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We believe that intellectual capital is critical to providing innovative solutions and, ultimately, having a positive economic impact. Over the years, we have been fortunate to attract some of the most talented professionals in our industry. They stay to build rewarding careers because of our entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to our people and the high expectation for excellence. Our people are our most valuable asset – they are skilled problem solvers that believe challenges can be opportunities.




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Everything we do is guided by this set of principles which define our character and culture; they have been at the core of Blackstone since its inception. These enduring qualities are the shared convictions that we bring to our professional and personal conduct – they are a fundamental strength of our business.


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Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Executive Offices — New York

Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms with $440 billion Assets Under Management (as of June 30, 2018). Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of Blackstone’s development since its founding in 1985. The firm has established leading investing businesses across asset classes, including private equity, where it is a global leader in traditional buyout, growth equity, special situations and secondary investing; real estate, where it is currently the largest owner of property in the world; hedge fund solutions, where it is the world’s largest discretionary hedge fund investor; and credit, where it is a global leader and major provider of credit for small, middle-market and other companies. Blackstone has also recently launched major new businesses dedicated to infrastructure investing and delivering the firm’s investment management expertise and products to insurance companies.

Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and schools. Whether in business or in philanthropy, he has always attempted to tackle big problems and find transformative solutions. Earlier this year, he donated $25 million to his alma mater Abington High School to facilitate a full-scale renovation and curriculum changes that better prepare students for today’s workforce. With this gift - the largest ever to an individual public school - Mr. Schwarzman is advocating for a paradigm shift in how schools and donors approach private support for public education. In 2015, Mr. Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University to establish the Schwarzman Center, a first-of-its-kind campus center in Yale’s historic “Commons” building. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At $550 million, the program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history coming largely from international donors. Mr. Schwarzman currently maintains his position as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Schwarzman Scholars. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library on whose board he serves.

Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is a former co-chair of the Partnership for New York City and serves on the boards of The Asia Society and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as on The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is a Trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman was included in TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” In 2016, he topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the most influential people in finance. The Republic of France has awarded Mr. Schwarzman both the Légion d'Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Letters at the Commandeur level. Mr. Schwarzman is one of the only Americans to receive both awards recognizing significant contributions to France.

He is also the Former Chairman of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which was charged with providing direct input to the President of the United States from business leaders through a non-partisan, non-bureaucratic exchange of ideas.

Mr. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management and on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.

Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray

President & Chief Operating Officer

Executive Offices — New York

Jonathan (“Jon”) Gray is President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and is a member of Blackstone’s Board of Directors. He sits on its Management Committee and most of its investment committees, including serving as Chairman of the Real Estate group’s investment committee. Mr. Gray previously served as the firm’s Global Head of Real Estate, which he helped to build into the largest real estate platform in the world with $120 billion of investor capital under management. He joined Blackstone in 1992.

Mr. Gray currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hilton Worldwide. He also serves on the board of Harlem Village Academies and Trinity School. Mr. Gray and his wife, Mindy, established the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine focused on the prevention and treatment of BRCA related cancers. They also established NYC Kids RISE in partnership with the City of New York to accelerate college savings for low income children.

Mr. Gray received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tony James

Tony James

Executive Vice Chairman

Executive Offices — New York

Hamilton (“Tony”) E. James is Executive Vice Chairman of Blackstone, and a member of the Board of Directors of its general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He is also a member of Blackstone’s Management Committee and sits on each of the firm’s investment committees. Mr. James previously served as the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. James was Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Executive Board. Prior to the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Mr. James was the Chairman of DLJ’s Banking Group, responsible for all the firm’s investment banking and merchant banking activities. Mr. James joined DLJ in 1975 as an Investment Banking associate. He became head of DLJ’s global M&A group in 1982, founded DLJ Merchant Banking, Inc. in 1985, and was named Chairman of the Banking Group in 1995.

Mr. James is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Costco Wholesale Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Asset Holdings, and has served on a number of other corporate Boards. Mr. James is Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of The Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System, member of the Center for American Progress Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of Trout Unlimited’s Coldwater Conservation Fund, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wildlife Conservation Society, Advisory Board member of The Montana Land Reliance, Advisory Council member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Chairman of the Education Finance Institute and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theatre. He is also a former member of the President’s Export Council and a former Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In 2018, Mr. James co-authored the second edition of Rescuing Retirement, a book proposing a solution to America’s looming retirement crisis. The first edition was published in 2016. He has also published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Harvard Business Review and other major publications.

Mr. James graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College in 1973 and was a John Harvard Scholar. He earned an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1975.

Michael Chae

Michael Chae

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Finance — New York

Michael S. Chae is Blackstone’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Chae has management responsibility over the firm’s global finance, treasury, technology and corporate development functions. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Chae has served in a broad range of leadership roles including Head of International Private Equity, from 2012 through 2015, Head of Private Equity for Asia/Pacific, from 2011 through 2015, and overseeing Private Equity investments in various sectors and the investment process for Tactical Opportunities. Mr. Chae led or was involved in numerous Blackstone investments over that time period.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chae worked at The Carlyle Group, L.P. and prior to that with Dillon, Read & Co.

Mr. Chae received an AB from Harvard College, an MPhil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a JD from Yale Law School. He has served on numerous boards of private and publicly traded portfolio companies. Mr. Chae is President of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrenceville School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society and the St. Bernard’s School.

J. Tomilson Hill

J. Tomilson Hill

Chairman, BAAM

BAAM — New York

J. Tomilson Hill is Chairman of the Hedge Fund Solutions group, Vice Chairman of Blackstone and a member of the board of directors of our general partner. Mr. Hill was elected to the board of directors of our general partner effective March 20, 2007. He also sits on the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Hill previously served as Co-Head of the Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory group before assuming his role as Chief Executive Officer of BAAM. In his current capacity, Mr. Hill is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the group, including investment management, client relationships, product development, marketing, operations and administration. He is a member of the board of directors of Patria Investment Limited.

Before joining Blackstone in 1993, Mr. Hill began his career at First Boston, later becoming one of the Co-Founders of its Mergers & Acquisitions Department. After running the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Smith Barney, he joined Lehman Brothers as a partner in 1982, serving as Co-Head and subsequently Head of Investment Banking. Later, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers and Co-President and Co-COO of Shearson Lehman Brothers Holding Inc.

Mr. Hill is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he is Chairman Emeritus of the Investment Committee and serves on the Council’s board of directors, and is a member of the board of directors of Lincoln Center Theater, where he is Chairman Emeritus. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Smithsonian Institution. He currently serves on the board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Telluride Foundation, the Advantage Testing Foundation, the Friends of the High Line, and of Our Lady Queen of Angels School, a parochial school (K-8th grade) in Spanish Harlem. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Christie’s and a member of the board of directors of First Eagle Investment Management, Hamilton Insurance Group, Limited and Advantage Testing, Inc.

Joseph Baratta

Joseph Baratta

Global Head of Private Equity

Private Equity — New York

Joseph Baratta is Global Head of Private Equity and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He also serves on many of the firm’s investment committees.

Mr. Baratta joined Blackstone in 1998 and in 2001 he moved to London to help establish Blackstone’s corporate private equity business in Europe. Since 2012, Mr. Baratta has served as the firm’s Global Head of Private Equity and is located in New York.

Mr. Baratta has served on the boards of many past Blackstone portfolio companies and currently serves on the boards of First Eagle Investment Management, Penn Engineering and SESAC. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Georgetown University; is a trustee of the Tate Foundation; and serves on the board of Year Up, an organization focused on youth employment.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Baratta was with Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. Mr. Baratta also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Baratta graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

Joan Solotar

Joan Solotar

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Private Wealth Solutions & External Relations

Private Wealth Solutions & Ext Relations — New York

Joan Solotar is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, Head of Private Wealth Solutions and External Relations and serves on the Management Committee. Ms. Solotar oversees the firm’s Private Wealth Solutions business, which delivers solutions to institutional and high net worth clients. Additionally, she manages global shareholder relations and public affairs.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was with Bank of America Securities where she was a Managing Director and Head of Equity Research. Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a consistently highly ranked Institutional Investor “All-America Research Team” financial services analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as a Managing Director.

Ms. Solotar Chairs the Board of Directors of Blackstone’s Charitable Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program and the East Harlem Scholars Academies. She is the author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled “Truths for our Daughters,” as well as “Truths from My Daughter.”

Ms. Solotar received a BS in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

John McCormick

John McCormick

President and CEO, BAAM

BAAM — New York

John McCormick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. McCormick is involved in overseeing the day-to-day activities of the group, including investment management, client relationships, product development, marketing, operations and administration.

Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. McCormick was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he worked on senior level strategy issues for a wide variety of financial services industry clients. Mr. McCormick began his career as an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell and has also served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Mr. McCormick received a BA from Vassar College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Kenneth Caplan

Kenneth Caplan

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Real Estate — New York

Kenneth A. Caplan is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone has the largest real estate platform in the world with $120 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is the industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the US, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Caplan most recently served as Global Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone Real Estate and prior to that as Head of Real Estate Europe. Since joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Caplan has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate acquisitions and initiatives in the United States, Europe and Asia. These include major acquisitions such as Equity Office Properties, Hilton Hotels, Logicor and GE Real Estate. Before joining Blackstone, he was at Lazard Frères & Co. in the real estate investment banking group.

Mr. Caplan received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a John Harvard Scholar. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep.

Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Real Estate — New York

Kathleen McCarthy is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone has the largest real estate platform in the world with $120 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is the industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Ms. McCarthy most recently served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate where she was responsible for its day-to-day operations with a particular focus on its investors, capital raising and business development efforts across new investment products.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Vice President focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Ms. McCarthy received a BA with Distinction from Yale University. Ms. McCarthy serves on the Boards of City Harvest, the Real Estate Roundtable and the PREA Foundation.

Bennett Goodman

Bennett Goodman

Sr. Managing Director & Founder of GSO Capital Partners

GSO — New York

Bennett Goodman is a Co-Founder of GSO Capital Partners (“GSO”) and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Blackstone and sits on the firm’s Management Committee.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Goodman focuses on the management of GSO, which is Blackstone’s credit investment platform with over $85 billion of assets under management in various direct lending strategies, leveraged loan vehicles and distressed investment funds.

Before co-founding GSO in 2005, Mr. Goodman was the Managing Partner of the Alternative Capital Division of Credit Suisse. Mr. Goodman joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when they acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette ("DLJ") where he was Global Head of Leveraged Finance. Mr. Goodman joined DLJ in February of 1988 as the founder of the High Yield Capital Markets Group. Prior to joining DLJ, Mr. Goodman worked in the high yield business at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1984 to 1988.

Mr. Goodman graduated from Lafayette College and the Harvard Business School. He currently sits on the board of Lincoln Center and the Central Park Conservancy. He received Institutional Investor’s 2012 Money Manager of The Year Award and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from Euromoney Magazine for his career achievements in the global capital markets.

Sean Klimczak

Sean Klimczak

Global Head of Infrastructure

Infrastructure — New York

Sean T. Klimczak is the Global Head of Infrastructure and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Klimczak has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including various Sithe Global investments (including Goreway, Bujagali, GNP Mariveles and SKS), Cheniere Energy Partners, Fisterra, Utility One Source, Meerwind, Transmission Developers and American Petroleum Tankers.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Klimczak was an Associate at Madison Dearborn Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Klimczak worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Company’s Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Klimczak received a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with the highest academic standing in his class and was selected as a Baker Scholar, a John L. Loeb Fellow, a Henry Ford II Scholar and a William J. Carey Scholar. Mr. Klimczak serves as a director of Sithe Global, Utility One Source, Transmission Developers and The Blackstone Charitable Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College and as a member of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Klimczak was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015.

Stephen Can

Stephen Can

Sr. Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

Stephen H. Can is Senior Managing Director and Co-head of Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Can is the founding member of Strategic Partners, joining DLJ in 2000 as a Managing Director. Before joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Can worked with the IBM Pension Funds where he co-managed a $7.9 billion private equity portfolio with a focus on both secondary and primary investing. Mr. Can is the Chairman of the Strategic Partners Investment Committees, and previously served on the investment committee of CS Private Equity Strategies, L.P., Real Estate Capital Partners IV, L.P., Credit Suisse Selected Partners, L.P, and Credit Suisse First Boston Fund Investments VII, L.P.

Mr. Can received an A.S. in Business Administration from J.C.C. S.U.N.Y. in 1980, a B.A. magna cum laude in Accounting from Plattsburgh S.U.N.Y. in 1982 and an M.S. in Finance from the Krannert Business School at Purdue University in 1984 where he was named outstanding graduate instructor. Mr. Can subsequently earned C.P.A., C.M.A., and C.F.M. designations.

Verdun Perry

Verdun Perry

Sr. Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

Verdun S. Perry is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary fund of funds business, which it acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013.

Mr. Perry joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when it acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”), where he was an Associate in the Investment Banking Division before joining Strategic Partners the year it was founded. Mr. Perry sits on Strategic Partners’ Investment Committees and his current responsibilities include fundraising, deal-sourcing, negotiating and executing secondary transactions and co-investments, as well as various post-purchase fund monitoring activities. Previously, Mr. Perry worked in the strategic investments group at Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon and Eckhardt, Inc. and in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Mr. Perry received a B.A. from Morehouse College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. Mr. Perry serves on the boards of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO).

Qasim Abbas

Qasim Abbas

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Qasim Abbas is a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Abbas was a Portfolio Manager with Trafalgar Asset Managers (a European credit-focused hedge fund), where he invested and traded in European Asset-Backed and Mortgage-Backed Securities across a range of asset classes. Prior to that, he was responsible for establishing a Europe-focused mortgage loan portfolio trading and investment desk at UBS AG in London. Before joining UBS AG, Mr. Abbas spent eight years at Citigroup in emerging markets, securitization, and asset-backed special situations roles.

Mr. Abbas graduated from Clark University with majors in Economics and Government.

Angelo Acconcia

Angelo Acconcia

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Angelo Acconcia is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, based in New York, and leads Blackstone's private equity investment activities in the oil & gas sector on a global basis. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, and prior to fully dedicating his time to energy and the oil & gas sector, Mr. Acconcia has been involved in the execution of several important Blackstone investments, including Graham Packaging, Ondeo Nalco, TRW Automotive and Texas Genco. Mr. Acconcia has either led or played a critical role in every one of Blackstone’s oil and gas investments, including: Alta Energy, Beacon Oil & Gas, Brix & Harvest, GeoSouthern, Gavilan Resources, Guidon Energy, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Energy Permian, Primexx, LLOG, Osum Oil Sands, Royal Resources, and Vine Oil & Gas.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Acconcia worked at Morgan Stanley & Company's Investment Banking Division in their Global Energy and Mergers and Acquisitions departments in both the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, Mr. Acconcia worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Investment Banking Division in Canada and separately in Hong Kong.

Mr. Acconcia is a member of the Investment Committee for Blackstone Energy Partners II, a $4.5 billion Blackstone private equity fund dedicated exclusively to the energy sector, and also serves as a director of Beacon Oil & Gas, Brix & Harvest, Gavilan Resources, Guidon Energy, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Energy Permian, Primexx, LLOG, Osum Oil Sands, Royal Resources, and Vine Oil & Gas. Mr. Acconcia received an Honors degree in Business from Queen's University in Canada, where he graduated with First Class Honors.

A. J. Agarwal

A. J. Agarwal

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

A.J. Agarwal is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and leads Blackstone’s U.S. Core+ real estate business.

Prior to launching and leading Blackstone’s Core+ business in 2014, Mr. Agarwal was co-head of U.S. Acquisitions and oversaw more than $15 billion of equity commitments and $50 billion of transactions across all real estate asset classes. In addition to leading the Brixmor and Extended Stay Hotels IPOs, he was directly involved with and led investments across all sectors, including Blackstone’s investment in malls through General Growth Properties, limited service hotels through Apple REIT 6 and Extended Stay Hotels, luxury hotels through Hotel del Coronado, shopping centers through Brixmor and multiple other grocery-anchored portfolios, and office buildings such as One Market Plaza in San Francisco. Mr. Agarwal joined Blackstone in 1992 and is a member of Blackstone’s Real Estate Investment Committee.

Mr. Agarwal graduated from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Martin Alderson Smith

Martin Alderson Smith

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Martin Alderson Smith is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Mr. Alderson Smith manages the development and distribution of tailored solutions for insurance companies worldwide. Before taking up his current role, Mr. Alderson Smith was Head of Corporate Development working on firm wide strategy and evaluation of new business initiatives.

Mr. Alderson Smith was formerly the Managing Partner of Blackstone’s M&A advisory business and a Senior Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group. In that capacity, he worked on a wide array of insurance and asset management projects, including representing the State Regulators of New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Maryland and Washington on the proposed demutualization and conversion of John Hancock, MetLife, Prudential, Principal, Carefirst and Premera Blue Cross. He also was retained by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Insurance Department to review a number of corporate transactions including the affiliation of Highmark with West Penn Allegheny Health System, and Highmark’s acquisition of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, he has advised clients including Aviva, State Street, AIG and Ullico on a spectrum of acquisitions, divestitures and partnership transactions. He is a Blackstone designated Director of Patria Investimentos S.A., as well as a Blackstone designated Director of Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. Before joining Blackstone in 1991, Mr. Alderson Smith was with First Boston in London and New York for eight years.

Mr. Alderson Smith holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Samir Amichi

Samir Amichi

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Samir Amichi is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Europe Acquisitions, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Amichi has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe, including OfficeFirst, the Banco Popular portfolio, and the GE European portfolio.

Previously, Mr. Amichi spent seven years in Goldman Sachs International’s real estate private equity group focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe and two years at The Richemont Group overseeing the set-up and growth of its global real estate investment business.

Mr. Amichi received an MS in Management from the HEC business school in Paris, where he majored in Economics.

Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson

Sr. Managing Director, Global Head of Public Affairs & Marketing

External Relations — New York

Christine Anderson is Senior Managing Director of Global Public Affairs and Marketing. She oversees Blackstone's public relations, branding, marketing and internal communications functions and advises on government affairs. She serves as the primary spokesperson for the firm, advising Blackstone’s senior leaders and business groups, as well as companies across Blackstone’s portfolio.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Anderson served as Communications Director and Director of Marketing to the former Governor of New York as well as Communications Director on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Before working in state government, Ms. Anderson was an Associate Director of Corporate Communications at UBS AG supporting U.S. media relations and serving as a spokesperson for the company’s Wealth Management division. During the 2004 U.S. Presidential election cycle, she served as a Deputy Press Secretary on the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Ms. Anderson also previously worked as an Account Director at the public relations firm Brunswick and as a Segment Producer for ABC News' “Good Morning America” after starting her career in the Press Office of the Clinton White House.

