Ahmed M. Fattouh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Fattouh has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since our inception and as our Chairman since December 2019. Mr. Fattouh has over 20 years of private equity and M&A. Since 2017, he has been a Founder Member and the Chief Executive Officer of InterPrivate LLC, a private investment firm that invests on behalf of a consortium of family offices in partnership with independent sponsors from leading private equity firms with strong relationships with former portfolio companies. In 2001, Mr. Fattouh became a Founding Member and the Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Value Investments, an asset management firm. He also served as the Managing Member of Landmark Value Strategies, Landmark Activist Strategies, Landmark Credit Strategies, the Landmark Real Assets Fund, the Landmark Protection Fund, Globalist Value Strategies and the Globalist MENA Fund. Mr. Fattouh is a former member of the private equity group at Investcorp International and the M&A Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. He has executed transactions involving industry leaders, including RJR Nabisco, Mobil Corporation, Ampolex, IBM, Elf Atochem, Tivoli Systems, Eagle Industries, Amerace, Washington Energy, Puget Power, Synergy Gas, KKR, Saks Fifth Avenue, Werner Ladder, Falcon Building Products, LVMH, Bliss, Eastern Software, and Fidelity National. Mr. Fattouh previously served as a director of Columbia Medical Products, the Del Grande Dealer Group, Massmedium, and Collective Sense. Mr. Fattouh received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Fattouh is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his significant experience and in-depth knowledge of private equity investing, capital markets and investment banking.
Alan Pinto, Senior Vice President
Mr. Pinto has served as our Senior Vice President since our inception. He is a 25-year veteran of the finance industry. After establishing himself in institutional Sales and Trading, Mr. Pinto became a founding Managing Director of Dahlman Rose & Co in 2003, a boutique investment bank focused on the shipping industry and all related energy and commodity markets. Having established a long roster of sophisticated institutional clients who had a growing appetite for structured, private deals, Mr. Pinto left Dahlman Rose in 2013 to independently advise corporate clients on capital raising and M&A. In 2014, Mr. Pinto coordinated a $500 million hybrid mezzanine and equity investment from several hedge funds to back a European tanker operator to acquire a $1.0 billion fleet of crude carriers from AP Moeller-Maersk. Since that transaction, Mr. Pinto has advised on deals across a wide spectrum of industries, including auto retail, real estate, transportation infrastructure, oil and gas and technology. Mr. Pinto received a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Brian Q. Pham, Senior Vice President
Mr. Pham has served as a Senior Vice President since our inception. Mr. Pham has been an investor, advisor and builder of technology led companies throughout his career. Mr. Pham has been an independent investor and advisor to technology companies since 2017. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Pham was a Principal at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. Mr. Pham was on the founding team and was the first investor to join the founders and helped build the organization from the ground to approximately $700.0 million in assets under management. Select investments led or co-led by Mr. Pham include: Pillpack, Slack, Curology and Opendoor. With the Sherpa Capital founders, Mr. Pham aided in the formation of Silicon Foundry, a strategic consultancy and incubation platform which incubated Brandless. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Pham was a member of the Morgan Stanley technology investment banking team based in Menlo Park. There he focused on the equity markets for high growth technology companies and helped clients raise $22.0 billion through initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, and convertible debt offerings. A few representative transactions that his team led include: IPOs for Facebook, Workday, and ServiceNow. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Pham helped build efforts to form companies based off of IP from the Kamei Laboratory at the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. Mr. Pham received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California Los Angeles.
Brandon C. Bentley, General Counsel & Director
Mr. Bentley has served as our General Counsel and a member of our board of directors since our inception. He is also a founder and has been Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of InterPrivate since 2017. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Bentley was the General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Landmark Value Investments. Mr. Bentley also served as General Counsel of the firm’s registered broker-dealer affiliate from 2011 to 2013. Prior to InterPrivate, Mr. Bentley served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Castellan Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity firm based in New York, from 2014 to 2016 and worked for e.ventures Europe in a senior finance and operations capacity. Mr. Bentley previously worked as an attorney at White & Case LLP in New York from 1999 to 2005, where he focused on securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bentley received a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Minesh K. Patel, Vice President
Mr. Patel has served as a Vice President since our inception. Mr. Patel has been a Principal at InterPrivate since 2019 where he focuses on market research, investment analysis, and deal execution. Mr. Patel previously was a Principal at Fiduciary Network LLC, a private equity firm that provided permanent capital solutions to wealth management firms, from 2011 to 2018. Fiduciary Network’s portfolio companies managed in excess of $35 billion in assets under management and included some of the most respected firms in the industry. Mr. Patel’s responsibilities included leading or advising on all aspects of the firm’s M&A transactions, including deal sourcing, valuation and structuring. Prior to Fiduciary Network, Mr. Patel worked at JPMorgan Chase in a prime brokerage unit that was acquired from Bear Stearns from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Patel received a B.S. and MS from the University of Texas at Dallas and has been a CFA charterholder since 2012.
Jeffrey A. Harris, Independent Director
Mr. Harris has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. Mr. Harris is the founder and managing member of Global Reserve Group LLC, a financial advisory and investment firm founded in 2011 focused primarily on the energy industry. From 1983 to 2011, he worked at Warburg Pincus LLC and was a Managing Director and member of the Executive Management Group. During his tenure he invested in numerous companies across sectors including energy, technology, telecommunications, industrial, and consumer/retail, and has served as a director of over forty public and private companies. Currently, he is a director of Knoll, Inc. and several private companies. In addition, Mr. Harris is a member of the Board of Trustees of each of the Cranbrook Educational Community, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Friends of the High Line. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School for thirteen years, and is a past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Harris received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Pietro Cinquegrana, Independent Director
Mr. Cinquegrana has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. Since March 2018, Mr. Cinquegrana has served as Managing Director at CDIB Capital International, the private investment arm for CDF Holdings, a Taiwan-listed investment holding company. From February 2017 to March 2018, Mr. Cinquegrana was a private investor. From February 2016 to February 2017, Mr. Cinquegrana served as a Managing Director at Hudson Hill Capital, a family-backed long-term oriented private investment firm. From 2014 to January 2016, he served as a Managing Director for Aleph Capital Partners, a hybrid private equity/special situations partnership. From 2013 to 2014, he was a senior member of the investment team at Vitol S.A. focused on making energy-related investments internationally. Prior to this, he served as a Managing Director for Fosun International, a Chinese diversified investment holding company (2011 to 2012) and Apollo Global Management/Holdfast Capital, a private equity platform acquired by Apollo to make investments in workouts, restructurings and recapitalizations in developed markets in Asia-Pacific (2009 to 2011). Mr. Cinquegrana began his career at Goldman Sachs and the Boston Consulting Group and subsequently worked for 11 years at Morgan Stanley (1994-2005), including as a member of the investment team of the Morgan Stanley Bridge Fund and a senior investment professional at Princes Gate Investors. Mt Cinquegrana also worked at Ospraie Special Opportunities (2007-2009). Mr. Cinquegrana received a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.