Thrive Acquisition Corp.

About Us

Thrive Acquisition Corporation is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses.

Our objective is to identify and acquire a high quality, high growth business in the global health and wellness industry, although we reserve the right to pursue an initial business combination target in any sector, industry, or geographic location. More specific sectors in our targeted industry include, but are not limited to, branded food, beverage, and consumer products in the better-for-you or sustainability-focused market sectors; and companies supporting the consumer shift towards health and wellness through innovative platforms or technologies.

At this time, we have not selected any specific business combination target.

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Our Team

Charles Jobson, Chief Executive Officer

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Charles Jobson has over 30 years of public and private markets investment experience. Through his private investment firm, Mr. Jobson led the take-private transaction of Dutch-based food group Wessanen N.V. in a $1 billion transaction in 2019 with PAI Partners, a leading French private equity firm. Now rebranded as Ecotone, the company’s growth has accelerated as Europe’s leading branded, organic food company and is accredited as a Certified B Corporation.

Since 2018, Mr. Jobson has been an active investor in a number of private companies and currently serves on the boards of Ecotone, Good Times Restaurants, and Kaycha Labs. From 1999 to 2018, Mr. Jobson was the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Delta Partners L.P., a global equity hedge fund. Prior to Delta Partners, Mr. Jobson was an equity analyst, portfolio manager, and member of the investment committee at Baring Asset Management from 1994 to 1998. He joined Barings after four years at State Street Research & Management as an equity analyst from 1990 to 1994.

Charles Urbain, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

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Charles Urbain has brought impactful leadership to large global organizations in life sciences for over 30 years. He has held C-Suite positions for 20 years, including COO, CFO, CHRO, and CDO. From 1996 to 2018, Mr. Urbain led Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., a leading global company focused primarily on infant and child nutritional products, in a range of senior leadership roles and ended his tenure there as global COO of an organization of 8,500 employees, with responsibility for commercial operations in 45 countries on 4 continents.

Since 2018, Mr. Urbain has been consulting to senior management teams in the nutrition industry globally. Prior to Mead Johnson, Mr. Urbain served as Senior Vice President of Bristol-Meyers Squibb from 1987 to 1995. From 1982 to 1987, he served as Director of Finance at Schlumberger in London, and from 1978 to 1982 was an audit senior at Price Waterhouse & Co., also in London.

Benjamin Kao, President

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Benjamin Kao has over 20 years of experience in structuring transactions across Asia and the U.S. in private equity and real estate. Since 2011, he has been a Partner at Mandalay Capital, a private investment firm. Notable transactions at Mandalay Capital include the creation and growth of Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, an U.S. institutional real estate investment manager that was acquired in 2016 by Bridge Investment Group, a private equity firm. In Australia, Mandalay Capital built and successfully exited Foundation Early Learning, a national operator of premium early childhood learning centers. In Korea, Mandalay Capital invested in Indulge, a leading importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages; the company was subsequently acquired by a publicly-listed affiliate of LG Corporation in 2017.

Previously, Mr. Kao was Co-Founder and Managing Director at MacauLand Developments, a Hong Kong-based real estate developer, where he executed real estate developments and investments across Asia in partnership with institutional investors. Mr. Kao began his career in New York at Elliott Associates, a hedge fund, and Goldman Sachs in its High Yield & Emerging Markets Fixed Income Research Department.

Peter Roy, Director

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Peter Roy has been a pioneer in the natural and organic products industry for over 40 years. Since 2007, he has been a Director on the Board of United Natural Foods, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded wholesale food distributors in North America and the primary distributor to Whole Foods Market for more than 20 years, with annual revenues over $20 billion. From 1999 until 2019, Mr. Roy was an Operating Advisor for North Castle Partners, a private equity firm focused in the healthy, active and sustainable living sectors.

