Sam Katz founded TZP Group in July 2007. He began his career in 1986 as a Financial Analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Associate and Vice President at The Blackstone Group, where he worked on numerous private equity transactions, including the initial LBOs of several hotel franchise brands, which created the predecessor to Cendant Corporation. From 1992 to 1995, Sam invested in private and public equity as Co-Chairman of Saber Capital, Inc. and Vice President of Dickstein Partners Inc. He joined Cendant in 1996 and through 2005 led the execution of numerous transactions as Cendant’s most senior corporate and strategic development executive. He also served on Cendant’s Investment Committee and held various operating and management roles, including CEO of Cendant Internet Group (2000), Chairman and CEO of Travelport Limited (2001-2005), Co-Chairman of Affinion Group, Inc. (2003-2005) and Chairman and CEO of Cendant’s Financial Services division (2003). After Cendant, he joined MacAndrews & Forbes Acquisition Holdings, Inc. (2006-2007) as CEO.
Sam serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Water Cooler Group, LLC, BQ Resorts, LLC, Cloud5, LLC, Lift Brands, Inc., Global Employment Solutions, Inc., BigName Holdings LLC d/b/a Envelopes.com, Family Entertainment Group, LLC, University Furnishings, LLC, HomeRiver Group Holdings, LLC, Pyramid Management Holdings, LLC, Hylan Holdings LLC, Triangle Home Fashions Holdings, LLC, Whitestone Home Furnishings, LLC (d/b/a The Saatva Company) and Dwellworks Investors, LLC. He also serves as a member of each of TZP’s investment committees.
Sam received his B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Columbia College in 1986. He is a director of PennantPark Investment Corporation and PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd., and serves as a member of both the Executive Committee of YRF Darca and the Managing Board of Darca and of the Board of Advisors of Columbia University Medical Center.
Sam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org