Armada Acquisition Corp. I
- FinTech, Technology, Financial Services, Payment Platforms, Ecommerce
Stephen P. Herbert has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since our inception. Mr. Herbert was affiliated with USAT in various positions from April 1996 to October 2019, most recently as CEO from November 2011 until he left the company. During his tenure at USAT, Mr. Herbert was recognized for his innovative leadership, including by Smart CEO, and as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in the Greater Philadelphia area, and USAT received the following awards: Frost and Sullivan for Customer Value Leadership in the Integrated Financial Services and Retail Market, IoT Evolution Smart Machines Innovation, and a Deloitte Fast 500 Company. From 1986 to April 1996, Mr. Herbert was employed by Pepsi-Cola, the beverage division of PepsiCo, Inc., in various capacities, most recently as Manager of Market Strategy where he was responsible for directing development of market strategy for the vending channel, and subsequently, the supermarket channel for Pepsi-Cola in North America. Mr. Herbert graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. He serves on the LSU, Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities, and the LSU Foundation – National Board – which is the group leading the University’s present $1.5 billion capital campaign.
We believe Mr. Herbert is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his executive leadership at USAT, including his significant knowledge of and experience with its financial technology and payments business, his experience building and scaling high growth FinTech companies, and his public Board experience.
Douglas M. Lurio has served as our President and Director since our inception. He was the outside general counsel of USAT for 29 years from its founding in 1991 until April 2020. He also served as a Director of the company from 1999 to 2012 and as corporate Secretary from 2012 to April 2020. Since 1991, Mr. Lurio has been the founder and President of Lurio & Associates, P.C., a law firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which focuses on corporate and securities law. From 1984 to 1991, he was an attorney with the law firm of Dilworth Paxson, first as an associate and then as a partner in the securities and corporate group in 1990. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable William T. Nicholas of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, from 1981 through 1982. He was counsel and a director of Moro Corporation (OTCQX: MRCR), which is engaged in the construction contracting business from start-up founding in 1999 until July 2019. Since 1989, he has also served as corporate Secretary and Director of Elbeco Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of career apparel and uniforms for first responders such as EMS personnel, police and firefighters. He attended Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., Government), Villanova Law School (Juris Doctor) and Temple Law School (LLM, Taxation).
We believe that Mr. Lurio is well qualified to serve on our Board because of his significant experience in public company mergers, acquisitions and capital raising, his longstanding service as outside general counsel to USAT, his significant knowledge of and experience with the financial technology and payments business, and his public company Board experience.
Mohammad A. Khan will serve as a director upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. He is currently the President and a Board member of Omnyway, Inc. (previously OmnyPay), which he co-founded in August 2014, and which abstracts the complexities of disparate digital wallet payment systems to enable elegant, flexible and scalable implementations in physical stores and online. He was the President and Board member of ViVOtech (acquired by a Sequent Software, Inc. in August 2012) from the time he founded it in May 2001 until August 2012. ViVOtech pioneered making a mobile device a viable payment media for consumers using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology as well as making mobile an efficient marketing and advertising channel. While at ViVOtech, Mr. Khan assisted in enabling the adoption of NFC mobile payments through shipping of more than 800,000 NFC POS readers to merchants globally and driving more than 20 field trials of NFC mobile payments, coupons, and loyalty. From 1984 until 1998, he was part of the industry team at VeriFone (acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1997) that lead the effort to make Magnetic Stripe Cards the primary payment media for in-store payments, Smart Cards to be secured payment media for in-store payments, and the adoption of Internet payments and online e-commerce globally. From February 2014 to January 2021, Mr. Khan had been a Board advisor of Poynt Co. which offers an all-in-one omnicommerce payment solution and which was acquired by GoDaddy, Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) in February 2021. He has served on the Boards of numerous FinTech companies, including as Chairman of the Board of YellowPepper Holding Corporation from June 2015 to September 2018, which provided mobile payment solutions, and which was acquired by VISA in October 2020. Mr. Khan is the inventor of more than 40 United States patents which have been granted by the United States Trademark and Patent Office. Mr. Khan attended the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and was awarded a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He also attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and received a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.
We believe that Mr. Khan is well qualified to serve on our Board due to his longstanding and significant experience and familiarity with the electronic payments industry, ecommerce, and cloud payments, and his significant leadership experience in the industry.
Thomas (Tad) A. Decker will serve as a director upon the effectiveness of this registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Since 2013, he has been the Vice Chairman of Cozen O’Connor, a law firm with 30 offices and over 775 attorneys. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the firm from 2007 to 2012, and as Managing Partner from May 2000 until 2004. From 2004 until 2007, he served as inaugural Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board following the appointment by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. He served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Asbury Automotive, Inc. from 1999 to 2000; General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Unisource Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: UWW) from 1997 to 1999; and General Counsel, Secretary, Acting CFO and Chief Operating Officer for Saint-Gobain Corporation from 1974 to 1997. Since 2004, he has served on the Board of Directors of Actua Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTA), including serving as a member of its Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He served as a Director and a member at various times of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Pierce Leahy Corporation (NYSE: PLH) from 1993 to 1999, and has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit institutions. He is also a director of The Gesu School. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia Municipal Authority and a former board member of the Delaware River Port Authority, Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO), the Philadelphia Zoo, and a former a vice chair of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Decker has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Decker served in the United States Army earning the rank of Captain.
We believe that Mr. Decker is well qualified to serve as a director due to his legal and accounting background, his extensive experience with operating public and private companies, his leadership roles with major global companies, and his significant public board and Audit Committee experience.
Celso L. White will serve as a director upon the effectiveness of this registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Since January 2020, he has worked as the co-founder of Igniting Business Growth LLC, a consultancy business. From 2013 to December 2019, he served as the Global Chief Supply Chain Officer at Molson Coors Brewing Company (“Molson Coors”) (NYSE: TAP), an international brewery. From 2010 to January 2013, he served as the Vice President of International Supply Chain at Molson Coors. From 1998 until 2010, he was at PepsiCola (“Pepsi”) (Nasdaq: PEP), where he had multiple roles. From 2004 until 2010, he was Pepsi’s Vice President and General Manager of Concentrate Operations, responsible for the Americas and parts of Asia. From 1998 until 2004, he lead Pepsi’s research and development process and manufacturing technology teams. Since 2018, he has served as a Board member of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen products, and is a member of the Board’s Compensation and Management Development Committee. He also serves on the Board of Colorado UpLift, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build long-term relationships with urban youth in Denver, Colorado. He is also a member of the Bradley University Board of Trustees. Mr. White received his MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from DePaul University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University.
We believe that Mr. White is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience with public and private companies, his leadership roles with major global companies and his public board and committee experience.