Atlas Crest Investment Corp.

On September 16th, 2021, Atlas Crest Investment Corp. completed its business combination with Archer Aviation Inc.

About Us

Atlas Crest Investment Corp. (NYSE: ACIC) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, stock purchase or similar business combination with one or more businesses. We are sponsored by an affiliate of Moelis & Company, a leading global financial advisor to corporate executives, boards, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and governments. Our management team is led by Ken Moelis, our Chairman, and Michael Spellacy, our Chief Executive Officer, both of whom have had careers centered around identifying, evaluating and implementing organic and inorganic transformational growth and value creation initiatives across a broad range of industries.

Atlas Crest priced its $500 million initial public offering on October 27, 2020.

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Ken Moelis, Chairman


Ken Moelis is the Chairman of our Board of Directors and is also the Chairman of the Board of Atlas Crest Investment Corp. II ("AC II"). Mr. Moelis has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company (“Moelis”) since 2007 and Chairman of the Board since its IPO. Prior to founding Atlas Crest Investment Corp. Mr. Moelis founded Moelis, a global independent investment bank, and its affiliate, Moelis Asset Management LP, an alternative asset management firm with approximately $6 billion of assets under management across private equity, direct lending, credit funds, and structured products. Since its inception, Moelis has advised on approximately $3.5 trillion of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and recapitalizations. Mr. Moelis led Moelis’ initial public offering in 2014 while being named EuroMoney’s Banker of the Year. Since its IPO, Moelis has organically grown revenues by over 80% and has generated a total shareholder return of over 125%, including quarterly and special dividends.

Prior to founding Moelis, Mr. Moelis worked at UBS from 2001 to 2007, where he was most recently President of UBS Investment Bank and previously Joint Global Head of Investment Banking. Before joining UBS, Mr. Moelis was Head of Corporate Finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he worked from 1990 through 2000. Mr. Moelis began his career as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1981.

Mr. Moelis serves on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, the Wharton Board of Overseers, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisors and was formerly Chair and Director on the Tourette Association of America Board. Mr. Moelis holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Spellacy, Chief Executive Officer and Director


Michael Spellacy is our Chief Executive Officer and a Director and also serves as the CEO and a Director of AC II. Mr. Spellacy has extensive experience in technology, data and analytics, capital markets and private equity and has worked as an investor, investment banker and consultant. Most recently, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Managing Director at Accenture plc and Global Industry Leader of Accenture Capital Markets while overseeing Accenture’s Asset Management, Wealth Management and Investment and Trading businesses. Accenture plc is a multinational Fortune Global 500 professional services firm with 2020 revenues of over $44 billion. Mr. Spellacy began his role at Accenture in 2017.

Prior to Accenture, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Partner, Asset and Wealth Management, at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2015 to 2017. He also served as Partner at Broadhaven Capital, an industry leading independent investment bank and private equity investor servicing the financial services and technology sectors from 2013 to 2015. Prior to Broadhaven, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Executive, Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater Associates, a widely recognized asset manager, from 2009 to 2013, where he led Bridgewater’s $130 billion assets under management transformation program. Earlier, Mr. Spellacy was a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group from 2003 to 2009 where he helped guide the firm’s global Alternative Investments Practice providing strategic business advisory services to global asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and asset owners.

Mr. Spellacy received his B.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics and MBA from the University of Hartford.

Taylor Rettig, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Corporate Development


Taylor Rettig is our Chief Operating Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Mr. Rettig most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Draper James, a lifestyle brand founded by Reese Witherspoon, from 2017 to 2020. While at Draper James, Mr. Rettig was also a Partner at JH Partners, a San Francisco based investment firm, a role he served in since 2014, and previously held a number of increasingly senior roles at JH Partners during his initial tenure with the firm from 2007 to 2013.

From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Rettig served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Alex and Ani, a rapidly growing trend jewelry business into which Mr. Rettig had previously led a growth equity investment on behalf of JH Partners. Mr. Rettig began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Joseph & Co.

Mr. Rettig is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (“YPO”) and received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Chris Callesano, Chief Financial Officer


Chris Callesano is our Chief Financial Officer and also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of AC II. Mr. Callesano is currently also a Managing Director at Moelis and has served as its Principal Accounting Officer since 2016 and its Corporate Controller since 2010.

