Managing Partner, TZP Group
Sam Katz 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 Media Storm, LLC, BQ Resorts, LLC, Snap Fitness, Inc., Lift Brands, Inc., Cloud5, LLC, Global Employment Solutions, Inc., Action Envelope Holdings, LLC d/b/a Envelopes.com, Family Entertainment Group, LLC, and University Furnishings, LLC. Sam 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., as well as Founder and President of the Youth Renewal Fund.