Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 3, 2021 (June 2, 2021)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Cayman Islands   001-40178   98-1572684
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
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  (IRS Employer
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277 Park Avenue

29th floor, Suite B

New York, NY 10172

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 704-3000

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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


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Units, each consisting of one Class A Ordinary Share and one-fifth of one Redeemable Warrant    ACQRU    The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Class A Ordinary Shares, par value $0.0001 per share    ACQR    The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one Class A Ordinary Share for $11.50 per share    ACQRW    The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Effective June 2, 2021, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Independence Holdings Corp. (the “Company”) approved an increase in the size of the Board from four (4) directors to five (5) directors and elected Ahmedulla Khan Khaishgi as a member of the Board’s second class of directors. The Board appointed Mr. Khaishgi as a member of the audit committee and as a member of the compensation committee.

Mr. Khaishgi has over 25 years of experience in financial technology leadership, corporate strategy and transactions. Currently, Mr. Khaishgi is SVP Special Projects at SquareTrade, Inc. (“SquareTrade”), a subsidiary of The Allstate Corporation (“Allstate”), and is serving on the Signifyd, Inc. board of directors and the investment committee of Mentors Fund LLC, where he is a Founding Partner. Mr. Khaishgi is a Co-Founder of SquareTrade and served as its CEO from 2014 to March 2020. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Khaishgi led SquareTrade to over 120 million active policy holders and developed partnerships with some of the largest retailers and operators in the world. Under Mr. Khaishgi’s leadership, SquareTrade raised over $250 million from investors culminating in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Allstate in November 2016. Prior to co-founding SquareTrade, Mr. Khaishgi worked at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Khaishgi holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.

There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Khaishgi and any other person pursuant to which she or he was selected as a director of the Company, and there is no family relationship between Mr. Khaishgi and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers.

The Board has determined that Mr. Khaishgi is an “independent director” as defined in the NASDAQ listing standards and applicable SEC rules. There are no transactions between the Company and Mr. Khaishgi that are subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Independence Holdings Corp.

/s/John Lawrence Furlong

  Name:   John Lawrence Furlong
  Title:   Chief Executive Officer

Dated: June 3, 2021