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James A. Quella
Senior Advisor

New York

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James Quella serves as an advisor focusing on strategy and operational performance of Blackstone’s private equity portfolio companies. Mr. Quella currently serves on the boards of Catalent, DJO, Freescale and Michaels Stores.

Previously, Mr. Quella was a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Portfolio Operations at Blackstone between 2004 and 2013, where he led the performance improvement initiatives across all businesses and functions at the portfolio companies. Prior to that, Mr. Quella was a Managing Director and Senior Operating Partner with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Merchant Banking Partners-CSFB Private Equity.

Before that, Mr. Quella worked at Mercer Management Consulting and Strategic Planning Associates, its predecessor firm, where he served as a Senior Consultant to Chief Executive Officers and senior management teams and was Co-Vice Chairman. He is also the co-author of “Profit Patterns: 30 Ways to Anticipate and Profit from the Strategic Forces Reshaping Your Business”.

Mr. Quella received a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago & University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA with dean’s honors from the University of Chicago.

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