Ms. Anderson received a BA from The College of the Holy Cross, and serves on the Blackstone Women’s Network’s Steering Committee, as well as on the board of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Lionel Assant

Lionel Assant

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Lionel Assant is Senior Managing Director and European Head of Private Equity for Blackstone, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Assant has been involved in various European investments and investment opportunities.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Assant was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs where he worked for seven years in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Asset Management and Private Equity divisions.

Mr. Assant graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique with a Master’s degree in Economics. He serves as a Director of Tangerine, Intertrust, Armacell, Rhodia Acetow, Clarion Events, Schenck Process and CIRSA. Mr. Assant served on the boards of Gerresheimer, Klockner Pentaplast, Mivisa, United Biscuits and Alliance Automotive Group. He is also a Trustee of Impetus-PEF, a charitable foundation which provides resources to improve the lives of children and young people living in poverty.

Gautam Banerjee

Gautam Banerjee

Sr. Managing Director

SG-Regional Management — Singapore

Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone Singapore. Mr. Banerjee served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012. He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia. Mr Banerjee is an independent director on the Board of Singapore Airlines Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and GIC Private Limited. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and his roles in the not-for-profit sector include serving on the Governing Board of Yale-NUS College and the Legal Service Commission of Singapore. Mr. Banerjee is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Warwick University in 1977 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the same university in 2014. Mr. Banerjee was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2014.

Gideon Berger

Gideon Berger

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Gideon L. Berger is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Berger was a Founder and President of Ez-Ways, Incorporated, a technology startup, where he also served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, Mr. Berger was a Founder and Principal of a consulting firm specializing in the design and implementation of database and enterprise solutions.

Mr. Berger received a BA in Mathematics and Physics from Vassar College, an MS in Applied Physics from Columbia University and a PhD in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

Wayne Berman

Wayne Berman

Sr. Managing Director

External Relations —

Wayne Berman is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs for Blackstone. He manages political and legislative risk for the firm and its portfolio companies, overseeing a global team of political risk specialists.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Berman was Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather. Previously, Mr. Berman served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce, appointed by George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mr. Berman’s political experience includes a variety of positions in nine Presidential campaigns: he served as Chairman of the Rubio for President campaign (2016), Senior Advisor to Romney for President and Romney-Ryan (2012), National Finance Chairman for McCain for President (2008), Senior Advisor to the Bush-Cheney Transition (2001), Vice Presidential Campaign Director for Dole-Kemp (1996), Deputy Director and Executive Producer of the 1992 Republican National Convention, Director of Congressional Relations during the Bush/Quayle Campaign (1988), Deputy Director of the Reagan-Bush Transition Team (1981), and staff of Bush for President and Reagan-Bush campaigns (1980).

In addition, Mr. Berman has had an extensive career in the insurance brokerage business. He was Senior Advisor to AON; Vice Chairman of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and Co-Founder of Lane McVicker, a U.S.-based personal property broker.

Berman is currently a member of the Ed Broking Board of Directors, a London-based wholesale insurance broker; he is on the board of directors of several Blackstone portfolio companies. He is also a member of the board of directors of Ports America, the largest operator of port facilities in North America.

Mr. Berman received a BA from the University of Buffalo.

Joshua Blaine

Joshua Blaine

Sr. Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Joshua Blaine is a Senior Managing Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Blaine is based in New York and sits on the Investment Committee for each of the SP Funds. He founded the Strategic Partners London office in 2004. Since joining Strategic Partners in 2001, Mr. Blaine has led or been involved in several hundred secondary transactions, co-investments and primary fund commitments on a global basis across the LBO, mezzanine/credit, real estate, venture capital and fund-of-funds categories. He is currently an advisory board member or observer of several U.S. and European buyout and mezzanine funds. Before joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Blaine worked in the Private Fund Group at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was part of a small dedicated team responsible for selling almost $2 billion of the firms private equity partnership interests through a series of secondary market transactions. He previously worked in the Corporate Finance Department at UBS. Mr. Blaine received a B.S.M. in finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He graduated cum laude and was the recipient of the Dean’s Service Award. Mr. Blaine is a member of the Tulane Fund Advisory Board and a member of the City Harvest Leadership Council.

Greg Blank

Greg Blank

Sr. Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Greg Blank is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group where he focuses on investments in the Communications sector. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Blank has worked in both the New York and Hong Kong offices and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments, including NCR, Kronos, Paysafe, JDA, Ipreo, and Optiv.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Blank was an Associate at Texas Pacific Group (TPG) in San Francisco where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Blank worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. focused on Technology, Media and Telecommunications clients.

Mr. Blank received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Blank also earned an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr. Blank serves on the Board of Directors of NCR, Kronos, and Ipreo.

David Blitzer

David Blitzer

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Tactical Opportunities

Tactical Opportunities — New York

David S. Blitzer is the Global Head of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group (Tac Opps), and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is also involved in the Tac Opps Investment Committee. Tac Opps is Blackstone’s opportunistic investment business which invests globally across asset classes and industries and seeks to identify and execute on attractive, differentiated investment opportunities.

Prior to launching Tac Opps, Mr. Blitzer had been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments across a variety of asset classes, including establishing and leading Blackstone’s European private equity business. He joined the firm in 1991.

Mr. Blitzer is based in New York and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Blitzer currently serves on the Boards of Dream, a youth development organization servicing over 2,200 inner city children, and the Riverdale Country School, the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai Surgical Department, the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School and the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Blunt

Chris Blunt

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Christopher (“Chris”) Blunt is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Mr. Blunt is involved with delivering customized investment grade and alternative investment solutions to insurance companies worldwide.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Blunt worked at New York Life (NYL) as President of their $500 billion Investments Group. Prior to that role, Mr. Blunt served as Co-President of the Insurance and Agency Group of New York Life, which encompassed the company’s U.S. Life Operations, Seguros Monterrey New York Life Mexico and AARP Operations. Prior to joining New York Life, Mr. Blunt was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Giving Capital, Inc., a wealth management solutions provider serving the financial institutions marketplace. Mr. Blunt previously spent 14 years in a variety of senior marketing and distribution roles in the investment management industry. Mr. Blunt was the Chief Marketing Officer -Americas for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and President of Mercury Funds Distributors. Before working with Merrill Lynch, Mr. Blunt was a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs & Co., as well as the National Sales Manager for Goldman Sachs Funds.

Mr. Blunt received a BA in History from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business. Mr. Blunt is the Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Greater NY and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Literature Science and the Arts at The University of Michigan.

Steve Bolze

Steve Bolze

Sr. Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Stephen R. Bolze is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure Operations and Asset Management.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Bolze served as a Senior Vice President at the General Electric Company and the President& Chief Executive Officer of GE Power & Water, the company’s largest business unit with $27 billion in revenues and 52,000 employees. During his tenure, GE Power & Water launched the world’s most efficient HA gas turbine, led the acquisition and integration of Alstom Power (the largest industrial acquisition in GE history), and grew the GE Renewables business to a separate standalone division. During his 24 year career at GE, Mr. Bolze also ran multiple other business units including GE Power Generation, GE Healthcare International, GE Medical Functional Imaging, GE Energy Management Services as well as led the Amersham integration and the Corporate Services Council for several years. Earlier in his career at GE, he held a wide range of product management and operating roles. He started his career at GE in Corporate M&A and business development. Prior to GE, Mr. Bolze served as a management consultant for Corporate Decisions, Inc. and as a program manager at Westinghouse.

Mr. Bolze graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He earned a MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Mr. Bolze serves on the Duke Pratt School of Board of Visitors. He is active in many energy-related organizations including the World Energy Council and the World Economic Forum where he has served as the Chair of the Electricity Technology Cluster.

Martin Brand

Martin Brand

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Martin Brand is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Mr. Brand leads Blackstone’s private equity investments in financial institutions, and co-leads private equity investments in technology. In addition, he is a member of the Investment Committee of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities funds. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Brand has been involved in the execution of the firm's investments in Optiv, Paysafe, JDA, Viva, NCR, First Eagle Investment Management, Kronos, Ipreo, Knight Capital Group, Lendmark, Exeter Finance, BankUnited, PBF Energy, Performance Food Group, Travelport, New Skies, Cine UK, NHP, Kabel BW, Kabelnetz NRW, Primacom, and Sulo.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Brand worked as a derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo, and with McKinsey & Company in London.

Mr. Brand received a BA/MA in Mathematics and Computation, First Class Honors, from Oxford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a director of Kronos, Ipreo, Paysafe, Exeter Finance, Stearns, First Eagle Investment Management, and Lendmark. Mr. Brand serves on the Board of Directors of the Park Avenue Armory and the Watermill Center. He is a Trustee of the American Academy Berlin.

Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun

Sr. Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

David L. Calhoun is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Portfolio Operations of Blackstone and a Member of Blackstone’s Management Committee. Mr. Calhoun joined Blackstone in January of 2014 and oversees a team within the portfolio operations group focused on creating and driving added value initiatives with Blackstone portfolio company CEOs.

Previously, Mr. Calhoun served as Executive Chairman of the Board for Nielsen from January 2014 to January 2016. He joined Nielsen in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer shortly after it was acquired by a consortium of private equity investors including Blackstone. Throughout his seven years’ tenure, Mr. Calhoun led Nielsen’s transformation into a leading global information and measurement company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NLSN) and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Before Nielsen, Mr. Calhoun served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Infrastructure, the company’s largest business unit. During his distinguished twenty-six year tenure at GE, Mr. Calhoun ran multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Co., GE Aircraft Engines, and GE Transportation (Aircraft and Rail). Earlier in his career at GE, he held a wide range of operating, finance, and marketing roles across the company, including within GE Plastics and GE Capital.

Mr. Calhoun serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company and Caterpillar. Effective April 1, 2017, Mr. Calhoun became the Chairman of the Board for Caterpillar. He is the co-author with Rick Kash of the book “How Companies Win.” Mr. Calhoun is a 1979 graduate of Virginia Tech, and is a member of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Advisory Council, which advises the university on student and alumni issues. He is also the Chair of the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee for Boeing.

James Carnegie

James Carnegie

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Sydney

James Carnegie is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. He is based in Sydney. Mr. Carnegie was previously a Senior Adviser for Australia in 2012. Prior to that, he was a partner at Archer Capital, one of Australia’s leading domestic private equity firms and a Director of the Macquarie Direct Investment group, Macquarie Bank’s private equity division. Mr. Carnegie received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne as well as an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard University. He is currently on the board of Antares Restaurant Group and Ixom.

Thomas Carrier

Thomas Carrier

Sr. Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Thomas Carrier is a Senior Managing Director within the Private Wealth Solutions group, heading U.S. family capital, foundations & endowment, and large Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) investor channels aimed at helping investors achieve customized solutions through access to Blackstone’s integrated multi-asset platform.

He joined Blackstone from Offit Capital, an advisory firm focused on building global, multi-asset class investment portfolios for individuals, families, and non-profit institutions. At Offit Capital he was a Partner and served as the Chair of the Firm’s Investment Strategy Committee. Prior to Offit, Thomas spent 14 years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he focused on Technology, Real Estate, and Financial Sponsor Coverage in the Firm’s Menlo Park, London, and New York offices.

Thomas is a graduate of Duke University and the Harvard Business School.

Michael Casey

Michael Casey

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Casey is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Casey worked at Cliffwood Partners LLC from 1998 to 2007, where he was the President of the firm. Prior to joining Cliffwood Partners LLC, he was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of Heitman Capital Management. Prior to Heitman, he spent twelve years with JMB Realty Corporation and its affiliates on the investment side of the business. Mr. Casey received a B.B.A. in Real Estate and Finance in 1980 and an M.B.A. in Real Estate in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

John Cashwell

John Cashwell

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

John Cashwell is a Senior Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Cashwell has worked directly within GSO Capital Partners, with a focus on fund raising for GSO’s public and private investment funds. He also serves as the senior relationship manager to many of GSO’s largest clients. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cashwell held senior marketing roles at investment firms including Seix Investment Advisors, Citigroup Alternative Investments and Allianz Global Investors. Mr. Cashwell received a BS in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Beth Chartoff Spector

Beth Chartoff Spector

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Beth Chartoff is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations and Business Development for GSO Capital Partners. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Chartoff worked as a Director in Investment Banking at Banc of America Securities in the Financial Sponsors Group. Prior to that she was in the investment banking groups of Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where she worked on a variety of financing, M&A, and restructuring transactions in the consumer and retail and media and telecommunications industries. Ms. Chartoff received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theater.

Menes Chee

Menes Chee

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Menes Chee is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing investments in private opportunities and capital markets. Mr. Chee joined Blackstone in 2009, as a Managing Director of GSO Capital Partners, and transferred to Tactical Opportunities in 2012.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chee was a Principal with TPG-Axon Capital, where he invested globally in equity and credit in public markets and private transactions. Prior to that, he was a private equity investment professional with Texas Pacific Group. Previous to TPG, Mr. Chee worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Merchant Banking Group and at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in the Leveraged Finance Group.

Mr. Chee graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Frank Cohen

Frank Cohen

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Frank Cohen is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Global Head of Core+ Real Estate. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust.

Since joining Blackstone in 1996, Mr. Cohen has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate transactions. He has been involved with many of the firm’s notable investments, including Equity Office, CarrAmerica Realty, Trizec and IndCor Properties. Mr. Cohen received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated from the Honors Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, with a double major in political science.

He serves as a director for several Blackstone portfolio companies, including Equity Office, as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, on the Board of the Regional Plan Association and on the Board of Visitors at Northwestern University.

Brett Condron

Brett Condron

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brett Condron is a Senior Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Condron is involved in new business development and product management, as well as servicing existing client relationships.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Condron worked with Putnam Investments in Boston, MA. His most recent role was Senior Vice President and Account Manager in Putnam's Global Institutional Management group, where he was responsible for new business development and client relations in the United States.

Mr. Condron received a BS in Finance and Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Eric Conklin

Eric Conklin

Sr. Managing Director, Managing Partner

Harvest — Wayne

Eric Conklin is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, serving as the Managing Partner of Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s publicly traded MLP and Yield-Oriented Investment Platform. Having joined Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Conklin focuses on Harvest’s investment process and the overall direction and growth of Harvest.

Before joining Harvest in 2006, Mr. Conklin was a Vice President in the Credit Suisse Energy Equity Research Group responsible for coverage of the MLP sector. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Conklin was a Research Analyst on both the Exploration & Production and Oil Services teams at Lehman Brothers. Before moving to research, Mr. Conklin was an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at JP Morgan, and an associate in the Energy Group at the Bank of New York.

Mr. Conklin received a BA in Economics from Hamilton College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Giovanni Cutaia

Giovanni Cutaia

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Giovanni Cutaia is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Asset Management in the Real Estate Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Cutaia was at Lone Star Funds where he was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate Investments Americas. Prior to Lone Star, Mr. Cutaia spent over 12 years at Goldman Sachs in its Real Estate Principal Investments Area as a Managing Director in its New York and London offices.

Mr. Cutaia received a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Amit Dixit

Amit Dixit

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Amit Dixit is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity in India, based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Dixit has been involved with various investments and investment opportunities in India and South Asia. Previously, Mr. Dixit was a Principal at Warburg Pincus. Mr. Dixit received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai where he was awarded the Director’s Silver Medal for graduating at the top of his program. He currently serves as a Director of Comstar, Mphasis, Intelenet Global Services, IBS Software Pte Ltd, Jagran Prakashan, Mid-Day Infomedia and HPPPL. Mr. Dixit was previously a Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Igarashi Motors India, Trans Maldivian Airways and S.H. Kelkar.

Paulo Eapen

Paulo Eapen

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Mr. Paulo Eapen is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners focused on the origination and management of private credit investments, spanning distressed, rescue capital, refinancing and LBO acquisition financings. These investments span a wide variety of industries and geographies, primarily headquartered in Europe.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Eapen was with Citigroup Private Equity focused on private equity and mezzanine debt principal investments, and was a founding member of the Citigroup Private Equity London office. Prior to Citigroup Private Equity, he worked in investment banking with Salomon Smith Barney, primarily in the M&A and Utilities practice.

Mr. Eapen has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Infantry Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. Mr. Eapen is on the boards (as a director or observer) of EMI Music Publishing, Welcome Break Ltd., Ring International / Helios, and Morson Group plc. Additionally, Mr. Eapen is on the board of directors for the Ubuntu Education Fund, a charitable organization.

Mohamed El Beih

Mohamed El Beih

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Mohamed El Beih is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group. Mr. El Beih is involved with institutional client coverage and managing BAAM's sovereign relationships in the Middle East. He is involved in building networks and deal sourcing for BAAM’s special situations group, in addition to BAAM’s business strategy and product development.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. El Beih was an Investment Advisor at Morgan Stanley International in the Private Wealth Management division in London, where he was responsible for Middle East client coverage and business development. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked at Goldman Sachs International in London, and spent five years as a Financial Advisor for Associated Securities Corp. in Los Angeles, California. Mr. El Beih is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as a Board Member of ABANA, the U.S. organization for finance professionals and institutions with interest in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. El Beih received a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Nadim El Gabbani

Nadim El Gabbani

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Nadim El Gabbani is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. El Gabbani has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview, Exeter, First Eagle, Lendmark, Michaels Stores, Service King, Sithe Global Power, Stearns, and TeamHealth. He serves as director of Stearns Lending. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. El Gabbani worked at Qalaa Holdings, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions in North America and the Middle East.

Mr. El Gabbani received a B.A. in Physics from Columbia College and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar.

George Fan

George Fan

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

George Fan is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Operating Officer of GSO Capital Partners. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Fan was a Director in the legal and compliance department of Credit Suisse First Boston, overseeing the Financial Sponsors Group of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division, as well as the Leveraged Finance Group.   Additionally, Mr. Fan was counsel to the Investment Banking Committee and Bank/High Yield Finance Committee.   Mr. Fan joined CSFB in November 2000 when CSFB merged with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, where he was a Vice President in the legal and compliance department with responsibilities in debt originations. Prior to that, Mr. Fan was an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where his practice focused on originations of high yield securities. Mr. Fan holds an AB from Harvard College and a JD from the University of Chicago.

John Finley

John Finley

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Legal Officer

Legal & Compliance — New York

John G. Finley, a Senior Managing Director, is the firm's Chief Legal Officer and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Finley was a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he headed the global mergers and acquisitions group.

Mr. Finley has a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from the Harvard Law School.

David Flannery

David Flannery

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

David Flannery is a Senior Managing Director of the Blackstone Group and Co-Head of the Capital Solutions strategy for GSO Capital Partners. The strategy focuses on rescue lending and other public and private special situations.

