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Steve Cohen’s family office, Point72, hires Michael Zea

Steve Cohen’s family office, Point72 Asset Management, has hired Michael Zea as chief of strategy. Zea will lead Point72’s exploration of new investment areas for deploying the family office’s surplus capital. Prior to Point72, Zea worked as executive vice president at Aimia Inc, a data-driven marketing analytics company. Prior to Aimia, he was a partner at McKinsey & Co.

Press Release

Veteran executive Michael Zea has joined Point72 Asset Management, L.P. (Point72), as its Chief of Strategy, Point72 President Doug Haynes announced today. Mr. Zea will begin at the Firm on May 4.

As the Chief of Strategy, Mr. Zea will lead Point72’s exploration of new investment areas for deploying the Stamford-based family office’s surplus capital. Mr. Zea and his team will also examine the Firm’s operations and processes and recommend ways for it to operate more thoughtfully and efficiently.

“Michael honed his strategic thinking and rigorous analytic approach at McKinsey,” Mr. Haynes said. “At Aimia, he led part of a premier data-and intelligence-based firm. These skills and creative mindset make him an ideal strategic thought partner for our team.”

Mr. Zea was previously an Executive Vice President at Aimia Inc. (Aimia), a data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, after serving as President and CEO of its U.S. Region. While president of the U.S. Region, Mr. Zea led a turnaround of the company’s U.S. business, emphasizing growth initiatives, capability building, cost restructuring, and repositioning. Mr. Zea was also a member of Aimia’s executive committee.

Before he joined Aimia, Mr. Zea was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he began the firm’s hotel practice and led the global loyalty marketing practice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zea enjoyed more than a decade of success with Oliver Wyman (Wyman). Mr. Zea joined Wyman as the founding associate of the Chicago office and was one of three people selected to launch its aviation practice. In addition, he managed Wyman’s New York office from 2003 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in sales, pricing, and distribution at major airlines, including United Airlines and American Airlines.

Mr. Zea holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Aviation Technology from Purdue University. He is a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Connecticut and a member of the Board of Alexandra’s Playground, a non-profit focused on safe and healthy play for children.

About Point72 Asset Management

Point72 Asset Management is a family office managing the assets of its founder, Steven A. Cohen, and eligible employees. Point72 primarily invests in discretionary long/short equities and makes significant quantitative and macro investments. The Firm’s long/short investment divisions are Point72 Asset Management and EverPoint Asset Management. Cubist Systematic Strategies is its quantitative business, Rubric Capital is its deep value, multi-strategy business, and Honeycomb Ventures is its high-growth, technology-focused venture capital investing business. The Firm is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and maintains offices in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore. Point72 Asset Management, L.P. is a family office and does not seek, solicit or accept any external investments.