Z Capital Partners Adds Claire Kendrick

Claire Kendrick has joined private equity firm Z Capital Partners as a managing director and head of economic research. Kendrick is responsible for transactions in the transportation, metal and mining, and paper and forestry industries, the firm said in a written release. Previously, she was a principal at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. where she was director of private equity investment and portfolio manager

Z Capital Partners, L.L.C., a private equity firm focused on investments in distressed businesses, today announced that Claire Kendrick has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Head of Economic Research. Dr. Kendrick is responsible for transactions in the transportation, metal and mining, and paper and forestry industries, and provides insights to clients regarding financial market dynamics. Most recently she was a Principal at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. where she was Director of Private Equity Investment and Portfolio Manager.

James J. Zenni, President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital, said, “We are delighted that Claire Kendrick has joined our investment team. Claire has broad investment and research experience, and expertise in a range of industries that is highly valuable in the execution of our private equity strategy.”

Prior to joining Hirtle in 2000, Dr. Kendrick was a Senior Vice President and the Director of Corporate Bond Research for Prudential Securities, Inc. She previously was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers and a Vice President at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She has also served as a Senior Economist for Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates, Inc. On several occasions in Dr. Kendrick’s career, she was a ranked analyst on Institutional Investor’s All-American Fixed Income Research Team.

Dr. Kendrick received a Ph.D. in mineral economics from The Pennsylvania State University and also received a dual A.B. Degree in Geology and Economics from Wellesley College. She is a board member on the Finance Committee and Endowment Committee of Sewickley Academy, in Sewickley, PA; and a member of the global organization Alternative Perspectives on Finance and Accounting.

About Z Capital Partners
Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. is a leading, privately held Chicago-based middle market private equity firm that specializes in repairing the capital structures and optimizing the assets of distressed/challenged companies. Industries of interest include, but are not limited to, consumer products, steel, steel processors, agricultural, gaming, leisure/real estate, manufacturing, specialty services and automotive. Z Capital’s investors include prominent global endowments, financial institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, family offices, and wealth management firms.