Before joining GSO Capital, David was a Portfolio Manager with Anchorage Capital Group, focused on illiquid credit investing. Prior to joining Anchorage, David worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”) where he held several global group head roles. David was the Chief Risk Officer of Global Banking & Markets. He was responsible for all aspects of risk management for the global institutional businesses, including sales and trading, investment banking, corporate and commercial lending, and commercial real estate. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Leveraged Finance & Capital Markets for BAML. In this role, he was responsible for the global origination, structuring and syndication of high yield bonds, bridge loans, and syndicated bank debt. Before joining BAML, David was the Global Head of Leveraged Finance at Deutsche Bank, where he focused on private equity sponsor relationships and transactions. David began his career at Bankers Trust Company in 1992 in the high yield bond department.

David graduated from Villanova University. He works closely with Cycle for Survival, a Sloan-Kettering sponsored organization, and with Harlem RBI. David, his wife and three children reside in Manhattan.

David Foley

David Foley

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Energy Partners

Private Equity — New York

David I. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity group and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Energy Partners. Mr. Foley is based in New York and is responsible for overseeing Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy and natural resource sector on a global basis. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Foley has been responsible for building the Blackstone energy & natural resources practice and has played an integral role in every energy-sector private equity deal that the firm has made. Mr. Foley actively leads our investment activities in the midstream sector and provides guidance and support to the other BEP senior investment professionals, who each have primary responsibility for specific sectors.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Foley worked with AEA Investors, and prior to that he worked as a management consultant for Monitor Company. Mr. Foley serves as a Director of several energy companies, including: Beacon, Cheniere Energy Inc., EagleClaw, Rover, Grand Prix, Kosmos, LLOG, Royal Resources, Sithe, Siccar Point Energy and Vine.

Mr. Foley received a BA and MA in Economics, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Brian Gavin

Brian Gavin

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brian F. Gavin is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and is Chief Operating Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Gavin was a Partner in Arthur Andersen's Hedge Fund Advisory and Capital Markets group.

Mr. Gavin received a BS in Accounting from New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Greg Geiling

Greg Geiling

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Greg Geiling is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, and the Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group (Blackstone Strategic Opportunity Fund).

In addition, Greg is involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Geiling was a Portfolio Manager at Duquesne Capital Management, overseeing investments in the technology, media and telecom sectors. Mr. Geiling started his career in the Equity Research Department at J.P. Morgan where he was responsible for several technology industry segments including wireline equipment, wireless equipment, and data networking. Mr. Geiling was ranked each year from 1997 to 2002 on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for his coverage of several technology sectors including being ranked the #1 analyst on Wall Street covering the telecommunications equipment industry. Upon the acquisition of J.P. Morgan by Chase Manhattan, J.P. Morgan Chase named Mr. Geiling to the role of Chief Technology Strategist.

Mr. Geiling holds a BS in finance from Lehigh University.

Rob Harper

Rob Harper

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Rob Harper is a Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management in the Real Estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Harper has been involved in analyzing Blackstone’s real estate equity and debt investments in all property types. Mr. Harper has previously worked for Blackstone in Los Angeles and London, where he served as Head of Europe for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business. Mr. Harper currently serves as a board member of Invitation Homes and is a former board member of Park Hotels & Resorts and Extended Stay America. He also currently serves as a board member for the Global Heritage Fund.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Harper worked for Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity group in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Mr. Harper received a BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Chris Heady

Chris Heady

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Asia

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Christopher Heady is the Chairman of Asia Pacific, Head of Real Estate Asia and is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. Mr. Heady is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Real Estate group’s investment activities and personnel in Asia.

Mr. Heady joined Blackstone in 2000 and has been involved in a variety of real estate acquisitions and initiatives in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Since 2007, Mr. Heady has played a key role in the Real Estate Group’s Asia expansion including establishing teams and executing investments in Greater China, India, Singapore, Japan and Australia.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Heady was with Morgan Stanley in London and New York, where he was involved in real estate private equity. Mr. Heady received a BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors. He currently serves on the board of ANREV, Embassy Office Parks and 151 Property Group.

Wallace C. Henderson

Wallace C. Henderson

Sr. Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Wallace Henderson is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group and leads the group’s investment activities in the midstream sector.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Henderson was a Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee at EIG Global Energy Partners, where he led the firm’s global midstream effort. In that role, Mr. Henderson oversaw the origination, execution and management of numerous large-scale midstream investments, including transactions in natural gas and liquids gathering and processing, long haul pipelines, and LNG-related infrastructure. Prior to joining EIG in 2011, Mr. Henderson was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank, where he led a New York- based, ten-member, investment banking team responsible for advisory and capital raising transactions for UBS oil and gas clients in the Americas. From 1987 to 2004, Mr. Henderson had a number of investment banking roles at Credit Suisse, including as a Managing Director in the Global Project Finance, Oil & Gas and Latin American Groups.

Mr. Henderson received his BA in Economics from Kenyon College and his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where he was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Tyler Henritze

Tyler Henritze

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Tyler Henritze is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate US Acquisitions based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Henritze has been involved in over $75 billion of real estate investments across all property types. Notable transactions include the acquisition of GE Capital’s real estate business, Strategic Hotels, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Extended Stay Hotels, Equity Office Properties, CarrAmerica, LaQuinta and Wyndham International. Mr. Henritze currently serves as a board member of Park Hotels and Resorts, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and BRE Select Hotel Corp and is a former board member of Hilton Worldwide and La Quinta.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Henritze worked at Merrill Lynch, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking group.

Mr. Henritze received a BS in Commerce from The McIntire School at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction. He also helped found and serves on the investment community board of CityYear New York.

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Todd Hirsch is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Hirsch was a Managing Director and Head of Credit Structuring at Deutsche Bank where he sourced and structured transactions for a wide range of corporate and institutional clients across multiple products including credit opportunities, asset finance, specialty finance, commercial real estate, bank and non-bank financial institutions, ABS and CLOs. Prior to DB, Mr. Hirsch was responsible for sourcing and managing private equity investments in underperforming companies as a Vice President at Littlejohn & Co. LLC. Mr. Hirsch was a senior executive at several middle market companies that were sold to private equity firms prior to joining Littlejohn. He started his career at Schroder Wertheim & Co. as an analyst after graduating magna cum laude from Duke University.

Robert Horn

Robert Horn

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — Houston

Robert Horn is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Co-Head of GSO Capital Partners’ energy platform. Mr. Horn sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds, and serves on the Board of Directors of various companies involved in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service sectors, including FourPoint Energy, GeoSouthern Haynesville, Riverbend Oil & Gas, Indigo Haynesville, Gulftex Energy, Sanchez EagleFord and Compass Well Services.

Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Horn worked in Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group, where he advised on high yield financings and merger and acquisition assignments for companies in the power and utilities sector.

Min Htoo

Min Htoo

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Min Zaw Htoo is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Htoo led Anandar Capital Management as Founder and CIO. Before the launch of his own firm, Mr. Htoo was a day-one Partner at Magnetar Capital where, as a Senior Portfolio Manager, he invested in both fundamental and quantitative strategies. Mr. Htoo began his investment career as an Analyst at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group and then as a Portfolio Manager at Citadel. Prior to that, Mr. Htoo worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Company’s Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Htoo received a BA in Business Economics with Honors from Brown University. He was honored with The Wall Street Journal Award for earning the highest departmental GPA and was elected as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics.

Ed Huang

Ed Huang

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Edward Huang is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Huang was most recently a Managing Director and Partner at Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia where he focused on private equity investments in China and successfully led transactions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer sectors. He was also a member of the Asia Investment Committee. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley’s private equity unit, Mr. Huang was a Vice President and Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Media & Communications Investment Banking Group in Hong Kong and New York. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Huang worked in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch in New York.

Mr. Huang is currently a director of Pactera Technology International Ltd, and previously served as a director of Sihuan Pharmaceutical (Hong Kong listed), China Flooring (Hong Kong listed), China XD Plastics (NASDAQ listed), CIMIC Industrial Group and Shanghai CIMIC Tile (A-share listed).

Mr. Huang received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Christopher James

Christopher James

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Christopher James is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. Mr. James is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities funds. Prior to launching Tactical Opportunities in 2012, Mr. James previously managed a number of the firm’s business development efforts and strategic initiatives across asset classes and investment products. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. James has led the organization of a number of new Blackstone investment products as well as the execution of the firm’s initial public offering and the firm’s investments in GSO, Pátria Investimentos and Strategic Partners.

He currently serves on the boards of Blackstone TORO Holding Trust, LocusPoint and CDL. Mr. James received a BS from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Timothy Johnson is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and the Global Head of Originations BREDS, based in New York. Mr. Johnson is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Johnson was a co-founder of BroadPeak Funding, a boutique commercial real estate finance company based in Los Angeles. Prior to founding BroadPeak, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President in the Lehman Brothers Global Commercial Real Estate Group where he worked from 2002-2008. While at Lehman his responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing large structured finance transactions as well as select equity investments.

Mr. Johnson received a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross where he graduated cum laude.

Bob Jordan

Bob Jordan

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Robert Jordan is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and is a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group.

Mr. Jordan is involved in hedge fund manager risk analysis, risk monitoring and analysis of the BAAM funds, as well as the evaluation of special investment opportunities.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Jordan worked as a Portfolio Manager in fundamental equity and Head of Special Projects for Xaraf Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager. Mr. Jordan was the Portfolio Manager of a hedge fund for Morgan Stanley Investment Management / FrontPoint, having moved his team from Morgan Stanley’s equity division, where he was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst in proprietary trading since 2000. Earlier in his career at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Jordan was a Trader in Program Trading and Equity Derivatives. Mr. Jordan began his career at Susquehanna Investment Group, where he was a Trader of equity and sector index options after training in foreign currency options.

Mr. Jordan received an AB cum laude from Harvard College with concentration in Computer Science, and an MBA from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Pilar Junco

Pilar Junco

Sr. Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — London

Pilar Junco is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in London and responsible since 2013 for Private Wealth Management outside of the US.

Prior to this role, Ms. Junco also worked in the Investor Relations and Business Development Group where she was involved with raising capital for Blackstone's funds and managing investor relations in Europe since 2008.

Ms. Junco joined Blackstone in 2006 as the Chief Operating Officer of the European Private Equity team where she was responsible for a variety of organizational and operational matters.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Junco worked at the Boston Consulting Group as a Project Leader in London for three years and at JP Morgan’s Structured Finance teams in London and New York for over four years. She has also worked for the Financial Times, both as a writer and as part of the editorial team.

Ms. Junco received an MBA from INSEAD. She graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. in Economics and from the University of Siegen (Germany). She speaks fluent German, Spanish and French.

Julia Kahr

Julia Kahr

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Julia Kahr is Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Kahr has been involved in analyzing numerous investments in the healthcare and general industrial sectors. She sits on the Boards of Gates Industrial Corporation and DJO Global, as well as the Boards of Sheltering Arms, BRIC and the New York Public Radio.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Kahr was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, and consumer goods.

Ms. Kahr received a BA in Classical Civilization from Yale University where she graduated summa cum laude. She received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Kahr is also the sole author of Working Knowledge, a book published by Simon & Schuster in 1998.

Farhad Karim

Farhad Karim

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Farhad Karim is a Senior Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Real Estate, and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Europe based in London. Mr. Karim is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all legal affairs relating to Blackstone’s global real estate business. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Karim has also been involved in a number of real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and other initiatives throughout Europe. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Karim was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he worked on a variety of real estate transactions in Asia, Europe, and North America. Mr. Karim received a BA (Honours) from McGill University and a Masters in International Affairs and JD from Columbia University.

Jonathan Kaufman

Jonathan Kaufman

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Capital Markets — New York

Jonathan Kaufman is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York.

Mr. Kaufman leads the Private Equity Group's global debt capital markets activities, including Blackstone Energy Partners and Tactical Opportunities, and works across Blackstone’s investment businesses on various credit and equity-related matters. Mr. Kaufman joined Blackstone in 2007 and previously worked as a Vice President in the Restructuring & Reorganization Group, where he advised a number of companies and lenders in their chapter 11 proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, and special situation investments. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kaufman was a Manager of M&A at Platinum Equity, where he evaluated and executed private equity investments in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Kaufman received a BA in History from Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jasvinder Khaira

Jasvinder Khaira

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Jasvinder Khaira is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Khaira was a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and GSO Capital Partners. He has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Global Tower, Michael Stores, Hafnia Tankers, Wireless Capital Partners, Locuspoint, Springcastle Holdings, Eletson Gas, B2R, Phoenix Towers, T4U Holding Brasil, Pretium Resources, Stornoway Diamond, Diamonds Direct, Ascenty, Lundin Gold, and Natural Resource Partners. In addition, Mr. Khaira is involved in Blackstone’s investments in non-performing loans, structured credit, and regulatory capital transactions. Mr. Khaira has been involved in a variety of strategic Blackstone business initiatives and special projects, including, the firm's initial public offering and acquisition of GSO Capital in 2008.

Mr. Khaira received a BS in Business and a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Carol Kim

Carol Kim

Sr. Managing Director

IRBD — Hong Kong

Carol Kim is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Investor Relations & Business Development Group in Asia and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Kim has been involved with investor relations and new business development in Asia. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Kim was based in New York as a Vice President in the Absolute Return Strategies Group at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for client communications and reporting to its hedge fund and fund of hedge funds clients. Prior to joining Lehman, she was Director of Marketing at Continuity Capital, LLC and a Marketing Associate at P. Schoenfeld Asset Management. Ms. Kim began her career in investor relations at LG Electronics in Korea and Allied Properties in Toronto. Ms. Kim received a BA in Urban and Economic Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a Co-Founder and Board member of 100 Women in Finance.

Daisuke Kitta

Daisuke Kitta

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Tokyo

Daisuke Kitta is the Head of Blackstone Japan, Head of Real Estate Japan and is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone based in Tokyo. Mr Kitta is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Real Estate group’s investment activities in Japan as well as all business and administrative functions for the office.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Kitta has been involved in analyzing various real estate investment opportunities in Japan. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kitta worked at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for originating and executing real estate transactions in Japan. Mr. Kitta received a degree in Economics from Nihon University and also graduated with a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Peter Koffler

Peter Koffler

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Peter Koffler is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Koffler served for 19 years as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Twenty-First Securities Corporation, an institutional trading and investment firm. Mr. Koffler began his legal career at Baer Marks & Upham.

Mr. Koffler received a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He received a JD, with honors, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review.

Andrew Lax

Andrew Lax

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Andrew Lax is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Asset Management Europe, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Lax has been involved in over $40 billion of real estate investments across all property types, including Equity Office Properties Trust, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Sunwest Senior Living. Most recently, he has played a key role in the creation and growth of IndCor Properties. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lax worked for TD Securities’ real estate group. Mr. Lax received a B.Comm. from the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with honors.

Wesley LePatner

Wesley LePatner

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Wesley LePatner is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the global Core+ business and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT).

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. LePatner spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of the Real Estate Investment Group within the Asset Management Division. Prior to that, Ms. LePatner worked in Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Principal Investment Area and the Real Estate Investment Banking Group.

Ms. LePatner received a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Arthur Liao

Arthur Liao

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Arthur Liao is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Financial Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Liao was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young's Financial Services Office where he supervised audits, maintained client relations, and provided other advisory services to hedge fund, structured product, investment advisor, bank and broker dealer clients.

Mr. Liao received his BS in Accounting and his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Eric Liaw

Eric Liaw

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Eric Liaw is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in New York where he is focused on Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Liaw has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in EagleClaw Midstream, Guidon Energy, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Energy Permian, Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty, and Royal Resources.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Liaw was a Principal at TPG Capital where he evaluated and executed investment opportunities in the energy sector. Prior to TPG, Mr. Liaw was an associate at Bain Capital, where he focused on private equity investments in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Liaw received his BA, with highest honors, and BBA, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. Mr. Liaw is currently a director of EagleClaw Midstream, Guidon Energy, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Energy Permian, Primexx Energy Partners, and Rock Ridge Royalty.

Doug Logigian

Doug Logigian

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doug Logigian is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He is a portfolio manager for a number of funds in the Special Situations and Distressed Groups. Mr. Logigian also sits on the various investment committees across the Special Situations Funds. Prior to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Logigian served as the Head Trader across the GSO alternatives platform, where he oversaw the operations of the trading desk and transacted in all of the asset classes in which GSO trafficked.

Prior to joining GSO Capital in 2006, Mr. Logigian worked as an Associate at Citibank where he was responsible for managing a book of high yield cash bonds and credit default swaps on the Credit Trading Desk.

Mr. Logigian received a BA with honors from Harvard University.

Joseph Lohrer

Joseph Lohrer

Sr. Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Joseph Lohrer is a Senior Managing Director and National Sales Manager for the Private Wealth Management Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Lohrer worked with Legg Mason, Inc. where he was the Head of National Sales for the National Broker Dealer Channel overseeing the distribution of all Legg Mason products within wirehouses. The product vehicles included mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed end funds, college savings plans, and alternative investments products. Joe began his career at Smith Barney in 1985 and held various home office and field positions prior to having his responsibilities expanded to National Sales Manager for Citi Asset Management.

Mr. Lohrer graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Rashmi Madan

Rashmi Madan

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Rashmi Madan is a Senior Managing Director based in London with GSO Capital Partners. Ms. Madan handles marketing and investor relations for European investors.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2011, Ms. Madan worked for 8 years in Credit Sales and Structured Credit at JPMorgan where she focused primarily on raising capital for CLO managers, hedge funds and private equity funds from European institutional investors. Prior to that, Ms Madan spent five years at Morgan Stanley working in Leveraged Finance and Debt Capital Markets in London and New York, respectively. Ms. Madan received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brad Marshall is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He is a portfolio manager in GSO's Performing Credit Group and focuses on GSO’s Direct Lending effort. Mr. Marshall is a member of GSO’s Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Marshall worked in various roles at RBC, including fixed income research and business development within RBC's private equity funds effort. Prior to RBC, Mr. Marshall helped develop a private equity funds business for TAL Global, a Canadian asset management division of CIBC, and prior to that, he co-founded a microchip verification software company where he served as chief financial officer.

Mr. Marshall received an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and a BA (Honors) in Economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

Bruce McEvoy

Bruce McEvoy

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Bruce McEvoy is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. McEvoy has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Catalent, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, GCA Services, MB Aerospace, Performance Food Group, RGIS Inventory Specialists, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, TeamHealth, Vistar, and Vivint.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. McEvoy was an investment professional at General Atlantic where he was involved in the execution of private equity investments in Europe. Prior to that, Mr. McEvoy worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. McEvoy received an AB in History from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. McEvoy serves as a Director of Center for Autism and Related Disorders, MB Aerospace, RGIS Inventory Specialists, TeamHealth, Vivint, and Vivint Solar.

