NewHold Investment Corp. II
- Industrial, Technology, Software, Artificial Intelligence
Kevin Charlton, CEO . Kevin Charlton is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Charlton has been the Co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises since 2017 and has spent more than 20 years in private equity. Mr. Charlton is currently the Chief Executive Officer of NewHold Investment Corp., which is a SPAC that is, at the time of this filing, in the process of combining with Evolv Technology. Prior to NewHold Enterprises, Mr. Charlton was the Co-Founder of River Hollow Partners from June 2013 through April 2017. From January 2014 through February 2015, Mr. Charlton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp., a $115 million NASDAQ-listed SPAC that merged with Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), the school bus manufacturer, in February 2015. From July 2015 through February 2017, he then served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, a $200 million NASDAQ-listed SPAC that merged with Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE), in February 2017. From July 2017 through October 2019, Mr. Charlton served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III, a $275 million NYSE-listed SPAC that merged with NRC Group (NYSE: NRCG) in October 2018. Prior to NewHold, Mr. Charlton was with JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM), Investcorp, and Macquarie (ASX: MQG). Mr. Charlton has served on more than 25 Boards of Directors in all relevant roles, and in almost all cases as Chairman or Lead Director on behalf of the majority owner. Prior to his career in private equity, Mr. Charlton was with McKinsey and Company in New York and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mr. Charlton has been Chairman of American AllWaste LLC since May 2018, and currently serves on the Boards of Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE), a heavy haul trucking company that he took public in February 2017; Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC), a triple net commercial REIT that he took public in 2012; and Macro Energy LLC, a high efficiency lighting company. Mr. Charlton has successfully sold companies to both strategic and financial investors, maximized value through the staged exit to separate buyers, and taken companies public, including companies in the manufacturing, distribution, business services, transportation, real estate, consumer products, and food and beverage sectors. He has a long history of working in partnership with management to develop and execute a strategic agenda. Mr. Charlton received his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering cum laude from Princeton University in 1988, his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1990, and his Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1995.
Charlie Baynes-Reid, COO . Charlie Baynes-Reid is our Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Baynes-Reid is a founding partner and Managing Director of NewHold Enterprises, having spent more than 20 years in private equity and principal investing, both as a legal advisor and as an investor. Mr. Baynes-Reid is currently the Chief Operating Officer of NewHold Investment Corp. Mr. Baynes-Reid has extensive experience working with portfolio companies on acquisitions and divestures, consolidation strategies, debt financing and refinancing, capital markets and exit strategies through private sales, public mergers, and initial public offerings (or IPOs). He also has significant knowledge of core legal and regulatory considerations relating to both domestic as well as complex cross border transactions and his sector experience includes companies focusing on logistics, business services, real estate, diversified industrials, renewable energy, and financial services. Qualifying as a lawyer in the United Kingdom in 2001 with Simmons & Simmons law firm practicing in the Corporate Finance Group, he worked in London and Tokyo before moving to the Minter Ellison law firm in Sydney focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He joined Macquarie (ASX: MQG) in 2005, working primarily on acquisitions, based initially in Sydney. In 2007, he relocated to Macquarie’s New York office, where he focused on principal investments and capital markets transactions across multiple jurisdictions, before becoming one of the founding partners of River Hollow Partners in early 2014, where he continues to serve as a partner and General Counsel. Since 2017, Mr. Baynes-Reid has been a Founding Partner, Managing Director and General Counsel for NewHold Enterprises LLC. Mr. Baynes-Reid received his LLB Honors degree in Business Law from City University, London and is dual-qualified as an English lawyer and a member of the New York Bar. Mr. Baynes-Reid currently serves as the Chairman of Macro Energy LLC, the first NewHold Enterprises industrial technology platform, which he helped launch, is on the Board of NewHold AEC Corp. and Powerful Foods LLC, and is a Board observer for Luna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Thomas J. Sullivan, Chairman . Thomas Sullivan will be Chairman of the Board as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Sullivan has over 30 years of experience in finance and operations. Mr. Sullivan has served as a partner with Standard General L.P., a New York-based investment firm that manages event-driven opportunity funds, since June 2016 where he is responsible for portfolio management of Standard General’s SG Special Situations Fund L.P. He has served on numerous boards for over 20 years and has broad leadership skills and extensive operational and financial restructuring experience as well as experience in the fields of private equity and capital markets. He is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Spirit MTA REIT (NASDAQ: SMTA) and Investcorp Credit Management BDC, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICMB). He previously served as a director of Hennessy Acquisition Corp. II, a NASDAQ-listed SPAC, from July 2015 to February 2017. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Sullivan was the Managing Partner of Smallwood Partners, LLC, a financial advisory services firm. From 1996 to 2008, Mr. Sullivan served as a Managing Director of Investcorp International, Inc., a global middle market private equity firm, where he was a member of the U.S. Investment Committee and a Senior Partner on the Post-Acquisition Team. Prior to his time at Investcorp, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of The Leslie Fay Companies. Previously, Mr. Sullivan was a Senior Manager in the Turnaround and Restructuring Group and a Senior and Staff Account of Arthur Anderson & Co. Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. We believe that Mr. Sullivan is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his public company experience and transaction expertise.
Charles Goldman, Vice Chairman . Charles Goldman has served as one of our directors since inception and will become Vice Chairman of the Board as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Goldman has been the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises since 2017, and has spent more than 20 years in private equity. He is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. Prior to NewHold Enterprises, Mr. Goldman worked at Mill Road Capital from 2005 until 2017, where he was a founding partner, JPMorgan Partners, including Chase Capital Partners, and Chemical Venture Partners. Mr. Goldman is Chairman of the Board of NewHold AEC Corp. and serves on the board of American AllWaste LLC. Mr. Goldman’s private equity career includes extensive experience in deal sourcing, structuring, debt-financing, and portfolio company management. He has led transactions including buyouts of public and private companies, growth equity, structured investments and investments in public companies. In addition to his deal sourcing and structuring responsibilities, Mr. Goldman has extensive experience serving as a board member and working in partnership with management, and has worked with companies in industries including aerospace, automotive, business services, retail and telecommunications. In addition to his work at Mill Road and JPMorgan Partners, Mr. Goldman worked at Ascend Media where he was an Executive Vice President and at Dillon, Read & Co. where he was an investment banking analyst. Mr. Goldman received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Mr. Goldman also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Goldman is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his expertise in the financial services and industrial technology industries.
Neil Glat will be one of our independent directors and will chair the Nominating Committee as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. From September 2019 through March 2020, Mr. Glat was a Senior Advisor to the New York Jets, as well as a Managing Member of NG Strategies, LLC. From April 2012 through August 2019, Mr. Glat served as the President of the New York Jets. Prior to that, Mr. Glat was a senior executive at the National Football League for 15 years, where he oversaw corporate development and strategy, in addition to having top-tier experience in management consulting at McKinsey & Company and investment banking at Dillon, Read & Co. Mr. Glat is currently on the Board of ASM Global, a privately-held company which is the world’s largest stadium, arena, convention center, theater, and venue management company and which was formed by the recent merger of SMG and AEG Facilities. In addition, Mr. Glat serves on many philanthropic boards. He is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. Mr. Glat has extensive operating and strategic experience in sports, entertainment, media, and hospitality. During his more than 25 years in combined tenures at the New York Jets, the National Football League, and professional service firms, Mr. Glat has consistently focused on, among other things, driving revenue growth, increasing consumer engagement, identifying new businesses, encouraging innovation, developing forward-looking strategies, and executing strategic transactions and deals. Mr. Glat earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Harvard Law School. We believe that Mr. Glat is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive operational, managerial, strategic, and financial experience.
Kathleen Harris will be one of our independent directors and will chair the Audit Committee as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Ms. Harris has more than 30 years of experience in investment management and fundamental research in public equity markets, as well as operational management of a private company. Ms. Harris has been the Chief Financial Officer of Dinges Fire Company, a Midwest fire equipment distributor, since February 2018. Prior to joining Dinges Fire Company, she was an investment analyst for hedge fund SDK Capital, specializing in long/short analysis of U.S. companies from January 2015 through February 2018. From 1995 to 2004, as a partner for Oechsle International Advisors, Ms. Harris was a portfolio manager and equity analyst for institutional clients invested in non-US and emerging markets. From 1990 to 1995, Ms. Harris was international portfolio manager and analyst for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Her research expertise spans company, industry, and market analysis including health care, telecommunications, consumer staples, consumer discretionary, and industrial groups across U.S., European, Asian, and emerging markets. Ms. Harris began her career as analyst and portfolio manager at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. She is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. She successfully completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 1988 and earned her Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Illinois in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1987. We believe that Ms. Harris is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her extensive financial, operational, and principal investing experience.
