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Kevin Charlton, CEO

Kevin Charlton


Kevin Charlton is Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Charlton has been the Co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises since 2017 and has spent more than 20 years in private equity. Mr. Charlton has been a director of Evolv Technologies Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EVLV) since it closed its business combination with NewHold Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: NHIC) in July 2021. He was the Chief Executive Officer of NewHold Investment Corp. from January 2020 until it closed its business combination with Evolv Technologies, Inc. Prior to NewHold Enterprises, Mr. Charlton was the Co-Founder of River Hollow Partners from June 2013 through April 2017. From January 2014 through February 2015, Mr. Charlton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp., a $115 million NASDAQ-listed SPAC that merged with Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), the school bus manufacturer, in February 2015. From July 2015 through February 2017, he then served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, a $200 million NASDAQ-listed SPAC that merged with Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE), in February 2017. From July 2017 through October 2019, Mr. Charlton served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III, a $275 million NYSE-listed SPAC that merged with NRC Group (NYSE: NRCG) in October 2018. Prior to NewHold, Mr. Charlton was with JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM), Investcorp, and Macquarie (ASX: MQG). Mr. Charlton has served on more than 25 Boards of Directors in all relevant roles, and in almost all cases as Chairman or Lead Director on behalf of the majority owner. Prior to his career in private equity, Mr. Charlton was with McKinsey and Company in New York and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mr. Charlton has been Chairman of American AllWaste LLC since May 2018, and currently serves as a member of the Boards of Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC), a triple net commercial REIT that he took public in 2012, and Macro Energy LLC, a high efficiency lighting company. Mr. Charlton also currently serves as the Chairman of F&S Precision Holdings, Inc., a company that does precision tooling for plastic injection molding. Mr. Charlton has successfully sold companies to both strategic and financial investors, maximized value through the staged exit to separate buyers, and taken companies public, including companies in the manufacturing, distribution, business services, transportation, real estate, consumer products, and food and beverage sectors. He has a long history of working in partnership with management to develop and execute a strategic agenda. Mr. Charlton received his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering cum laude from Princeton University in 1988, his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1990, and his Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1995.

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