Robert McMullan

Robert McMullan

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Robert McMullan is a Senior Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. McMullan has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. McMullan worked with FBR Capital Markets as co-head of the Financial Sponsors Group.   Prior to that he was with DLJ/CSFB where he was responsible for financial sponsor coverage and equity and mezzanine private placements in Dallas and New York. Mr. McMullan received a BS in History from Vanderbilt, and an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel McMullen

Daniel McMullen

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Daniel T. McMullen is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for CCS’s U.S. loan separately managed accounts, commingled funds, and exchanged traded fund. He is also a member of GSO’s CCS Management Committee and sits on CCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, and Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. McMullen worked at CIBC World Markets, most recently as a Director and Senior Investment Analyst for the structured investment vehicles managed by Trimaran Advisors, L. L. C. Prior to that, Mr. McMullen was a Director in the Investment Banking Group at CIBC, specializing in the aerospace and defense industries. Before joining CIBC in 1996, Mr. McMullen was employed at The Chase Manhattan Bank where he worked in the Corporate Finance Healthcare Group.

Mr. McMullen received a BA from the University of Rochester, where he graduated cum laude, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Nadeem Meghji

Nadeem Meghji

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Nadeem Meghji is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and Head of Real Estate Americas, based in New York. Mr. Meghji has played a leadership role in Blackstone's investment activity in the US, including the acquisition of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, Biomed Realty Trust, and Brixmor Property Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Meghji worked as an associate at the Lionstone Group.

Mr. Meghji received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Meghji serves as a board member for the Lupus Research Alliance and is the Co-Chair of the annual Rally Against Lupus fundraiser.

Seth Meisel

Seth Meisel

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Seth Meisel is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity group and is based in New York.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Meisel was a partner at Bain Capital. While at Bain Capital, Mr. Meisel was involved in leading and executing investments in the chemicals, industrials, and packaging sectors. Prior to that, he was with Mercer Management Consulting (Oliver Wyman) in New York and Hong Kong.

Mr. Meisel received a BA in Economics from Princeton University cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Prakash Melwani

Prakash Melwani

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Private Equity — New York

Prakash A. Melwani is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and is based in New York. He is Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group and chairs each of its Investment Committees. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Melwani has led Blackstone’s investments in Kosmos Energy, Foundation Coal, Texas Genco, Ariel Re, Pinnacle Foods, RGIS Inventory Specialists, Performance Food Group, Crocs and Ascend Learning. He serves as a Director of Ascend Learning, Crocs, RGIS Inventory Specialists and Blackstone strategic partner, Patria. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Melwani was a founding partner of Vestar Capital Partners and served as its Chief Investment Officer. Prior to that, he was with the management buyout group at The First Boston Corporation and with N.M. Rothschild & Sons in Hong Kong and London. Mr. Melwani received a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow. Mr. Melwani sits on the Boards of St. Bernard’s School in New York City and The Akanksha Fund. He serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University, and the Board of Cambridge in America. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anthony Merhige

Anthony Merhige

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Harvest — Wayne

Anthony Merhige is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s publicly traded MLP and Yield-Oriented Investment Platform. Having joined Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Merhige oversees the business development and investor relations functions of Harvest, as well as the day-to-day management of Harvest’s operations.

Before joining Harvest in 2005, Mr. Merhige was the Chief Operating Officer of the Vivum Group. Prior to that Mr. Merhige was an Associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of commercial matters, including antitrust mergers and acquisition counseling for national and multinational corporations.

Mr. Merhige holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Olivier Meyohas

Olivier Meyohas

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — London

Olivier F. Meyohas is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group based in London. Mr. Meyohas is the Global Head of Investor Relations & Business Development and head of the London Office for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Meyohas spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director. He held a number of senior positions in the Capital Markets group, with his last role being Co-Head of the Pension Advisory Group. In that capacity, he advised major European corporations and pension schemes on asset-liability risk management, strategic asset allocation and portfolio construction. He also advised on pension buy-out solutions and on M&A-related pension situations. He is a member of the Investment Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Mr. Meyohas received a BA (Hons) in Modern History from Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Alan Miyasaki

Alan Miyasaki

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Singapore

Alan Miyasaki is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Asia Acquisitions based in Singapore. Mr. Miyasaki is responsible for the for the day-to-day management of the Real Estate group’s investment activities in Asia. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Miyasaki has been involved in a variety of real estate transactions in both the United States and Asia. Since 2007, Mr. Miyasaki has played a key role in building Blackstone’s Real Estate business in Asia including executing investments in Greater China, India, Singapore, Japan and Australia . Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Miyasaki was with Starwood Capital Group, where he worked in acquisitions. Mr. Miyasaki received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.

Kishore Moorjani

Kishore Moorjani

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — Singapore

Kishore Moorjani is a Senior Managing Director and leads the Asia efforts for Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Moorjani was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Credit Asia Capital, an Asian special situations investment firm he established in partnership with the Blackstone Strategic Alliance Fund. Prior to that, Mr. Moorjani was Co-Head of Asia at D.B. Zwirn, a $5 billion special situations investment firm, where he was involved in launching the Asian investment business. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Moorjani was with Colony Capital, where he held various positions across several of the firm's offices, including serving as the CEO of Colony Capital Taiwan. Mr. Moorjani moved to Asia in 1995 with CBRE, where he was part of the founding team for the Indian operations that established the firm as a preeminent real estate services firm in India.

Mr. Moorjani currently serves on the boards of Arena Living, DCI Technology Holdings, Emergent Logistics, International Asset Reconstruction Company, La Trobe Financial and Partners Life Limited.

Mr. Moorjani received an MBA in Real Estate Finance and a BBA in Finance/Strategy (honors) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Ian Morris

Ian Morris

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ian Morris is a Senior Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Morris is involved in top-down investment strategy, asset allocation and macroeconomic analysis for BAAM.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Morris was Chief US Economist at HSBC in New York for ten years, managing the firm’s North American macroeconomic research team and providing advice and forecasts on macro trends and risks to clients, including financial institutions, non-financial corporations, central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Prior to that, Mr. Morris was a Global Economist with HSBC in London for three years and in Melbourne for two years. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Morris worked for PaineWebber in London.

Mr. Morris has authored many thematic research publications, including “A Froth Finding Mission (Jan 2006)”, a 100-page report that anticipated the 2006-09 housing bust.

Mr. Morris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.

Thomas Morrison

Thomas Morrison

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Capital Markets — New York

Thomas Morrison is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Capital Markets group. Mr. Morrison leads the firm’s Equity Capital Markets effort across our investment businesses globally. He assists Blackstone's portfolio companies in equity related situations, and manages the firm's relationships with public equity market investors.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Morrison was the Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Sanford Bernstein, where he was also a member of the Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Morrison was the Global Head of Equity Syndicate at Bank of America, where he was also a member of the Equities Management Team, the Equity Capital Markets Operating Committee, and the Equity Commitment Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison worked in the Equity Capital Markets groups at Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Morrison received a BA from Harvard College, majoring in Economics. He also received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with majors in Management, Finance, and Marketing. Mr. Morrison also studied at the University of London, University College.

Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy

Chairman, BGIP & Chairman of the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

Private Equity — London

Dr. Gerry Murphy is Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, Blackstone's principal European entity. He is Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc and Chairman of Burberry plc.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008 as a Senior Managing Director in its Corporate Private Equity group, Dr. Murphy served as CEO of Kingfisher plc, Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc. Earlier in his executive career, he held senior operating and corporate positions with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc) in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco plc, Intertrust NV, Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc, Novar plc and Hornbach Holding AG and he also served as Chairman of Invest Europe, the Brussels-based industry association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure firms and their investors.

Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his PhD in food technology from University College Cork and MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.

William Murphy

William Murphy

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer

Innovations — New York

William Murphy is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, leading the Blackstone Innovations team. Mr. Murphy is responsible for the firm's use of technology along with a strategic technology investment portfolio. Mr. Murphy also serves on several boards of directors of our investments along with the board of the Blackstone Charitable foundation.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Murphy was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ where he was responsible for overseeing all product design, development, infrastructure and technology support and was involved with all operations of the business. Before Capital IQ, Mr. Murphy led teams at Sapient, delivering solutions for large clients primarily in financial services.

Mr. Murphy received a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Myers

Anthony Myers

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Anthony Myers is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Chairman of Real Estate Europe. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Myers has been involved in a number of real estate investments, both in Europe and in the US and was previously the Head of Real Estate Europe.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Myers was Executive Vice President and COO at Balfour Holdings, Inc., a residential and commercial land development company acquired by affiliates of Blackstone in 1997. Before joining Balfour, Mr. Myers was an Associate Director in the Bear Stearns Real Estate group.

Mr. Myers received a BS (Honors) in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Columbia University.

Todd Myers

Todd Myers

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Private Wealth Solutions & Ext Relations — New York

Todd Myers is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Private Wealth Solutions, External Relations, Corporate Services and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Mr. Myers oversees Strategic Planning, Finance, Human Resources, and Operations. Previously, he was Global Head of Strategic Incentives for Blackstone managing the firm’s compensation and incentives programs. Prior to this role, Mr. Myers was Corporate CFO of the firm.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Myers was the Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Head of Business Development and Strategy, leading corporate strategy and acquisitions globally.

Mr. Myers graduated from Brown University with a BA in Economics.

Michael Nash

Michael Nash

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Mr. Nash is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Co-Founder and Chairman of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Mr. Nash is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee for both Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. He is also Executive Chairman of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, a NYSE listed REIT, and is the Chairman of the Board of the Blackstone Real Estate Income Funds, which is a complex of registered closed-end funds. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Nash was with Merrill Lynch from 1997 to 2007 where he led the firm’s Real Estate Principal Investment Group - Americas. Prior to 1997, Mr. Nash held various positions with Barclays Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Mr. Nash received a B.S. in Accounting from State University of New York at Albany, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

Jason New

Jason New

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Jason New is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Special Situation Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. New focuses on managing GSO's public investment portfolio with a specific emphasis on stressed and distressed companies and on sourcing direct special situation investment opportunities. Mr. New is a member of the GSO Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. New was a senior member of Credit Suisse's distressed finance group. Mr. New joined Credit Suisse in 2000 when it acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”), where he was a member of DLJ's restructuring group. Prior to joining DLJ in 1999, he was an associate with the law firm Sidley Austin LLP where he practiced law in the firm's corporate reorganization group.

Mr. New received a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College.

Thibaud Parayre

Thibaud Parayre

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Thibaud Parayre is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners in London where he focuses on origination and execution of private credit investments across France and Europe.

Before joining GSO, Mr Parayre spent more than 8 years as the Founder and Managing Partner of Capital Markets Initiatives (CMI), a European debt advisory platform. Prior to CMI, Mr Parayre worked at Credit Suisse (2004-2008) and JPMorgan (2000-2004) in Leveraged Capital Markets. Mr. Parayre started his career at UBS in 1992 working in different departments including Corporate Banking and Loan Syndications.

Mr Parayre graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and from the Université Paris Dauphine.

Tuhin Parikh

Tuhin Parikh

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

Tuhin Parikh is a Senior Managing Director based in Mumbai, and has oversight responsibilities for Blackstone’s real estate operations in India. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Parikh has been involved in identifying and evaluating Indian real estate in several sectors, and recently completed three significant transactions in India, including the acquisition of a 12.9 million square foot business park development, the acquisition of a 1.9 million square foot office park in Pune, and the acquisition of a 50% interest in Embassy Holding Company which owns 20.9 million square feet across three Class A office parks in India. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Parikh was the CFO and subsequently CEO of TCG Urban Infrastructure Holdings Ltd., a national level office developer and asset owner in India. Mr. Parikh received a Bachelor in Accountancy from Mumbai University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad).

Viral Patel

Viral Patel

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Viral Patel is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Patel has been involved in the execution of the firm's investments in Ai Media, Cloudreach, Cylance, Gates, Hidrovias, JDA, Milestone Equipment Corp, Penn Engineering, TITUS and Targa Resources. Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities in 2012, Mr. Patel was a Managing Director with Blackstone Advisory Partners where he focused on structured finance transactions across several industries including financial institutions, consumer, media, and healthcare. Select advisory clients include Bank Of America, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, GIC, Qatar Foundation, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Kraft, and the New York Public Asset Fund.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Patel was a member of the Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Structured Products businesses.

Mr. Patel graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. He serves on the Boards of Ai Media, Cloudreach, Hidrovias, JDA, Penn Engineering and TITUS.

Robert Petrini

Robert Petrini

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Robert Petrini is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He is joint portfolio manager of GSO’s Capital Opportunity Funds I, II and III. Mr. Petrini sits on the investment committees and oversees the investment committee process across GSO’s Performing Credit Funds and has acted as a board representative for multiple portfolio companies.

Before joining GSO Capital upon its founding in 2005, Mr. Petrini was a Principal in Credit Suisse First Boston's Alternative Capital Division. Mr. Petrini joined CSFB when the firm acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he was a member of the merchant banking group.

Mr. Petrini graduated magna cum laude with a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton and Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

Chad R. Pike

Chad R. Pike

Sr. Managing Director & Vice Chairman of Tactical Opportunities

Tactical Opportunities — London

Chad R. Pike is a Senior Managing Director and is Vice Chairman of Tactical Opportunities. Mr. Pike is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities funds. Prior to helping launch the Tactical Opportunities business, Mr. Pike was on the Investment Committee and was the Co-Head of the Real Estate Group where he was responsible for building and managing BREP’s business outside the United States, opening and overseeing the group’s offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Pike has led the acquisition of over $20 billion of investments in the United States, Europe and Asia by Blackstone’s real estate and tactical opportunities funds. Significant investments include the European Deutsche Bank office portfolio, Vitus Immobilien, Nido Student Housing, Center Parcs, Broadgate, Chiswick Park, Pluto Finance and Rothesay Life.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Pike was with the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, where he was involved in the purchase of non-performing loan portfolios and real estate operating companies. Mr. Pike received a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors.

Mr. Pike received a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated with honors. Mr. Pike is a Board Member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where he is the co-Chairman of the Aquatics Subcommittee, the Chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund, the Chairman of the Grassy Creek Foundation and is on the chancellor’s Global Leadership Taskforce at the University of North Carolina.

Juergen Pinker

Juergen Pinker

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Juergen Pinker is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Pinker has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Intertrust, ATC, Elian, Scout24, Armacell, Rhodia Acetow and Schenck Process.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Pinker worked as a Director at Strategic Value Partners focusing on European distressed situations. Before that, Mr. Pinker was an Associate Director at The Carlyle Group.

Mr. Pinker received a master degree in economics and business from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. Mr. Pinker serves on the Board of Directors of Armacell, Rhodia Acetow and Schenck Process.

Steve Plavin

Steve Plavin

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Stephen Plavin is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies group and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, a Commercial Mortgage REIT managed by Blackstone. Mr. Plavin is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee for both Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. He is based in New York.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Plavin was Chief Executive Officer of Capital Trust, Inc and CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate debt investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 1998, Mr. Plavin was co-head of Global Real Estate for The Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Securities Inc.

Mr. Plavin received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jonathan Pollack

Jonathan Pollack

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Jonathan Pollack is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Pollack has been responsible for overseeing our real estate debt investment strategy. He is also a member of the firm’s real estate investment committee, and serves on the board of Blackstone Mortgage Trust.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Pollack was a Managing Director and Global Head of Commercial Real Estate, as well as Head of Risk for Structured Finance, at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Pollack joined Deutsche Bank in 1999 from Nomura Group.

Mr. Pollack received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program.

David Posnick

David Posnick

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

David Posnick is a Senior Managing Director of the Blackstone Group and the Chief Investment Officer of the Capital Solutions Funds for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Posnick has been with GSO since 2007 and is a Joint Portfolio Manager of the Blackstone / GSO Capital Solutions Fund and a member of its Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Posnick was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Mr. Posnick spent 15 years in Credit Suisse and DLJ's Los Angeles office, where he helped to build Credit Suisse's leveraged finance and sponsor coverage businesses, and also served as Head of the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group and of Credit Suisse's Los Angeles office. Mr. Posnick began his career in the investment banking division at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Mr. Posnick received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from UCLA. He is currently a Director of Lobo Leasing Holdings, LP.

Doyle Queally

Doyle Queally

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doyle Queally is a Sr. Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2009, Mr. Queally has been involved with the marketing of all GSO public and private investment products with a geographic focus of the Midwest and West Coast of the United States, including many of the firm’s strategic partnerships. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Queally was a Senior Vice President of Institutional Sales and Relationship Management for ING Investment Management. Prior to ING, he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns Inc, where he worked for over twenty years. At Bear Stearns he was a structured mortgage product specialist with extensive experience covering banks, money managers and hedge funds. In addition, he spent three years at the International Management Group (The Mark McCormack Organization) in Cleveland, Ohio, where he helped develop the team sports division. He started his career at IBM in New York City, specializing in banking. Mr. Queally received a BA in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He also holds series 24, 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.

Robert Ramsauer

Robert Ramsauer

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Robert Ramsauer is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Robert has been involved in Blackstone's investments in Gerresheimer, Leica Camera, Mivisa, New Skies, Orangina Schweppes, Tangerine, United Biscuits, Versace and ISD.

Before joining Blackstone, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. Robert received a BSc in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He currently serves on the Boards of Leica Camera, Tangerine and Versace.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Robert Reid is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is a member of the Firm’s Private Equity Investment Committee. Mr. Reid worked for several years in Blackstone’s London offices and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Reid has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s private equity investments in Europe and in the U.S., including investments in Adelphia Communications, Centennial Communications, Charter Communications, Crowley Digital (Salmon PCS), Extended Stay America, FiberNet, Hilton Hotels, PaeTec, Scout24, The Nielsen Company, Intelenet and SESAC. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Reid worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Reid received an AB in Economics from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Reid is a Director of Scout24, Intelenet and SESAC.

Rafic Said

Rafic Said

Sr. Managing Director

IRBD — London

Rafic Said is a Senior Managing Director responsible for overseeing Blackstone’s activities in the Middle-East, currently based in London. He has spent the past thirteen years establishing, developing and managing relationships with governmental, institutional and private investors across the Middle East, delivering the firm’s investment and advisory services. During this time he also established the firm’s presence in the region with an office in the UAE, where he was also based for seven years. Mr. Said is a member of the Blackstone Diversity Committee and also a member of the Qiddiya Advisory Board, (one of three Giga-Projects being built out as part of Vision 2030 under the leadership of the Saudi Crown Prince).

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Said was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. for seven years, focused on institutional client management in Europe and the Middle East for the firm’s Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities Division. Mr. Said started his career at Robert Fleming in the Equity Capital Markets Group, covering emerging market corporate and government clients. He received a BSc Honors Degree in Economics & Philosophy from City University London.

Atsuhiko Sakamoto

Atsuhiko Sakamoto

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Tokyo

Atsuhiko Sakamoto is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Tokyo.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sakamoto was most recently a Managing Director at Bain Capital where he focused on private equity investments in Japan. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a Vice President and Associate at Ripplewood. Before joining Ripplewood, he worked in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Sakamoto received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.

