Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM) (the “Company,” “Oz Management” or “Oz”) announced today that Robert Shafir will succeed Dan Och as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 5, 2018. As part of the transition, Mr. Shafir will join the Board of Directors on the same date. Mr. Och, the Company’s largest shareholder, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through March 31, 2019, after which time he expects to remain involved with the firm.
Mr. Shafir, who previously served as the CEO of Credit Suisse Americas and Co-Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management, will provide day-to-day leadership and management of the Company.
Mr. Shafir previously served in various capacities at Credit Suisse Group AG, most recently as the CEO of Credit Suisse Americas from 2008 to 2016 and Co-Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management, which included oversight of Asset Management, from 2012 to 2016. He was a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse. He was also Chairman of the Americas CEO Management Committee and the Private Banking & Wealth Management Products Management Committee.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse, in August 2007, Mr. Shafir worked at Lehman Brothers for 17 years serving as Head of Global Equities, as well as a member of their Executive Board. He also held other senior roles, including Head of European Equities and Global Head of Equities Trading, and played a key role in building Lehman's equities business into a global, institutionally-focused franchise. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley in the preferred stock business within the fixed income division.
Mr. Shafir received a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.