TPBA

Unit Split

TPB Acquisition Corp I

Raised
$180M
CIK
1847090
Focus
Sustainability, Food, Agriculture, Life Sciences, Technology
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

David Friedberg , has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Production Board since 2015. In his role at The Production Board, Mr. Friedberg is also the founder and sits on the boards of several private companies, including Brightloom, Northern Quinoa Production Company, Soylent, Clara Foods, Pattern Ag, TripleBar Bio, Uplifting Results Labs, Cana Technology, Ohalo Genetics, and Tillable. In addition, Mr. Friedberg currently serves on the board of directors of Metromile, Inc. (“Metromile”). Mr. Friedberg is the founder of Metromile, served as the Chairman of Metromile’s Board of Directors since January 2011 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2011 to May 2011. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Friedberg founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Corporation, an agriculture-focused weather insurance and software company acquired by The Monsanto Company in 2013. Mr. Friedberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. We believe Mr. Friedberg is uniquely qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his executive leadership experience, and his service as a director at numerous companies.

William Hauser , has served as the VP of Finance at The Production Board since 2019. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Northern Quinoa Production Company. Prior to joining The Production Board, Mr. Hauser co-founded and was Chief Financial Officer of Darwin Homes from 2018 to 2019, and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Northern Quinoa Production Company from 2017 to 2018, and Director of Finance and Analytics at DoorDash from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Hauser co-founded and was President of Two Degrees from 2009 to 2013, and was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs from 2008 to 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Bharat Vasan , has served as The Production Board’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2020. In addition, Mr. Vasan currently sits on the boards of Uplifiting Results Labs and Cana Technology. Prior to joining The Production Board, Mr. Vasan was the Chief Executive Officer of PAX Labs from 2018 to 2019 and, prior to that, led multiple businesses to their exits, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of August Home from 2014 to 2017 (acquired by Assa Abloy), and as the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BASIS Science from 2010 to 2014 (acquired by Intel, Inc.). Mr. Vasan also played various roles in corporate development and executive leadership at Electronic Arts. He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his graduate degree from Columbia University. We believe Mr. Vasan’s experience as The Production Board’s President and Chief Operating Officer and significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Kerry Whorton Cooper , currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Fernish and Treau, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. Previously, Ms. Whorton Cooper was President and Chief Operating Officer of Rothy’s from 2018 to 2020, and served on the boards of directors of BevMo from 2017 to 2020, Weddington Way from 2015 to 2017 and Choose Energy from 2013 to 2016. Prior to Rothy’s, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Choose Energy from 2013 to 2016, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of ModCloth from 2010 to 2013, VP Global eCommerce, Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Strategy and Business Development at Walmart.com from 2008 to 2010, and SVP of Demand Planning and Retail, Dockers at Levi Strauss from 2002 to 2008. Ms. Whorton Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Whorton Cooper’s significant executive experience and operational and financial expertise, as well as her service as director at numerous companies, make her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Dr. Neil Renninger , served as the co-founder and co-Chief Executive Officer of Ripple Foods from 2014 to 2020, and currently continues to serve as a member of its board of directors. He is currently a board observer at GreenLight Biosciences, and served as a member of its board of directors from 2013 to 2020. Prior to Ripple Foods, Dr. Renninger was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Khosla Ventures from 2013 to 2014, and was co-founder, Chief Technology officer, and a member of the board of directors of Amyris from 2004 to 2013. Dr. Renninger holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. We believe Dr. Renninger’s significant technical, executive and financial expertise in relevant sectors, as well as his service as a board member in numerous companies, make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

April Underwood , has been founder and Chief Executive Officer of Local Laboratory Corp since 2020. In addition, she currently serves on the board of Zillow Group since 2017, is a Venture Partner at Obvious Ventures since 2020, and a co-founder of #ANGELS, an investment group, since 2015. Prior to founding Local Laboratory Corp, Ms. Underwood was Chief Product Officer and VP of Product at Slack Technologies from 2015 to 2019. From 2010 to 2015, she was Director of Product at Twitter, and previously served as Product Manager, Travel at The Climate Corporation (formerly known as WeatherBill) from 2009 to 2010, Senior Partner Technology Manager at Google from 2007 to 2009, and held roles in product management and engineering at Travelocity from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Underwood holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas). We believe Ms. Underwood’s experience as an executive, investor and board member at numerous high growth technology companies and venture investment platforms make her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.