E.Merge Technology Acquisition Corp.Leadership
S. Steven Singh
S. Steven Singh, our Chairman, previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Concur Technologies, or Concur. Concur became a disruptive force in travel management with TripLink, its open-booking solution. Post-acquisition by SAP, Mr. Singh stayed on as Chief Executive Officer of Concur; he was also named to the SAP Global Managing Board and also served as President of SAP’s Business Networks and Applications. Currently, Mr. Singh is a Managing Director with Madrona Venture Group, which he had worked alongside for years as a strategic director and angel investor. He focuses on next generation B2B and enterprise-related startups, particularly within Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, intelligent applications and next-generation cloud infrastructure. Prior to Madrona, Mr. Singh joined the board of Docker, Inc., a developer of container-based software and Platform as a Service (PaaS) services. Soon thereafter, Mr. Singh was appointed Chief Executive Officer. During Mr. Singh’s tenure, Docker transformed from a mostly free open-source offering into a revenue-generating company with 750 paying enterprise customers. He has served on the boards of several private and public companies, notably Clari, a venture-backed revenue operations platform designed to improve productivity, Talend Inc. (NASDAQ: TLND), an open source software solutions provider, DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU), a cloud-based software suite that automates the agreement process and provides legally binding e-signatures, Cleartrip.com, a private online portal designed to offer travel booking services, WafD Bank (NASDAQ: WAFD), a bank with operations in the western United States, Modumetal, Inc., a nanoscale metal manufacturer, W Fund, an early-stage investor in Washington state technology start-ups and Center ID, a financial services company.
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Clarke, one of our Co-Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a Director, is currently the non-executive Chairman of FTD, LLC, a private floral wire service, retailer and wholesaler controlled by Nexus Capital. He also serves as an independent director at Generate Life Sciences, a private healthcare company controlled by GI Partners and at Columbia Care, Inc. (OTC:CCHWF), a multi-state cannabis dispensary chain. Prior to this, Mr. Clarke was Chief Executive Officer of Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:KODK), a technology company producing camera-related products with a historic basis in photography. During his tenure, Mr. Clarke led one of the most complex turnarounds in corporate history. Mr. Clarke implemented strategic actions to generate annual saving and improve liquidity while turning around multiple divisions within Kodak to become profitable, such as its film business. Prior to joining Kodak, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Travelport Worldwide Ltd, or Travelport, a provider of distribution, technology and payment solutions for the travel and tourism industry, ultimately leading the sale of Travelport (including its Orbitz and Galileo subsidiaries) to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion. As Travelport’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Clarke reorganized the company around three brands: Orbitz, CheapTickets and ebookers, engineered the acquisitions of Worldspan and Sprice.com, and coordinated the subsidiary IPO of Orbitz Worldwide, where he served as Chairman. Previously, Mr. Clarke also worked as Chief Operating Officer of Computer Associates International, Inc., a technology company, and Chief Financial Officer of Compaq, a manufacturer of personal computers and related products and services. He has served on the boards of directors of Docker, Inc., a developer of software code collaboration platforms, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), an application software company, Red Hat, Inc., a private company providing services for various computer operating systems, and Compuware Corporation, a private firm developing software testing tools.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Guy Gecht, Co-Chief Executive Officer, most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of EFI, a global digital printing technology provider. He led the company for nearly 19 years, helping to redefine the ways printing companies pursue new markets and retool their operations in a world moving away from print on paper. During his tenure, EFI increased market penetration, diversified product offerings and introduced new services driving demand for digital printing worldwide. As part of guiding EFI through successful transformation to become a global technology leader in new industries, Mr. Gecht shepherded the company through many acquisitions, including the acquisition of VUTEk, a superwide digital inkjet technology company. Mr. Gecht is credited with transforming EFI into a leader in enabling digital transformation for industries such as packaging, textile and building materials, growing the company from a single product line and OEM business model into a diverse, worldwide company driving the transition from analog to on-demand digital imaging. During his tenure, Mr. Gecht led the expansion into productivity software and industrial inkjet. Mr. Gecht subsequently initiated the sale of EFI to Siris Capital Group in 2019 in a take-private transaction worth approximately $1.7 billion. Prior to EFI, Guy served 5 years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces working on complex, high-tech projects. He worked for Apple Israel, serving as CTO, before immigrating to the US and working for a couple of US startup companies in the early 1990s. Gecht graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Ben Gurion University in Israel.
Mr. Gecht currently serves as Lead Director of Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a global information technology security company, and as a Director of Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI), a manufacturer of computer peripherals and software.
Board Of Directors
Shuo Zhang has served as a non-employee director of Grid Dynamics International, Inc. since 2017. Grid Dynamics is an engineering IT services company with which Chaserg Technology Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: CTAC), a blank-check company, consummated its initial business combination in March 2020. She is also managing partner and Chief Executive Officer of Renascia Partners, a boutique advisory firm. Ms. Zhang currently serves on the boards of directors of several other public and private companies, including S.O.I.TEC Silicon on Insulator Technologies SA, Telink Semiconductor and PDF Solutions. She is also actively involved with private venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley and currently serves as China Advisory Partner for Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV). Earlier, Ms. Zhang served in various senior management capacities at Cypress Semiconductor, including roles in corporate development, general management and worldwide mobile sales. Ms. Zhang served in different product, marketing and sales management roles in Silicon Light Machines, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor which produces optical components, Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A), a chemical and life sciences diagnostic company, Altera Corporation, a manufacturer of programmable logic devices which was acquired by Intel Corporation, and LSI Corporation, a designer of software and semiconductors for storage and networking which was acquired by Avago Technologies.
David ibnAle is a founding and managing partner of Advance Venture Partners, or AVP, a venture capital investment firm focused on the commerce, enterprise technology and media sectors. Prior to co-founding AVP, Mr. ibnAle was a managing director of TPG Growth, the growth equity and middle market investment platform of TPG, where he led the firm’s global technology investing effort. Prior to joining TPG Growth, he was a partner at Francisco Partners and began his investing career at Summit Partners. Mr. ibnAle currently serves on the boards of Morning Consult, a global technology and media company, Affinity, Inc., a relationship management platform, PebblePost, Inc., a marketing technology platform, Above Average, a multi-channel producer of digital comedic content, HyTrust, Inc., a provider of security, compliance and control software for virtualization of information technology infrastructure, Nativo, Inc., an advertising and technology company, Unified Enterprises, Corp., a provider of social advertising services, UrbanSitter, an online service and app for the provision of childcare services, and Ultra Clean Technology Holdings (NASDAQ: UCTT), a semiconductor manufacturer.
Curtis Feeny is a Senior Advisor at Peterson Partners, a private equity firm focused on the business services, consumer products, software and internet, healthcare, retail, and financial services sectors. He also serves as Venture Advisor at Voyager Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on the software, cloud and Big Data Applications sectors, where he previously served as a Managing Director. Prior to his work at Voyager Capital and Peterson Partners, Mr. Feeny served as a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Data Capital, a venture capital firm focused on enterprise data management and synthetic intelligence software, and at Trammell Crow Company, a venture capital firm focused on the commerce, enterprise technology and media sectors. Mr. Feeny has been a member of a number of boards, including Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), an office retail company, CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a commercial real estate services company, Wise.io, a machine learning services company acquired by GE, AutoGrid Systems, Inc, a predictive energy control company, ClearCare Online, a provider of services to the home healthcare industry, Sensys Networks, Inc., an urban traffic management company, Ayla Networks Inc., an Internet-of-Things solutions provider, and Stanford Federal Credit Union, a credit union.