Daniel B. Zwirn, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Arena Investors, AFC and AOC. From 2009 through 2015, Mr. Zwirn co-founded or established several financial businesses including Applied Data Finance, a consumer finance company; Lantern Endowment Partners, a special situation lending fund manager; North Mill Capital, an asset-based lender; and North Mill Equipment Finance, an equipment lessor.
Previously, Mr. Zwirn founded and managed the business of D. B. Zwirn & Co., a $6 billion alternative investment firm of which he was Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. In addition, from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Zwirn was Managing Director and Head of the Special Opportunities Group of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC. Before that, he served as Founder and Group Head of the Special Opportunities Group of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm of Michael Dell.
He is or has been a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Young Presidents Organization and serves or has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Board of Trustees of New York’s Public Theater (Treasurer), the Barnard College Board of Trustees, and the Executive Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology.
Mr. Zwirn received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1998, a B.S. in Economics in Accounting, Finance and Corporate Control (self-designed), cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1993, and a B.A.S. in Computer Science, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1993.
By way of business news, note that Arena Investors in March 2016 appointed PIMCO’s Jon Short as President. Dan Zwirn was also featured in Bloomberg pieces about U.S. corporate credit that were published in March.