Z Capital taps Pender as an operating partner

Z Capital Group has hired Jerome Pender as an operating partner. Previously, Pender worked at the FBI where he served as a chief information officer and executive assistant director.


NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Z Capital Group (“Z Capital”), a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management, today announced that Jerome “Jerry” Pender has been appointed Operating Partner of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“Z Capital Partners”), the private equity management arm of Z Capital. Jerry brings over 30 years of experience in technology to Z Capital and will be advising the firm on digital and cybersecurity matters. Additionally, Jerry will be working closely with Z Capital Partners’ portfolio companies on information technology analysis and support as well as performing due diligence on new investments.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jerry to the Z Capital team. He brings extensive experience in technology, cybersecurity, financial services and management, and we are confident that his expertise will provide significant value to our firm and portfolio companies,” said James Zenni, President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital. “In today’s business environment, as we continue to look for innovative ways to support the growth of our portfolio and deliver differentiated returns to our investors, it is a top priority to ensure that robust security protections and diligence procedures are in place.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to join the Z Capital team and I look forward to working with the firm’s portfolio companies and their management teams,” said Jerry Pender. “I am eager to put my 30 years of experience in technology to work to support Z Capital in developing enhanced IT infrastructure and cybersecurity measures and identify innovative trends in technology to best position the firm for the future.”

Prior to joining Z Capital, Jerry served as Chief Information Officer and Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since September 2012. In this role, Jerry was responsible for all aspects of IT in the FBI globally and managed a budget of $1.2 billion. From 2003 to 2012, he was the Deputy Assistant Director and Chief Information Officer for the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI which provided cloud services to over 1,000,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers in 18,000 agencies throughout the country as well as over 100,000 retail sales locations.

Jerry started his career in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of Captain. He also spent twelve years at UBS AG where he served in various roles, most recently as Executive Director and Global Head of Fixed Income, Treasury Products and Global Service Delivery.
Jerry received his BS in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy and his MS in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

About Z Capital Group
Z Capital Group, L.L.C. and its subsidiaries (“Z Capital”) are leading global alternative investment managers with approximately $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management having offices in New York, NY; Lake Forest, IL; and Zurich, Switzerland.

Z Capital manages opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds. Z Capital operates in an integrated manner, yet has distinct business platforms of private equity and credit funds. Our principals have applied this investment philosophy for over 20 years, deploying capital across the balance sheet of industry leading businesses and seeking to create value for our investors throughout economic cycles.
Z Capital’s investors include prominent global sovereign wealth funds, endowments, pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, family offices, and other institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. http://www.zcapgroup.net/

About Z Capital Partners
Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“Z Capital Partners”) is the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, L.L.C (“Z Capital”). Z Capital Partners pursues a value-oriented, opportunistic approach in private equity that includes making control investments in companies that may require growth capital, balance sheet and/or operational improvements. http://www.zcap.net/.