SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corp
- Energy, Renewable Energy, Decarbonization
Jonathan Maxwell is the Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer for SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Maxwell is currently the Chief Executive Officer of SDCL, which he founded. He has 25 years’ experience in international finance, infrastructure and private equity and has overall responsibility for SDCL’s investment activities. Mr. Maxwell is chair of the Investment Committee for SEEIT (SEIT.LN), the first listed investment company of its kind to invest exclusively in the energy efficiency sector. He is also serves as a director of Ireland Energy Efficiency Investments Plc. Mr. Maxwell has advised and invested on behalf of a number of national governments as well as a wide range of institutional investors. Prior to establishing SDCL, Mr. Maxwell was at HSBC Infrastructure and managed the IPO of the HSBC Infrastructure Company Limited, the first main market, London Stock Exchange listed infrastructure investment compant, which now has an enterprise value of over £3 billion. Mr. Maxwell has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University. We believe that Mr. Maxwell is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in international finance, infrastructure and private equity.
Michael Feldman is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Feldman has 20 years of investing experience in infrastructure. Most recently, Mr. Feldman was a Managing Director and head of infrastructure for Sixth Street Partners (from 2013 to 2020), where he focused on opportunistic infrastructure investments. Prior to joining Sixth Street Partners, Mr. Feldman worked at Goldman Sachs and ultimately held the title of Managing Director. At Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for alternative energy investing within the Americas Special Situations Group. In these roles, Mr. Feldman has served on the boards of directors of numerous portfolio companies. His focus is on alternative/renewable and conventional energy in the form of private equity, corporate lending, project finance, and structured investing. Mr. Feldman received a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia University. We believe Mr. Feldman is well qualified to serve as Co-CEO because of his extensive experience in energy investing.
Ned Davis is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Davis has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of SDCL EE CO US LLC and Chief Financial Officer of New York Energy Efficiency Investments LLC since 2015. Mr. Davis has served as Managing Principal of Sustainable Development Capital LLC, a FINRA licensed Broker-Dealer since 2014. Prior to 2014, Mr. Davis served as the co-founder, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Principal of North River Capital LLC, a New York-based equity investment fund manager, from 2005 to 2014, and Taconic Capital Group Inc. a FINRA licensed research and investment banking broker-dealer from 1999 to 2010. Prior to 1999 Mr. Davis was a sell-side equity securities analyst and M&A investment banker for several Wall Street firms, including most recently Lazard Freres & Co. and Oppenheimer & Co. Mr. Davis holds licenses with FINRA as a Managing Principal, Securities Analyst, FIN-OP and Investment Banker. Mr. Davis received his M.B.A. from the Harvard University Business School, with distinction, and his B.A. from Williams College, cum laude. We believe that Mr. Davis is well qualified to serve in our management because of his extensive financial and business experience.
Lolita Jackson is a director of SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Ms. Jackson has been appointed as the Executive Director of Communications and Sustainable Cities at SDCL. Until recently, she served as the Special Advisor of Climate Policy and Programs in the NYC Mayor’s Office. Ms. Jackson was the climate diplomat for NYC, and administered activities with C40 and other global climate and resilience networks, as well as the UN and cities around the world. Ms. Jackson was also part of the team responsible for OneNYC, NYC’s overall resilience plan, and has held numerous positions within the NYC Mayor’s Office over a 15-year period, including Director of External Affairs for the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which produced NYC’s post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan A Stronger, More Resilient New York, Director of External Affairs of the Housing Recovery Office, Director of Special Projects, where she was in charge of operational city agencies for the Second Avenue Subway and Barclays Center projects, and Manhattan Director of Community Affairs. Prior to her career in government, Ms. Jackson worked at Morgan Stanley for 12 years and was Vice President for Morgan Stanley Investment Management responsible for a $10 billion product line. Ms. Jackson is the immediate past Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts US, US Advisory Board Chairman of the British American Project, a Trustee Emerita of the Children’s Aid Society, a Trustee of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, President of the Penn Class of 1989, and a fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program. Ms. Jackson is a 2020-21 Visiting Fellow of Penn Perry World House, a globally focused think tank. Ms. Jackson studied Applied Science concentrating in Chemical Engineering and is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Jackson is well qualified to serve as a director because of her extensive experience in climate policy and government affairs.
