Akoya Capital

Akoya Capital brings together CEOs and private sources of funding to execute M& A based strategies that create profitable, growth-oriented enterprises.

Max DeZara


Founding Partner and CEO

Max founded Akoya Operating Partners in 2010 as well as its predecessor company, Akoya Capital, in 2005. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company and is involved in overseeing all aspects of the operation.

Max is uniquely expert at partnering with industry-leading executives to develop market-leading organizations and create significant business value.. The strategies he has developed and teams he has partnered with have created billions of dollars of shareholder value.

Prior to forming Akoya Capital, Max spent over 20 years in talent recruitment and assessment and human capital consulting, most as the founder and leader of the Carlyle Group, a leading Midwest boutique retained executive search and consulting firm. The core organizational capabilities of the Carlyle Group continue today as key strengths of Akoya Operating Partners. In 1998, Max sold Carlyle to The Whitney Group, creating a top-ten executive search firm with eight offices worldwide. During his affiliation with The Whitney Group, he was elected vice chairman and served on Whitney’s board of directors. He subsequently led a successful management buyout of the original Carlyle business in 2004.

Max is an active member of the Association For Corporate Growth, the Alliance of Merger& Acquisition Advisors, and the Turnaround Management Association. Additionally, he serves as an active board member of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

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312.546.8322