Lou Salvatore

Lou Salvatore

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Louis Salvatore is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Portfolio Management of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Salvatore focuses on coordinating all of GSO's Investment Committee functions as well as sourcing and investing capital in both public and private opportunities. Mr. Salvatore is a member of GSO's Investment Committee. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Salvatore was a Principal of DLJ Investment Partners, the mezzanine fund of CSFB's Alternative Capital Division. Mr. Salvatore joined CSFB in 2000 when it acquired DLJ, where he was a member of the Merchant Banking Group. He had been a member of DLJ's Leveraged Finance Group, specializing in corporate restructurings. Prior to that, he worked for Kidder Peabody. Mr. Salvatore received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Samuels

John Samuels

Sr. Managing Director

Finance — New York

John M. Samuels is a Senior Managing Director and the Chairman of Global Tax at Blackstone. Before joining the firm, Mr. Samuels worked at General Electric as the Vice President and Senior Counsel for Tax Policy and Planning for almost 30 years and was responsible for the company’s global tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance operations. Mr. Samuels is a Chairman of the Alliance for Competitive Taxation (ACT), Chairman of the International Tax Policy Forum, and is the George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches U.S. taxation of international transactions. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Samuels was a partner in the law firm of Dewey, Ballantine and served in the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan as the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel and Tax Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Mr. Samuels is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a Trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute, and received the Tax Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to tax policy. Mr. Samuels is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago Law School, and received an LLM in Taxation from NYU Law School.

Vik Sawhney

Vik Sawhney

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Private Equity — New York

Vik Sawhney is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Operating Officer of the Private Equity group. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with Blackstone and several other large private equity firms. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Sawhney was an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Vik represented Blackstone as a Rockefeller Fellow during 2010-2011. He currently serves on the Board of Harlem RBI, an east Harlem social services and educational organization, and is also a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School. Mr. Sawhney received a BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Erich Schram

Erich Schram

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Erich Schram is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Credit Solutions for Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Schram was the Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company. He was responsible for overall investment strategy as well as direct investments across multiple asset classes including structured products, corporate debt and equity. Previously, Mr. Schram was a Managing Director with Guggenheim Partners Investment Management unit leading one of its two investment teams focusing on investing across the capital structure in several different industry sectors.

Mr. Schram received a BA in Economics from Amherst College.

Dwight Scott

Dwight Scott

Sr. Managing Director & President of GSO

GSO — New York

Donald (Dwight) Scott is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and President of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Scott oversees the management of GSO and sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds, mezzanine funds and rescue lending funds. Prior to his current role, Mr. Scott managed the energy investing activity at GSO, where he remains active. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Scott was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Paso Corporation. Prior to joining El Paso, Mr. Scott served as a Managing Director in the energy investment banking practice of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Scott is currently a Director of TapStone Energy, LLC, FourPoint Energy, LLC, GEP Haynesville, LLC and Legacy Reserves LP. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of KIPP, Inc. and the Wall Street for McCombs Board. Mr. Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

James Seppala

James Seppala

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

James Seppala is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Europe, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Seppala has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments across Europe, including Logicor, OfficeFirst, Sponda, the Banco Popular REO & Loan Portfolio, and Multi Corporation.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Seppala was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he spent 10 years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe and the United States on behalf of Goldman Sachs’s real estate private equity group.

Mr. Seppala graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2001. Mr. Seppala currently serves as chairman of D. Carnegie & Co. (publ.) and as a board member of Sponda and The Office Group.

M. Craig Shepherd

M. Craig Shepherd

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

M. Craig Shepherd is a Senior Managing Director focused on life sciences investing across the firm's businesses.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Shepherd worked for the prior seven years as a Managing Director with DRI Capital, a life sciences private equity firm dedicated to the acquisition of pharmaceutical royalties through its managed funds Drug Royalty I, II and III. From 2010-2017, Mr. Shepherd was a member of the DRI Investment Committee and leadership team, and he also served on the board of DRI’s third fund, Drug Royalty III GP. Prior to DRI, he worked at Amgen for approximately eight years in various roles of progressive responsibility, based at both Amgen’s global headquarters in California and its international headquarters in Switzerland.

Mr. Shepherd holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a law degree from McGill University and a BA from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Shepherd serves as a Trustee of the American Kidney Fund, and as a corporate director of Medcan Health Management.

Sebastien Sherman

Sebastien Sherman

Sr. Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Sebastien Sherman is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group and leads the group’s coverage of the utilities, renewable and transportation sectors.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sherman spent 14 years with OMERS Infrastructure (Borealis Infrastructure), including most recently as its Head of the Americas region. While at OMERS, Sebastien was involved in the origination, deal execution and oversight of a number of large-scale infrastructure portfolio companies across North America, Europe and South America. These investments spanned sectors including utilities (gas and electric), natural gas transmission pipelines, LNG import infrastructure, power generation, high-speed rail infrastructure, airports, toll roads, land registry and satellites. Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Sebastien spent seven years with Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities, where he advised on M&A transactions and financings. Earlier in his career, Sebastien also worked at the Bank of Canada, Canada’s Central Bank.

Sebastien has an Honours BA (Economics) from Queen’s University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Mustafa Siddiqui

Mustafa Siddiqui

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Mustafa M. Siddiqui is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity group. Mr. Siddiqui joined Blackstone in 2009 in the New York office and transferred to the London office in 2014, where he leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities across all segments of the energy & natural resources sector in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Siddiqui has played an integral role in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Huntley & Huntley and Royal Resources, and led, through Siccar Point Energy, acquisitions of OMV UK and an interest in the Mariner oil field. Mr. Siddiqui serves as a Director of Siccar Point Energy and is a member of the Investment Committee for Blackstone Energy Partners.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Siddiqui was an investment professional at Springbok Capital Management, an Associate at General Atlantic, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Siddiqui received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude, an A.M. in Regional Studies from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.

John Simkiss

John Simkiss

Sr. Managing Director

Harvest — Wayne

John Simkiss is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, serving as the Portfolio Strategist of Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s publicly traded MLP and Yield-Oriented Investment Platform. Having joined Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Simkiss focuses on public market investment opportunities for Harvest. Mr. Simkiss has served on Harvest’s Investment Committee since inception in 2005.

Before joining Harvest, Mr. Simkiss was a partner at Vivum Group. Prior to that, Mr. Simkiss spent over a decade in a commercial insurance group where he managed a high yield bond and risk arbitrage fund.

Mr. Simkiss received a BA in Political Science from Trinity College.

Neil Simpkins

Neil Simpkins

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Neil P. Simpkins is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone in the Private Equity Group. He has global responsibility for portfolio management activities and investments in the healthcare services, packaging, and industrial sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Simpkins has led the acquisitions of TRW Automotive, Vanguard Health Systems, TeamHealth, Apria Healthcare Group, Summit Materials, Gates Corporation, and Change Healthcare.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpkins was a Principal at Bain Capital. While at Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was involved in the execution of investments in the consumer products, industrial, healthcare, and information industries. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was a consultant at Bain & Company in the Asia Pacific region and in London. Mr. Simpkins is also Chairman of Americans for Oxford, Inc., Oxford University’s primary charitable organization in North America.

Mr. Simpkins graduated with honors from Oxford University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a Director of Gates Corporation, Apria Healthcare Group, Summit Materials, Change Healthcare, and TeamHealth.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Daniel H. Smith is a Senior Managing Director in GSO Capital Partners and oversees GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies unit, which includes various commingled credit funds, permanent capital vehicles, CLOs, closed end funds and leveraged and unleveraged separately managed accounts (SMAs). Additional responsibilities include serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the closed-end investment companies managed by the unit.

Prior to joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Smith was Managing Partner and Co-head of RBC Capital Market’s Alternative Investments Unit at Royal Bank of Canada in New York. Mr. Smith joined RBC in 2001 from Indosuez Capital, a division of Crédit Agricole Indosuez, where he was a Co-Head and Managing Director overseeing the firm’s debt investments business and merchant banking activities. Prior to Indosuez Capital, Mr. Smith was a Principal at Frye-Louis Capital Management in Chicago. He began his career in investment management in 1987 at Van Kampen American Capital (f/k/a Van Kampen Merritt), a mutual fund company in Chicago where he held a variety of positions including co-head of the firm’s high-yield investment group and head of the firm’s equity fund complex.

Mr. Smith received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael Sotirhos

Michael Sotirhos

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Michael Sotirhos is a Senior Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sotirhos was a Partner at Atlantic Pacific Capital, Inc., a placement firm focused on raising Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Fund capital from institutional investors worldwide. While serving in the firm's London and Greenwich, CT offices, he was involved in all facets of the fund raising business from business development, origination and marketing strategy to account coverage responsibility in the US, Canada and the Middle East. Prior to joining Atlantic Pacific, Mr. Sotirhos was in the Private Equity Placement Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. based in London where he raised capital from investors across Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Sotirhos received both a BA and JD from Georgetown University.

Scott Soussa

Scott Soussa

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Scott Soussa is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Strategic Capital Group, which includes the hedge fund seeding and GP stakes businesses. Previously, Mr. Soussa was Head of Due Diligence in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he led a cross-functional team charged with evaluating and monitoring underlying hedge fund managers, which encompassed front office, business and operational, risk management and legal due diligence.

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Soussa was Controller of Lava Trading Inc., a securities trading technology company. Prior to that, he worked in Arthur Andersen's Hedge Fund Advisory and Capital Markets Group.

Mr. Soussa received a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Michael’s Mission, a charity focused on improving the quality of life and treatment options for colorectal cancer patients, families and caregivers. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Bill Stein

Bill Stein

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

William J. Stein is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Stein has been involved in the direct asset management and asset management oversight of Blackstone’s global real estate platform with over $115 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone’s portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Stein currently serves on the boards of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Edens Investment Trust and Invitation Homes and is a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Advisory Board and the University of Michigan Real Estate Fund Advisory Board. Prior board memberships include Hilton Worldwide, Extended Stay America, La Quinta, Brixmor Property Group and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Stein was a Vice President at Heitman Real Estate Advisors and JMB Realty Corp.

Mr. Stein received a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Christopher Striano

Christopher Striano

Sr. Managing Director

Finance — New York

Christopher Striano is a Senior Managing Director and Principal Accounting Officer at Blackstone. Mr. Striano is responsible for Blackstone’s Global Fund Accounting Group, corporate accounting and accounting policy. He also provides supervisory oversight for Blackstone’s Private Equity segment, which includes operations, portfolio company valuations, tax and financial reporting for Blackstone’s Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Infrastructure funds. Mr. Striano also runs Blackstone’s Portfolio Management Program (PMP program).

Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Striano has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s strategic planning projects, including the firm’s IPO, and has served as Head of the firm’s Financial Planning and Analysis group, where his responsibilities included the firm’s global forecast process, business unit and firm-wide strategic planning, managing ratings agency relationships, new business initiatives and various special projects.

Mr. Striano received a BS in Accounting with a minor in Finance from St. John’s University.

Amy Stursberg

Amy Stursberg

Sr. Managing Director

Charitable Foundation — New York

Amy Stursberg is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. She serves as Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, where she leads Blackstone’s $45 million Entrepreneurship Initiative, bringing four innovative programs to twenty states across the country.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Stursberg served on the transition team for Governor Eliot Spitzer. From 2006-08, Ms. Stursberg managed the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s $90 million program in cultural and in community grants in Lower Manhattan. Previously, Ms. Stursberg served as the final Director of the September 11th Fund. There, she helped to manage the $500 million fund to support communities, individuals and organizations impacted by the events of 9/11. Prior to that role, she held various positions at the Office of the Mayor in the City of New York, as well as at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Stursberg received her BA with honors from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently, she serves on the Partnership for New York’s Innovation Council and on the Board of Directors for the Tectonic Theater Company; formerly, she served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Stephen Sullens

Stephen Sullens

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Stephen W. Sullens is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Portfolio Management for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Sullens oversees portfolio management for all of BAAM's multi-manager programs. He is responsible for directing the manager research team in hedge fund manager selection and monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Sullens served as a Director with Citi Alternative Investment Strategies, Citigroup's hedge fund investment center. In that role, he was responsible for manager selection and monitoring, as well as portfolio management. Previously, Mr. Sullens served as Manager of Alternative Investments for The Walt Disney Company, where he directed the company's alternative investment program, including investments in private equity, real estate, venture capital and hedge funds. Prior to his six years at Disney, he was an analyst with Trammell Crow Ventures, a real estate investment advisory firm.

Mr. Sullens received both a BA in Economics and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

David Thayer

David Thayer

Sr. Managing Director

Harvest — Wayne

David Thayer is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s Publicly Traded MLP and Yield-Oriented Investment Platform. Having joined Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Thayer oversees the finance and reporting functions of Harvest.

Before joining Harvest, Mr. Thayer served in a variety of finance, compliance, and operations roles in the financial services and management consulting industries. For twenty years he also served as a tanker, scout, and infantryman in the U.S. Army, on Active Duty and as a Reservist, most recently commanding an armored cavalry unit based in Philadelphia.

Mr. Thayer received his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his MA from the London School of Economics, and his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago; he also currently serves as a Trustee of the John Boyer Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Andrea Valeri

Andrea Valeri

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Andrea Valeri is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group and is based in London. Mr. Valeri has led several Tac Opps investments including European NPLs, JOA Group, De Nora, Gems Education and Versace. Prior to joining the Tactical Opportunities Group, Mr. Valeri was with Blackstone’s Private Equity Group where he was involved in a variety of private equity transactions including Center Parcs, Gardaland and Kabel BW.

Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Valeri was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to that, Mr. Valeri worked at Bain & Co.

Mr. Valeri received an MBA from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors and a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Padua, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Valeri serves as a Director of Lombard, Gems Education, Versace, De Nora and JOA Group.

Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Peter Wallace is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Mr. Wallace currently focuses primarily on the Business Services, Leisure and Consumer/Retail sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Wallace has led or been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alight Solutions, AlliedBarton Security Services, Allied Waste, American Axle & Manufacturing, Centennial Communications, Centerplate (formerly Volume Services America), CommNet Cellular, GCA Services, LocusPoint Networks, Michaels Stores, New Skies Satellites, Outerstuff, Ltd., Pinnacle Foods/Birds Eye Foods, PSSI, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (formerly Busch Entertainment Corporation), Service King, Sirius Satellite Radio, Tradesmen International, Universal Orlando, Vivint, Vivint Solar and The Weather Channel Companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alight Solutions, Michaels Stores, Outerstuff, Ltd., Service King, Tradesmen International, Vivint and Vivint Solar.

Mr. Wallace received a BA from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Tim Wang

Tim Wang

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Tim Wang is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate China, based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Wang has been involved in evaluating real estate investments in China and managing the Greater China portfolio. Mr. Wang led the initiation, sale and restructuring of some of the key investments in China.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Wang worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Principal Division in China. He was involved in acquisitions and asset management. Prior to that, Mr. Wang worked for 10 years in various real estate development companies in China and Australia.

Mr. Wang received a Master for International Business degree from Curtin University of Technology. He also has a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Zhejiang University in China. Mr. Wang serves as a member of the ICSC China leadership board and is the Deputy Chairman of SCPG Group.

Jacob Werner

Jacob Werner

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Jacob Werner is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Werner has been involved in analyzing Blackstone's real estate investments in all property types and has worked on a variety of transactions, including Equity Office Properties, CarrAmerica, Trizec, 1140 Avenue of the Americas and the former New York Times Building.

Before joining Blackstone's Real Estate group, Mr. Werner was an analyst in Blackstone's Restructuring and Reorganization group where he assisted in advising on a variety of restructuring transactions, including Goodyear Tire & Rubber and General Motors Corporation.

Mr. Werner received a BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction.

Michael Whitman

Michael Whitman

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Michael Whitman is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of the European Business of GSO Capital Partners. He focuses on private and public investment opportunities and is a member of GSO’s Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Whitman was a Managing Director with Citigroup Private Equity. Prior to joining Citigroup Private Equity, Mr. Whitman worked in Salomon Smith Barney's High Yield Capital Markets business from 1996 through 2000. From 1994 through 1996, Mr. Whitman was a corporate finance analyst at Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Whitman received a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Whitman serves as a director of Alcontrol and The Miller Group.

Robert Zable

Robert Zable

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Robert Zable is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for GSO’s U.S. CLOs, closed-end funds, and high yield separately managed accounts. He is also a member of GSO’s CCS Management Committee and sits on CCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee.

Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners in 2007, Mr. Zable was a Vice President at FriedbergMilstein LLC, where he was responsible for credit opportunity investments and junior capital origination and execution. Mr. Zable began his career at JP Morgan Securities Inc., where he focused on leveraged finance in New York and London.

Mr. Zable received a BS from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Zawadzki

Michael Zawadzki

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael Zawadzki is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Co-Head of GSO Capital Partners’ energy platform. Mr. Zawadzki oversees GSO’s activities in the energy sector and sits on the investment committees for GSO’s various energy funds. Mr. Zawadzki also serves as a Portfolio Manager of Community Development Capital Group, GSO’s land banking business. Prior to joining GSO in 2006, Mr. Zawadzki was with Citigroup Private Equity, where he completed numerous private equity and subordinated debt investments. Previously, Mr. Zawadzki worked in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney, focused on the media and telecommunications industries. Mr. Zawadzki received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Zawadzki serves on the board of directors of Sequel Energy Group, C&J Energy Services, 3Bear Energy, Twin Eagle Resource Management, and Community Development Capital Group.

Liping Zhang

Liping Zhang

Sr. Managing Director

Greater China — Hong Kong

Liping Zhang is a Senior Managing Director and Chairman, Greater China of Blackstone.

Mr. Zhang has over 30 years of financial industry, corporate management and government sector experience. He commenced his career at China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation in Beijing in the early eighties and held a number of senior positions at other organizations including Co-CEO, Greater China and Vice Chairman of the Global Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse, Managing Director of Pacific Concord Group, Managing Director and Geographic Head - Greater China Region of Dresdner Banking Group and Director of Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Zhang graduated from Beijing University's school of International Business & Economics and received a master’s degree in International Affairs and International Law from St. John’s University in New York. He also attended NYU Stern's MBA program. He is currently a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, Guangxi Autonomous Region, a member of the Board of Trustees of Beijing University of International Business and Economics, a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Financial Services Advisory Committee and the Asian Financial Forum Steering Committee.

