WinVest Acquisition Corp.
- Financial Services, Media
Mr. Jhunjhunwala, our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, director and one of our founders since March 2021, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Trefis since co-founding the company in 2009. In this role, Mr. Jhunjhunwala is responsible for all strategic initiatives and operations of Trefis and was the visionary behind its creation and implementation. He oversees the teams responsible for the development of www.Trefis.com, and the proprietary underlying technologies and systems. He has led multiple successful capital raise efforts and has established key partnerships and distribution initiatives across various business and financial services industries, including partnerships with financial media, major investment banks, research houses, online brokerages, strategy consulting firms, and other Fortune 500 companies. Prior to co-founding Trefis, Mr. Jhunjhunwala worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing his doctoral thesis focused on the physics, engineering and design of complex microscale systems. He received his undergraduate degree from Indian the Institute of Technology. We believe Mr. Jhunjhunwala’s leadership and entrepreneurial experience together with his technological expertise makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mark H. Madden
Mr. Madden has served as our Chief Strategy Officer since May 2021, and he will be one of our directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He is a corporate finance professional with decades of experience managing multi-billion dollar investment portfolios with holdings in over 35 countries globally, and he has led teams in structuring, launching and building investment management businesses. Since 2012, he has served as the Managing Partner of Covenant Advisors LLC, an investment firm. Since June 2018, he has served as the Treasurer, Corporate Secretary and member of the board of directors of Clozex Medical, Inc., a developer of wound closure products. He has also served as the Managing Member of BWS Partners LLC since June 2016. Previously, Mr. Madden has managed investment groups at Pioneer Investments, OppenheimerFunds, and TCW Group with oversight responsibility for analysts, portfolio managers, product development, investment strategy, institutional marketing, risk control and regulatory compliance. In recent years, Mr. Madden has been an active investor, advisor, investment banker, Chief Financial Officer and board member to emerging growth companies entering a rapid growth phase. Prior to his work in investment banking, he began his career in chemical engineering. Mr. Madden received a BS from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. We believe Mr. Madden’s extensive knowledge of the capital markets and global investment experience and expertise makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Alok R. Prasad
Mr. Prasad has served as our Head of Growth since August 2021 and will be one of our directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He has served as chief executive officer and director of CashRepublic Holding, Inc., a community-focused fintech company that seeks to provide consumers with an alternative to banks since January 2021. From January 2019 to March 2020, Mr. Prasad served as president of OakNorth US Inc., a fintech firm providing credit intelligence tools to banks, and deputy chief executive officer and chief operations officer of OakNorth Bank plc. Prior to that, from February 2017 to December 2018, he served as Head of Digital Advanced Client Solutions for The Bank of America Corporation, where he also served on the board of the Bank Administration Institute. From 2004 to 2016, he held various senior positions at Merrill Lynch, including Head of Strategy for Global Investment Banking, Head of Business Planning, Marketing, and Merrill Direct for Wealth Management and Head of Merrill Edge, the company’s electronic trading platform, which he helped launch in 2010 and subsequently grew to over $200 billion in investable assets. He received a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi and an MBA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. We believe Mr. Prasad’s extensive knowledge of the fintech industry, together with his executive leadership experience, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Lawrence S. Kramer
Mr. Kramer will be one of our independent directors and will serve as Chairman of the board as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He is a seasoned media executive, entrepreneur and journalist, has served as director of Advance Local, one of the largest media groups in the United States, since 2020. Prior to his service as a director of Advance Local, Mr. Kramer served as director of several public companies, including Discovery Communications, MDC Partners (March 2016 to June 2019), Gannett Corp. (July 2015 to August 2019) and TheStreet, Inc. (October 2015 to August 2019), where he served as Chairman of the Board and, in 2016, as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he served as President and Publisher of USA Today from April 2012 to July 2015. Before joining USA Today, Mr. Kramer served as Adjunct Professor of Media Management at Syracuse University from January 2010 to May 2012. Prior to this, he served as Senior Advisor for Polaris Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, from July 2007 to January 2010, where he advised the firm on digital media investments. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Kramer worked for CBS Corp., first as inaugural president of CBS Digital Media and then as a consultant. From 1994 to 2005, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marketwatch.com, which he co-founded and took public. Mr. Kramer served as Vice President of Marketing and News for Data Broadcast Corp from 1992 to 1994, following its acquisition of DataSport, Inc., which Mr. Kramer founded in 1991. From 1974 to 1990 he was a reporter and senior editor at The San Francisco Examiner and The Washington Post. He is a Trustee of Syracuse University. He received a BS from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard University. We believe Mr. Kramer’s extensive executive leadership experience and media industry expertise, together with his public company board experience, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Edward J. McGowan
