XPAC Acquisition Corp.
- Healthcare, Financial Services, Education, Consumer, Retail, Technology
Chu Chiu Kong, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Mr. Kong is based in Brazil and has over 40 years of operational and investment experience in the country. During the last 25 years, he has led the operations of three private equity funds and executed several iconic transactions, including the investments in and successful exits of OdontoPrev S.A. (B3: ODPV3) (dentalcare insurance), Stone Co. (NASDAQ: STNE) (financial services) and XP Inc. (NASDAQ: XP) (financial services). Mr. Kong is currently a partner of XP Inc. and the head of its Private Equity division, where he led the successful fundraising of XP’s R$1.4 billion first vintage fund with a mid-market investment focus with approximately $30 million to $50 million equity check. In less than one year of operations, XP’s private equity fund has received more than 400 investment opportunities, of which almost 200 originated from XP’s proprietary channels, with approximately 70% of capital already invested in five companies: (1) Brasil Olhos (healthcare), (2) Botoclinic (facial aesthetics), (3) Beyoung (beauty tech), (4) Pottencial Seguradora S.A. (insurance) and (5) BRS Supply (business services). Before that, from 2007 until 2017, Mr Kong founded and was the co-head of Actis Brazil (investment firm), the Brazilian branch of Actis LLP, managing a $2.9 billion fund as of November 2010. Under his tenure, Actis Brazil invested in, among other investments, XP Inc., Stone Co., Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional S.A. (B3: CSED3) (education), It’sSeg Company (insurance services), GTEX Brasil (cleaning supplies), CSD (supermarket chain), CNA Idiomas (language school) and Genesis Certificações Serviços Administrativos Ltda. (business services). Prior to joining Actis Brazil, from 1997 to 2007, Mr Kong was a partner of TMG (investment firm), which, under his supervision, invested in, among other investments, OdontoPrev S.A., Softway (call-center) and Conductor Tecnologia S.A. (financial services). Mr. Kong served on the board of directors of XP Inc., Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional S.A., It’sSeg Company, GTEX Brasil, CDA, Softway and Conductor Tecnologia S.A. and currently serves on the board of directors of Brasil Olhos, Botoclinic, Beyoung and BRS Supply. Mr. Kong holds a B.A. in Business from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP) and an LL.B. in Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
We believe Mr. Kong’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his education, his extensive experience in private equity and his numerous directorships.
Guilherme Teixeira, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Teixeira is based in Brazil and has over 15 years of equity investment and M&A experience across a wide range of industries. Mr. Teixeira is a partner of XP Inc. and a managing director of the Private Equity division. Previously he was a partner of Vinci Capital Partners (NASDAQ: VINP), a leading alternative asset manager in Brazil. During his tenure at Vinci, he was part of the team that managed Vinci Capital Partners II, a $1.4 billion private equity fund and Vinci Capital Partners III, a $1.0 billion private equity fund. Both funds focused on investments in Brazilian companies. Vinci Capital Partners II invested in eight portfolio companies in the insurance, car rental, retail, real estate, restaurants, industrial, education and O&G sectors, and Vinci Capital Partners III, invested in three portfolio companies in the TMT, healthcare and food service segments. Mr. Teixeira served on the board of directors of Austral Resseguradora S.A. (reinsurance), Cecrisa Revestimentos Cerâmicos S.A. (industrial), Vitru Ltd. (NASDAQ: VTRU) (education) and CURA — Centro de Ultrassonografia e Radiologia S.A. (Grupo Cura) (healthcare) and currently serves on the board of directors of Brasil Olhos, Botoclinic and Pottencial Seguradora S.A. Mr. Teixeira holds a B.Sc in Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-RJ) and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Fabio Kann, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kann is based in Brazil and has over 12 years of private equity experience in several industries. Mr. Kann is a partner of XP Inc. and a director of the Private Equity division. Prior to joining XP in 2020, he was a vice-president at The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), one of the largest alternative investment firms in the world, in its South America team. Throughout his career, Mr. Kann oversaw 12 investments in industries such as e-commerce, business services, healthcare, food services, education, retail, TMT, industrials, consumer goods and financial services, totaling more than $1 billion of capital invested. Mr. Kann served on the board of directors of Ri Happy Brinquedos S.A. (retail), Orguel Indústria e Locação de Equipamentos S.A. (industrial) and Vitru Ltd. (NASDAQ: VTRU) and currently serves on the board of directors of Beyoung, Botoclinic, Brasil Olhos and BRS Supply. Mr. Kann holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, a B.A. in Business from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP) and an LL.B. in Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