Kathy Skero

Kathy Skero

Senior Advisor

Advisors — New York

Kathleen Skero is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Finance group. Previously, she was a Senior Managing Director, and the firm’s Finance Director and Principal Accounting Officer.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Skero worked at Merrill Lynch for 29 years in a variety of positions, including CFO of its Global Wealth Management division and Global Controller, where her responsibilities included oversight of the firm's books and records, SEC reporting, accounting policy, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Ms. Skero received a BA and an MBA from Rutgers University and a JD from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Petryczenko

Michael Petryczenko

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

Michael A. Petryczenko is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Petryczenko is involved with overseeing the financial reporting, tax structuring and treasury operations related to Strategic Partners’ secondary private equity funds. Before joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Petryczenko was the Tax Manager for the Peabody Fund, an opportunistic real estate fund jointly managed by J.P. Morgan and The O’Connor Group. Prior to joining the Peabody Fund, Mr. Petryczenko was a Tax Manager at Ernst and Young, LLP in the Real Estate Group. His clients included DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and SL Green Realty Corp. Mr. Petryczenko received a BS in Accounting from St. Francis College, New York and an MS in Taxation from Pace University, New York. He subsequently earned the C.P.A. designation.

John Studzinski

John Studzinski

Vice Chairman

IRBD — London

John Studzinski CBE is Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds responsibility for sovereign and institutional investor relationship management, as well as important and influential pools of international family capital.

Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he led for a decade. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Studzinski served as head of European Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley as well as deputy chairman of Morgan Stanley International. After 23 years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Studzinski moved to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he also has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Studzinski is a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office of the UK Government and serves as Chair of the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee in addition to chairing the Prime Minister's “Business Against Modern Slavery” initiative. He is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, and Chairman of Create London. He is Vice-Chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch and is Co-founder and Chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks to stop human trafficking. Mr. Studzinski is also Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Studzinski serves on the U.S. boards of The J. Paul Getty Trust, Signature Theatre, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).

Mr. Studzinski holds the Papal honors of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester and in 2004 was awarded the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy. He received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless. In 2007 Mr. Studzinski was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity. In 2017, Mr. Studzinski was named Catholic of the Year by Catholic Herald magazine and received the 2017 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in recognition of his personal commitment and support of the arts.

Byron Wien

Byron Wien

Vice Chairman - Private Wealth Solutions Group

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Byron Wien is Vice Chairman in the Private Wealth Solutions group where he acts as a senior adviser to both the Firm and its clients in analyzing economic, social and political trends to assess the direction of financial markets and thus help guide investment and strategic decisions.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Wien was Chief Investment Strategist for Pequot Capital and before that served for 21 years as Chief (later Senior) U.S. Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley.

In 1995, Mr. Wien co-authored a book with George Soros on the legendary investor’s life and philosophy, Soros on Soros - Staying Ahead of the Curve. In 1998 he was named by First Call the most widely read analyst on Wall Street and in 2000 was ranked the No. 1 strategist by SmartMoney.com based on his market calls during that year. Mr.Wien was named to the 2004 Smart Money Power 30 list of Wall Street’s most influential investors, thinkers, enforcers, policy makers, players and market movers. He appeared in the “Thinker” category.

In 2006, Mr. Wien was named by New York Magazine as one of the sixteen most influential people in Wall Street. The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) presented Mr. Wien with a lifetime achievement award in 2008.

Mr. Wien received an AB with honors from Harvard College and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is on the Investment Advisory Committee of The Open Society Foundation, a member of the Investment Committees of Lincoln Center and The Pritzker Foundation. He is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the JPB Foundation.

Marc Bolland

Marc Bolland

Senior Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — London

Marc Bolland is the Head of Blackstone European Portfolio Operations.

He has had an outstanding career leading and developing international businesses and was formerly Chief Executive Officer for both Marks and Spencer plc and Morrisons plc, as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Heineken plc.

Marc received his bachelor’s degree from Hotelschool The Hague and an MBA from University of Groningen.

Harish Manwani

Harish Manwani

Senior Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — Singapore

Harish Manwani is a Senior Operating Partner.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Manwani was the Chief Operating Officer of Unilever responsible for managing the P&L across all of Unilever’s global markets. Mr. Manwani spent thirty-eight years with Unilever, holding various senior general management positions in different parts of the world, including overseeing Unilever’s businesses in Latin America, North America, Asia and Africa.

As a Senior Operating Partner, Mr. Manwani assists and guides selected Blackstone portfolio companies across the world and helps in diligencing investment opportunities. In addition, he helps guide portfolio operations and advises the management teams of Blackstone’s Indian portfolio companies. Mr. Manwani serves on the Board of Directors of Nielsen Holdings plc, Qualcomm Incorporated, Pearson plc, Whirlpool Corporation and The Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore. He is also non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited in India.

Mr. Manwani received a B.Sc. (Honors) degree from Bombay University and a Master’s degree in Management Studies. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Don Anderson

Don Anderson

Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — New York

Don Anderson is an Operating Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer in the Private Equity Group, based in New York.

Mr. Anderson is responsible for evolving sustainability initiatives that deliver cost effective quantitative and qualitative results across the Blackstone Capital Partners' portfolio companies.

Before Joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Anderson was Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development at ICF International, where he sold and managed energy efficiency and sustainability projects in the BRIC countries and Europe. Prior to that, he provided strategic consulting to corporations, ENERGY STAR, and The US Green Building Council (LEED) associated with operational excellence and sustainability in large portfolios.

Mr. Anderson has a BA with a concentration in energy from the University of Maryland and an MS in Solar Technology from Arizona State's College of Architecture.

Gregory Beutler

Gregory Beutler

Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — New York

Greg Beutler is an Operating Partner in the Portfolio Operations Group based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Beutler has been involved in portfolio management focused on supply chain and global cross-portfolio procurement as well as portfolio monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Beutler worked at General Electric, most recently as General Manager of the Electronic Products business in GE Energy. Prior to that he had several other GE assignments including European Supply Chain Director at GE Power Controls, General Manager of Global Sourcing at GE Lighting, as well as roles in GE Corporate, GE Plastics, GE Silicones and GE Power Systems divisions. In addition Mr. Beutler worked at Webvan, Inc. as Vice President of Merchandising and Symmetrix, Inc., a management consulting firm, as Vice President of the Industrial Sector Practice.

Mr. Beutler received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Engineering, cum laude, in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and a MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University.

Sharon Daley

Sharon Daley

Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — New York

Sharon Daley is an Operating Partner in Portfolio Operations, involved in assisting Blackstone’s portfolio companies with C-suite leadership assessment, coaching and development in addition to organization effectiveness, senior executive staffing, talent management, Board development and human resources practices.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Sharon spent 34 years with GE, progressing through a variety of senior Human Resource roles across the businesses comprising its Industrial portfolio. In addition, Sharon worked at GE’s corporate headquarters focused on senior leadership development and succession. Sharon gained significant global experience in mergers and acquisitions during the last decade of her tenure with GE and was named VP-HR and Cultural Integration for the GE-Alstom acquisition in 2014, the largest industrial acquisition in GE’s history. Sharon was an early champion of the GE Women’s Network and served on its advisory board for many years.

Sharon graduated from Rutgers University and is also a graduate of GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program.

Bob Llamas

Bob Llamas

Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — New York

Bob Llamas is an Operating Partner with primary responsibilities to assist Blackstone’s portfolio companies with leadership and organization effectiveness, senior executive staffing, talent management, and human resources practices.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Llamas was Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Community Empowerment at Univision Communications Inc. Prior to Univision, he was the Chief Human Resources and Public Affairs Officer for the Nielsen Company. In addition, Mr. Llamas has also served as Chief Administrative Officer of The Cleveland Clinic, Chief Human Resources Officer of Lehman Brothers Inc., and was a Corporate Officer of General Electric where he headed up Human Resources for three of their largest businesses.

Mr. Llamas received a BS in Marketing Management from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and an MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

Robert Galvin

Robert Galvin

Chief Executive Officer, Equity Healthcare

Portfolio Operations — New York

Dr. Robert Galvin is Operating Partner of Equity Healthcare. Before joining Blackstone, Dr. Galvin was Executive Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for General Electric, in charge of the design and performance of GE's health programs, including both health spending and the services delivered in its global medical clinics. Dr. Galvin is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of market-based health policy and financing, quality measurement and payment reform. Dr. Galvin is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Science, and sits on the IOM’s Board on Health Care Services. Dr. Galvin received his BA and MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Boston University.

Abhishek Agarwal

Abhishek Agarwal

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Abhishek Agarwal is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in various property sectors across several geographies in Europe. Mr. Agarwal currently focusses on Blackstone’s real estate investments in Italy and has worked on various transactions, including the acquisition and sale of the Broadgate estate, the acquisition of Multi Corporation and the refinancing of Chiswick Park. He also served on the board of Broadgate. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Agarwal worked as a software developer with Microsoft, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Windows' Vista. Mr. Agarwal received a B. Tech. in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, where he was placed on the Deans Merit List. He completed his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore where he graduated with the Gold medal.

Timur Akazhanov

Timur Akazhanov

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Timur Akazhanov is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Akazhanov has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Biomet, Gates Corporation, Service King and Ascend Learning. He currently serves on the board of Service King and Ascend Learning.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Akazhanov was an investment professional at Bain Capital. Prior to Bain, Mr. Akazhanov was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Akazhanov received an AB in Economics from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar, Thomas M. and Edna E. Wolfe Scholar and Henry Ford II Scholar.

Douglas Armer

Douglas Armer

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Douglas Armer is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Armer was a Managing Director at CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. As Managing Director, Mr. Armer handled the firm’s capital markets and finance activities. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Inc. in 2004, Mr. Armer was involved with developing the India-based capital markets group of Global Realty Outsourcing. Previously Mr. Armer held positions in Corporate Finance at Gerard Klauer Mattison and at PaineWebber Commercial Real Estate Securities.

Mr. Armer holds a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Saif Assam

Saif Assam

Managing Director

IRBD — Dubai

Saif Assam is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Mr. Assam is a member of Blackstone's Middle East team, and mainly focuses on private equity and credit. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Assam worked for the Dubai Government's direct investment / private equity arm. Previously, Mr. Assam was at Monitor Group's Boston and London offices. Mr. Assam received a Master's degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. Mr. Assam is a representative in the United Kingdom Blackstone Group International Limited, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Alberto Avanzo

Alberto Avanzo

Managing Director

GSO — Milan

Alberto Avanzo is a Managing Director within GSO Debt Funds Management Europe focused on the origination and management of private credit investments across the capital structure in the Italian market. Mr. Avanzo is based in Milan where he heads the local branch of the asset management of the Fund. Before joining GSO, Mr. Avanzo spent more than 30 years in credit with experiences at Izurium Capital, a UK based Private Equity fund, Morgan Stanley Investment Management in London where he was Global Co-Head of the Senior loans business, WestLB London as Head of Italian Leverage Finance and Sanpaolo IMI where he also ran Leverage Finance. Mr. Avanzo started his career as credit analyst at Continental Illinois Bank. He has a law degree and a MBA at Bocconi University in Milan.

Geoffrey Bailhache

Geoffrey Bailhache

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — London

Geoffrey Bailhache is a Managing Director and is based in London. Mr. Bailhache is the firm’s General Counsel in EMEA. Mr. Bailhache focuses on transactional and related support for the Private Equity Group and Tactical Opportunities Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Bailhache was a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges' London office, where he worked for a number of corporate and private equity clients on a broad range of leveraged buyouts, public takeovers and cross-border M&A transactions. Mr. Bailhache is a member of the Board of Invest Europe and the European Private Equity Roundtable.

Mr. Bailhache received an LLB in law from the University of Nottingham.

Marc Baliotti

Marc Baliotti

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Marc Baliotti is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He joined GSO in 2005 and is a senior member of GSO’s mezzanine and direct lending teams, handling sourcing, due diligence, structuring, and management of investments for the funds.

Prior to joining GSO Capital, Mr. Baliotti was a Principal of AIG Highstar Capital, an energy and infrastructure-focused private equity fund with over $5 billion of assets under management. His responsibilities there included sourcing investment opportunities, negotiating and structuring transactions, and managing portfolio company investments. Prior to that, Mr. Baliotti worked at Advanstar Communications Inc., a portfolio company of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (DLJMB), and as an Associate at DLJMB.

Mr. Baliotti received a BS in Economics with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Villanova University while on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Baliotti serves on the Board of Directors of Global Jet Capital and Grafton Apparel Ltd. He previously served on the boards of American Ref-Fuel, ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, Aspect Software, A.T. Cross, Bluewater Thermal Processing, Heartland Automotive Holdings and Heartland Food Corp.

Marisa Beeney

Marisa Beeney

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Marisa Beeney, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of GSO Capital Partners LP, Managing Director. Ms. Beeney oversees all legal and compliance matters relating to Blackstone’s credit focused business. Prior to her role as General Counsel, Ms. Beeney worked on a variety of legal matters within GSO Capital, including new business initiatives, fund structuring and related issues for fund investments, leverage facilities and certain compliance issues. Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Ms. Beeney was an attorney at DLA Piper within the finance group. Prior to that, she worked at Latham & Watkins primarily on project finance and development transactions, as well as other structured credit products. Ms. Beeney holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Anthony Beovich

Anthony Beovich

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Anthony W. Beovich is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Beovich has worked in the financial reporting group and is involved in tax research and tax compliance for all Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds.   Mr. Beovich has also been involved with tax matters relating to fund formation and BREP acquisitions and dispositions. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Beovich was a Tax Manager at Deloitte & Touche, where he provided tax services to real estate investment trusts, opportunity funds and partnerships in the real estate industry. Mr. Beovich received a BS in Accounting from St. John's University and an MS in Taxation from Long Island University.   He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ron Bernstein

Ron Bernstein

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Ron Bernstein is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Bernstein was a Managing Principal at Great Spruce Capital Partners, an investment and development company that he founded. Prior to Great Spruce, Mr. Bernstein spent over 8 years at Marathon Asset Management where he was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Marathon Real Estate Group. Previously, Mr. Bernstein spent over 8 years as a principal investor at Goldman Sachs in its Real Estate Principal Investments Area/Whitehall Funds.

Mr. Bernstein received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated from the Honors Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, with a double major in Economics.

Vijay Bharadia

Vijay Bharadia

Managing Director

Finance — London

Vijay Bharadia is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. He is the firm's International Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Bharadia was First Vice President and the Co-CFO for European Equities at Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Bharadia received a BSC (Eng) in Computing Science from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Eric Bilmes

Eric Bilmes

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Eric Bilmes is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Bilmes worked at HBK Capital Management, where he was focused on investment opportunities in distressed credit and high yield. Mr. Bilmes joined HBK in 2006 as a founding principal of its private equity group. Prior to HBK, he was with Trivest Partners and Raymond James.

Mr. Bilmes received a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Greg Bilse

Greg Bilse

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Greg Bilse is a Managing Director of the Hedge Funds Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Bilse has been involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring for equity and event-driven strategies as well as analyzing individual event-oriented situations.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Bilse worked for Oak Pension Asset Management, the investment division of Barclays Pension Fund, in London where he was responsible for a variety of credit strategies as well as Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Insurance-related investments. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Bilse worked for Deutsche Bank in New York where he was Head of Relative Value strategies and an Assistant Portfolio Manager for DB Advisors Fund of Funds.

Mr. Bilse received a BS in Physics from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

Dmitry Biryukov

Dmitry Biryukov

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Dmitry Biryukov is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Biryukov has been involved in the design and development of BAAM’s proprietary software systems, which support all aspects of the group's operations.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Biryukov worked as a Senior Developer for America ToGo (ATG) designing software solutions for BAAM. Before ATG he was a System Architect for RPT Group (now Red Vision), a title searches and real property data solution company. Prior to that, Mr. Biryukov worked as Principal Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kyrgyzstan, Moscow and Arlington, Virginia in a variety of software development projects for USAID, Russian Oil and Gas clients and the US DOD.

Mr. Biryukov graduated with a MS in Computer Science from the Kyrgyz Technical University.

Amy Blake

Amy Blake

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Amy Blake is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Blake has been involved with the Financial Planning & Analysis team in further developing our firmwide financial and management reporting. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Blake worked as a Vice President in the Chief Operating Office for the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch. In this role, she focused on developing and implementing various control processes and business management initiatives. Prior to that, she held a number of roles in the Chief Financial Office focused on financial reporting, as well as administrative, control and regulatory initiatives. Ms. Blake began her career at Arthur Andersen LLP where she was a senior auditor in the Financial Services Division. Ms. Blake received a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University, and an MBA New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dik Blewitt

Dik Blewitt

Managing Director

GSO — New York

J. Richard (“Dik”) Blewitt is a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager for Carador Income Fund PLC, and is focused on structured finance / credit investments. He also sits on CCS’s Global Structured Credit Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO in 2014, Mr. Blewitt was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Securitized Asset Team at Blackrock, as well as the Partner in charge of Securitization and Insurance Products for the R3 Capital Hedge Fund. Prior to Blackrock acquiring R3, Mr. Blewitt was Head of Securitization at Lehman Brothers Global Principal Strategies. Mr. Blewitt was formerly a Managing Director and Global Head of Distribution for the Global Structured Products Group at Bank of America Securities, and previously worked at JP Morgan in Structured Finance.

Mr. Blewitt earned a BS in Finance from Lehigh University, and an MBA in Finance / International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Byron Blount

Byron Blount

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Byron Blount is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Blount has been involved in the oversight of various Blackstone investments in the healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors. Before joining Blackstone, he was EVP for Blackstone's LXR Luxury Resorts affiliate for five years. Prior to that, Mr. Blount was a Principal at Colony Capital LLC for 11 years, responsible for sourcing and structuring new investments, consummating transactions valued in excess of $5 billion and serving on the boards of seven Colony portfolio companies during his tenure. Mr. Blount received a BS from the University of Southern California and an MBA from USC's Marshall School. He is a member of the National Graduate Business Honor Society.

Bradley Boggess

Bradley Boggess

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brad Boggess is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners and involved with portfolio management and monitoring. Since joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Boggess has been focused on the GSO Advantage program, which looks to bring Blackstone’s broad set of capabilities to bear for GSO’s portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Boggess was Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Hudson Advisors, the asset management affiliate of Lone Star Funds. He also previously led the asset management team for private equity investments at Hudson. Brad served as Chairman of the Board of Continental Building Products (NYSE:CBPX) and on the Board of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:DFRG) and Forterra, PLC (LSE:FORT). Prior to Hudson he had various roles as a management consultant and restructuring advisor at AlixPartners, Ariba, and Accenture.

Mr. Boggess was an Armor Officer in the United States Army and received a BS in Management from Tulane University.

Anthony Borreca

Anthony Borreca

Managing Director

GSO — Houston

Anthony Borreca is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Borreca focuses on public and private investments in the energy and power sectors. Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners in 2010, Mr. Borreca worked for Blue Source’s Carbon Investment Fund helping invest capital in low-carbon infrastructure projects. Before Blue Source, Mr. Borreca worked for Credit Suisse's Energy Investment Banking group, where he worked on multiple M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Borreca serves on the Board of Directors of various companies involved in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield service sectors including 3Bear Energy, Compass Well Services, Delaware Basin Investment Group, Energy Alloys, River Bend Oil & Gas, Sanchez UnSub, and Twin Eagle Resource Management. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for The Center Houston. Mr. Borreca received a B.A. in Economics from Colby College, where he graduated cum laude.

