barroso bought the rights to manage Vilebrequin, an upscale swimwear brand, in Mexico, and served as CEO of the company until its sale to Fashion Fund One, an Indian private equity firm, in 2008. From 2011-2013 Mr. Diez Barroso worked at Promecap, a leading Mexican private equity firm, where he acted as a financial advisor on several multi-million dollar M&A transactions. Mr. Diez Barroso holds a BS in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.
Jorge Velez has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception in December 2020. Mr. Velez was an investment banking vice president at Credit Suisse on the Mexico coverage team where he managed clients in the retail and consumer, energy, financial sponsors, education, and industrial sectors from July 2014 to September 2020. During this time, Mr. Velez executed over $11 billion of transactions including M&A, equity offerings, debt issuances, and structured financings, and was part of the team that underwrote the first SPAC listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange in 2016. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Velez worked at Jacobs Engineering Group in the U.S. from 2008 to 2012 where he provided project and construction management services for large scale capital projects. Mr. Velez holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Instituto Tecnolologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rodrigo Lebois Ocejo, who will serve as one of our directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Controladora RLMV, S.A. de C.V., a leading diesel distributor in Mexico that he founded in 2018. He has served as the Managing Partner of Aralpa Capital, a private investment fund since 2020. Since 2012, Mr. Lebois has held various positions with Unifin Financiera, S.A.B. de C.V., including head of the strategic alliance with Ford Motor Company and sales manager in the leasing department. He has also been a member of the board of Unifin since 2016. He also worked at Banorte-Ixe, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, as a corporate banking analyst from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Lebois holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Universidad del Valle de México. Mr. Lebois was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his experience as a member of the board of a public company in Mexico, as well as his experience sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities.
Luis F. Cervantes Coste, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has been the Executive Chairman of Finaccess Mexico, a leading asset management firm, since he co-founded it in 2000. The firm manages investment portfolios for individuals, family offices, corporations and private pension funds. Mr. Cervantes is also a Director of Grupo Finaccess and a member of the Investment Committee of Finaccess Capital, the firm’s global direct investment arm. Before founding Finaccess, Mr. Cervantes was the Chief Executive Officer of Multivalores Grupo Financiero, a leading financial group in Mexico whose holdings included Banco del Centro (Commercial Bank) and Multivalores Casa de Bolsa (Investment Bank and Brokerage House). During the 1980s, Mr. Cervantes was an Executive Vice-President of Business Development at Citibank in Mexico. From 2012 to 2020, Mr. Cervantes was a Senior Advisor for General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm with over $40 billion in assets under management, helping the firm launch and grow its Mexico Investment Program. Since 2012, Mr. Cervantes has been a member of the board of FIBRA Prologis, a publicly traded REIT. He also participates on the Audit Committee and has been a member of the board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mexico since 2016 and has been a member of the Advisory Board of Russell Reynolds in Mexico since 2018. Mr. Cervantes is also a Board member of Pro – Bosque de Chapultepec, a Trustee of Fundacion Mexicana para la Salud, a not-for-profit organization for the development of healthcare in Mexico, and a Trustee of the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, a not-for-profit entity for the development of art and culture in Mexico. Previously, Mr. Cervantes served as Director of the Consejo de Comunicación de Mexico and as Director and member of the Audit Committee of Comercial Mexicana, the third largest supermarket chain in Mexico. In the 1990s, he was a Board member of Multivalores Grupo Financiero, Banco del Centro, Multivalores Casa de Bolsa, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV), Asociacion de Bancos de Mexico (ABM), Asociacion Mexicana de Casas de Bolsa (AMCB) and Trustee of Universidad Iberoamericana, his Alma Mater. Mr. Cervantes earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, with honors, from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Mr. Cervantes was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his significant financial and business experience.
Yvonne Ochoa Rosellini, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has over 25 years of experience in business and over ten years of experience serving on boards both in the United States and Mexico. She is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded multiple companies. She has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Convixión, a management consulting firm, since she founded it in 2007. Convixion has advised owners and CEOs of public and private companies on more than 40 turnaround projects in Mexico, the United States, Argentina and Spain in the banking, finance, retail, healthcare, technology, biotechnology, agriculture, housing, services, manufacturing, restaurants, publishing, entertainment, and marketing sectors. Ms. Ochoa is also the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Keat, a health company she co-founded in 2021. From 2018 to 2020 Ms. Ochoa served as the Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Coppel, one of the largest company groups in Mexico which includes Coppel, the largest department store in the country, BanCoppel, a bank, as well as Afore Coppel, a pension fund. She was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico by Forbes Magazine in 2020 and by Expansión Magazine in 2019 and 2020. Among other roles, she served as the Chief Financial Officer of Finanzia, BBVA Mexico's consumer credit division, and as Director of Investor Relations for BBVA Bancomer. She accumulated a decade of experience in financial services at Abaco Casa de Bolsa and BBVA Bancomer, where she held executive roles in strategy, value-based management, competition analysis, relationship with rating agencies, and institutional sales. In the United States, she serves as the Chairman of the Board of Liventia (agricultural biotechnology) and a Board Member of Uniken (cybersecurity). In Mexico, she serves on the Board of Keat, Credix (financial services), the International Association for Economic Sustainability, and ANCIC (National Stroke Association). She has previously participated on the Boards of Cool Planet (agricultural technology), Mobica (retail), Fincamex (housing), Clínica de Derecho (legal services), La Fábrica del Taco (restaurants), and Somaki (manufacturing). She is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and her Master's Degree in Business Administration. Ms. Ochoa was selected to serve on our board of directors due to her significant experience in business and finance, as well as her extensive experience serving on boards of directors.
Armando Santacruz Gonzalez, who will serve as one of our independent directors commencing on the date of this prospectus, has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Pochteca S.A.B. de C.V., a publicly traded distributor of industrial raw materials and chemicals, since he co-founded the company in 1988. Mr. Santacruz is currently on the board of private real estate investment funds Metropolis Fondo 1 and ReUrbano, and Undostres, an online payment startup. Mr. Santacruz is very active in the regional entrepreneurial and startup space, both as an investor and as an advisor to early stage companies. He is a former board member of Elementia S.A.B. de C.V., a publicy traded cement company and Laboratorios del Chopo, a private chain of medical testing facilities. Mr. Santacruz is also actively involved in social causes and NGOs. He is a co-founder and chairman of Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia A.C. (Mexico United Against Crime) and a board member of Mexicanos Contra la Corrupcion y la Impunidad (Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity). Mr. Santacruz earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Public Accounting from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Mr. Santacruz was selected to serve on our board due to his extensive business experience and experience as a board member of publicly traded companies.