Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I

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March 1, 2021 | Business Wire

Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I Announces Pricing of Upsized $420,000,000 Initial Public Offering

SEC Filings

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Management

Dr. Haring-Smith is a co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners, an investment firm focused on industrial technologies and life sciences. At Anzu, he led the acquisition of Axsun Technologies Inc., the Koninklijke Philips N.V. spin-out, returning approximately eight times investors’ invested capital, and MultiMechanics, which was acquired by Siemens in 2019. In addition, he has led the IPO-crossover investment into Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-enabled live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, led the mezzanine financing for Pivotal Systems Corporation, a gas flow monitoring provider and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry, and serves on boards of multiple private technology companies. He was formerly a Principal with BCG in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where he led transformations for multi-billion-dollar business units of large publicly-traded companies. Dr. Haring-Smith received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Yale University in Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Mr. Wulfsohn is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ashland, where he led Ashland’s transition to a focused specialty chemicals company and oversaw multiple spinouts and divestitures. This included the successful $5.3 billion separation of Valvoline, where Mr. Wulfsohn served as the founding chairman for the first year. Prior to Ashland, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation from 2010-2014. Mr. Wulfsohn currently serves as a board director for Avient, formerly known as PolyOne. He was also previously a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and senior executive with PPG, Honeywell, and Rohm and Haas. Mr. Wulfsohn received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering and his master of business administration from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Joy is the former Vice President of Corporate Development at Ashland, where his significant transaction experience included: the IPO / spin-out of Valvoline ($5.3 billion transaction value); the acquisition of International Specialty Products ($3.2 billion transaction value) and Hercules ($3.4 billion transaction value); the sale of Ashland Water Technologies ($1.8 billion transaction value), composites business and butanediol facility in Marl, Germany ($1 billion transaction value) and distribution business ($1 billion transaction value). Prior to Ashland, he was a director at PepsiCo, where he led financial planning and analysis for a $9 billion division. Mr. Joy received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Mathematical Economics and his master of management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mr. Ganz is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Ashland, where he was a member of the executive committee and was responsible for managing Ashland’s legal and corporate governance matters, as well as overseeing Ashland’s ethics and compliance, government relations, risk and insurance and real estate functions. Prior to Ashland, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Foster Wheeler, a $5 billion publicly traded company, and General Counsel and Secretary at G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), a $3.5 billion group of related companies. Mr. Ganz received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Board Members

Susan Kantor has 40 years of experience leading international finance, tax, treasury, risk, compliance, and technology enablement for global services organizations. Most recently she was a National Advisory Partner at PwC where she was responsible for new business development for PwC advisory services. Prior to PwC, she was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Treasurer and served on the board at PRTM Management Consultants, a global operations strategy management consulting firm. In addition to her global finance and operations leadership experience, Ms. Kantor has served as a corporate officer and director on corporate boards and board committees for over 14 years. Earlier in her career Ms. Kantor worked at EY and PwC where she managed financial audits and advised CFOs and Audit Committees on accounting principles and risk mitigation.

Trace Harris is a finance, strategy and business development executive. She has spent 20 years managing transactions and leading teams in global media companies and in education.

Ms. Harris’ professional experience includes 13 years with Vivendi, ultimately as its senior executive in the US for strategy, finance, corporate development, and business innovation. She was previously Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Universal Studios Television Group, where she was responsible for developing and implementing international television strategies as well as for launching its first international television network. Prior to Universal Studios, Ms. Harris was Director of Finance and Channel Operations for Warner Bros. International Channels. She started her career at JP Morgan in New York. Currently, Ms. Harris is consulting to media and education companies.

Ms. Harris was granted her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Economics and her MBA from Yale School of Management with a concentration in Finance.

Priya is a recognized expert and frequent speaker and guest lecturer on D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya has an impressive list of publications, speaking engagements, and awards for her influence and expertise in the industry and is the author and editor of the D&O Notebook blog. She was interviewed recently on CNBC regarding the Sciabacucchi v. Salzberg appeal.

In addition to serving as a board member at Woodruff Sawyer, Priya is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, The Monthly Dividend Company®, where she serves on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and is chair of the Compensation Committee. She also serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance.

Priya earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Haring-Smith is a co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners, an investment firm focused on industrial technologies and life sciences. At Anzu, he led the acquisition of Axsun Technologies Inc., the Koninklijke Philips N.V. spin-out, returning approximately eight times investors’ invested capital, and MultiMechanics, which was acquired by Siemens in 2019. In addition, he has led the IPO-crossover investment into Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-enabled live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, led the mezzanine financing for Pivotal Systems Corporation, a gas flow monitoring provider and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry, and serves on boards of multiple private technology companies. He was formerly a Principal with BCG in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where he led transformations for multi-billion-dollar business units of large publicly-traded companies. Dr. Haring-Smith received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Yale University in Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Mr. Wulfsohn is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ashland, where he led Ashland’s transition to a focused specialty chemicals company and oversaw multiple spinouts and divestitures. This included the successful $5.3 billion separation of Valvoline, where Mr. Wulfsohn served as the founding chairman for the first year. Prior to Ashland, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation from 2010-2014. Mr. Wulfsohn currently serves as a board director for Avient, formerly known as PolyOne. He was also previously a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and senior executive with PPG, Honeywell, and Rohm and Haas. Mr. Wulfsohn received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering and his master of business administration from Harvard Business School.