Brian P. Mathis will be one of our independent directors and will chair the Compensation Committee as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since January 2011, Mr. Mathis has been a founding partner of Pine Street Alternative Asset Management LP and brings significant alternative asset investment experience, including hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital experience. Previously, Mr. Mathis was a Co-Managing Partner of Provident Group Asset Management, LLC where he was a member of the investment committee and primarily responsible for portfolio construction and capital raising. Before joining PGAM, Mr. Mathis was a Managing Director at Advent Capital Management, responsible for business development and marketing of their multi-strategy, credit, and convertible hedge fund strategies. Prior to Advent, Mr. Mathis was a Director at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO), a fund of hedge funds with over $7.5 billion of assets under management. At PAAMCO, he was a member of the Investment Management Committee, evaluating directional hedge fund strategies, portfolio asset allocation and guiding strategic initiatives for the firm, including establishing PAAMCO’s London office. Prior to PAAMCO, Mr. Mathis was a Vice President at JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) serving in various private equity groups focusing on investments in the hedge fund space, later-stage venture/growth capital, and mid-cap LBOs, as well as private equity placements. Mr. Mathis served on the Board of Directors/Advisors for PlusFunds (observer), Eastport Operating Partners LP, Edison Schools, LinksCorp, and Bell Sports. He is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. Mr. Mathis received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Business School and a JD/MPA from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, respectively. We believe that Mr. Mathis is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive principal investing and capital markets experience.
Suzy Taherian will be one of our independent directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Ms. Taherian has over 25 years of experience acting as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and acting Chief Financial Officer for global industrial companies. She started her career as a consultant with Accenture, advising large companies on implementation of ERP systems to optimize operations. She later held various senior finance roles for 16 years at Exxon and Chevron. Since January 2020, Ms. Taherian has been an advisor to TKCapital, a private equity firm with investments in industrial companies. Additionally, Ms. Taherian has served as Chief Financial Officer of several industrial companies — from February 2017 through December 2019, at Kinetic Systems Inc., a global engineering and construction firm; from July 2016 through January 2017, at RePower, a national software company; from June 2015 through June 2016, at NobleIron, a publicly-traded construction equipment rental company (TSX:NIR); and from April 2013 through May 2015, at eCullet, a national manufacturer of glass. Over her career, she has worked on financings of over $4.5 billion and M&A transactions of over $2.5 billion. She is currently a member of the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp. She previously served on numerous boards such as Glass to Glass, a joint venture with Owens Illinois which is the world’s largest glass manufacturer, and Chevron Federal Credit Union, which has over $1 billion in assets. She previously served on boards of various nonprofits (including a homeless shelter and a school) and is an active community leader and was appointed as the Contra Costa County Library Commissioner, advocating for literacy and education for 1 million residents of the county. Since 2019, she has been on the Steering Committee of CFO Leadership Council, a national organization of Chief Financial Officers. Additionally, Ms. Taherian has been an adjunct professor at UC Davis Graduate School of Management for last 9 years, teaching courses on International Finance and International Business. Ms. Taherian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. We believe that Ms. Taherian is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her 25 years of experience as a finance executive with industrial companies.
Adam Deutsch will serve as a special advisor to the Company and will focus primarily on the Company’s operations. Mr. Deutsch has served as the Vice President of NewHold Enterprises since 2018. Mr. Deutsch is currently the Chief Financial Officer of NewHold Investment Corp., a NASDAQ listed special purpose acquisition company (symbol “NHIC”). Prior to joining NewHold, Mr. Deutsch served as Vice President and was a founding member of River Hollow Partners from September 2013 through December 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Deutsch spent five years at Laurus Capital, where he participated in over 30 transactions involving extensive restructuring of distressed businesses, including various take-private transactions and reverse mergers. He has guided numerous companies through the identification and implementation of strategic growth initiatives, with an emphasis on empowering managers as a means to driving value. Mr. Deutsch began his career in the UBS (SWX: UBSG) retail banking group. Mr. Deutsch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, and an MBA with Honors from the Columbia Business School. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Macro Energy LLC since 2014, and sits on the Board of American AllWaste LLC.