Mrs. Gast is an executive with extensive financial, strategic and operating experience in Private Equity and Fortune 100 companies. Strong growth partner with track record of creating value and market – leading positions. With over 15 year of experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, Mrs. Gast has led and participated in the execution of multiple public and private buy – and sell – side transactions, including numerous acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures and joint ventures both domestically and internationally.
Mrs. Gast is currently the CFO and Board Member of Global Technology Acquisition Corp. I (NASDAQ:GTAC) and the CFO & Operating Partner of Greentrail Capital, a cross over investment firm focused globally on publicly listed companies and pre-IPO opportunities with an emphasis on global technology and consumer companies. Prior to that, Mrs. Gast was part of the Executive team of AM General, a MacAndrews & Forbes portfolio company, where she was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A for the company and completed the sale of the company to KPS Capital Partners. Previously, Mrs. Gast held various financial and strategic executive positions at GWR Safety Systems, an automotive portfolio company of GHC Capital, Procter & Gamble and Volkswagen.
Mrs. Gast has been a private investor in Technology, Consumer Goods and Industrials for more than 15 years and has served in numerous boards and as an advisor to growth companies and non-profit organizations. Mrs. Gast currently serves on the Board of Directors and is an Audit Committee member of ESS Tech, Inc. (NYSE:GWH).
Mrs. Gast is a director member at the Latino Corporate Directors Association and most recently Mrs. Gast served as an Executive Sponsor at AM General for the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and as an Advisor to the President of the Women in Defense Organization.
Mrs. Gast holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.