BRENT DE JONG
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Brent de Jong has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of our board of directors since inception. Since December 2011, Mr. de Jong has been the managing partner of De Jong Capital LLC, a family office affiliated with our sponsor that is focused on emerging markets, special situations, and has served since November 2019, as Chairman of Emergent Technology Ltd. and its predecessors, a technology and financial services business.
Mr. de Jong has over 20 years of experience leading successful business transformations and transitions. Mr. de Jong also has broad expertise investing in technology, infrastructure, financial services, and emerging markets. From October 2016 to November 2019 served as Chairman of Itafos, a vertically integrated phosphate Fertilizer business that is listed on TSX.V. From April 2016 until November 2019, Mr. de Jong served as a partner at Castlelake LP, leading Special Situations investments. From September 2013 to November 2019, Mr. de Jong was a board member and advised RA Holdco, a Middle Eastern investment manager (f.k.a. Arcapita) with holdings throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. RA Holdco was the first Shariah compliant bankruptcy completed in the US. From May 2002 to July 2011, Mr. de Jong served as an investment professional at Ashmore Investment Management Ltd, an emerging market fund manager, leading Special Situations and as member of the firm’s investment committee. While at Ashmore, Mr. De Jong was seconded to Ashmore Energy International in 2006, where he served as chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors until 2009. Mr. De Jong led the consortium of shareholders that founded Ashmore Energy International in 2005, from Enron International, and negotiated the break-up and sale of AEI’s assets in 2011 for an aggregate price of $4.8 billion.
Prior to Ashmore, from July 1997 to May 2002, Mr. de Jong worked at JPMorgan in its financial institutions group in London, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the emerging markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in the structured finance group in New York. Mr. de Jong earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University.