RED BANK, N.J., April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) ("ZAIS" or the "Company"), today announced that John D. Burke has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Burke will serve as an independent member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He replaces Mr. R. Bruce Cameron, who has resigned from the Company's Board in light of the Company's intended engagement of Berkshire Capital Securities LLC, of which Mr. Cameron serves as President, as a financial advisor to the Company.
Commenting on the announcement, Michael Szymanski, Chief Executive Officer of ZAIS, stated, "I would like to thank Bruce for his valuable service to the Company. We are pleased to continue to work with Bruce and his firm as financial advisor to ZAIS."
Mr. Burke's professional career has spanned 27 years in capital markets and investment management. He spent 10 years at PaineWebber, Inc., where he was a Managing Director heading the Global Equity Derivatives group with operations in New York, London and Tokyo and was also responsible for Proprietary Trading. He subsequently spent two years at Deutsche Bank, AG, as Director and Co-Head of the Global Structured Products Group with operations in New York, Frankfurt, London and Tokyo, as well as running Proprietary Trading in New York. Mr. Burke then formed Rumson Capital LLC, a $500 million hedge fund firm engaging in global arbitrage strategies, which he ran for 15 years. More recently, Mr. Burke has taught Derivatives as an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University since 1999, and he began teaching full time as a Specialist Professor in 2011. Mr. Burke received his MBA with honors from Indiana University.
Mr. Szymanski added, "John has experience on both the buy side and sell side of Wall Street, and we are excited to welcome him to our Board of Directors. We will benefit from his practical knowledge of capital markets and his experience as a hedge fund manager operating his own independent firm. His insight and counsel will be a valuable addition to the ZAIS Board as we continue to execute on our long-term strategy."
ABOUT ZAIS GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.
ZAIS (NASDAQ: ZAIS) owns a majority interest in, and is the managing member of ZAIS Group Parent, LLC ("ZGP"). ZGP is the sole member of ZAIS Group, an investment advisory and asset management firm focused on specialized credit strategies with approximately $4.157 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2015. Based in Red Bank, New Jersey with operations in London, ZAIS Group employs professionals across investment management, client relations, information technology, analytics, finance, law, compliance, risk management and operations. To learn more, visit www.zaisgroupholdings.com.
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