Cerberus Capital Management
The Carlyle Group
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Harvard Business School
Hootan is a co-founder and Managing Director of Staple Street Capital where he jointly oversees all the aspects of the firm's investment activities.
Prior to founding Staple Street Capital, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh was a Senior Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management where he focused on distressed private equity, special-situation investments, balance sheet restructurings, and asset purchases across multiple industries including retail, industrials, and financial services. At Cerberus, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh was responsible for sourcing, executing, overseeing and exiting investments and serving on boards of Cerberus portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh worked in The Carlyle Group's U.S. Buyout team. At Carlyle, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh focused on leverage buyout transactions in the communications and media, aerospace and defense, business services, and industrial sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette on merchant banking, restructuring, M&A, high yield and leveraged-loan transactions.
Mr. Yaghoobzadeh received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated from Cornell University. Mr. Yaghoobzadeh currently serves on the board of directors of Dominion Voting Systems, ABC Group, Mid-States Supply, Ironline Compression and Aaroma Holdings and prior to its sale in 2012 served on the board of directors of Dick Clark Productions, a television production company partially owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX).