Fred Malek is the founder and Chairman of Thayer Capital Partners and provides senior level advice to Thayer | Hidden Creek. Prior to establishing Thayer in 1991, Mr. Malek co-led the buyout of Northwest Airlines and then served as its President and Vice Chairman; led the buyout of CB Richard Ellis; led the acquisition of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; and participated in the acquisition and ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Before leading those buyouts, he served as President of Marriott Hotels & Resorts over an eight-year period when profits quadrupled and market value increased eight times. Earlier in his career, Mr. Malek was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and in 1967 he co-founded Triangle Corp., a hand tool manufacturer. He currently serves as a Director of several publicly traded companies, including Automatic Data Processing Corp. and CB Richard Ellis.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Fred Malek has had a distinguished career in public service. Mr. Malek served as Special Assistant to the President and then as Deputy Director of OMB from 1970 to 1974. Mr. Malek advised President Reagan as a member of the executive committee of the President’s Council on Cost Control, as a member of the President’s Commission on Private Sector Initiatives and as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He served under President George H. W. Bush as Director of the 1988 Republican Convention and as Director of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, holding the rank of Ambassador. During 1992, Mr. Malek had the privilege of serving as Campaign Manager for President George H. W. Bush.

Since founding Thayer, Fred Malek has formed seven institutional private equity funds under the Thayer name, including three corporate acquisition funds with approximately $1.5 billion in committed capital and four funds that target hotel investments with over $500 million in committed capital.

Fred Malek is a 1959 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in Vietnam. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1964.

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