Steven J. Gilbert has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Gilbert has 50 years of experience in private equity investing, investment banking and law, and has been involved as the Managing Principal in the purchase, financing, operations and sale of over 135 businesses. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P., a billion dollar private equity fund. He also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of MidOcean Equity Partners, LP, Co-Chairman of Birch Grove Capital, Lead Independent Director of Oaktree Capital Group (NYSE: OAK), a director of MBIA, Inc. (MBI-NYSE), Chairman of the Board of TRI Pointe Group, Inc. (NYSE: TPH), Lead Independent Director of The Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT), a Director of Florida Food Products, Inc., an Advisory Board Member of the Fairholme Partnership, L.P. and a Director of The Fairholme Fund (Nasdaq: FAIRX). Mr. Gilbert was also recently Chairman of CPM Holdings, a manufacturer of process equipment used for oilseed processing and animal feed production, Chairman of the Board of Dura Automotive Systems, Inc., the largest independent designer and manufacturer of automotive drive control systems, Co-Chairman of Stone Tower Capital Partners, a director of J. O. Hambro Capital Management Group and the Asian Infrastructure Fund. Until 2009, Mr. Gilbert was Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Sun Group (USA). Previously, Mr. Gilbert has been a Director of numerous companies, including Montpelier Re, Olympus Trust, Office Depot, Inc., Funk & Wagnalls, Inc., Parker Pen Limited, Piggly Wiggly Southern, Inc., Coast Community News, Inc., GTS-Duratek, The Asian Infrastructure Fund, Magnavox Electronic Systems Company, UroMed Corporation, Star City Casino Holdings, Ltd., Katz Media Corporation, Airport Group International, Batavia Investment Management, Ltd., Affinity Financial Group, Inc., ESAT Telecom, Ltd., Colep Holding, Ltd., NFO Worldwide, Terra Nova (Bermuda) Holdings, Limited and Veritas-DCG. From 1992 to 1997 he was the Founder and Managing General Partner of Soros Capital L.P., the principal venture capital and leveraged transaction entity of Quantum Group Funds, and a principal advisor to Quantum Industrial Holdings Ltd. From 1988 through 1992, he was the Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity investment firm. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Gilbert was the Managing General Partner of Chemical Venture Partners (now CCMP), which he founded. From 1980 through 1984, he was the principal owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Lions Gate Films, Inc. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America (East), the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Agenda Council on Capital Flows of the World Economic Forum, formerly a Trustee of the Wharton School and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Tribeca Disrupters Foundation. He received a B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. We believe that Mr. Gilbert is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience advising boards of directors and his extensive private equity and business experience.
William Kriegel has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Kriegel is currently Chairman of the Board of K Road Management, LLC with an outstanding track record of shareholder value creation over a 45 year career. Previously Mr. Kriegel was Chairman of the Board of Sithe Energies, a company he founded. Mr. Kriegel was also a co-founder of the National Independent Energy Producers (the “NIEP”), a Washington, D.C. based entity established to represent the independent power producing industry. Mr. Kriegel has served in various leadership and board positions at several energy water and waste management companies, including Aqua Alliance, Vivendi North America and Montenay International. He also serves on the Local Executive Board at the University of Montana-Western and is a board member of The University of Montana Western Foundation. We believe that Mr. Kriegel is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience energy experience.
Ana Maria Machado Fernandes has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mrs. Fernandes is currently a Director at Caixa Geral de Depósitos, the largest Portuguese Bank and a Director at BCI – Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (Mz). Previously, Mrs. Fernandes served on the board of directors for EDP Energias de Portugal Sa (2006-2012) and GALP Energia (Oil & Gas) (2000-2006) and was executive CEO of GALP Power, a subsidiary of GALP Energia for developing projects related to wind, cogeneration and one of the first CCGT’s in Portugal (2004-2006). From 1998 until 2000, Mrs. Fernandes was a business strategy and portfolio senior manager for Gas de Portugal. Mrs. Fernandes was also a board member of several companies of Banco de Fomento e Exterior, and, after it was acquired by Banco Português de Investimento, she assumed responsibilities at the corporate finance department as leader of an investment banking team and director of the bank (1995-1998). From 1989 until 1994 she was a senior financial analyst and director at Efisa – Sociedade de Investimento, S.A., the Portuguese arm of SG Warburg, later Banco Efisa. Mrs. Fernandes is a member of the Advisory Board of the Science and Technology Faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (appointed 2018) and a past Director of COTEC (2008-2011), an innovation body sponsored by the Portuguese Presidency. Mrs. Fernandes holds a degree in economics and a post-graduate degree in international finance both from the economy faculty at Universidade do Porto. She has an MBA from Universidade do Porto/Universidade Nova de Lisboa. We believe that Mrs. Fernandes is well qualified to serve as a director because of her extensive experience advising boards of directors and her experience in the energy sector.
Michael Naylor has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Naylor is Chairman of the Board of Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc, a company listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and recognized as one of the UK’s leading sustainability investing companies. Mr Naylor has served on the board of Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc since 2008. He sat as Chairman of Audit Committee from 2012 thru 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in September 2015. Mr Naylor is a board member of Sun New Energy Holdings Limited (2019). He is a Member of K Road Mobility LLC (2019) and K Road Technology LLC (2020) . His Advisory Board appointments include private equity firm XPV Water Partners LLC based in Toronto (since 2008) and Sylvera Limited based in London. (2021). From 2013 thru 2020 Mr Naylor was senior advisor to the London Private Equity Firm Actis where he is also a member of the Partnership Co-Investment Vehicle of funds AE3 and AE4. From 2011 thru 2019 Mr Naylor was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Greentech Capital LLC (today Nomura Greentech). Mr Naylor is an Operating Partner of the Philadelphia based executive search firm Hobbs & Towne LLC. Mr Naylor was appointed a board member of The Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership in 2013. The Institute is part of the University of Cambridge within the School of Technology. Mr Naylor is a graduate of the Institute’s Management Programme. We believe that Mr. Naylor is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience advising boards of directors and his experience with sustainability companies.