Franklin Square taps Blackboard’s Katz for business development

Franklin Square Capital Partners, the Philadelphia alternative-investment manager, named Lewis Katz to the new post of chief business-development officer. Katz joins Franklin Square from Blackboard Advisors, a management consultancy he founded.

Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 31, 2016 – Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment manager, announced that it has hired Lewis Katz as Chief Business Development Officer. In this newly created role, Mr. Katz will develop new growth opportunities and help diversify distribution into new sales channels by collaborating with teams across the firm to expand its financial technology, marketing and educational initiatives.

“Lewis Katz has wide-ranging experience with alternative investments, large-scale business development, partnership growth and technology expansion,” said Michael C. Forman, Chairman and CEO of Franklin Square. “He will be instrumental in forging new paths for Franklin Square as we continue our growth as a leader in alternatives.”

In his most recent role as President of Blackboard Advisors, a management consulting firm he founded, Mr. Katz advised some of the nation’s top financial services companies on asset management and long-term strategy. He also founded Clamour, a deep technology platform focused on personal finance. Mr. Katz was previously Head of Asset Management for 1798 Global Partners and Lombard Odier Asset Management, and he held senior positions at alternative asset firms BAM and Dillon Read Capital Management.

Mr. Katz serves on several boards including Say Yes to Education, Jacob’s Cure and the Lupus Foundation. He is also an advisor and mentor to Techstars and the Barclays Accelerator, both fintech-focused accelerator programs for budding entrepreneurs. He is a Northeastern University graduate.