AFHU Board Member and West Coast Leader
to Receive Honor at June 9th Ceremony

NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 — American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) announced today that Mark S. Vidergauz, a prominent investment banker and private equity investor, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship on June 9, 2014, during The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s 77th International Board of Governors Meeting.

Mr. Vidergauz is an avid supporter of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an engaged leader who has propelled the mission of AFHU, particularly on the West Coast. He has provided Mark S. Vidergauzdistinguished leadership to AFHU, serving as the previous president of the Los Angeles Region and as a current member of the National Board of Directors and the Campaign Committee.

A Governor of The Hebrew University International Board of Governors, Mr. Vidergauz is a university Guardian and national AFHU Scopus Award recipient along with his wife, Dr. Sharon Hirschowitz, a professor of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Mark and Sharon have long shared a commitment to philanthropy, the State of Israel, and to Jewish communities worldwide.

“Mark Vidergauz’s tireless support for Israel and the cause for higher education has helped new generations of students to gain access to a world-class education,” said AFHU President Daniel I. Schlessinger.  “Mark plays an important role in the realm of finance and fulfills a vital role in the philanthropic community.”

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Sage Group, a Los Angeles-based investment bank with a wide array of national and international clients, Mark Vidergauz, a South Africa native, advises private and public companies on merger and acquisition and corporate finance transactions in branded consumer industries. Prior to the formation of Sage, he was a managing director at ING Barings and headed the firm’s West Coast investment banking activities. He practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers and was a director at Barclays Merchant Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He currently serves on the boards of Sage and Monster Beverage Corp.

A member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association, Mr. Vidergauz received B.A. and L.L.B. degrees, as well as degrees in tax and business administration, from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an L.L.M. degree from the London School of Economics.
Mark and Sharon reside in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of daughter Kira, an attorney. The Hebrew University’s 77th Board of Governors meeting will commence on Friday June 6, 2014 and end on Thursday June 12, 2014.