SOAR Technology Acquisition Corp.
- Technology, Unicorns
Jonathan (Joe) Poulin has served as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Poulin has served as Founder and Managing Partner of JPK Capital Management, Inc., his family office, since 2017. Previously, Mr. Poulin was Vice President of Airbnb’s global luxury business from February 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Luxury Retreats International Holdings, Inc., which he founded in 1999, until its sale to Airbnb, Inc. in February 2017. Mr. Poulin serves as Chairman of the board of directors for Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited and is on the board of advisors of Wheels Up. Mr. Poulin was selected as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors due to his significant leadership, investing and operating experience in the technology and technology-enabled industries.
Vicky Bathija has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2021. Mr. Bathija has fourteen years of investment banking, private equity and operating experience. Prior to joining JPK Capital in March 2020, Mr. Bathija was Head of Hospitality at Airbnb, Inc.’s luxury division where he led a global operations team and worked closely with product, engineering, design, and data science teams to drive scale and efficiency. Prior to joining Airbnb, Inc., from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Bathija was EVP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations at Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. and was responsible for identifying investment opportunities as well as managing all capital markets activities and investor relations policies. Prior to joining Hemisphere, from 2008 through 2015, Mr. Bathija was employed at InterMedia Partners VII, LP (a private equity fund), most recently as Vice President and was responsible for evaluating potential new investments, all aspects of deal execution and oversight of existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining InterMedia Partners VII, LP, Mr. Bathija was an investment banker in the Healthcare group at Bank of America in New York, where he provided capital raising and advisory services to a broad range of public and private healthcare clients. Mr. Bathija serves on the board of directors of Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited. Mr. Bathija holds a B.S. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a CFA® charterholder.
Mark J. Coleman has served as our Executive Vice President and General Counsel since February 2021. Mr. Coleman has served as General Counsel to JPK Capital Management, Inc. since February 2017 and Executive Vice President and General Counsel to InterMedia Advisors LLC since 2005. Mr. Coleman was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Trine Acquisition Corp. from March 2019 to January 2021. Mr. Coleman is also an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the fund that manages the controlling shareholder of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. Previously, Mr. Coleman was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The YES Network, the regional sports network home of the New York Yankees, which he co-founded in June 2001. Prior to YES, Mr. Coleman was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at GlobalCenter Inc., a Silicon Valley-based internet services and web-hosting company. Previously, from June 1998 to December 1999, Mr. Coleman was a Senior Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, prior to which he was a Partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, which he joined in 1984. Mr. Coleman serves on the board of directors of TILT Holdings Inc. and on the board of trustees of the Queens Museum. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Pomona College.
Peter Kern has served as a director on our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Kern is the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. Mr. Kern has been a director of Expedia Group, Inc. since the completion of the Expedia Group, Inc. spin-off from IAC in 2005 and has served as Vice Chairman of Expedia Group, Inc. since June 2018. Previously, Mr. Kern was CEO of Tribune Media Company from March 2017 to September 2019. In addition, he was Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners VII, LP, a private equity fund. Prior to joining InterMedia, Mr. Kern was Senior Managing Director and Principal of Alpine Capital LLC. Prior to Alpine Capital, Mr. Kern founded Gemini Associates in 1996 and served as President from its inception through its merger with Alpine Capital in 2001. Prior to founding Gemini Associates, Mr. Kern was at the Home Shopping Network and Whittle Communications. Mr. Kern had served on the board of directors of Tribune Media Company from October 2016 until its sale to Nexstar Media Group, Inc. in 2019, as Chairman of the board of directors of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc., a publicly-traded Spanish-language media company, since April 2013, and as a member of supervisory board of trivago N.V., a majority-owned subsidiary of Expedia Group, Inc., since 2016. Mr. Kern also serves on the boards of several private companies. Mr. Kern holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kern was selected as a director on our board of directors due to his significant leadership and operating experience in the technology and technology-enabled industries.
Chris Arsenault has served as a director on our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Arsenault co-founded Inovia Capital in 2007 and leveraged his entrepreneurial instincts to not only shape the culture of the firm, but also its vision and path forward which led to the inception of Inovia Capital’s growth funds. He currently serves as a director on the boards of AppDirect, Inc, Poka Inc., Wise Travel Technologies Inc., Groupe Dynamite Inc. and previously served on a number of other boards, including Lightspeed POS Inc. (until its IPO), Luxury Retreats International Inc. (acquired by Airbnb, Inc. in 2017), Reflex Photonics, Inc. (acquired by Smiths Interconnect Group Limited in 2019), and Well.ca (acquired by McKesson Corporation in 2017). Mr. Arsenault is also a board member of Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and of Forum AI Québec (part of the Quebec Supercluster for Artificial Intelligence), and a Charter Member of Silicon Valley based The C100. Mr. Arsenault was selected as a director on our board of directors due to his significant leadership experience in finance and the technology and technology-enabled industries.
Patrick Pichette has served as a director on our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Pichette has served as a Partner at Inovia Capital since April 2018, leading the firm’s European operations from its London, UK offices. Mr. Pichette was named the Chairman of Twitter, Inc. in 2020 and served as the lead independent director from 2018 to 2020 and a director since 2017. Previously, Mr. Pichette served as the Chief Financial Officer of Google Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Mr. Pichette also serves as the Chairman of the board of directors of Lightspeed POS Inc., is a director of Hopper Inc. and GoForward, Inc., and is a founding member of the Oxford University Creative Destruction Lab, an early stage incubator hosted at the Saïd Business School. Mr. Pichette was selected as a director on our board of directors due to his significant leadership experience in the technology and technology-enabled industries.
Martha Tredgett has served as a director on our board of directors since February 2021. Ms. Tredgett is a Managing Partner of BFIN, which she joined in October 2020 to lead the Private Capital Advisory coverage within Canada. Ms. Tredgett joined BFIN after working with LGT Capital Partners, a provider of alternative investment solutions. Previously, she served as a Managing Director for a division of Bear Sterns/J.P. Morgan in Toronto. Earlier in her career, Ms. Tredgett worked as a Director and Vice President in Institutional Equities at UBS and Credit Suisse First Boston respectively, in London, Paris & New York. Ms. Tredgett earned a post-graduate degree in Business (D.B.S.) in 1990 from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from McGill University in 1989. Ms. Tredgett is currently serving on the Investment Committee of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Investment Committee for the Canada Council for the Arts. Ms. Tredgett was selected as a director on our board of directors due to her significant leadership experience in finance.
Greg Greeley has served as a director on our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Greeley has been the president and COO of Opentrons and Chairman, Marketplace of Wheels Up since January 2021. Mr. Greeley was President of Airbnb Homes from March 2018 until July 2020, overseeing all aspects of the Homes & Stays business. From 1999 to 2018, Mr. Greeley served various roles at Amazon.com, Inc. including overseeing: the Global Prime program, International Expansion, the European consumer and marketplace businesses, Worldwide Media (books, music, video, software and video games), and GlobalWorldwide Retail & Marketing Finance. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Greeley held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, United Airlines, and McDonnell Douglas. He holds an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington. Mr. Greeley was selected as a director on our board of directors due to his significant leadership and operating experience in the technology and technology-enabled industries.