Rob Seminara joined Apollo Management in New York as a partner in January 2003. Apollo is a 70-employee private-equity, debt and capital markets firm with offices in New York, London and Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1990, it has invested approximately $16 billion in more than 150 companies. Apollo - which last September paid $3.8 billion to buy GE Advanced Materials - currently is investing its sixth private-equity fund. That fund has $12 billion of committed capital, including related co-investment entities.
Seminara co-heads Apollo's packaging investing efforts and currently serves on the boards of directors of Berry Plastics Corp., a $1.4 billion manufacturer of value-added rigid plastic packaging; Covalence Specialty Materials Corp., a $1.7 billion manufacturer that previously was the plastics and adhesives business of Tyco International; and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc., a $4.8 billion manufacturer of thermosetting resins that includes the former Borden Chemical Inc. Previously, Seminara also served on the boards of several other companies, including New Jersey film extruder AEP Industries Inc.
Seminara began his career in 1994 with the investment bank Lazard FrÃ¨res & Co., serving in the firm's Media & Communications group. From 1996 through 2003, he was with Evercore Partners, where most recently he served as a managing director in the firm's private-equity investing group.
Seminara received his bachelor of science degree in economics, summa cum laude, with a dual concentration in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.