Ellen Havdala

Ellen Havdala

Ellen Havdala

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Managing Director, Equity Group Investments

Ellen has worked in a variety of capacities for Sam’s affiliated companies since 1990. She represents EGI in sourcing potential transactions and meeting new capital sources. In addition, she is responsible for establishing and overseeing the Zell Global Entrepreneurship Network (ZGEN), an organization designed to provide continuing education and mentorship for students and alumni of Sam’s three entrepreneurship education programs. During her tenure within Sam’s network, she served on the boards of SIRVA, Inc., a provider of moving and relocation services; Rewards Network, Inc., a dining rewards company; WRS Holding Company, an environmental construction and remediation company; East Mediterranean Gas Company SAE, an Egyptian natural gas transmission company; National Patent Development Corporation, a holding company focused on pharmaceutical and home improvement products; and Home Products International, a global consumer products company. She also held the roles of Executive Vice President at Equity International and Vice President of Scott Sports Group, Inc. Prior to joining Sam’s organization, Ellen was a financial analyst with The First Boston Corporation in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College, and earned her Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago in 2016.