From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Callesano was Senior Managing Director of Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy at NASDAQ OMX where he was responsible for preparing the financial statements filed with the SEC. Previously, Mr. Callesano worked at Merrill Lynch from 2004 to 2008, most recently as Director of Corporate Reporting. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Callesano held various other accounting positions, including as an auditor with Ernst & Young.

Mr. Callesano holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.


David Fox, Director


David Fox has served on our Board since October 2020 and also serves as a director of AC II. He also serves on the board of Atlas Crest Investment Corp. II. Mr. Fox was most recently a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 2009 to 2019 and served as a member of its Global Executive Management Committee. Prior to joining Kirkland, Mr. Fox worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1983 to 2009, where he was most recently a partner and a member of its top governing committee. Mr. Fox is a director of Atrium European Real Estate Limited, Gamida Cell Ltd., Israel Discount Bank of New York and MediWound Ltd. Mr. Fox is also a member of the board of directors at the Park Avenue Armory and a member of the advisory board of New Alternatives for Children, for which he provides crucial support to families caring for medically fragile children. In addition, Mr. Fox is on the board of governors and an honorary fellow of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, where he received his LLB.

Eileen Murray, Director


Eileen Murray has served on our Board since October 2020. Ms. Murray most recently served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Bridgewater Associates from 2011 to 2020. Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2009, Ms. Murray served as CEO for Investment Risk Management LLC in 2009 and previously served as President and Co-CEO of Duff Capital Advisors from 2008 to 2009. Ms. Murray began her professional career in 1984 at Morgan Stanley, where she held several senior positions including Controller, Treasurer, and Global Head of Technology and Operations, as well as Chief Operating Officer for the firm’s Institutional Securities Group. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Murray was Head of Global Technology, Operations and Product Control at Credit Suisse and served on the firm’s management and executive board. Ms. Murray currently serves as the Chair of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), a self-regulating organization for US financial securities firms. She is a non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings and serves on the Audit Committee, Group Risk Committee and Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee. She is also a non-executive Director at Compass (real estate) and of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from Manhattan College, where she graduated with a B.S. in Accounting.

Emanuel Pearlman, Director


Emanuel Pearlman has served on our Board since October 2020 and also serves as a director of AC II. Mr. Pearlman currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liberation Investment Group, a New York based investment management and financial consulting firm, which he founded in 2003. He was appointed to the board of AMI 1 LLC, the owner of Associated Materials, Inc., in September 2020. Mr. Pearlman has been a member of the Board of Directors of Network-1 Technologies, Inc. since 2012, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Pearlman previously served as a director of Empire Resorts from 2010 to 2019 including as Executive Chairman of the Board from 2016 to 2019 and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Pearlman was a member of the Board of Directors of CEVA Logistics AG from May 2018 to October 2019 and served on its Audit Committee from May 2018 to October 2019 and its Nomination and Governance Committee from May 2018 to May 2019. From 2013 through 2018, he served on the Board of Directors of CEVA Holdings, LLC. From 2018 through 2019, Mr. Pearlman served on the Board of Managers and as President of each of SRC O.P. LLC, SRC Facilities LLC and SRC Real Estate (TX) LLC, which are special purpose bankruptcy remote limited liability companies with ownership of approximately 100 real estate properties of Sears. From May 2017 through September 2017, Mr. Pearlman served on the Board of Directors of ClubCorp Holdings where he served on the Strategic Review Committee, and from 2009 to 2014, he served as the sole independent director of the Fontainebleau Miami JV LLC, which owned and operated the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Mr. Pearlman served as a member of the Board of Directors of Dune Energy from 2012 to 2013 and Jameson Inns, Inc. from January 2012 to December 2012. He also served as a director of Multimedia Games, Inc. from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Pearlman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.

Todd Lemkin, Director


Todd Lemkin has served on our Board since December 2020 and also serves as a director of AC II. Mr. Lemkin is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Lemkin’s primary focus is on the cable, media, telecom, satellite, real estate, gaming and packaging sectors in the U.S. Mr. Lemkin also oversees Canyon’s European investment effort and the firm’s London office. Prior to joining Canyon in 2003, Mr. Lemkin was with Scoggin Capital Management in New York, where he focused on analyzing securities of distressed and bankrupt companies. Mr. Lemkin was also an Investment Banker in the Healthcare Group of Bank of America Securities and the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Lemkin is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., English).

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