Ph.D., financial economics, Purdue University; M.B.A., international business and export management, City, University of London
Summary of Experience
Dr. Zenner is an international expert in corporate finance and investment banking, with decades of industry and academic experience. He has provided trial and deposition testimony in federal and state courts, including the Delaware Court of Chancery. A former managing director for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Division and former global co-head of Corporate Finance Advisory, Dr. Zenner has advised boards and senior executives across various industries and geographies on valuation, spinoffs, activism defense strategies, shareholder distributions, internal capital allocation, capital structure, potential strategic combinations, investor communication strategies, and risk and liquidity management. Before joining J.P. Morgan, he held positions as a managing director and global head of the Financial Strategy Group, a group within Citi’s Investment Banking Division; and as managing director and North America head of the Financial Markets Advisory Group, within ABN AMRO’s Financial Markets Division. He has extensive experience in the global energy sector and is currently CFO of Persefoni, a SaaS (software as a service) platform that allows enterprises to manage their carbon footprints.
Prior to his career in investment banking, Dr. Zenner was a professor of finance and chair of the finance and economics area at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he won numerous teaching awards. He has published extensively, authoring over 100 practitioner reports and earning over 3,200 academic citations. Dr. Zenner was an associate editor and served three terms as practitioner board member for Financial Management. He has made over 100 board presentations on corporate finance issues and trends. Dr. Zenner has served as a board member of InnerWorkings, Sentinel Energy Services, and OneSpan, and as a senior advisor to verseAI.