Team

Richard Branson,
Founder

Richard is a global entrepreneur and prominent business leader. He started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970 and Virgin Records went on to become the biggest independent music label in the world. He followed that with a series of entrepreneurial ventures that became Virgin Group. His regular blog on virgin.com has more than 39 million followers across five social networks.

Richard has also used his entrepreneurship to provoke positive change in the world. Virgin Unite is an independent entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group and the Branson family which tackles challenging social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Richard was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship.

Josh Bayliss,
CEO and Board Director, VGAC;
CEO, Virgin Group

Josh is Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group and is responsible for the Group’s strategic development, global brand licensing and management of Virgin Group’s direct investments. Joining Virgin in 2005, he has served in a number of roles including as Group’s General Counsel before becoming CEO in 2011.

Josh has extensive experience as a board director of many companies across the Virgin Group globally. His experience covers sectors ranging from aviation & travel, health & wellness, media & mobile, to financial services and renewable energy. Josh currently serves as CEO and Board Director of VG Acquisition Corp. He also serves on the board of Virgin Red, Virgin’s Group-wide loyalty program, that is in development. Prior to joining Virgin, he was a senior associate at Slaughter and May, a leading international law firm.

Evan Lovell,
CFO and Board Director, VGAC;
CIO, Virgin Group

Evan is Chief Investment Officer of the Virgin Group and is responsible for managing the Virgin Group’s investment team and portfolio in North America. Evan currently serves as CFO and Board Director for VG Acquisition Corp. He also serves on the boards of Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit and BMR Energy. He also served on the board of Virgin America (formerly NASDAQ: VA) prior to its sale to Alaska Air Group, and on the board of AquaVenture Holdings (NYSE: WAAS).

He is a founding partner of the Virgin Green Fund, a private equity fund focused on the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors. Evan is a seasoned private equity investor and operator having invested and participated in global private equity and M&A over the last 20 years. Prior to the Virgin Group, Evan was an investment professional at TPG Capital and served on the board of directors of a number of TPG Capital portfolio companies.

Douglas Brown,
Board Director

Doug is founder of AquaVenture Holdings (NYSE: WAAS) and served at various points as its CEO and Chairman until its acquisition by Culligan Water in 2020. He has previously served as CEO of Seven Seas Water Corporation and as CEO of Ionics (NYSE: ION). He was an investor at Advent International, where he also served as President and CEO.

James B. Lockhart III,
Board Director

James is a former Vice Chairman of WL Ross & Co LLC. He is a former Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Chairman of its Oversight Board and was a member of the Troubled Asset Relief Program’s Financial Stability Oversight Board. He was also the Principal Deputy Commissioner and COO of Social Security Administration. He has served as a board director for Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ: CACB), Sun Bancorp (NASDAQ: SNBC), and Virgin Money (LSE:VMUK).

Teresa Briggs,
Board Director

Teresa was a former Vice Chair and West Region Managing Partner at Deloitte, LLP where she served on the company’s board of directors and as an adjunct member of Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness. Most recently she was a Distinguished Careers Fellow at Stanford University. She currently serves on the board of directors of Snowflake (NYSE:SNOW), ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), and Warby Parker.