Fred S. Zeidman acts as chairman of Gordian Group LLC, a leading U.S. investment bank specializing in board-level advice in complex, distressed or “story” financial matters. He has served as director of SPCI since July 2013, as chairman of Petroflow Energy Corporation and Petro River Oil Corporation since 2011, as director of Hyperdynamics Corporation since 2009 and as director of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. since 1986. He served as trustee for AmeriSoft Liquidating Trust.
Zeidman has been involved in numerous high-profile workouts, restructurings and reorganizations. He was the former CEO, president and chairman of Seitel, Inc., a Houston-based provider of onshore seismic data to the North American oil and gas industry where he was instrumental in the highly successful turnaround of the company. He also held the post of chairman of the board and CEO of Unibar Corporation, the largest domestic independent drilling fluids company, until its sale to Anchor Drilling Fluids.
Zeidman has served as CEO, interim CEO and chairman of a variety of companies, including several in the oil and gas sector. He is the chairman emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He was appointed to that position by President George W. Bush in 2002 and served from 2002-2010. He is also chairman emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute and is vice chancellor of the Houston Community College System. He further serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the University of Saint Thomas and is national campaign chairman of Development Corp. of Israel (Israel Bonds).
He currently serves as chairman of the board of CompanionDx (a healthcare concern), Lucas Oil, Straight Path Communications, Inc. and Prosperity Bank in Houston. He was formerly bankruptcy trustee of AremisSoft Corp. and co-chief restructuring officer of TransMeridian Exploration Inc. Zeidman received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University and an MBA from New York University.