Carney Technology Acquisition Corp. IIManagement
CTAC II Executive Team
Cheif Acquisition Officer
Lloyd Carney has spent over 30 years in the technology industry. In 2018, Mr. Carney founded and served as Chief Executive Officer and director of ChaSerg Technology Acquisition Corp. (formerly NASDAQ: CTAC), a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination. CTAC completed its initial public offering in October 2018, generating gross proceeds of $220 million. In March 2020, CTAC consummated its initial business combination with Grid Dynamics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GDYN) or “Grid Dynamics.” Grid Dynamics is a leader in driving enterprise-level digital transformation in the Fortune 1000, developing next generation solutions in artificial intelligence, data science, cloud computing, Big Data and DevOps to accelerate enterprise digitization for its clients across the financial, technology and retail sectors. Investors in ChaSerg Technology Acquisition Corp.’s initial public offering who held the stock and warrants through March 5, 2020, the closing date of the initial business combination, saw a total return of approximately 34% compared to approximately 4% return in S&P500 and approximately 11% return in NASDAQ Composite during the same period. Following the merger of CTAC with Grid Dynamics, Mr. Carney became Chairman of the Board of the combined company. As Chairman, Mr. Carney has helped Grid Dynamics by advising on corporate strategy and governance, providing business development opportunities, and enhancing investor relations efforts with Wall Street. Mr. Carney started his career at Wellfleet and Nortel Networks where he rose to become division president. Mr. Carney then joined Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Thereafter Mr. Carney was named Chief Executive Officer of Micromuse Inc. (NASDAQ: MUSE), an enterprise and telecom network management company. Mr. Carney led the sale of Micromuse to IBM for $865 million. Following the transaction, Mr. Carney stayed at IBM to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Carney then became the Chief Executive Officer of Xsigo Systems, a data center networking company, until its sale to Oracle. Subsequently, Mr. Carney was named Chief Executive Officer of Brocade, which was sold to Broadcom for $5.9 billion. Mr. Carney is a member of the board of directors at Visa, Inc. (NYSE: V), a leading digital payments company, and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee; the Chairman of the board of directors at Nuance Communications, an AI-enabled communication company (NASDAQ: NUAN); a member of the board of directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biotechnology company (NASDAQ: VRTX); and the Chairman of the board of directors at Grid Dynamics, as described above.
Chairman of Board of Directors, CEO and CFO
David Roberson has more than 30 years of senior executive experience in the technology industry. Mr. Roberson served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at Hewlett-Packard Company, responsible for a $4 billion business line and 6,000 employees. Under his leadership of the business line, Mr. Roberson presided over the acquisition of LeftHand Networks, IBRIX and 3PAR. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Roberson served as Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (“HDS”). Over Mr. Roberson’s 26 year tenure at HDS, he helped transform the company from a mainframe focused provider into a leader in the storage market. After his tenure with HP, Mr. Roberson has been a business advisor and mentor to technology companies. Mr. Roberson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley based accounting and financial advisory firm that provides professional service solutions to public and private companies, including a number of pre-IPO technology companies. Mr. Roberson also brings a wealth of experience from serving on the boards of technology companies, including Spansion Corporation (formerly NYSE: CODE), Integrated Device Technology Corporation (formerly NASDAQ: IDTI), International Game Technology Corporation (NYSE: IGT), Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO) and Brocade. While serving as a director and Chairman of the Corporate Development Committee at Brocade, in partnership with Mr. Carney, Mr. Roberson oversaw the company’s sale to Broadcom. Mr. Roberson previously served on the board of Raging Wire, a leading provider of wholesale data centers for top enterprises and cloud companies and a platform subsidiary of the NTT Communications group and currently serves as the Chairman of Push Technology, a private technology company focused on data delivery for web, mobile and Internet of Things (“IoT”) applications.
Gale England has more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry. Mr. England served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations at Brocade where he oversaw engineering, manufacturing and supply chain, procurement, intellectual property and information technology. During his time at Brocade, Mr. England, in partnership with Mr. Carney and Mr. Roberson, oversaw the acquisition or asset purchase and integration of six companies including Vyatta Inc., Vistapointe Networks, Riverbed, Connectem Inc., Steel App and Ruckus Wireless, and the divestitures of six business units in connection with the Broadcom acquisition of Brocade. Mr. England was most recently a General Partner at Thomson Kelvin Capital, a venture capital firm focused on disruptive technology businesses in the United States and Asia. Mr. England also served as Chief Manufacturing/Supply Chain Officer at Carbon, a digital manufacturing company, where he was responsible for overseeing all of its operations, ensuring the company meets productivity, efficiency and growth targets. Prior to his tenure at Brocade, Mr. England was Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Quality at Grass Valley, LLC, where he led the rollout of services and technology designed to improve the company’s manufacturing, ordering, logistics, supply chain and quality processes. Earlier in his career, Mr. England served in senior executive and operating positions at Sonus Networks, Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Wellfleet Communications alongside Mr. Carney and members of the board of directors. Mr. England also currently serves as a director at Torii Technologies, a governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) solutions provider.
CTAC II Independent Board of Directors
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert Ferrell, one of our directors, served 38 years in the U. S. Army. His final assignment was as Chief Information Officer overseeing an annual budget of $10.5 billion and responsible for setting strategic direction and objectives for the Army network that serviced over 1.2 million people. Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ferrell previously commanded the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and served as Director, Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, U.S. Africa Command. He currently serves as Vice President, Public Sector Strategy at World Wide Technology, Inc, a technology solution provider.
Carol Goode, one of our directors, is a multifaceted business executive with over 35 years of experience. During her career, she has led due diligence, talent assessment and integration/divestiture efforts in over 20 M&A transactions. Ms. Goode previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brocade Communications, overseeing Brocade’s 6,000-person global workforce. Ms. Goode currently serves on the Board of Directors for Science Applications International Corp (NYSE; SAIC), a government services and information technology support company, and is a member of its Human Resources & Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee. Ms. Goode also recently served on the Board of Directors for WageWorks (NYSE: WAGE), an online administrator of consumer directed benefits.
Ellen O’Donnell, one of our directors, is a global business executive with over 20 years of experience in leading in-house legal teams. Ms. O’Donnell previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at McAfee, where she was responsible for global legal, privacy, government affairs and compliance matters. While at McAfee, Ms. O’Donnell worked to mature governance processes and drive public company readiness and was co-lead of McAfee’s COVID-19 Response Team. Prior to McAfee, Ms. O’Donnell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Brocade Communications. During her tenure at Brocade, Ms. O’Donnell led teams that completed 11 M&A transactions and a China-based joint venture and was instrumental to the success of the CFIUS and Antitrust regulatory approval processes in connection with the sale of Brocade to Broadcom. Prior to Brocade, Ms. O’Donnell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Micromuse with Mr. Carney as its Chief Executive Officer and in leadership positions at LucasArts and VeriFone.