Marc Holtzman is chairman of Kazkommertsbank in Kazakhstan. Previously, Holtzman was Chairman of Meridian Capital HK, a private equity firm with investments in natural resources, real estate, food, agriculture and transportation. He currently resides in New Zealand.
Early career and education
Holtzman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lehigh University. Holtzman served as Executive Director of Citizens for America, former President Ronald Reagan’s national issues advocacy group. In the 1980 Presidential campaign, Reagan appointed Holtzman Executive Director of his Pennsylvania campaign, the youngest person to ever run a statewide campaign in a US presidential election.
In 1989, Holtzman was nominated by President Reagan to the Peace Corps National Advisory Council.
Holtzman was Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and Vice Chairman ABN Amro Bank. Holtzman was co-founder and President of MeesPierson EurAmerica (a firm which was acquired by ABN Amro) and was a senior adviser to Salomon Brothers, where he lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Russia from September 1989 until October 1998.
From 2003 through 2005 Holtzman was President of the University of Denver.
Holtzman served in the Cabinet of former Governor Bill Owens as Colorado's first Secretary of Technology.
Holtzman was appointed in January 2007 by Kazakhstan's then Prime Minister Karim Massimov to serve on the Board of Directors of Kazyna, the nation's sovereign wealth fund from 2006 to 2008.
Holtzman served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Space Foundation from 2004 to 2010.
As of 2012 Holtzman was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Kigali in Rwanda, and become a member of the Board of Directors of TTEC in 2014.
Holtzman was a member of the Board of Directors of FTI Consulting.
On January 24, 1999, Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski presented Holtzman with The Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit.
Holtzman has given lectures on economic and political developments in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has advocated the process of continued market reforms and democratization.
Holtzman was co-founder of the Denver School for Science and Technology, a charter high school in Colorado.
Holtzman and his wife Kristen reside in New Zealand with their two daughters and son.