Joel M. Koblentz - Advisory Board Member

Senior Partner, The Koblentz Group /

Joel M. Koblentz is nationally recognized for resolving the most sensitive, critical and confidential client situations. Accordingly, his practices, as developed over the last 25 plus years, can best be described as "at the value creation level" for publicly traded companies and for private equity concerns.

Mr. Koblentz advises various corporate boards, their chairmen and chief executive officers on succession and recruitment of new board members, CEOs and executive leadership. Mr. Koblentz' typical clients are comprised of boards of directors or chief executives.

Previously, Mr. Koblentz was a Senior Partner at Egon Zehnder, a leading global executive search and board of directors' consultancy. During his tenure with Egon Zehnder, he led its New York and Atlanta practices as well as leading its service sector practice group for the Americas region. Prior experience includes senior strategic management and financial positions at Cox Cable Communications (Atlanta) and Tiger International (Atlanta and Los Angeles) while gaining prior experience in a financial role at Occidental Petroleum (Los Angeles) and as a senior consultant at Ernst and Young (Los Angeles).

In 2001, Mr. Koblentz conceptualized and co-founded Emory University's Goizueta Directors Institute, which centers on the study of corporate governance and best practices for boards of directors. He is currently serving as a board member of Focus Brands. His recent activities include his participation as a two-term board member of Atlanta's High Museum, The Dean's Advisory Council for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and the Emory University Board of Visitors, along with serving as a board member of Central Atlanta Progress, The Latin American Association and several terms on the board of ZooAtlanta. Mr. Koblentz is also a member of the Board of Councilors at The Carter Center, as well as Business Executives for National Security, where he was involved as an advisor to the U.S. government-sponsored C.I.A. venture capital fund.

Mr. Koblentz is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has lectured at various educational institutions and societies over the years and has authored numerous articles on leadership; corporate governance; board of director responsibilities; relationships between boards and their CEO's; and the role of corporations within their shareholders' communities.

Mr. Koblentz has been named repeatedly as one of Atlanta's "100 Most Influential."