Mr. McGowan will be one of our independent directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since March 2019, he has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), where he oversees all finance functions for Akamai worldwide and his responsibilities include directing the company’s accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, and business finance activities and operations. He began his career with Akamai in 2000 and has served in numerous roles across the organization since that time, including as Senior Vice President, Finance, Senior Vice President, Global Sales Media & Carrier Division, and Vice President, Global Carrier Strategy & Sales. Since joining Akamai, he has been instrumental in the development of many strategic alliances with major global carriers including AT&T, Telefonica, PLDT, Bell Canada, Telstra, Orange, and Singtel, and was instrumental in helping to establish Akamai’s Carrier Products business in 2012, in addition to leading numerous mergers and acquisitions from 2005 to 2012. He received a BS from Providence College and a Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley College. We believe Mr. McGowan’s corporate finance and operational expertise together with his executive leadership experience in the technology and internet sector, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mr. Mendoza will be one of our independent directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He currently serves as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Siris Capital Group, a private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business, which he joined in 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Mendoza was a Partner at Union Square Advisors, where he served as its Chief Operating Officer and a senior banker across the firm’s verticals. Mr. Mendoza previously held various senior positions at IBM, including Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Development. In such capacity, he was responsible for identifying, executing and integrating all acquisitions, investments and divestitures for the company on a worldwide basis. Mr. Mendoza received an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Mendoza’s investment experience and expertise, particularly in the technology and telecom sectors, together with his extensive knowledge of the capital markets, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Dr. Alex Pentland
Dr. Pentland will be one of our independent directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He has served as a professor at MIT since 1987, with appointments in MIT Sloan School of Business, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Since 1995, Dr. Pentland has served as the Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts and Sciences. He founded and currently directs the MIT Connection Science initiative, a program that pioneered computational social science, using big data and artificial intelligence to gain insight into human society, and the Trust: Data Alliance, an alliance of companies and nations building open-source software that fosters the development of a secure network of trusted data. He currently co-chairs the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Council on Extended Intelligence and serves on the board of the UN’s Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, Dr. Pentland served as Industrial Lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford University from 1983 to 1987 and as Senior Computer Science at SRI International, AI Center from 1982 to 1987. Dr. Pentland is one of the most-cited authors in computer science. He has authored numerous publications and has filed over one dozen patents in artificial intelligence, sensing and digital networking. In addition to his academic work, he is also an entrepreneur, and has founded companies including ginger.io, Reffanalytics.ai and Endor.com. He received a BS from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from MIT. We believe Dr. Pentland’s significant expertise in computer science and his extensive leadership experience, including as founder of numerous data-driven companies makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mr. Schmidt will be one of our independent directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He has served as Provost of MIT since February 2014. Since 1988, Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the MIT faculty, and he was appointed as the Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices; microelectromechanical systems; design of micromechanical sensors and actuators; and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents. Mr. Schmidt is active in consulting with industry in the commercialization of technology. His research group has transferred a number of new technologies to industry, and he has co-founded or has been the co-inventor of the core technology of six start-up companies. Mr. Schmidt received a BS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We believe Mr. Schmidt’s exceptional expertise in technological innovation and development, together with his experience advising and consulting start-up companies, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Barrie R. Zesiger
Ms. Zesiger will be one of our independent directors as of the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. She is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Zesiger Capital Group LLC, an investment advisory firm, which she co-founded in 1995. Since 2000, Ms. Zesiger has held various roles as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation, which serves as the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including serving as a member of its Executive Committee from 2002 to 2019, and is currently a Corporation Life Member Emerita. Ms. Zesiger has served as a member of the board of directors of several private companies, including Compugen Ltd., Consensus Orthopedics, Inc., and Openservice, Inc. Since 1993, she has served on the board of directors of Asphalt Green, Inc., a nonprofit organization. She received a BA and J.D. from Stanford University. We believe Ms. Zesiger extensive knowledge of the capital markets and investment strategy, together with her significant experience board experience, makes her well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.