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Patria Acquisition Corp.

Sponsors: Patria SPAC
Raised
$236M
CIK
1849737
Focus
Healthcare, Food, Beverage, Logistics, Agriculture, Education, Financial Services
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Ricardo Leonel Scavazza, Chairman and Director

Ricardo Leonel Scavazza is the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Scavazza is a Managing Partner of Patria Investments Limited and is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investments Officer of Latin American Private Equity. Mr. Scavazza is responsible for all Latam Private Equity strategy at Patria Investments Limited. Before taking over as CEO & CIO for Private Equity Latam, Mr. Scavazza served as the Head of Private Equity Strategy in Brazil. Mr. Scavazza joined Patrimônio in 1999, became a Partner in 2005, and has worked on several new investments and acquisitions for the portfolio companies of Private Equity Funds I, II, III, IV and V. Mr. Scavazza held operating roles in several investments, including a tenure as Chief Executive Officer at Anhanguera between 2009 and 2013. He was Chief Financial Officer at DASA in 2001 and at Anhanguera Educacional from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Scavazza holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Scavazza also holds an Master’s in Business Administration and Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Due to his extensive private equity and investment experience, we believe Mr. Scavazza is well qualified to be the chairman of our board of directors.

José Augusto Gonçalves de Araújo Teixeira, Chief Executive Officer

José Augusto Gonçalves de Araújo Teixeira is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Teixeira is a Partner of Patria Investments Limited, where he currently serves as a member of its Management Committee and as Head of Marketing and Products. Mr. Teixeira is primarily responsible for Patria’s Global Product & Marketing strategy and development as well as for leading distribution efforts in Brazil. Previously, Mr. Teixeira served as the Head of Marketing and Investor Relations for Private Equity products between 2013 and 2020. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Teixeira was fully dedicated to Anhanguera Educacional, Patria’s flagship investment in Education, where he held various senior positions: he served as Chief Financial Officer between 2011 and 2013, including oversight over the company’s robust M&A program; Investor Relations Officer between 2007 and 2013; Strategic, Commercial and Financial Planning Director between 2007 and 2011; and Financial Planning Manager between 2005 and 2007. Prior to the investment in Anhanguera, Mr. Teixeira focused on the development of Patria Investments Limited’s post-secondary Education thesis and worked at Anhembi-Morumbi University. Prior to joining Patria in 2004, Mr. Teixeira worked with the Latin American Research Sales team at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Teixeira holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Amherst College.

Marco Nicola D’Ippolito, Chief Financial Officer

Marco Nicola D’Ippolito has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. D’Ippolito is also Managing Partner & Chief Financial Officer of Patria Investments Limited. Mr. D’Ippolito is a member of Patria Investments Limited’s Management Committee and is primarily responsible for finance, operations, shareholders relations, fund administration, legal, compliance, technology and governance. Before taking over as CFO, Mr. D’Ippolito served Patria Investments Limited as COO for four years. Before that, Mr. D’Ippolito worked at Patria Investment Limited’s Private Equity division, being responsible for different investments in the technology, logistics, healthcare, agribusiness and food industries. Mr. D’Ippolito was also responsible for fundraising initiatives within the Patria Private Equity business. In addition, Mr. D’Ippolito was the Chairman of the Board and Board Member of different portfolio companies. Before joining Patria in 2005, Mr. D’Ippolito worked for a Latin American family office as private equity portfolio manager between 2002 and 2005. Prior to that, Mr. D’Ippolito participated on the start-up, development and sale of an IT private company in Brazil. Mr. D’Ippolito holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP) and an MBA from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC).

Our Independent Director Nominees

Pedro Paulo Elejalde de Campos, Director Nominee

Pedro Paulo Elejalde de Campos will serve as a Director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Campos is currently a Managing Partner at Arsenal Investimentos, a Brazilian based investment and advisory firm. Mr. Campos joined Arsenal in 2017 and is responsible for leading its investment banking activities. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2017, Mr. Campos was a Partner at Patria Investimentos, a Brazilian investment firm associated with Blackstone Group from New York, where he was responsible for Blackstone’s investments in Brazil and Patria Investment Limited’s investment banking operations. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Campos was at Angra Partners, an investment and financial advisory firm, where he was a Founding Managing Partner responsible for its general management, investment committees (chair) and investment portfolios. In addition, during his career, Mr. Campos held the position of a Managing Director at Citigroup from 2000 to 2003, the President and CEO of GE Capital Latin America and Banco GE Capital Brasil from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Campos started his professional career in 1982 at J.P. Morgan offices in New York and left the firm in 1995 as a Vice President. Also, along his career, Mr. Campos has served as board director in several corporations and non-profit organizations. Mr. Campos holds bachelors’ degrees in Engineering and Business Administration; both from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Sul.

Due to his extensive entrepreneurial, investment and management experience, we believe Mr. Campos is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Ricardo Barbosa Leonardos, Director Nominee

Ricardo Barbosa Leonardos will serve as a Director upon the completion of this offering. Currently, Mr. Leonardos is a founding partner of Symphony (since 2002), a family business consulting firm focused on governance, succession, financial planning and family office. In this role, Mr. Leonardos structured and was the CEO of the Diniz family office for five years. Additionally, Mr. Leonardos is the vice-chairman of the Tecnisa S.A.’s board of directors (since 2006), an independent board member of Biosev S.A./Louis Dreyfuss Group (since 2013), a member of the board of directors of Associação Umane (since 2016), an independent member of the board of ASG Holdings/Athena Saúde (since 2020) and serves on the advisory board of the family holding companies Componente (since 2010) and Jaguari (since 2019). With over 30 years of experience in the capital markets and investments, Mr. Leonardos has worked in mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, privatization processes, portfolio management and investment funds. Mr. Leonardos is certified as an advisor by the IBGC-Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance, as a consultant for family businesses by the Family Firm Institute of Boston, as portfolio manager authorized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as an analyst by APIMEC. Mr. Leonardos holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Faculdade de Economica São Luis and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He also holds a certificate in Technology Innovation in Planning Effective Investments in Technology Markets from Tel-Aviv University – Coller School of Management Business Leaders and in the Digital Immersion Program from Digital House of São Paulo.

Due to his extensive entrepreneurial, management and board experience, we believe Mr. Leonardos is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Maria Cláudia Mello Guimarães, Director Nominee

Maria Cláudia Mello Guimarães will serve as a Director upon the completion of this offering. She is a partner at KPC Consulting Firm, a member of Petrobras’ Board of Directors, a member of Petrobras’ Audit Committee and president of Petrobras’ Environment, Safety and Health Committee. A former board member of Constellation Oil Services in Luxembourg, Ms. Guimarães also worked as Investment Banking Manager Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for almost 10 years. Before that, Ms. Guimarães had experiences at ING, Itaú Bank, Bank Boston and ABN AMRO working in several areas, such as investment banking, corporate finance, corporate banking, credit risk, debt restructuring and project finance, mainly focused on Natural Resources, Energy and Capital Goods companies. Additionally, Ms. Guimarães holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with a master’s degree from COPPEAD - UFRJ.

Due to her extensive investment banking, financial advisory and board experience, we believe Ms. Guimarães is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.