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 aspects of the firm's investment activities.
Prior to founding Staple Street Capital in 2010, 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 has been an active board member in a wide range of companies, including Ivy Technologies (an aftermarket lifecycle solution service provider for electronic equipment), Dominion Voting Systems (a leading election tabulation solution provider for government customers), ABC Group (an injection and blow molded automotive parts manufacturer), Mid-States Supply (a pipe, valve and fitting distributor and modification service provider), Ironline Compression (a natural gas compression solution provider), Larksupur Storage (an acquirer, developer and operator of self storage facilities), Aaroma Holdings (a chemical and natural ingredient value-added distributor), Dick Clark Productions (a television production company), and Guilford Mills (an automotive specialty fabric manufacturer).