Chief Executive Officer and Director
Lee Einbinder, our Chief Executive Officer and a Director since inception, has over 30 years’ experience as an M&A and capital markets advisor to financial services and FinTech companies. He is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of FinServ I. Previously, until 2019, Mr. Einbinder was a Vice Chairman at Barclays responsible for senior client relationships across the financial services industry, including banks, specialty finance, financial technology, asset management and financial sponsors. Mr. Einbinder was at Barclays since the acquisition of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and during that time was also co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Einbinder worked at Lehman Brothers from 1996 to 2008, where he was Head of the Specialty Finance group and founded the Financial Technology group. He previously worked in similar capacities at CS First Boston and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Einbinder is expected to serve as a Director of Katapult upon the closing of the business combination with FinServ I. He received his MBA with Distinction from the Wharton School and his BSE cum laude from Princeton University.
President and Director
Howard Kurz, our President and a Director since inception, has over 30 years’ experience as a successful institutional investor and asset manager. Mr. Kurz was the founder and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Lily Pond Capital Management LLC (“LPCM”), an alternative investment manager headquartered in New York since 2001. Most recently, LPCM was the investment manager of a Private Equity Fund (Lilypad Investors I) which provided early stage operating capital and expertise to an array of alternative investment management firms. Before founding LPCM, from 1997 to 2000, Mr. Kurz was Managing Director and Head of North American Financial Markets at The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. Additionally, he was responsible globally for Foreign Exchange, Emerging Markets, and principal investments and was a senior member of the division’s Executive Committee. Prior to RBS, Mr. Kurz was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers where he headed the Multi-Markets Proprietary Trading unit. He is President, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of FinServ I. He received his BA from University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Steven Handwerker, our Chief Financial Officer since inception, has served as a consultant for FinServ I, and has been extensively involved in all aspects of its business and operations. Mr. Handwerker previously spent more than 10 years investing in and covering the financial services and FinTech industries. Before joining FinServ I as a Consultant in 2019, from 2013 to 2017, he was an Analyst on two of Citadel’s Equity Long/Short Hedge Fund platforms, Surveyor Capital and Aptigon Capital, covering companies within financial technology, payments, insurance, and other financial sub-sectors. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Handwerker was an Investment Banking Analyst in Barclays’ Financial Institutions Group from 2010 to 2013. He received his BBA from Emory University.