Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp. II
- Consumer, Retail, Food, Beverage, Luxury, Fashion, Travel, Leisure, Technology
Juan Carlos Torres Carretero has served as our Chairman since inception. Mr. Torres began his career in the petroleum industry before working as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. for five years. Mr. Torres subsequently became CEO and President of Seapharm, Inc. and founded Pharma Mar, a company that explored marine organic pharmaceutical agents. In 1988, he joined Advent International, first working in their Boston office and then in Madrid. In 1995, Mr. Torres moved to Mexico City as Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund until 2015. Mr. Torres served as the Chairman of Acamar I from its inception in November 2018 until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. He has served as the Executive Chairman of Dufry since 2004. He also serves on the board of various public companies such as Dufry, and Hudson (of which he is also Chairman) and has served on the board of other public companies such as Acamar I, Moncler, International Meal Company Alimentaçao S.A. and Dufry South America Ltd. Mr. Torres, earned a MSc. in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a MSc. in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. We believe that Mr. Torres is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive background in the consumer and retail sectors, coupled with his broad investment and operational experience.
Luis Ignacio Solorzano Aizpuru, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Director since inception. Mr. Solorzano began his career with BankBoston Capital, where he spent four years making private equity investments and corporate loans across Latin America. In 2001, Mr. Solorzano joined Advent International becoming a Partner and Managing Director in 2008. He became head of the Mexico office in 2012 and served as Chairman of the Latin America’s Investment Committee from 2013 to 2017. Mr. Solorzano served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Acamar I from its inception in November 2018 until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. Mr. Solorzano obtained an Economics degree (cum laude) from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Solorzano currently serves on the board of directors of CarLotz, Inc. and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte S.A.B. (OMA), and has served on the boards of various other public and private companies including Acamar I, Dufry, Latin American Airport Holdings, Aerodom, InverCap Holdings, Grupo Financiero Mifel and Viakem. We believe that Mr. Solorzano is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive investment experience across various sectors in the Americas and Europe, and his experience supporting portfolio companies in the design and implementation of strategic, operating and financial value creation initiatives.
Juan Duarte Hinterholzer has served as our Chief Operating Officer since inception. Mr. Duarte started his career with Procter & Gamble as a financial analyst. In 2002, he joined the Boston Consulting Group, working on strategy, cost reduction and operational efficiency projects for multiple clients across a broad range of sectors. In 2006, Mr. Duarte joined JPMorgan as an Associate working in corporate finance and business development functions in the New York and Tokyo offices. In 2007, Mr. Duarte joined Advent International where he worked until 2017. Mr. Duarte has served on the boards of various public and private companies such as Inmobiliaria Fumisa, Latin American Airport Holdings, InverCap Holdings, Viakem and Grupo Gayosso. Mr. Duarte served as Chief Operating Officer of Acamar I from its inception in November 2018 until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. Mr. Duarte graduated as an Industrial and Systems engineer (magna cum laude) from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and with an MBA (with honors) from Cornell University Graduate School of Management.
Joseba Asier Picaza Ucar has served as our Chief Financial Officer since inception. Mr. Picaza began his career with JPMorgan’s Corporate Derivatives team in London, providing tailored derivative solutions to Spanish and Portuguese corporate, institutional and HNWI clients. In 2010, Mr. Picaza joined Morgan Stanley’s Strategic Equity Derivatives team, part of the Global Capital Markets division, expanding his coverage to Southern European, German, Swiss, Scandinavian and financial sponsor clients. As part of this role, Mr. Picaza was often involved in M&A and/or capital market transactions that required addressing specific economic, accounting, tax, legal and/or regulatory matters. In 2015, Mr. Picaza started his own financial advisory and structuring firm, High Seven Ltd. Mr. Picaza served as Chief Financial Officer of Acamar I from its inception in November 2018 until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. Mr. Picaza obtained a degree in Management and Business Administration (majoring in Finance and Marketing) from Universidad de Deusto in Spain.
Domenico De Sole has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. De Sole is the co-founder of luxury retailer Tom Ford International, LLC and has been the Chairman of its board of directors since its formation in 2005. During this time, Mr. De Sole also advised TPG Capital Advisors, LLC in connection with the repositioning and sale of Bally International AG and advised Sandbridge Capital, LLC in connection with the purchase, repositioning and sale of Thom Browne, Inc. From 1984 to 1994, Mr. De Sole served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci America, and, from 1994 to 2004, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group, a company he helped transform from an almost bankrupt mono-brand company into one of the largest and most profitable luxury groups in the world which included brands such as Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Sergio Rossi. Previously, Mr. De Sole practiced law at the firm Patton, Boggs and Blow. Mr. De Sole has served on numerous public and private company boards of directors, including his current roles as Chairman of Tom Ford International, LLC, director of Pirelli & C. S.p.A., director of Ermenegildo Zegna, and director of Sandbridge Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Mr. De Sole is also a director nominee of Sandbridge X2 Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Mr. De Sole served on the board of directors of Acamar I since its IPO until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. He formerly served as a Chairman of Sotheby’s, and director of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Delta Airlines, Inc., Gap, Inc., Newell Brands Inc., Procter & Gamble and Telecom Italia S.p.A. Mr. De Sole graduated from the University of Rome with a law degree and received an LLM from Harvard Law School where he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. We believe that Mr. De Sole is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on his extensive background in the consumer and retail sectors, along with his broad operational experience
James E. Skinner has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Skinner has held various senior management positions with Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. and its related and predecessor companies from June 2001 until his retirement in February 2016, including serving as Vice Chairman between July 2015 and February 2016, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer between October 2010 and July 2015, and serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Skinner served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapRock Communications Corp. in 2000 and from 1991 until 2000, Mr. Skinner served in several positions with CompUSA Inc., including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 1994. Mr. Skinner also served as a partner with Ernst & Young from 1987 until 1991. Mr. Skinner serves on the board of directors of (i) Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that originates and invests in commercial real estate loans and related investments, and (ii) CarLotz Inc. (NASDAQ: LOTZ), a used vehicle consignment and Retail Remarketing™ business. He formerly served as director of Fossil Group, Inc., a global design, marketing and distribution company of consumer fashion accessories and Hudson Ltd., one of the largest travel retailers in North America. Mr. Skinner served on the board of directors of Acamar I since February 2020 until the completion of the CarLotz Inc. acquisition in January 2021. Mr. Skinner holds a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University and is a certified public accountant in Texas. Mr. Skinner provides the board of directors with extensive leadership experience obtained from his service as a chief financial officer of large organizations and his extensive knowledge in accounting, finance, capital markets, strategic planning and risk management. We believe that Mr. Skinner is well qualified to serve as a member of the board based on his extensive background and investment experience in the consumer and retail sectors.