Ana Cabral-Gardner, Independent Director
Mrs. Cabral-Gardner is a Managing Partner and co-founder of A10 Investimentos, a Brazilian private equity boutique focused on sustainable investments and M&A advisory in consumer-healthcare, and co-chairman and CSO of Sigma Lithium (CVE: SIGMA), one of the largest hard rock lithium companies in the western hemisphere. Mrs. Cabral-Gardner has over 25 years of experience as a senior banker at global investment banks in New York, London and São Paulo and over 15 years of experience as a venture capital investor. Prior to founding A10, she was head of Latin American Capital Markets at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mrs. Cabral-Gardner was also Head of Latin American investment banking consumer & healthcare at Barclays in São Paulo. She has also held senior positions in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and New York for over eight years. Along her career, Mrs. Cabral-Gardner has been involved in a number of capital markets and M&A transactions. Mrs. Cabral-Gardner was one of the original members of Mulheres do Brasil (“MB”) with Luiza Trajano. MB is Brazil’s largest female leaders’ organization with over 48,000 active members, focused on women oriented policy-making and advocacy, with branches in ten countries. She has an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a Masters in Finance degree from London Business School, and currently serves on the Global Board of Advisors of Columbia University Global Centers. We believe Mrs. Cabral-Gardner’s education, significant financial and investment experience, particularly in management and senior executive roles at large financial institutions, and financial expertise make her a valuable member of our board of directors.
Denis Barros Pedreira, Independent Director
Mr. Pedreira has over 20 years of experience in growth equity investments and corporate development in Brazil. He has been the Head of Latin America investments at Prosus since 2016. He currently serves on the board of directors of Movile Mobile Commerce Holdings SL and is an observer on the board of directors of iFood Holdings and Creditas Financial Solutions. Previously, Mr. Pedreira was a principal at Apax Partners (2013-2016) and Actis Brazil (2008-2013) where he led financial and business services growth equity investments. He served on the board of XP Investimentos from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Pedreira was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group from 1999 to 2008 in the corporate development and M&A practice. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Pedreira’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his education, his investment experience and his numerous directorships.
Camilo de Oliveira Tedde, Independent Director
Mr. Tedde has over 25 years of experience in managing companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and healthcare sectors. He currently serves at GlaxoSmithKline Brasil Ltda., as the CEO/President of the GSK Consumer Healthcare operation in Brazil. Previously, Mr. Tedde was a general manager for GSK Consumer Healthcare in Colombia. Before joining GSK, Mr Tedde held senior positions at Pfizer, Merck, Newell Brands, Wyeth, Reckitt Benckiser and Pepsico, having worked in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Portugal and Canada. Mr. Tedde received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidade de Sorocaba. We believe Mr. Tedde’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his education and his extensive experience in senior roles in companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and healthcare sectors.
Marcos de Andrade Peixoto Filho, Director
Mr. Peixoto has over 20 years of experience in public equity. He has been head of equity funds at XP Asset Management since 2013 and is also partner and member of the executive board of XP Inc. since 2016. Previously, Mr. Peixoto was an equity portfolio manager at Itaú Asset (2007-2012) and Banco BBM (2001-2007). He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). We believe Mr. Peixoto’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his education and his investment experience.