Evan Harwood is a Managing Director at Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm founded by Sam Zell. Based in Chicago, EGI invests opportunistically across industries and geographies and throughout the capital structure. EGI provides flexible capital and employs an engaged ownership approach to maximize the potential of its investments.
Harwood sources and evaluates credit and equity investment opportunities in the public and private sectors, negotiates and structures transactions, and partners with portfolio company operators to drive value. He is also responsible for market facing and trading activities at EGI. In addition to Pasha, Harwood serves on the boards of several EGI portfolio companies, including: Able Freight Services, a provider of airfreight forwarding services focused on time-sensitive perishable goods; Lanter Delivery Systems, an asset-light dedicated delivery service provider; RailUSA, a short line and regional railroad platform; and Ventana Exploration and Production, an oil and gas acquisition and development company. Previously, he led EGI’s investments in Waste Industries, a vertically integrated, solid waste management company, and Penn Virginia, an oil and gas exploration, development, and production company.
Prior to joining EGI in 2010, Evan served as an Associate at Trust Company of the West, where he focused on special situation investing, primarily in distressed debt and restructurings. Earlier, he was an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Citigroup where he was involved in a variety of debt capital-raising transactions, including leveraged buyouts, corporate-to-corporate acquisitions and other debt financing activities. He received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.