It’s not on a press release, but Mr. Alok Sama has resigned, effective January 10, 2017. Mr. Sama is no longer a director of the entity managing the Softbank Vision Fund. Per Softbank’s initial press release:
The Fund will be managed in the United Kingdom by a subsidiary of SBG and will deploy capital from SBG and investment partners.
That’s indeed true. On November 25, 2016, an entity called the Softbank Vision Advisers Ltd. was incorporated in England. Listed on the corporate filings as directors were Rajeev Nisra, Alok Sama, and Jonathan Bullock or “JB”.
After Mr. Sama’s resignation, there are only two acting directors left: Mr. Nisra and Mr. Bullock. Here’s another interesting fact: Mr. Bullock doesn’t live in London, but the United States. Specifically, Mr. Bullock is based in San Franciso at the office of Softbank Group International.
Mr. Bullock is already on the boards of Ola, Snapdeal, and Housing.com, after the departure last year of Nikesh Arora. Per his Linkedin page, “JB” also “ensure our business runs effectively outside of Japan, and externally with a number of our portfolio companies“.
So while not in London, Mr. Bullock may be the Fund’s man in Silicon Valley looking for the next deal. Who knows, “JB” may have already been responsible for the Apple, Ellison, Qualcomm investments in the Vision Fund.