Mr. Roy was a founder of the original natural products retailer that would become an early acquisition of Whole Foods, and served as President of Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading retailer of natural and organic products from 1993 until 1998. After leaving Whole Foods, he joined the boards of and consulted with many leading brands in the natural and organic foods industry including Stonyfield Farms, White Wave, Naked Juice, Avalon Natural, Traditional Medicinals and Applegate Farms.

James Macon, Director

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James Macon has long been involved in agriculture technologies and food system innovations. Since 2010, he has been the Founder and Managing Director of Barbour Alliance, an impact venture advisory firm serving social and environmental impact funds, incubators, accelerators, and new enterprises. From 2010 to 2020, Mr. Macon was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Closed Loop Capital, a venture capital platform investing in early-stage agriculture and food technologies. Notable investments at Closed Loop Capital included Beyond Meat, Conservis, Forelight, Concentric Ag, Mercaris, MycoTechnology and Foodsmart.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Macon served as an Advisory Board member and mentor for Village Capital’s U.S. Agriculture & Food venture accelerator program. From 2015 to 2017 he served as Advisory Board Member, mentor and competition judge for LaunchVT, a venture accelerator. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Macon was Venture Director at Criterion Ventures, a social and environmental venture design B Corporation. He also brings significant operational experience from a number of startups, including eSecLending, a global financial technology company which sold to TA Associates in 2006.

Daniel Germain, Director

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Since 2020, Daniel Germain has been the Executive Creative Director of the Google Brand Studio (EMEA region). From 2018 until joining Google in 2020, Mr. Germain served as the Head of the Today at Apple program in the EMEA region, leading a team of creatives across the region.

Prior to Apple, Mr. Germain spent 19 years helping to build innocent drinks, a UK-based healthy drinks company. He was innocent’s Group Head of Brand and Creative from launch in 1999, through the period when the company was acquired by Coca Cola in 2013, until 2018. During that time, Mr. Germain oversaw the creative and brand direction of innocent, shaping the company’s unique identity from ads to products to company culture. He also worked in the areas of sustainability and purpose, and in 2014 was named Designer of the Year in the UK. Mr. Germain has also consulted for the UK Government, Dyson, Coca Cola, Wolff Olins and the BBC, and has written books on entrepreneurship.

Peter Graham, Director

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Since 2017, Peter Graham has been a Partner at One Better Ventures, a private advisory and investment company focused on B-Corps and growth companies in the health and wellness industry. Prior to One Better Ventures, he served for 17 years as the Chairman of Seventh Generation until it was acquired by Unilever in 2016. Seventh Generation is a green household products company and a leader in the worlds of ESG and CSR.

Since 2017, Mr. Graham has served on the board of directors of Montrose Environmental Group (NYSE: MEG), an environmental services company, where he serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Graham served on the board of directors of ExamWorks Group, Inc. until May 2016 when it was sold to a private equity firm. From 1976 until 2004, Mr. Graham held a range of senior positions with Ladenburg Thalmann Group, an investment bank, including Head of Investment Banking, Principal, President, and Vice Chairman. During his tenure, Ladenburg led many public offerings, completed numerous corporate restructurings, and acted as advisor on many merger & acquisition assignments.

Christophe Barnouin, Special Advisor

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Christophe Barnouin has been deeply involved in the food and beverage industry for 30 years. As CEO of Ecotone since 2014, he leads a team of 1,600 employees across 7 countries that creates, markets and distributes some of Europe’s leading natural and organic food brands, with annual revenues over €700 million. From 2006 to 2013, prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Barnouin held several other leadership roles at Ecotone (then known as Wessanen). As a firm advocate for 100% sustainability, Mr. Barnouin seeks to catalyze near term change in the food industry, by building a network of people, companies, and organizations with the collective goal of transforming the current industrial food system to one which supports biodiversity, revitalizes ecosystems, and improves health and wellness.

Prior to Wessanen, Mr. Barnouin was Marketing Director for Mars, Inc. from 2000 to 2005 and Global Marketing Manager for Reckitt Benckiser from 1999 to 2000. From 1991 to 1998, he was in marketing and sales with Orangina, a division of Pernod Ricard.