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As President, Mark oversees all aspects of EGI. He focuses on maximizing and sustaining the value of the firm’s investment portfolio, and on optimizing Sam’s network. With nearly 20 years of board and CEO experience, Mark employs his leadership inside and outside our firm. He manages and develops our corporate investment team and deploys Sam’s active-ownership approach by engaging with portfolio company management to improve business strategies and operating structures, aligning all toward achieving optimum shareholder value. In addition, Mark is a Senior Managing Director of Chai Trust Company, LLC (corporate trustee for the Zell family trusts). He also serves on the boards of EGI investment companies. Mark is the Executive Chairman of Exterran Corporation, a systems and processes company for oil, gas, water, and power, and the Chairman of the board of Ardent Health Services, a provider of hospital and healthcare services. He also serves on the board Lanter Delivery Systems, an asset-light dedicated delivery service provider.
Mark joined EGI in 2006 as a Managing Director. He has overseen a range of investments, serving in the ownership representative role of strategic advisor to portfolio company management teams. Mark has served on temporary in-house assignments within select EGI portfolio companies to accelerate and increase the effectiveness of turnarounds. He performed this role as President of Tribune Interactive from 2007 to 2008, and again more recently within Exterran Holdings, Inc.
Before joining EGI, Mark was the Chief Executive Officer of Sunburst Technology Corporation and served on the company’s board of directors. Previously, he was the President of Budget Group, Inc. (Budget Rent A Car and Ryder Truck Rental), and served on that company’s board as well. Mark’s earlier career also included senior brand management and sales roles at The Coca-Cola Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Amherst College. Outside of the office, Mark invests time mentoring young parents of children with special needs.