Jonathan C. “Jon” Biele, 51, has agreed to become a member of our board of directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Biele recently joined PREEM Inc., a vertical technology platform, as head of business and corporate development after a 28-year career in investment banking serving in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, Mr. Biele served as head of technology and services investment banking after rejuvenating the equity capital markets practice at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he worked from July 2013 to February 2020. During his career, Mr. Biele focused on providing capital markets, strategic and tactical advice to companies, boards of directors, private equity and venture capitalists. In addition to his tenure at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Mr. Biele served as head of equity capital markets for Citadel Securities from 2010 to 2013, for Cowen and Co. from 2007 to 2010, and for Lazard Freres from 2005 to 2007, in addition to his contribution in a variety of capacities with the equity capital markets departments of Lehman Brothers, ABN Amro Rothschild, and UBS Securities. In these roles Mr. Biele originated and executed numerous public and private equity and debt financings and provided strategic advice. His vast experience in corporate finance and advisory spans across multiple sectors and asset classes both public and private. In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Biele most recently completed a third term as a trustee of Burke Mountain Academy, a premier ski academy in the United States, and remains the lead investor and advisor to the chief executive officer of inGamba Tours, a luxury cyclo-tourism business. Mr. Biele earned a B.A. in History in 1992 from St. Lawrence University. We believe that Mr. Biele’s vast experience in corporate finance and strategy, in addition to his vast network of relationships, will be an extremely valuable contribution to our board of directors.
Chardan NexTech Acquisition 2 (CNTQ) is a $126.5 million SPAC seeking to acquire a disruptive technology business.
Led by an experienced management team affiliated with investment bank, Chardan, as well as a notable venture capital/private equity firm, Chardan NexTech Acquisition 2 Corp. is looking to partner with a leading disruptive technology company to take public. Our team is a leader in using the power of a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to bring innovative companies to public investors.
Why Chardan NexTech Acquisition 2 Corp?
Experienced Management Team
CNTQ’s management team has over 80 years of combined investment banking and execution experience.
Smaller SPACs are less dilutive and have higher insider participation, further lowering dilution for target company shareholders.
Strong Board of Directors
CNTQ’s Board of Directors has relevant experience as Fortune 500 C-Suite executives, large fund, and venture capital investment pedigrees along with strong M&A and capital markets expertise.
Partnership with Chardan
CNTQ is backed by Chardan, a leading, independent global investment bank that has sponsored or co-sponsored 12 SPACs and advised on over 25 closed and announced de-SPAC transactions worth over $10 billion across dozens of sectors and geographies.
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Jonathan C. “Jon” Biele
Perry Boyle, 57, will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Boyle was with Point72 Asset Management, L.P., or Point 72, and Point 72 affiliates from 2004 through his retirement in March 2020. He helped lead Point72’s launch as a registered investment advisor, raising over $6 billion in external capital. He originally joined S.A.C. Capital Advisors in 2004 as the firm’s first director of research. In January 2013 he became head of equities and, in January 2015, he became head of discretionary investing at Point72. From June 2016 through December 2017 he served as the president and chief investment officer of Stamford Harbor Capital, L.P., a company owned by businessman Steven A. Cohen. He returned to Point72 in January 2018. In his various leadership roles at the firm, Mr. Boyle managed the long/short and macro portfolios. He created and led the firm’s professional development programs, including P72 Academy and the 9s Program, and helped drive the internationalization of the Point72, overseeing offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Prior to joining S.A.C., Mr. Boyle was a founding partner of Thomas Weisel Partners from 2000 until 2004, and a managing director at Alex. Brown & Sons from 1992-2000. He began his career as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Boyle is a member of the advisory board of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and a director of The US Friends of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He has agreed to serve on the board of directors of Chardan NexTech Acquisition Corp. upon the effectiveness of its registration statement. He was a 2018 and 2019 delegate from the IISS to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. He is a council member of the Hoover Institution and a Lionel Curtis member of Chatham House. Mr. Boyle helps lead the annual Ride For Our Vets, themajor source of funding for the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. He received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, his M.B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has lectured on investing at Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, Cambridge and UNC, and delivered testimony to Congress on financial regulation. We believe Mr. Boyle is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of industry leadership and capital markets experience from research to fundraising
Roderick Hardamon, 44, will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Hardamon has served as chief executive officer of URGE Imprint LLC, a boutique management consulting firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and URGE Development Group, a real estate development firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, since May 2016. From July 1998 to March 2016, Mr. Hardamon held various positions at Citigroup, a leading global bank, finally serving as managing director and North American head of Citigroup’s alternative investor services business. From March 2016 to April 2016, Mr. Hardamon briefly served as a managing director at SS&C Technologies, a global provider of services and software for the financial services and healthcare industries. Mr. Hardamon graduated from Morehouse College with B.A.s in accounting and Philosophy in 1998. We believe Mr. Hardamon is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience in business innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and senior executive leadership.