Robert Bosselman

Robert Bosselman

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Robert Bosselman is a Managing Director, and Head of National Accounts in the Private Wealth Solutions Group. In this role, Mr. Bosselman oversees the relationship management team responsible for covering Blackstone’s intermediary partners across wirehouses and private banks, as well as both regional and independent broker-dealers.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Bosselman was a Managing Director at UBP Asset Management where he was Head of Sales and Client Service for North America. While there, he led sales and relationship management for both institutional, and high net worth clients, across alternative investments including commingled, customized and advisory accounts. In addition, he sat on the Management Committee responsible for running the day to day operations of the North American business. Prior to that, Mr. Bosselman was a Vice President of Business Development at Deutsche Bank AG where he marketed products in the bank’s Trust & Securities Services group, covering the Healthcare and Industrials sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Bosselman worked with the investment banking unit of BDO Seidman LLP, marketing and structuring management and employee-led buyouts, as well as leveraged recapitalizations for middle market companies.

Mr. Bosselman received a BS in Finance and International Business from the University of Delaware.

Gregorio Bravo

Gregorio Bravo

Managing Director

BAAM — London

Gregorio Bravo is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Bravo has been involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring, as well as portfolio analytics and risk assessment.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Bravo interned for a summer with the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Bravo received a BSc in Economics with a concentration in Financial Markets from the London School of Economics. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Tia Breakley

Tia Breakley

Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Tia Breakley is a Managing Director and the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of the Infrastructure Group. Previously, Ms. Breakley served as Deputy General Counsel of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where she was actively involved in the oversight and coordination of legal and regulatory matters relating to BAAM’s multi-manager and direct trading platforms as well as structuring of the group’s customized multi-manager products.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Breakley worked as Counsel in the Private Investment Funds Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Prior to that, Ms. Breakley was an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she worked on various matters including, private investment fund formations, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions.

Ms. Breakley received a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Columbia Law School. Ms. Breakley serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Jeppe Brondum

Jeppe Brondum

Managing Director

BAAM — Copenhagen

Jeppe Brøndum is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group based in Copenhagen.

Mr. Brøndum is involved with client service and new business and product development in Europe.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Brøndum was a Director for BlackRock where he was developing and managing client relationships with Nordic institutional investors. Before BlackRock, he held a similar position at Barclays Global Investors. Prior to that he worked as Head of Fund Distribution for Danske Capital, the asset management arm of Danske Bank, where he was responsible for developing client relationships in Europe. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Danica Pension focusing on manager research and selection and portfolio management of multi-asset portfolios.

Mr. Brøndum received an MSc Economics & Business from Aarhus University.

Susan Burkhardt

Susan Burkhardt

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Susan Burkhardt is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners.

Since joining GSO in 2013, Ms. Burkhardt has been involved in new business initiatives, fund structuring and related issues, as well as a variety of compliance matters.

Immediately prior to joining GSO Capital, Ms. Burkhardt worked at The D. E. Shaw Group. Before that, she worked at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London, where she focused on the formation of alternative investment funds. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Burkhardt received a BS in Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, from The University of Notre Dame, and a JD from The University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review, elected to the Order of the Coif and awarded the Z Society Shannon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Excellence.

Sharon Burley

Sharon Burley

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Sharon Burley is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Burley is involved with the firm's tax compliance and reporting. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Burley was the Director of Tax at The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a privately-held multinational investment company. Prior to this, Ms. Burley was a tax manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Stamford, CT. Ms. Burley received a BSBA from Bucknell University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

William Burt

William Burt

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

William Burt is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and the Chief Operating Officer of the BAAM Portfolio Solutions Group. Prior to that, Mr. Burt was involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s underlying hedge fund managers.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Burt was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company, where he worked with clients in the high tech industry on a wide variety of strategic and operational issues. Before McKinsey, he was an Analyst in Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions Group and an Accountant in Arthur Andersen’s Hedge Fund Advisory and Capital Markets Group.

Mr. Burt received a BBA in Accounting from the College of William and Mary, where he graduated with distinction. He also received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Mark Burton

Mark Burton

Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Mark Burton is a Managing Director in Strategic Partners and is based in New York. Mr. Burton oversees the investment activities of Strategic Partners’ real estate funds and sits on the Investment Committee for each of the SP RE Funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners in 2014, Mr. Burton was a Managing Director at H/2 Capital Partners, an institutional investment manager focused on commercial real estate credit. While at H/2, he led the sourcing, pricing, and execution of the firm’s distressed commercial mortgage opportunities in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Burton spent over 11 years at Goldman Sachs in its Global Special Situations Group (SSG) as a Vice President overseeing domestic commercial real estate investing, commercial mortgage and mezzanine lending, and distressed commercial mortgage acquisitions.

Mr. Burton received a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.

Marion Buten

Marion Buten

Managing Director

GSO — London

Marion-Sophie Buten is a Managing Director in the GSO-Origination Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Ms. Buten has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of investment opportunities across several industry categories out of the New York and London offices.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Buten worked as an Associate Director within the Leveraged Finance and the Corporate Finance departments at UBS Warburg's offices in Zurich, London and New York.

Ms. Buten received a Master of Management degree, with distinction, from the European School of Management, where she completed a three-year master's program in Paris, Oxford and Berlin. Ms. Buten is fluent in German, French and English.

Ruaraidh Campbell

Ruaraidh Campbell

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ruaraidh Campbell is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is involved in product development, internal analytics and risk due diligence.

Prior to rejoining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Campbell was a Vice President and Head of Analytics and Risk at Summit Rock Advisors, an outsourced-CIO firm managing over $8 billion in assets under management. Before Summit Rock Advisors, he worked at Blackstone from 2004 to 2012, where he focused on risk management and portfolio construction for the Hedge Fund Solutions platform.

Mr. Campbell received a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Applied Math from the University of Virginia. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Michael Carruthers

Michael Carruthers

Managing Director

GSO — London

Mike Carruthers is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, and is involved in various performing and distressed investments, including direct financing, primary syndication, secondary trading, and portfolio purchases, across various target sectors. He is based in London. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Carruthers was an investment banking analyst in Credit Suisse's Toronto office from 2005-2006. During this period, he worked on a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Carruthers graduated with Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Jonathan Chamberlain

Jonathan Chamberlain

Managing Director

Private Equity — Sydney

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Chamberlain has been actively involved in Blackstone’s investments in Ixom and Antares Restaurant Group. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chamberlain was a Vice President at Unitas Capital, where he was responsible for a number of investments across the Asia Pacific Region. Previously, Mr. Chamberlain was an Associate at Babcock & Brown and an Analyst at ABN AMRO and he worked as a Civil Engineer at McConnell Dowell Engineering. Mr. Chamberlain received a B.E. and a B.Comm. from the University of Melbourne. He also received an M.S. in Finance with High Distinction from the University of New South Wales.

Cliff Chen

Cliff Chen

Managing Director

Real Estate — Shanghai

Cliff Chen is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in Shanghai. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Chen's primary responsibilities have included evaluating and executing real estate investments in China. Mr. Chen received an MPhil from Cambridge University, an MSc and a BSc from University of Lancaster.

Amy Chen

Amy Chen

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Amy Chen is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Ms. Chen heads up the tax compliance and reporting function for all GSO investment funds and its affiliated entities. Her responsibilities include managing the tax compliance and reporting obligation both in the US and in foreign jurisdictions as well as FATCA compliance. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Chen was a Director of Tax at Amber Capital Investment Management where she was responsible for all tax matters related to the investments funds as well as the management company. She collaborated with the investment team, operation team and legal team on all portfolio transactions. Prior to joining Amber Capital, she was a Senior Tax Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’s asset management tax group based in New York where she provided a wide range of tax services to private investment fund clients. Ms. Chen was also a Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen’s financial services tax group based in New York where she provided similar tax services to private investment fund clients as well as international banking clients. Ms. Chen received her BBA in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institution of Certified Public Accountants.

Brian Chi

Brian Chi

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Brian Chi is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Chi has been involved in Blackstone’s investment in Xinrong Medical. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Xinrong Medical. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chi was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia where he focused on private equity investments in China. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Chi worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Citi Investment Banking Division in New York.

Mr. Chi received a B.A. in Economics and Math from Brandeis University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

Joe Chien

Joe Chien

Managing Director

Real Estate — Tokyo

Joseph Chien is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group based in Tokyo. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Chien has been involved in a variety of real estate acquisitions and initiatives in Asia.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chien was an Executive Director at GreenOak Real Estate Advisors in New York, where he focused on acquisitions in the U.S., Greater China, and India. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley in their real estate investing and mergers & acquisitions departments in New York and London.

Mr. Chien received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, summa cum laude, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Byung Ug Choi

Byung Ug Choi

Managing Director

IRBD — Hong Kong

Byung Ug Choi is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. He is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Choi has been involved with marketing for various Blackstone fund products, primarily with respect to Korea. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Choi was a Director with Citigroup Global Markets Asia focusing on marketing and structuring CDO products. Previously, he worked as a portfolio manager at Samsung Fire & Marine and Samsung ITMC. He also worked for Hyundai Motor Company as an export sale manager for the Middle East region. Mr. Choi received an M.I.M. from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in Law from Korea University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Brad Colman

Brad Colman

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brad Colman is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Colman focuses on originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments across a diverse range of industries for the Direct Lending business. As part of the Performing Credit Group, Mr. Colman’s responsibilities also include acting as the Portfolio Manager for the GSO Diamond Fund, which focuses on senior and stretch senior loans to middle market issuers in the U.S.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Colman worked as a Director in the Strategic Investments group at PartnerRe, a Senior Associate in the sponsor finance team at American Capital, and an Analyst in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group.

Mr. Colman graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance, Accounting, and Operations.

David Corey

David Corey

Managing Director

Strategic Partners — San Francisco

David Corey is a Managing Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Corey focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and sits on the Investment Committees of each of the Strategic Partners funds.

Before joining Strategic Partners in 2001, Mr. Corey worked as an attorney in the mergers & acquisitions departments of Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York and Skadden Arps in Los Angeles.

Mr. Corey received a BA in History from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Corey also earned a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review and a multiple Jurisprudence Award recipient. Mr. Corey sits on the Advisory Boards of partnerships managed by Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Co., FTV Capital and Scale Ventures. In addition, Mr. Corey serves on the Board of Directors for Juma Ventures.

Sean Cort

Sean Cort

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Sean Cort is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners and the Head of Middle Office and Operations. Before joining GSO, Mr. Cort was Chief Administrative Officer of Fortress Investment Group, overseeing the managed account platform, global trading activities, financial planning and strategic initiatives for the hedge fund business. Prior to that, he worked at Credit Suisse where he managed the Prime Services client documentation team, responsible for client fund onboarding, operational and credit related issues.

Before Credit Suisse, he worked at Credit Agricole overseeing U.S. capital markets activities and the integration of the U.S. operations of Credit Lyonnais and Credit Agricole. Mr. Cort also worked at Deustche Bank AG where he covered the Global Markets business supporting various trading desks. He began his career at Goldman Sachs where he was focused on a broad range of financial products and infrastructure initiatives for the firm.

Mr. Cort received a JD from Boston University and BA from the University of Rochester, with a Management Certificate from the Simon School of Business.

David Cunningham

David Cunningham

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

David Cunningham is a Managing Director and a portfolio manager for CCS’s European CLOs. Mr. Cunningham is responsible for the origination of European CLOs with a focus on CLO structuring and also for overseeing CCS’s European capital markets activities. He also sits on CCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee and CLO Origination Committee.

Mr. Cunningham joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Cunningham was a Director at Harbourmaster Capital where he was part of the portfolio management group supporting the Portfolio Managers for the CLOs under management at Harbourmaster Capital, and was also involved in capital formation and investor relations. Prior to joining Harbourmaster Capital in 2007, Mr. Cunningham worked as a credit analyst in WGZ Bank focusing on structured finance transactions.

Mr. Cunningham received a BE in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and his MS in Financial & Industrial Mathematics from Dublin City University. Mr. Cunningham is also a CFA Charterholder and a CAIA Charterholder.

Tania Daguere Lindbäck

Tania Daguere Lindbäck

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Tania Daguere Lindbäck is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Daguere has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Sulo, Centerparcs, ICS and Pulse.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Daguere worked at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions division in London and Paris.

Ms. Daguere received a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales School of Management in Paris with a Master’s Degree in Finance.

Amit Dalmia

Amit Dalmia

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — Mumbai

Amit Dalmia is a Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and is based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Dalmia has primarily been involved in monitoring the performance and development of Blackstone portfolio companies in India. Before joining Blackstone, Mr.  Dalmia had diverse operational experience of over 13 years with Hindustan Unilever India ("HUL") in various management and business leadership roles ranging from finance and accounts to commercial and supply chain. Mr. Dalmia He has undergone a management training program with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and subsequently worked extensively on in-company training at Unilever. Mr.  Dalmia received a B. Com. (Hons. ) from St. Xaviers' College from the University of Kolkatta, India. He is also a Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS) and Cost Accountant (ICWA) with three Gold Medals for securing first-ranks in the country.

Simon Davies

Simon Davies

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Simon Davies is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Mr Davies is involved with tax matters relating to fund formation and international real estate acquisitions and dispositions, with a particular focus on Europe.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr Davies worked as a Senior Manager in the Investment Management and Real Estate team at PricewaterhouseCoopers and specialized in the tax affairs of international real estate funds and investments.

Mr. Davies received a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Raphael de Botton

Raphael de Botton

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Raphael de Botton is a Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. de Botton has been involved in Blackstone's investments in Tangerine, TDC, Tragus, Versace, AAG and ISD.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. de Botton worked at Lazard in the Mergers and Acquisition division, in New York. Mr. de Botton graduated from ESSEC Business School with a Master’s degree in Finance and from the French National Institute of Telecommunications with a Master's of Science. Mr. de Botton serves as a director of Tangerine, AAG and ISD.

Joe DeFalco

Joe DeFalco

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Joe DeFalco is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and the Chief Operating Officer of the Special Situations Investing Group.

Prior to that, Mr. DeFalco was involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s underlying hedge fund managers from a business/financial perspective.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. DeFalco was an Assurance Manager in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Alternative Investment Fund practice.

Mr. DeFalco received a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with distinction. He also received a MS in Accounting from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ravi Desai

Ravi Desai

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ravi Desai is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Desai is involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection, and monitoring, as well as structured and corporate credit investments.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Desai was a Managing Director at Caprok Capital. Prior to Caprok, Mr. Desai was a Portfolio Manager at Tolis Advisors, and prior to that, a Vice President at Bear Stearns.

Mr. Desai received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.

Sasi Digavalli

Sasi Digavalli

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Sasi K. Digavalli is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group with responsibilities in risk management and portfolio construction. Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Digavalli served as the Head of Risk Management for Americas at GETC and KCG. Prior to that, Mr. Digavalli led risk management at Citadel Investment Group. Mr. Digavalli received a PhD with Honors in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Dowler

Andrew Dowler

Managing Director

External Relations — London

Andrew Dowler is a Managing Director in the Public Affairs Group.

He is involved with the public positioning of Blackstone and its investment platforms across Europe serving as a primary spokesman for the firm. He also handles Blackstone’s government relations activities in Europe.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Dowler was a Partner of Finsbury, the UK’s leading financial and corporate communications consultancy. His clients at Finsbury included Blackstone and, over the last 20 years as a communications consultant, he has specialized in working for alternative asset management companies. He also played a major role on many of the most high-profile mergers and acquisitions (hostile and agreed), re-financings and restructurings of the European market since deregulation in the 1980s. Prior to moving into public affairs, Mr. Dowler worked in politics as a researcher and speechwriter.

Mr. Dowler has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Politics from the University of Southampton and serves on the board of Action Breaks Silence, the UK-based charity which tackles sexual and gender-based violence.

Andrea Drasites

Andrea Drasites

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Andrea Drasites is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Ms. Drasites is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s domestic retail investments including Equity One, Regency, DDR, Glimcher, Kimco and Edens portfolios as well as other retail projects inside of Blackstone’s Real Estate portfolio.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Drasites worked at Equity One, Inc., a publicly traded shopping center REIT, where she was responsible for asset management as well as acquisitions and dispositions across the US. Prior to Equity One, Inc., Ms. Drasites worked for Woolbright Development, a shopping center owner and developer based in Boca Raton, Florida.

Ms. Drasites received a BA in International Business from Rollins College and an MBA from the University of Florida.

Jean-Christophe Dubois

Jean-Christophe Dubois

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Jean-Christophe Dubois is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in London. Mr. Dubois is involved with portfolio management, asset management and transaction activities across our continental European businesses. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Dubois was a Managing Director at Archon, Goldman Sachs’ European real estate and distressed loan management platform. Prior to this role, Mr. Dubois held multiple leadership positions at Archon, including Head of Italian Management Platform, Head of European Acquisition, Head of Loan Management and Asset Manager. Mr. Dubois received a degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Marseille and a Master in Finance from ESCP Europe.

Richard Dziurzynski

Richard Dziurzynski

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Richard S. Dziurzynski is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Dziurzynski is involved in hedge fund manager risk analysis, as well as risk monitoring and analysis of the BAAM’s funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Dziurzynski worked at Five Mile Capital Partners (FMCP) as Head of Risk Management and Quantitative Analysis, where he set up standards for risk management and transparency of disclosure, managed the implementation of firm-wide risk management systems, and was involved in the startup of hedge funds. Prior to joining FMCP, he served as a Vice President at AIG Trading Group, where he established firm-wide methodologies and standards for the computation and reporting of market risk and limits, and managed a team responsible for middle office and market risk management. Prior to that, Mr. Dziurzynski served as Senior Vice President and Head of Market Risk Management at DKB Financial Products, Director in Global Market Risk Management at Barclays Group (USA), and Vice President in trading/research at Greenwich Capital Markets. He began his career at Salomon Brothers as Assistant VP in Mortgage Research in 1987.

Mr. Dziurzynski received an MSc in Applied Mathematics and an MSc in Applied Mechanics from Warsaw Technical University in Poland, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley.

Oran Ebel

Oran Ebel

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Oran Ebel is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2013, Mr. Ebel has been involved in new business initiatives, fund structuring and related issues, investment transactions and a number of other legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Ebel worked at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York as an associate in the Finance Group. Mr. Ebel received an A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Prior to attending law school Mr. Ebel worked in real estate finance.

