D8 Holdings DEH.U = 1C + 1/2W
1W + $11.50
Trust $10.00 $345,000,000 w/Over-Allotment Units U.S.-based trust account at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. maintained by Continental Stock Transfer
Our management team is led by David Chu, our Chief Executive Officer, and Donald Tang, our President, who have significant experience building, operating, and investing in consumer businesses globally. They will be supported by a team of investment professionals and support resources as further described below. We believe our management team has complementary skills and experience relevant to our business strategy, as well as a track record of working together and providing creative solutions for complex transactions, which we believe represents a competitive advantage.
David Chu, our Chief Executive Officer, is a highly regarded entrepreneur, business builder, designer, and creative executive in the global consumer sector, with extensive experience in brand development and repositioning. Mr. Chu was the founder and chief executive officer of Nautica, and between 1983 and 2003 he led its expansion into a global lifestyle brand with a distribution and license portfolio spanning 100 countries. Starting with outerwear, Mr. Chu led Nautica’s category expansion into sportswear, activewear, women’s wear and children’s wear. He also strategically extended the Nautica product line by augmenting centralized brand management with tightly controlled license agreements, adding fragrances, tailored clothing, dress shirts and accessories. In 2003, Nautica was sold to VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC). Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Chu was the executive creative director and a board member of Tumi. During his time at Tumi, Mr. Chu successfully repositioned the brand from high quality, functional luggage to a premium lifestyle brand for men and women. In July 2009, Mr. Chu formed a partnership with golfer Jack Nicklaus to develop the Nicklaus brands worldwide. In 2012, Mr. Chu joined Georg Jensen A/S, where he served as the chief executive officer, chief creative officer and chairman of the board; Mr. Chu is currently still a member of the board.
Donald Tang, our President, has extensive experience as a private equity investor. In 2018, he founded Celadon Partners (Asia Pacific) Limited, or Celadon Partners, a private equity firm focused on mispriced opportunities ready for operational or strategic transformation, with an emphasis on the consumer space. From 2004 to 2017, Mr. Tang worked at D.E. Shaw & Co., most recently as chief executive officer of D.E. Shaw & Co. (Asia-Pacific). He was the sole D.E. Shaw & Co. partner on the investment side in Asia, and a founding member of the firm’s Asian private equity business. Mr. Tang started his career at Citadel Investment Group in 2003. He is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Advisory Council, Special Advisor (China) to the Milken Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Donald graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in computer science and business administration, and a minor in computational finance.