Kyle P. Bransfield
Chief Executive Officer
Kyle P. Bransfield has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception. He has also served as director of Union I since November 2017 (and currently sits on the audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committees) and served as its Chief Executive Officer from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Bransfield is a Partner at Exos Financial, leading the firm’s SPAC strategy. Mr. Bransfield has over 12 years of experience in direct equity and debt private markets principal investing, capital raising, and investment banking. Prior to joining Exos, Mr. Bransfield was a partner at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, leading the firm’s global direct private placement and structured investment activities from 2015 to 2019. Prior to Atlantic-Pacific, Mr. Bransfield was an investment banker in Sagent Advisors’ Private Financing Solutions Group from 2014 to 2015. Prior to Sagent, Mr. Bransfield spent five years from 2009 to 2014 as a Principal and General Partner at CS Capital Partners, a Philadelphia-based multi-family office focused on alternative investments. In his role there, he co-managed a portfolio of direct investments, served as an observer to several boards of directors, and fulfilled operating roles within portfolio companies. In 2006, Mr. Bransfield began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Mr. Bransfield received a B.S. in Business Administration from American University.
Chief Operating Officer
Daniel W. Fink has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a director since December 2018. He also served as a director of Union I from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Fink has been a Partner at PTW Capital, an investment firm, since March 2017, and the Managing Principal at Blue Moose of Boulder, an emerging natural foods company, since October 2015. Mr. Fink has spent the majority of his career in investment banking and private equity, including working at Morgan Stanley from 1999 to 2001, J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. from 2001 to 2007, Stone Tower Equity Partners from 2007 to 2008 and Centerview Capital (“Centerview”) from 2009 to 2013. From April 2013 to March 2015, Mr. Fink was at Bacardi Limited where he served as Vice President of Finance/Business Planning. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fink has helped to build or revitalize some highly recognized brands in the consumer industry. Mr. Fink received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alex Shirley has served as a Vice President since December 2018. In his role, he supports Union Acquisition Corp’s sourcing, diligence, and deal execution efforts. Mr. Shirley served in a similar capacity for Union I. He is also a Vice President at Exos Financial, focusing on the firm’s SPAC strategies. Prior to joining Exos, Alex was a Vice President at Atlantic Pacific Capital, supporting the firm’s global direct private placement and structured investment activities. Prior to joining Atlantic-Pacific, Mr. Shirley was an engagement manager at The Cambridge Group, a boutique growth strategy management consulting firm. Mr. Shirley also worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker in the firm’s Consumer & Retail group. Mr. Shirley received a BA from Dickinson College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.