Cerberus Capital Management
The Carlyle Group
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Harvard Business School
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Mr. Yaghoobzadeh is Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Staple Street Capital where he oversees all aspects of the firm's investment activities and operations.
Mr. Yaghoobzadeh co-founded Staple Street Capital in 2010. Prior to becoming Managing Partner in 2024, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh jointly oversaw all aspects of the firm’s investment activities and operations, and had primary responsibility for leading the following transactions: Delaware Valley Floral Group (a distributor of fresh cut flowers); Garden State Bulb (a value-added distributor of bulbs); Eastern Dental (a dental support organization); Ivy Technologies (an aftermarket lifecycle solution provider for electronic equipment); Larkspur Storage (an operator of self-storage centers); Dominion Voting Systems (an election tabulation solutions provider); ABC Group (an injection and blow molded automotive parts manufacturer); Mid-States Supply (a pipe, valve and fitting distributor); Ironline Compression (a natural gas compression solution provider); and Aaroma Holdings (a chemical and natural ingredient value-added distributor). In addition, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh served as a board member of Dick Clark Productions, a television production company which was partially owned by Six Flags.
Mr. Yaghoobzadeh has made appearances on CNBC and other national broadcasts and has been chronicled in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios and other national publications for the instrumental role he played as the lead board member/chairman of Dominion Voting Systems. A Staple Street Capital portfolio company, Dominion was the victim of a disinformation campaign in which Fox News and other parties spread damaging lies about the Company. In support of a management team under siege, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh spearheaded and oversaw a series of defamation lawsuits against the responsible parties, which not only sought justice and compensation for the damage caused to Dominion but also accountability for, and exposing the truth about, the consequential lies that were spread by these bad actors.
Prior to founding Staple Street Capital in 2010, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh was a Senior Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management where he focused on private equity and special situation investing across multiple industries including retail, automotive, industrials, and financial services. At Cerberus, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh was responsible for executing and overseeing investments and serving on the board of directors of multiple 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 across numerous industries including information technology, aerospace and defense, environmental services, and telecommunications and media. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yaghoobzadeh worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette on merchant banking, restructuring, M&A and leveraged-loan transactions.
Mr. Yaghoobzadeh received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduated from Cornell University, and was a visiting student at Oxford University.