Brimstone Acquisition Holdings Corp.
- Consumer, Industrial
Michael F. Goss has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since our inception in January 2021. Until December 2020, Mr. Goss served as Chief Financial Officer of Conde Nast, a global media company, where he was responsible for managing the global financial reporting, strategic planning, legal, and business development teams. Prior to joining Conde Nast in January 2020, Mr. Goss served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, real estate and collectibles, from January 2016 to October 2019, where he was responsible for all financial reporting, investor relations, strategic planning, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Goss served at Bain Capital, a global alternative investment manager with $70 billion under management, until December 2013 following 13 years with the firm in various senior managerial capacities. Mr. Goss joined Bain Capital in 2001 as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer and in 2004, assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer. From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Goss served as Managing Director and Head of Global Investor Relations, where he was responsible for managing all capital raising activities and client relationship matters at Bain Capital and had responsibility for capital raising in the Middle East. In addition, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Goss served as Ex Officio member of the Policy Board for Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Goss was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Digitas Inc., a global Internet professional services firm, which he helped take public in March 2000. Prior to joining Digitas Inc., he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and a member of the board of directors of Playtex Products, Inc. Mr. Goss currently serves as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Element Solutions Inc, and is an independent board member of Sandbridge Acquisition Corporation, a blank check acquisition company. Mr. Goss graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in economics and received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Robert A. E. Franklin has served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception in January 2021 and is currently a principal at Mariposa Capital. He currently serves on the boards of two Mariposa Capital investments, including as vice chairman of Royal Oak Enterprises and director of Double Diamond Distillery LLC (d/b/a Breckenridge Distillery). In addition, Mr. Franklin has served as Chief Operating Officer of N2 since January 2021. Mr. Franklin has been actively involved in Sir Martin’s prior acquisition vehicles, including Nomad Holdings and J2. Prior to joining Mariposa Capital in November 2016, he served as an investment associate at TOMS Capital, a New York-based actively managed family office, from September 2014 to September 2016 and an investment banking analyst at Barclays Capital, focusing on technology, media and telecommunications from June 2013 to August 2014. Sir Martin E. Franklin is Robert A.E. Franklin’s father. Mr. Franklin graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Desiree DeStefano has served as our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since our inception in January 2021 and currently serves as a Chief Financial Officer at Mariposa Capital. She has served as Chief Financial Officer at Mariposa family office group since April 2013. In her role at Mariposa, she serves as an officer and/or advisor to Mariposa’s portfolio of active investments including APi Group Corporation, Nomad Foods, Element Solutions and Royal Oak Enterprises for the related investment entities. In addition, Ms. DeStefano has served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of N2 since January 2021. Prior to joining Mariposa Capital, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Igloo Products, Corp., a manufacturer of ice chests, drink containers, and supporting accessories, from September 2010 till April 2013. She has served as a strategic financial advisor for various clients from 2007 to 2010. Ms. DeStefano served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Jarden, a consumer products company, from 2001 to 2007, where she oversaw treasury, corporate development, financial and strategic planning, legal, internal audit and information technology. Prior to Jarden, Ms. DeStefano had served in various senior financial positions at Benson Eyecare Corporation, Lumen Technologies, Inc. and Bolle, Inc, from 1992-1999 and has worked in audit/assurance for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1989-1992. Ms. DeStefano graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in economics in 1989.
Sir Martin E. Franklin has served as our director since our inception in January 2021 and is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mariposa Capital and chairman and controlling shareholder of Royal Oak Enterprises. He was the founder and chairman of Jarden from 2001 until April 2016 when Jarden merged with Newell Brands Inc. and served as a director of Newell Brands until January 2018. He became chairman and chief executive officer of Jarden in 2001 and served as chairman and chief executive officer until 2011, at which time he began service as executive chairman. He is co-founder and co-chairman of APi Group Corporation, founder and executive chairman of Element Solutions Inc (previously known as Platform Specialty Products Corporation), a specialty chemicals company, and has served as a director since its inception, and co-founder and co-chairman of Nomad Foods Limited, a European frozen food company, and has served as a director since its inception. Previously, he served as a director of the following public companies: Apollo Investment Corporation, a closed-end management investment company from April 2004 to December 2006; Justice Holdings Limited from February 2011 until its business combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc. in June 2012, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. from June 2012 until its business combination with Tim Hortons Inc. in December 2014 to form RBI, RBI from December 2014 until October 2019; LAHC from June 2007 until its business combination with Promotora de Informaciones, S.A., a Spanish media company (“Grupo Prisa”) in November 2010; Grupo Prisa from November 2010 to December 2013; LAHIC from January 2008 until its acquisition of Phoenix Group Holdings, a UK based provider of insurance services, in September 2009; Freedom Acquisition Holdings, Inc., from June 2006 until its acquisition of GLG Partners, Inc., a hedge fund, in November 2007; GLG Partners, Inc. from November 2007 to October 2010; and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., a stylish apparel and accessory manufacturer and retailer, from July 2005 to December 2011. Prior to founding Jarden in 2001, he had extensive executive experience in running public companies. Between 1992 and 2000, he served as the chairman and/or chief executive officer of three public companies: Benson Eyecare Corporation, an optical products and services company; Lumen Technologies, Inc., a holding company that designed, manufactured and marketed lighting products; and Bollé Inc., a holding company that designed, manufactured and marketed sunglasses and ski goggles worldwide. Robert A.E. Franklin is Sir Martin E. Franklin’s son. Mr. Franklin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tracy Britt Cool is expected to serve as our director upon the closing of this offering. Ms. Cool joined Berkshire Hathaway in December 2009 as financial assistant to the chairman and served in various roles until she left Berkshire Hathaway in March 2020 to co-found Kanbrick, a long-term investment partnership. Most recently, from November 2014 to March 2020, Ms. Cool served as chief executive officer of Pampered Chef, a direct seller of high-quality cooking tools. During her time at Berkshire Hathaway, Ms. Cool also served as chair of the following Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries: Benjamin Moore & Co., a leading manufacturer and retailer of paints and architectural coatings, Larson-Juhl, a manufacturer and distributor of wood and metal framing products, Oriental Trading Company, a direct merchant of party suppliers, arts and crafts, toys, and novelties, and Johns Manville, a leading manufacturer of insulation, roofing materials, and engineered products. Since December 2019, she has served as a director of EverArc Holdings Limited, an acquisition vehicle publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange. From January 2017 to October 2020, Ms. Cool served as a director of Blue Apron Holdings, Inc., an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service and from June 2013 to January 2020, Ms. Cool served as a director of The Kraft Heinz Company, and its predecessor H.J. Heinz Company. Ms. Cool holds an A.B. degree in economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Cyrus D. Walker is expected to serve as our director upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Walker currently serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Dibble Group, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm. From January 2000, he worked in several roles at Nemco Group, LLC — an insurance brokerage and consulting firm — including as its Co-Chief Executive Officer until April 2012, when it was acquired by a subsidiary of NFP Corp. Mr. Walker also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of OSI Benefits, an insurance brokerage consulting firm from 1995 to January 2000. He is a director of APi Group Corporation, a service provider of safety, specialty, and industrial services, as well as Houlihan Lokey, Inc. — a publicly held, global investment banking firm. Mr. Walker holds an B.A. degree in political economy from Colorado College.
Kenneth H. Ahn is expected to serve as a director of the Company upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Ahn is currently the President of RM Sotheby’s, a global leader in collector car auctions. Mr. Ahn is also the founder of RM Financial Services, a specialty lending business focused on financing of valuable collector cars. Mr. Ahn has more than 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and financial management. Prior to joining RM Sotheby’s in November 2016, Mr. Ahn was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Sotheby’s, where he focused on the company’s growth strategy and acquisitions. Mr. Ahn was previously an investment banker in the Global Industrials Group and M&A Group at Goldman Sachs from July 2007 to July 2014, and he began his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Ahn holds an A.B. degree in economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Domenico De Sole is expected to serve as a director of the Company upon the closing of this offering. 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. 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 monobrand 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 and a director of Sandbridge Acquisition Corporation and Pirelli & C. S.p.A. He formerly served as Chairman of Sotheby’s, lead independent director of Telecom Italia S.p.A. and a director of Conde Nast, Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Delta Airlines, Inc., Gap, Inc., Newell Brands Inc. and Procter & Gamble. Mr. De Sole graduated from the University of Rome with a law degree and received an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School where he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board.