Jory Des Jardins
Jory Des Jardins, 49, will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Ms. Jardins is the chief marketing officer of The @ Company, a position she has held since 2020. She has also served as VC-in-Residence at the W Fund since 2020. Ms. Jardins recently served as the head of global startup marketing at Amazon Web Services from 2019 to 2020. Before her time at Amazon Web Services, she served as the global head of community at ConsenSys from 2018 to 2019. Ms. Jardins served as an advisor at Tribal Advisors from 2016 to 2018. In 2005, she co-founded BlogHer and served as the company’s president until its acquisition in 2015. Ms. Jardins graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 where she studied history, literature, and psychology. We believe that Ms. Jardins is qualified to serve on our board of directors given her exposure to dozens of scaling startups as well as her experience with disruptive technology.
Hitesh Thakrar, 59, will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Thakrar is an experienced investor in the technology sector, having spent over 20 years investing in public equities in the life sciences, information technology and innovation sectors. Since 2015, he has been active in early stage venture investing. Mr. Thakrar is currently a Venture Partner at Syncona Limited, a Wellcome Trust backed early stage venture fund, a position he has held since February 2016. He has also served as a Governance Board Member of KQ Labs at the Francis Crick Institute since December 2018. Since August 2020, he has been the main Board Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute which is the UK National Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science research. Additionally, since November 2016, Mr. Thakrar has been the Chair of the Investment Committee for Newable Ventures, a pre-Series A fund focused on deep technology. He has also served as an advisor to UKRI’s Science and Technology Funding Council (SFTC), which helps early stage companies spin out from UK universities, since July 2020. He has previously served as a non-executive director for Desktop Genetics and Tropic Biosciences since 2015 and 2017 respectively, both of which specialize in the use of CRISPR technology in gene editing. Previously, Mr. Thakrar held the position of Portfolio Manager, Global Innovation Fund with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), from 2009 until 2015. He has worked at several other public market institutions in global equity research and fund management including JP Morgan, Aviva Group, Dresdner Bank and New Star Asset Management. He has previously held the position of Innovation Fellow at the University of Cambridge, recently joined as a Trustee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and is a member of the commercial Board of the Institute and Audit committee. Mr. Thakrar has a degree in chemistry from Kings College, London, an MBA from Cranfield University and a CFA from the American Association of Investment Analysts. We believe Mr. Thakrar is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors given his decades of technology investing and public company expertise.
Todd Thomson, 60, will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. He is currently the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Kairos Ventures, an early-stage investment firm. He is an accomplished operating executive and entrepreneur, having served as Citigroup chief financial officer for five years and as chief executive officer of Citigroup’s nearly $10 billion global wealth management division for more than two years.
Mr. Thomson is a leading practitioner on mergers and acquisitions and business strategy, having led the acquisition and strategy efforts for Citigroup and GE Capital, as well as serving as advisor to Fortune 500 firms while at Bain & Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, and Barents Group. He has extensive investing experience as chief executive officer of Citigroup alternative investments, chairman of the Citigroup pension investment committee, chairman of the dynasty investment committee, and a member of the investment committees for the Davidson College and World Resources Institute endowments. Prior to joining Kairos Ventures, Mr. Thomson served as co-founder and chairman of Dynasty Financial Partners, or Dynasty, a leading investment and technology platform for sophisticated independent advisors. Founded by Mr. Thomson and his colleagues in 2010, Dynasty serves nearly 50 registered investment advisor firms nationally, with $50 billion under management. In addition to serving as chairman, Todd served in several operating roles since Dynasty’s founding, including chairing the investment committee, serving as chief investment officer, and designing and leading Dynasty Capital Strategies. Mr. Thomson has also agreed to serve on the board of Chardan NexTech Acquisition Corp., a blank check company, upon the effectiveness of its registration statement. We believe Mr. Thomson is qualified to serve on our board of directors because experience in public company corporate finance and early-stage investing.