Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. II

Sponsors: ASP Sponsor II
Consumer, Luxury
External link: SEC Filings



Ravi Thakran has been our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2021. Mr. Thakran currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of Turmeric Capital, a new investment platform focused on investing in technology enabled, consumer lifestyle companies via its flagship “Asia 3.0” fund. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. Until October 2020, Mr. Thakran served as the Group Chairman of LVMH South and South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand, representing a portfolio of over 75 brands across multiple categories including wine and spirits, fashion and leather goods, perfumes and cosmetics, and watches and jewelry. Until October 2020, he also served as Chairman Emeritus ofL Catterton Asia. He founded L Capital Asia in 2009, the Asian private equity venture of LVMH. L Capital (including L Capital Asia) merged with Catterton in 2016 to form L Catterton. Mr. Thakran previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of R.M. Williams, an Australian luxury footwear and apparel brand, and CÉ LA VI, a leading luxury food and beverage concept in Asia. Mr. Thakran also served as a director on numerous public company boards, including SECOO China, Mulsanne Group, PVR Cinemas Ltd and Clio Cosmetics Co Ltd. Mr. Thakran also currently serves as a director on numerous private company boards. Prior to joining LVMH, Mr. Thakran held senior management positions at the Swatch Group, Nike and Tata Group, based in various global locations. Mr. Thakran holds an MBA from the India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Mr. Thakran is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive leadership and investing experience in the aspirational and luxury goods industry.

Mark Bedingham has been the Vice-Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2021. Mr. Bedingham also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. Mr. Bedingham has more than 30 years of experience leading the global expansion of premium brands in international markets, including his tenure as Regional Managing Director of APAC at Moët Hennessey. Mr. Bedingham also led the formation of multiple joint ventures in Asia including Chandon China and Wenjun Distillery in China and the founding of the Chandon winery in India. Mr. Bedingham is currently an Executive Chairman of CÉ LA VI, a major hospitality group in Asia with venues in five of Asia’s major cities. Until November 2020, he was Chairman of the Crystal Jade Group, a Chinese restaurant group with nearly 100 restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and southeast Asia. Since 2015, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Myanmar Investco Limited, a Singapore Stock Exchange-listed investment and management company focused on Singapore and Myanmar. He is also a director and investor in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Straits BioPharma. He served on the Board of Directors of DFS Group, one of the world’s largest travel retailers, from 2007 to 2014 and has served as a member on the Japanese Prime Minister’s Administrative Reform Council and as Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan. Mr. Bedingham holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from the School of Biological Sciences of Oxford University. Mr. Bedingham is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience with premium brands, including leading the global expansion of premium brands in international markets.

Lisa Myers has been our Co-President/President since January 2021. Ms. Myers is the co-founder and managing partner of Clerisy, a new global private equity firm in the consumer and consumer-technology space. She also serves as the President of Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. Until October 2019, Ms. Myers was a partner at L Catterton, where she focused on L Catterton Flagship Buyout Fund. Prior to joining L Catterton, Ms. Myers spent 19 years with Franklin Templeton where she was an Executive Vice President in Templeton’s Global Equity Group which managed more than $100 billion in assets. Ms. Myers managed some of Templeton’s flagship global equity funds and institutional separate managed accounts, and served as the coordinator of Templeton’s global consumer research with direct research responsibility for the global retail, textile and apparel, and luxury goods sectors. In 2015, Ms. Myers joined BTG Pactual as Co-Head of Global Partnership Investing, an investment strategy specializing in purchasing minority stakes in privately-held and publicly-traded companies to provide transformative capital and work with company managements to drive value-enhancing change. Before entering the investment management industry, Ms. Myers practiced law with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in New York City, where she specialized in corporate/​real estate law and was involved in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and loan initiation and restructuring, among other securities-related transactions. Ms. Myers has served on the Board of Directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, a U.S. REIT, and currently serves on several private company boards. Ms. Myers also served on the Board of Directors of Women’s World Banking, a global organization which provides micro-finance to women in emerging markets. Ms. Myers earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from Georgetown University. Ms. Myers is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute.

Philippe Franchet has been our Co-President since February 2021. Mr. Franchet has been a Managing Partner for Magnolia Asset Management, an asset management firm, since 2019. Mr. Franchet co-founded L Capital in 2001 and served as Managing Partner at L Catterton until 2019. Prior to L Capital, Mr. Franchet was a Senior Vice President leading investments for Europatweb, an Internet investment group formed by Bernard Arnault, from June 2000 until June 2001. Prior to Europatweb, Mr. Franchet was the Head of Private Equity Investments for the Lazard Group's two public investment holding companies, Gaz et Eaux and Eurafrance (now Eurazeo). Earlier in his career, Mr. Franchet was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and a financial derivatives market trader with LCL. He has also served on numerous private company boards, including SMCP, ba&sh, Micromania, Pepe Jeans, Hackett, Nutrition&Sante, Laboratoires Forte Pharma, Stroili Oro, Cellular Line, and Princess Yachts. Mr. Franchet holds a MSEE from Telecom Paris Tech and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michele Sofisti will serve as one of our directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Sofisti is an experienced executive and consultant with a focus on luxury consumer products. He has served as a strategic advisor for top luxury brands, including Dolce & Gabbana Sri and Secoo Group's luxury watch and jewelry business. As part of the Kering Group, Mr. Sofisti served as Chief Executive Officer of GUCCI Group Watches and Jewelry from 2010 to 2014 and Chief Executive Officer of Sowind Group, which included the luxury timepiece brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard, from 2011 to 2014. Previously, Mr. Sofisti served as Preside of Swatch AG (Switzerland) from 2000 to 2005. He also worked for LVMH, where he served as President of FRED Paris and CHRISTIAN DIOR watches. Mr. Sofisti also previously served as President of Omega SA, a division of Swatch Group. Mr. Sofisti started his career in the luxury industry at Ferrari in 1988 as an international area sales manager for several countries before being promoted to Managing Director of Ferrari GmbH Germany. Mr. Sofisti also serves as an advisor for Resolve.ngo and previously served as an advisor for the National Geographic Society, each a Washington D.C. based environmental organization. Sofisti graduated in 1981 from the University of Parma and received an honor causa doctorate in Business administration from the UBIS University in Geneva. Mr. Sofisti was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his management and consulting experience in the luxury consumer space.