Director and Chief Executive Officer
He joined Investindustrial in 2010 and currently leads the team focused on companies with high growth potential. In this role, since 2018 he has led the acquisition of 16 companies, including add-ons and comprising, among others, the leading European producer of PVC-based thermoplastic solutions, Benvic, the British interior designer, OKA and the Italian food supplement manufacturer, Procemsa. Prior to joining Investindustrial, he worked for 4 years as an investment executive in the European Real Estate division of The Carlyle Group. He graduated from Bocconi University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He speaks English and Italian.
Sergio P. Ermotti
Mr. Ermotti has agreed to serve as Chairman of Investindustrial Acquisition Corp., effective from January 1, 2021. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Swiss Re Ltd in 2020 and has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since April 2021. Mr. Ermotti was Group Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS Group from 2011 to 31 October 2020. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Ermotti was Head of the Markets & Investment Banking Division as of December 2005, and Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2010 at UniCredit Group, responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking. Between 1987 and 2004, he held various positions at Merrill Lynch & Co. in the areas of equity derivatives and capital markets. He became Co-Head of Global Equity Markets and a member of the Executive Management Committee for Global Markets & Investment Banking in 2001. Mr. Ermotti is a Swiss-certified banking expert and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Oxford University.
Mr. Karangelen joined Investindustrial in 2016 and currently leads the U.S. team. Prior to joining Investindustrial, Mr. Karangelen was with TowerBrook Capital Partners from 2006 to 2016, where he most recently served as a Managing Director, Brera Capital Partners from 1999 to 2006, Eschelon Telecom, Inc. from 1997 to 1999 as Director of Business Development and Stolberg Partners from 1994 to 1997 as Vice President. Prior to that, Mr. Karangelen held various positions at S.G. Warburg and Goldman Sachs in London and New York. Mr. Karangelen is a Trustee Emeritus of the Student Agencies Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and business learning at Cornell University. Prior to becoming Trustee Emeritus in 2020, Mr. Karangelen was a Trustee from 1988 to 2019 and Chairman & President from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Karangelen has also been a member of the advisory board of Entrepreneurship at Cornell since 2000, a member of the Cornell University Council from 2010 to 2020, a board member and chairman of Student Agencies, Inc and Student Agencies Properties, Inc from 1988 to 2020, a founder and member of the board of managers of eLab LLC, a member of the board of trustees of The Bedford Playhouse from 2017 to 2019, a trustee of Girls Prep, a charter school, from 2011 to 2015 and a member of the advisory council of Cornell University’s college of arts and sciences from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Karangelen holds a bachelor of arts in Economics from Cornell University.
Mr. Roscini is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he teaches the course Managing International Trade and Investment. Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 2008, Mr. Roscini gathered more than 20 years of experience in finance. Mr. Roscini was with Morgan Stanley International from 2005 to 2008 where he was Chairman of European Capital Markets and Italy Country Head, with Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2005 where he was Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and Head of the European Financing Group and with Goldman Sachs from 1988 to 1998 where was Head of European Equity Capital Markets. Prior to that, Mr. Roscini held positions as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, as a senior project manager at Westinghouse Electric Company and as a nuclear engineer at Ansaldo Nucleare. Mr. Roscini is also the lead independent director of Telecom Italia since 2018, the Chairman of the board of directors of Credimi since 2016, a member of the board of directors of Antares Vision since 2019, a member of the international advisory board of Akbank since 2016, the Chairman of the advisory board of IDEA CCR since 2016, a member of the advisory board of Sinergia III since 2020. Mr. Roscini was also a member of the board and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Kairos Partners SGR and Kairos Julius Baer SIM from 2008 to 2019, a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the compensation committee of Promethean Ltd. from 2009 to 2015 and member of the board of directors of Morgan Stanley International from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Roscini holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1988) and a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome (1981).
Ms. Whelan is Clinical Professor for Business and Society at NYU Stern School of Business and Director of the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. Prior to joining NYU in 2015, Ms. Whelan gathered more than 25 years of experience in the management of complex organizations, including during her tenure from 2000 to 2015 as the president of Rainforest Alliance, an international NGO which works to protect forests on more than 180 million acres of land in over 60 countries, working with 5K businesses. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance in 2000, Ms. Whelan held various senior management positions at Whelan Associates, a strategic planning consultancy which, among other projects, assisted in the planning and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she served as president from 1997 to 2000, the NY League of Conservation Voters, the organization that led the successful campaign to pass the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, where she served as executive director from 1992 to 1997, and the National Audubon Society, where she served as vice-president from 1989 to 1992. Ms. Whelan was also a member of the board of directors of GlobeScan and was a member of the board of directors of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, from 2018 to 2020, a member of the sourcing advisory board of Unilever, from 2005 to 2015, and a member of the advisory boards of Nespresso, from 2012 to 2015, Sustainable Brands from 2012 to 2015, and Social Accountability International, from 2011 to 2015. She is currently on the advisory boards of Arabesque, Inherent Group, Giant Ventures, and is an Advisor to the Future Economy Project at Harvard Business Review. Ms. Whelan holds an executive education OPM certificate from Harvard Business School (2015), a Master of Arts in international communication from American University (1983) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from NYU (1980).