Jeff Zanarini Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Optimization

StrategyPrivate Equity


EducationB.A. & B.S., Southern Methodist University
M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Prior ExperienceBain & Company
Goldman Sachs

Jeff is a Managing Director and Head of the Portfolio Optimization Group across H.I.G.’s private equity funds. He has over twenty-five years of M&A/advisory experience, working with firms ranging from mid-market, privately-held organizations to multi-national public organizations.

Jeff is responsible for investment origination, transaction negotiation, and portfolio company oversight. He currently serves on the board of directors of several H.I.G. companies, and has led numerous LBO transactions with a focus on business & government services, industrial, logistics and commodity-based enterprises. Jeff also oversees the Portfolio Optimization Group for the U.S. private equity funds.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Jeff was with Bain & Company in Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia and at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science (Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (French) degrees, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.