Advisors

Mr. Bhattacharya is a Senior Partner at BCG and former head of the firm’s India and coleader of Global Advantage practices. He received his PhD and master of science in manufacturing engineering from the University of Warwick, his master of business administration from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur).

Vice Adm. (ret.) Buss held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 37 years, most recently as the Commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy’s “Air Boss,” managing billions of dollars of naval air assets. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of OpenDrives, Inc., a Los Angeles-based data storage technology company after previously serving as President of Cubic Global Defense, Inc., a unit of Cubic Corporation, where he led all aspects of Cubic’s global military training business. Admiral Buss received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Mr. Chai is a former BCG Senior Partner and Managing Director of BCG’s Korea business, where he advised many of the largest Korean conglomerates on strategy and organizational performance. He is an independent outside board member for AIA Korea and LG International. He has advanced degrees in engineering from the University of Southern California, and he received his master of business administration from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Danaher is a senior partner with Wilson Sonsini, a leading global law firm. His practice focuses on assisting a wide range of emerging technology companies, their senior executives and boards. Mr. Danaher received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School where he received the Order of Coif.
Dr. Dean is a former Senior Partner at BCG and former head of the firm’s Global Technology & Telecoms practice. Based in Munich, he is now a Senior Advisor to the firm, and also acts as an independent advisor to technology firms in Europe and elsewhere. He is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SUSS MicroTec SE, a leading supplier semiconductor manufacturing equipment and in addition serves as an Independent Director with several Axiata Group Berhad companies in Southeast Asia. He has a PhD in physics from Oxford University.
Mr. Eibl is a Venture Partner at Anzu Partners. Mr. Eibl has over a decade of experience supporting materials, software & analytics, and semiconductor-related businesses, including with Maxwell Technologies (acquired by Tesla in 2019), Stratagene Corporation (acquired by Agilent in 2007), and Mycogen Corporation (acquired by Dow Chemical Company in 1998). Mr. Eibl is a former Chairman of The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and a former Vice Chairman of the board of CONNECT. He has been a member of the San Diego Coastal Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 1994. Carl holds a juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Cornell University.
Mr. Galyen has served successfully in numerous leadership roles, including as Chief Technology Officer of Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), one of the world’s largest battery producers. Mr. Galyen previously served as a senior executive at Magna International, and staff levels of Delphi and GM. Mr. Galyen received bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and chemistry and his master’s degree in chemistry from Ball State University. He is on the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for Ball State University.

Mr. Maas is an experienced business executive and investor, and is the Chairman and CEO of the RDI Group, a diversified manufacturer. He serves on the board of Nuburu Inc., TCA and various other companies. Currently he is Board Chair of Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, and a board member and long-time supporter of Junior Achievement of Chicago, a non-profit organization. Mr. Maas holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Mitachi is the former Chairman of BCG Japan and currently serves on the boards of several major Japanese and international corporations, including DMG Mori, Rakuten, Unicharm Tokio Marine Holdings, and Lotte Holdings. He has a master of business administration from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University.

Mr. Nicol is a former Chairman of BCG North America, where he also served as global leader of the global leader of the Organization practice and global leader of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice. Mr. Nicol received his master of business administration from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dr. Shire has served successfully in numerous leadership roles at AstraZeneca, most recently as Global Clinical Program for immuno-oncology. She previously worked as an executive MedImmune and Merck. Dr. Shire received her bachelor’s degree from Williams College, her master of public health from Johns Hopkins, and her PhD in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Ms. Olson is an energy executive with experience in strategy development, technical innovation, cost management, safety and operational performance.  She served as operational executive for Chevron in Appalachia (shale), Thailand, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Venezuela, Nigeria, and California, managing units of up to 2000 personnel.  Ms. Olson managed multi-billion-dollar capital investment projects in new fields, including largest steam flood operation in the world.  She served as the operational leader during Chevron’s sale of its Appalachian shale assets for ~$735 million in 2020.  She is a Member of International Women’s Forum and  McKinsey Executive Women in Energy.  She began career as drilling engineer at BP.  Ms. Olson received her Bachelor’s in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University, MBA from Tulane University, and honorary doctorate from Waynesburg University.

Dr. Williams is the Executive Director for the Engineering & Technology Innovation Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a former Vice President of Global Engineering for Pall Corporation, Senior Director of Global Technology Advantage for Alcoa, and Director of Manufacturing for Boeing. He currently serves on the board of Innovation Works Pittsburgh. Dr. Williams received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, his master of business administration from Lindenwood College, and his PhD in Technology Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis.