TB SA Acquisition Corp

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Andrew Rolfe is Chief Executive Officer and a director on the board of directors of TB SA Acquisition Corp. Mr. Rolfe has 30 years of investment and operational experience, and has served as a senior executive at several multinational corporations. From 2006 until February 2021, Mr. Rolfe was a managing director at TowerBrook, where he served as a member of its Management Committee. He remains associated with TowerBrook as the firm’s Vice-Chair and co-chair of its Senior Advisory Board. He is also currently a member of TowerBrook’s Portfolio Committee and a member of the Investment Committees for TowerBrook’s control-oriented private equity strategy and its structured opportunities strategy. While at TowerBrook, Mr. Rolfe has served on a variety of TowerBrook portfolio company boards including BevMo!, Jimmy Choo, Odlo, Phase Eight, Wilton, True Religion, KeHE, J.Jill, Azzurri Group and Kaporal. Prior to joining TowerBrook in 2006, Mr. Rolfe was the President of Gap Inc. International. Mr. Rolfe was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pret A Manger from 1998 to 2003 where he led the company’s international expansion initiatives, including selling a strategic stake in the business to the McDonald’s Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rolfe served as Chief Executive Officer of Booker Foodservice (today trading as Bidcorp UK) and a member of the boards of directors of Booker Plc. and WH Smith Plc, and he held several senior positions at PepsiCo Inc. Mr. Rolfe currently serves as Chair of Ubuntu Pathways, a non-profit community health, social welfare and education organization based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We believe Mr. Rolfe’s reputation as a successful investor and executive, combined with his professional network in South Africa will differentiate us from our competitors as we identify and negotiate an initial business combination with potential target companies. Mr. Rolfe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economy from Oxford University and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Gareth Penny has agreed to serve as the Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of TB SA Acquisition Corp. Mr. Penny is a South African business executive with a multi-decade career leading and operating businesses in the mining industry. Mr. Penny currently serves on the board of various global corporations. He is the Chair of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s leading producer of nickel and palladium and the Chair of Ninety One Plc (previously Investec Asset Management), a South African asset management company with over £128 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2020. Mr. Penny has worked in various forms of mining throughout his three-decade career in the industry. Mr. Penny worked at De Beers and Anglo American for 22 years, the last five of which he was Group Chief Executive Officer of De Beers. During his tenure at DeBeers and Anglo American, Mr. Penny was instrumental in reshaping not only the world’s largest diamond company, but also the broader diamond industry. Mr. Penny’s extensive experience in mining and metals in the South African market has resulted in extensive industry contacts across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa which effectively positions the company to pursue business combinations in the region. Mr. Penny graduated with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economy from Oxford University.

James Crawley is Chief Financial Officer of TB SA Acquisition Corp. Mr. Crawley is a former investment professional at TowerBrook, focusing on consumer, healthcare and business services investments. Currently, Mr. Crawley is the Chief Executive Officer of Ally Waste Services, a technology-enabled amenity services provider serving residential property management. Previously, Mr. Crawley was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, advising businesses in the Healthcare and Consumer Retail sectors. Mr. Crawley is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Thando Mhlambiso has agreed to serve as a director on the board of directors of TB SA Acquisition Corp. Mr. Mhlambiso is chairman and a co-founder of Caelum Investments Limited, or Caelum, an impact-driven, Africa-focused, multi boutique investment firm. Mr. Mhlambiso also serves as a senior advisor to TowerBrook. For 27 years, Mr. Mhlambiso has served as chairman, chief executive and/or partner of investment firms across Africa, and as a corporate lawyer and investment banker in the United States. Prior to forming Caelum, and over a 14-year tenure, Mr. Mhlambiso served as an executive and non-executive director of Allan Gray, Africa’s largest privately-owned investment manager with approximately $50 billion in assets under management and administration. His career began as a corporate finance attorney in New York at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Mhlambiso graduated with an A.B. from Brown University and received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University.

Ziyanda Ntshona has agreed to serve as a director on the board of directors of TB SA Acquisition Corp. Ms. Ntshona is a corporate law partner at Webber Wentzel, one of the largest law firms in South Africa. She currently leads the firm’s Corporate Business Unit and serves on its Executive Committee. She has also served on Webber Wentzel’s Board, chaired its Partnership Remuneration Committee, and co-led its Private Equity Sector Group. Ms. Ntshona has over 15 years of experience in cross-border transactions and co-led the team that assisted Absa Bank Ltd in its acquisitions of banks from Barclays Bank PLC in nine African jurisdictions. This transaction was awarded “Deal of the Year” by DealMakers in 2013. In 2019, Ms. Ntshona received the Woman Professional of the Year award from the South African Professional Services Academy, an award that recognizes professionalism in the country’s professional services industry. She currently serves on the Board of Ubuntu Pathways, NPC, a not-for-profit organization providing integrated support to orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She also serves as a non-executive director for the Kolisi Foundation, founded by South African Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi with the aim of addressing inequality in South Africa. Ms. Ntshona received an L.L.M. from University of Witwatersrand and graduated with an M.B.A. from the African Leadership University.