Team

Our board of directors is divided into three classes with only one class of directors being elected in each year and each class serving a three-year term. The term of office of the first class of directors, consisting of Alex Greystoke and Hans H. Brandl, will expire at our first annual meeting of stockholders.

The term of office of the second class of directors, consisting of Eduardo Montes and Alexander H. Hamilton, will expire at the second annual meeting. The term of office of the third class of directors, consisting of Martin Gruschka, Ignacio Casanova and Angel Pendas, will expire at the third annual meeting.

Martin Gruschka – Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Gruschka has 30 years of experience across investment banking, strategic consulting and private equity investing, with specialized knowledge of the media, telecoms, technology, engineering, aerospace and tourism sectors. Mr. Gruschka co-founded Springwater in 2002 and has been a board member of several Springwater portfolio companies including Aernnova, Daorje, MW Zander, Nervión and Wamos. Prior to founding Springwater, he worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Capital from 2001 to 2002 and Veronis Suhler Stevenson from 1999 to 2001 as an investment manager focused on the media and communications industry. Previously, Mr. Gruschka was an associate director of the Investment Banking Media Group at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in London from 1997 to 1999 and head of the European Media Group at Arthur D Little in Zurich from 1994 to 1999. He began his career at the management consulting arm of Deutsche Bank in Berlin before working as a strategic consultant at St Gallen Consulting Group. Mr. Gruschka studied Economics, Business and Philosophy at the Universities of Muenster, Freiburg and Stanford where he benefitted from a full scholarship of the Rotary Foundation International.

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Ignacio Casanova – Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Casanova has 14 years of experience in private equity investing and strategic consulting. He joined Springwater in 2014 as investment director and is a board member of several of its portfolio companies including Nuba, Wamos, Pullmantur, Gens Aurea/Orocash and SGEL. Prior to joining Springwater, Mr. Casanova was a Director in the Transaction Services Strategy Group at PwC from 2007 to 2014. He was responsible for strategic consultancy and due diligence across all sectors for top tier corporate clients and private equity firms and was involved in more than 20 transactions. Prior to this, Mr. Casanova worked in a similar role at ALG from 2004 to 2005. He began his career as an engineer in the airport division at TYPSA, where he was also an advisor to transportation and logistics companies. Mr. Casanova has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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Dr. Hans H. Brandl – Director

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Mr. Brandl has significant operational experience in Germany and abroad in several industries (telecommunications, logistics, EH&S). Since 2017 he renders his professional services as a consultant to Barkawi Management Consultants. From 1989 to 2017 he was an International Strategy Management Consultant with Arthur D. Little and other consulting companies, also holding executive operational positions throughout his professional career. Dr. Brandl holds a Master degree in Physics (Technical University, Munich) and a PhD in Chemistry (University of Berlin).

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Angel Pendas – Secretary and Director

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Mr. Pendas is a lawyer with 20 years of experience in M&A and private equity. Mr. Pendas joined Springwater in 2015 as general counsel, sitting on the boards of several Springwater portfolio companies. He is responsible for all the legal activities of the firm, including investment analysis, negotiations and transaction structuring. Prior to this, Mr. Pendas worked as the general counsel at Grupo Ahorro Corporación from 2011 to 2015, where he was responsible for supporting M&A, corporate finance and private equity transactions and investments. Prior to this, he was a senior associate at Gomez-Acebo & Pombo from 2006 to 2011 and partner at Mullerat from 2001 to 2006 working in the corporate-commercial department in charge of private equity and M&A transactions. He began his career with a similar focus as an associate at Echarri & Brindle. Mr. Pendas holds a degree in Law from San Pablo-CEU University in Madrid, as well as a MA in Business Law from the IE Business School.

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Eduardo Montes – Director

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Mr. Montes has served as the Executive President of SGEL since 2018 and Wamos Group since 2018, and from 2010 to 2017 he chaired the Spanish Association of the Electrical Industry (UNESA), and from 2008 to 2010 he was the President of Grupo Ferroatlántica. During his career, Mr. Montes has held positions in multinationals such as Alcatel (General Director) from 1988 to 1993, GEC Alstom (President and CEO) from 1993 to 1995 and Siemens (President of Siemens Spain, President of Siemens Europe, Vice-president and member of the Executive Board of Siemens AG) from 1996 to 2008. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Catenon, Airificial and Mecalux and recently has been a member of the Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and has a top executive program by IESE.

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Alexander H. Hamilton – Director

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Has served as a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Hamilton has served as CEO and member of the board of SEFI SA, an investment advisory firm based in Geneva, since 1990. Before, he held positions in investments banks such as Guyerzeller Bank, Banque Paribas and Merrill Lynch. Since November 2019, he has served as Vice-Chairman of Gens Aurea SpA. Mr. Hamilton has a MBA in International Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in modern literature and linguistics from the University of Lille.

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Alex Greystoke – Director

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Mr Greystoke is founder and advisor of a special situations Sports SPAC that has filed to go public shortly. Since 2018, Mr. Greystoke is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TravelChamp, a stealth company in the artificial intelligence and big data industries and is inventor of a number of valuable AI patents. He also is the President of Astroline, a group of for-profit private schools, and has held this position since 2008. Mr. Greystoke is also the founder of multiple AI technology companies including VacationChamp and ShoppingChamp, founded in 2015 and 2017. He is the inventor of three granted artificial intelligence patents, with eight pending patent applications. Mr. Greystoke is also an investor with investments in real estate, food and beverage, technology and other sectors. Previously, he founded HSC, a boutique corporate finance business raising money for and helping emerging companies commercialize in a range of sectors including technology, energy, healthcare and consumer products utilizing his wide network of partners throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Mr. Greystoke has served as director to numerous companies in the education, technology, AI and renewable energy spaces, and has served as a Chairman to a U.K. listed Chinese manufacturing Company. Mr. Greystoke is a former lawyer who worked at Slaughter and May and at Morgan Lewis. He has two masters in Law, one from Trinity College, Cambridge and the second, an LLM, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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