Michael Eglit

Michael Eglit

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Eglit is a Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Eglit has handled evaluation of real estate debt investments in several property types. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Eglit worked for Wrightwood Capital, where he worked on the origination, underwriting, and asset management of structured senior debt, mezzanine debt, preferred equity and JV equity commercial real estate investments. Mr. Eglit graduated with honors in Economics from Lehigh University and received a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Elliot Eisenberger

Elliot Eisenberger

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Elliot Eisenberger is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2007, Elliot has been involved in tax planning and consulting for GSO Capital and its affiliated entities. His responsibilities include the implementation of efficient tax investment and entity structures as well as managing GSO's tax compliance and reporting obligations. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Eisenberger was the Director of Tax at Amaranth Advisors LLC where his responsibilities included providing tax consulting with respect to investment transactions, fund structure and other general tax issues as well as ensuring that the fund was in compliance with all Federal, State and International tax filings. Prior to joining Amaranth in 2003, Mr. Eisenberger was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in its capital markets tax group where he provided a wide range of tax services to a number of hedge fund clients. Mr. Eisenberger was also with Ernst & Young LLP, providing similar tax services to hedge fund clients. Mr. Eisenberger holds a BS in Accounting from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a Masters of Science in Taxation from Fordham University. Mr. Eisenberger is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of New York.

Pinda Eng

Pinda Eng

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Pinda Eng is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Eng has been involved in accounting, financial reporting and investor reporting for the Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds and investment entities. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Eng worked at UBS Investment Bank as a Director and Business Unit Controller in the Commercial Real Estate Trading Group. Prior to UBS, she worked at Credit Suisse First Boston as a Senior Associate in the Capital Markets Group. Prior to Credit Suisse First Boston, she was an auditor in PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Services Group. Ms. Eng received a BS in Accounting from Hofstra University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mary Lynn Eubanks

Mary Lynn Eubanks

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mary Lynn Eubanks is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Eubanks has focused on marketing and client relationships. Prior to that, Ms. Eubanks was an Associate in the investment banking groups at CSFB and Merrill Lynch, focusing on financing and M&A transactions in the Media and Telecom industry.   Prior to Merrill Lynch, Ms. Eubanks was an analyst in Wachovia Corporation's investment banking group. Ms. Eubanks received a BS in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Marcelo Fedak

Marcelo Fedak

Managing Director

Real Estate — Brazil

Marcelo Fedak is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in São Paulo. Mr. Fedak is involved in sourcing and analyzing investment opportunities in Latin America. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Fedak was at BTG Pactual where he was a Partner and Head of Real Estate, overseeing over $3 billion of assets under management across Latin America. Prior to that, Mr. Fedak worked at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse and was involved in various M&A and capital market transactions across multiple industries. Mr. Fedak received a BA in business from FGV - Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo.

Louis-Simon Ferland

Louis-Simon Ferland

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Louis-Simon Ferland is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Ferland has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions, disposals and financings, with a total investment value of more than $8 billion. Mr. Ferland has experience in analysing all major classes of real estate including retail, office, logistics and residential.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ferland spent 3 years in Merrill Lynch's real estate private equity group focused on pan-European equity investments and 3 years as a lawyer in New York City.

Mr. Ferland received a dual degree in Common and Civil Law from McGill University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Alessandro Fiascaris

Alessandro Fiascaris

Managing Director

Real Estate — Singapore

Alessandro Fiascaris is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in Singapore.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Fiascaris has been involved in a variety of real estate acquisitions in Europe and Asia/Pacific.

Mr. Fiascaris received a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford.

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick

Managing Director

Innovations — New York

John Fitzpatrick is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group. Mr. Fitzpatrick oversees various projects and initiatives across the entire Innovations and Infrastructure group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked at Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s, for seven years where he was most recently the Head of Product Design. Before Capital IQ, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked in the Global Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch (The Sullivan Group).

He received a BS in Finance from St. John’s University.

Amy Garges

Amy Garges

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Amy Garges is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Garges is involved in compliance matters focusing on internal compliance review.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Garges worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an Audit Manager in the Banking Capital Markets practice where she supervised audit teams, maintained client relationships, and provided accounting advisory services to financial institutional clients. Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, she worked at Franklin Templeton Investments as a Tax Audit Supervisor where she managed multiple tax audits and assisted with tax planning projects.

Ms. Garges received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Nicholas Gaspari

Nicholas Gaspari

Managing Director

Harvest — Wayne

Nicholas Gaspari is a Managing Director with Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s Publicly Traded MLP and Yield-Oriented Investment Platform. Since joining Harvest in 2007, Mr. Gaspari has served as a member of Harvest’s investment committee and has been involved in evaluating energy infrastructure investment opportunities.

Before joining Harvest, Mr. Gaspari worked in the New York office of J.P. Morgan as an analyst in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities Group, focusing on a wide variety of asset classes.

Mr. Gaspari received a BA in History from Boston College.

Barry Gast

Barry Gast

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Barry Gast is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Gast has overseen the analysis and design of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's proprietary direct trading software platform.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Gast was a Vice President for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in their Research Technology group where he oversaw the conversion of multiple legacy equity and fixed income analytics systems into one platform.

Mr. Gast received a BS in Computer Science from Siena College in upstate New York.

Leanne Gonzalez

Leanne Gonzalez

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Leanne Gonzalez is a Managing Director with GSO working in the Mezzanine Group. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Gonzalez worked for several Investment banks as an independent financial consultant specializing in system implementation and conversion projects as well as creating Operational workflows. Prior to consulting Ms. Gonzalez worked for Bank of America for 6 years as a senior manager. Ms. Gonzalez ran the International Fixed Income Operations Group where she was responsible for middle and back office operations in Boston, Latin America, Asia and London. Ms. Gonzalez implemented best practices across all BoA foreign branches for Fixed Income Operations and received an excellence award for outstanding performance. Prior to joining Bank of America Ms. Gonzalez worked for Credit Suisse on their mortgage backed trading desk in Boston as a trading assistant. Prior to working for Credit Suisse Ms. Gonzalez worked for Morgan Stanley as a series 7&63 registered brokers assistant in the Private Client Services department. Ms. Gonzalez received a BA from the University of Rhode Island.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Managing Director

Real Estate — Los Angeles

Chris Graham is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group based in Los Angeles and oversees West Coast acquisitions. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Graham worked at J.P. Morgan as a Managing Director and served as the West Coast real estate acquisitions team leader. Previously, he was a manager for the Archon Group where he was involved with commercial investment opportunities and dispositions in the western region. Mr. Graham received a BS from the University of Southern California.

Jason Gregory

Jason Gregory

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Jason Gregory is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Gregory has been involved in the legal structuring and negotiation of the group’s customized multi-manager portfolios and direct trading platforms and investment opportunities.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Gregory was an Associate at White & Case LLP where he focused on the formation of private investment funds and the negotiation of investments for institutional clients in private investment funds.

Mr. Gregory received a JD from the Fordham University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Siddhartha Gupta

Siddhartha Gupta

Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

Siddhartha Gupta is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Gupta has been involved in sourcing and analyzing real estate investments in India. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Gupta was Vice President in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Private Equity group. Mr. Gupta holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and is also a Chartered Accountant (India).

Ilan Halal

Ilan Halal

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Ilan Halal is a Managing Director in the Global Fund Accounting group where he oversees the accounting, financial reporting and fund administration for Blackstone’s Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Total Alternatives Solutions Funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Halal was the Private Equity Controller at Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC a Greenwich, CT based alternative asset management firm. At Black Diamond, Mr. Halal was primarily involved in fund management, administration and financial reporting for its private equity funds as well as financial reporting for the management company. Prior to that, Mr. Halal held various positions at JP Morgan Partners within the respective finance and accounting teams. Mr. Halal began his career at Ernst & Young LLP serving as a Senior Associate in the audit practice.

Mr. Halal received a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Justin Hall

Justin Hall

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Justin Hall is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Hall has been involved in analyzing, evaluating, and executing private investments across various industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Hall worked as an analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Hall graduated cum laude with a BA in Information Science from Cornell University.

Andrew Hamada

Andrew Hamada

Managing Director

BAAM — Tokyo

Andrew K. Hamada is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions group based in Japan. He is the Head of BAAM Japan Business Strategy.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Hamada was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he was a product specialist and oversaw the Alternative Investment Group’s investment products and lead the manager due diligence process. Mr. Hamada was also responsible for relationships with financial institutions, large pension plans, and pension consultants. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Hamada worked at Legg Mason’s Quantitative Analysis Group as a research consultant and was a research assistant at the Biostatistics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.

Mr. Hamada graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences/pre-medicine.

Olivia Hamlet

Olivia Hamlet

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Olivia John is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Ms. John currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the multifamily sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. John has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors and has worked on various transactions, including the Extended Stay Hotels acquisition and the Hilton Worldwide refinancing and IPO. From 2010-2012, Ms. John was based in Blackstone’s London office, where she worked on the RBS U.K. loan portfolio acquisition. More recently, Ms. John has played a key role in the creation and expansion of LivCor, Blackstone’s apartment portfolio company.

Ms. John graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a BS in Economics and was also a Joseph Wharton Scholar. She also serves on the junior leadership board of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), which provides educational and career programs for young people from underserved communities.

James Hannigan

James Hannigan

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

James Hannigan is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Hannigan is actively involved in the legal structuring of the group’s multi-manager portfolios, with a particular focus on investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Hannigan was an Associate Vice President at FRM, a fund of hedge funds. Prior to that, Mr. Hannigan was an Associate in the Asset Management Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he focused on the formation and operation of hedge funds and registered investment companies.

Mr. Hannigan received a BA in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Ron Hartman

Ron Hartman

Managing Director

Innovations — New York

Ronald Hartman is a Managing Director in the Information Technology group and leads the firm's IT Finance function. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Hartman worked at Credit Suisse where he held a variety of finance and operational roles over the past eleven years. Most recently he was the Director of Expense Management for Investment Banking Technology. Prior to Credit Suisse he held finance, planning, and consulting positions with Think New Ideas, McGraw Hill and The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Hartman received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, with honors, from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.

Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Alexandra Hill is a Managing Director and the Head of Real Estate Business Development for the Americas, based in New York. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Hill has focused her efforts on raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds, with a primary focus on Blackstone's real estate efforts.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Hill was Vice President of Investor Relations at Colony Capital, a real estate investment manager. Prior to joining Colony, Ms. Hill worked at the law firm of Clifford Chance as a member of the corporate mergers and acquisition department.

Ms. Hill received a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a JD with honors from the George Washington University School of Law.

Daigo Hirai

Daigo Hirai

Managing Director

Real Estate — Tokyo

Daigo Hirai is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Tokyo. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Hirai has been involved in evaluating real estate investments and asset management of the MB Asia Real Estate Fund Japan portfolio. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Hirai was a Vice President in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Private Equity group based in Tokyo. Prior to that, he worked for Goldman Sachs Realty in asset management across asset classes, including office, residential, retail, hotel and golf courses. Mr. Hirai was also involved in the IPO project of Accordia Golf (TSE: 2131) and various corporate workouts. Mr. Hirai received a BA in Economics of Business Administration from Keio University and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University as a scholarship student of The Rotary Foundation.

Kathleen Hogan

Kathleen Hogan

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Kathleen Hogan is a Managing Director and Chief Internal Auditor at Blackstone. In this role, she reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, leading the firm’s global internal audit practice. Prior to this role, Ms. Hogan was the Head of Operations in the Hedge Fund Solutions group, providing management oversight for the middle office, fund accounting, regulatory reporting and financial reporting functions, including technology, vendor management and process re-engineering initiatives.

Before joining Blackstone in 1999, Ms. Hogan worked as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP, specializing in the financial services industry.

Ms. Hogan graduated from Pace University with a BBA in Public Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Haide Hong

Haide Hong

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Haide Hong is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Hong has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Clarion Events, Intertrust, Merlin/LEGOLAND and Scout24. He serves as director of Clarion Events. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Hong was a Vice President at Providence Equity, where he was involved with the analysis and execution of private equity investments in the telecom, media, technology and education sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Hong was an Associate at Lehman Brothers, where he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions division. Mr. Hong received a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Alex Howell

Alex Howell

Managing Director

GSO — London

Alex Howell is a Managing Director at GSO Capital Partners based in London. He evaluates corporate credit investments in loans, bonds and CDS across a variety of industries. He focuses on distressed and special situations including restructurings. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2012, Mr. Howell was an Executive Director in high yield and distressed credit at Nomura. Prior to Nomura, he was an Associate at Lehman Brothers, where he began his career in mergers and acquisitions before moving into the fixed income division as a desk analyst assessing investments on the credit trading desk. Mr. Howell holds a BSc in Economics from University College London and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Tabea Hsi

Tabea Hsi

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Tabea Hsi is a Managing Director in the Chief Legal Office.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Hsi practiced securities law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Prior to that, she worked in higher education and in the non-profit sector in Germany.

Ms. Hsi received a BA in English from the University of Virginia, an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Thomas Iannarone

Thomas Iannarone

Managing Director & COO

GSO — New York

Thomas Iannarone is a Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer of CCS, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of GSO. Previously, Mr. Iannarone was associate general counsel at GSO responsible for new business initiatives, daily trading and transaction activities and general legal and compliance matters.

Prior to joining GSO in 2007, Mr. Iannarone worked at Morrison & Foerster in its corporate transaction group. Prior to that, he worked at Bingham McCutchen in its private equity and corporate practice groups.

Mr. Iannarone received a BA from Siena College and a JD from Villanova University School of Law.

Ek Indharameesup

Ek Indharameesup

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Ek Indharameesup is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006, Mr. Indharameesup has been involved in the design, development, and support for all internal applications used by the management, operations, risk, legal, and accounting teams. Before joining GSO, Mr. Indharameesup was a Vice President in the Information Technology Group at Credit Suisse responsible for various development projects for the Alternative Capital Division and the Product Control group. Prior to that, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in Zurich as a development project manager for the Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy group. Before moving to Europe, Mr. Indharameesup was a senior developer responsible for the implementation of several management and regulatory reporting systems at CSFB in New York. Mr. Indharameesup received a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MA in Economics from New York University.

Jeffrey Iverson

Jeffrey Iverson

Managing Director & CCO

Legal & Compliance — New York

Jeffrey Iverson is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s Insurance Solutions, Private Wealth Solutions and Treasury Solutions businesses and the Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s Strategic Partners business.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Iverson was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Pulse Capital Partners in New York and before that he held the same role with RiverRock European Capital Partners in London. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Iverson was an Executive Director at Lehman Brothers and later Nomura Securities in London in the Investment Banking Legal group. Mr. Iverson began his career as an associate in the London office of Weil Gotshal and Manges, specializing in international corporate finance transactions, and before that in the Palo Alto office of Cooley Godward, specializing in venture capital and private equity as well as corporate governance matters.

Mr. Iverson received a BA magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of California at Davis.

Amit Jain

Amit Jain

Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Amit Jain is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Mumbai. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Jain worked at McKinsey & Company focusing on infrastructure and financial projects in India. Prior to that, Mr. Jain worked at Hindustan Unilever limited ("HUL") where he worked primarily in the manufacturing and supply chain area, setting up and operating manufacturing plants in HUL. Mr. Jain received a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur where he received the "Institute Silver Medal" and a P.G.P. (equivalent to an M.B.A.) from the Indian School of Business ("ISB"), Hyderabad where he was awarded the "ISB Scholar of Excellence."

Kalika Jayasekera

Kalika Jayasekera

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — London

Kalika Jayasekera is a Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance Group. Ms. Jayasekera is Blackstone's Head of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance in the EMEA region.

Before joining Blackstone in August 2015, Ms. Jayasekera acted as a General Counsel and Head of Compliance in the hedge fund industry in London for over 10 years. Ms. Jayasekera was a co-founding member of the Hedge Fund Lawyers’ Association in London. Prior to that, Ms. Jayasekera headed up the derivatives legal team for ANZ Investment Bank in Melbourne. Ms. Jayasekera received a first class Master of Laws (Corporate and Securities Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne. In 2016, Ms. Jayasekera was appointed as a governor of the LSE’s Court of Governors and a member of the LSE Investment Committee and Nominations Committee. She was a co-founder and co-editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Ms. Jayasekera is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and has also been admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Graham Jones is a Managing Director, U.S. credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments, and a member of CCS’s Capital Formation team. Mr. Jones is responsible for the origination of U.S. CLOs with a focus on CLO structuring, and is involved with structured credit investments, both making investment recommendations and monitoring current positions. He also sits on the CLO Origination Committee.

Prior to joining GSO in 2014, Mr. Jones worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the structuring and marketing of U.S. CLO transactions. Mr. Jones was at various times responsible for structuring and origination of reREMICs and other securitized products. Mr. Jones began his career in management consulting.

Mr. Jones received a BA from Cambridge University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating as Palmer Scholar.

Lama Kanazeh

Lama Kanazeh

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Lama Kanazeh is a Managing Director and the Head of Real Estate Business Development in Europe, based in London. Ms. Kanazeh manages Blackstone Real Estate’s capital raising, investor relations and new business development initiatives in Europe and the Middle East. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Kanazeh spent four years at Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking and Leveraged Finance Divisions. Ms. Kanazeh received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.

Marlena Kaplan

Marlena Kaplan

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Marlena Ann Kaplan is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Kaplan has been involved in overseeing the fund accounting team and managing key third-party administrative relationships.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Kaplan was Chief Financial Officer for Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Advisors, L.P. where she was responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the business. She also acted as Director for certain funds and assisted in the transition of a team from Cadogan Management, LLC where she served as the Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2012 and Senior Controller from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Kaplan has extensive accounting, operations, and investor relations experience in the financial services industry including positions as a Controller and Vice President of Operations at Onex Capital Management, L.P, Controller at Moon Capital, Product Specialist and Relationship Manager at Robeco/Weiss, Peck & Greer.

Ms. Kaplan received a BBA degree from Hofstra University and an MBA degree from Baruch College, City University of New York. Ms. Kaplan is a Certified Public Accountant, has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and was an adjunct professor of Accountancy at Baruch College.

Patrick Kassen

Patrick Kassen

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Patrick Kassen is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and Real Estate CCO focused on legal and compliance matters.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kassen served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of the private equity firm Equity International, where he managed the compliance program and handled fund formations and governance, acquisitions and dispositions of investments and tax structuring. Previously he was an associate focused on corporate and real estate transactions at the law firms Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.

Mr. Kassen received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University and a JD cum laude from Harvard University. He also received a MBA in the evening program at Northwestern University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Peru.

Gemma Kataky

Gemma Kataky

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Gemma Kataky is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Kataky has been involved in Blackstone's real estate asset management activities, with a particular focus on UK and Nordic investments. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Kataky was an Associate Director at The Carlyle Group, where she spent 7 years focused on investment opportunities and asset management across Europe.

Ms. Kataky received a BA in Economics from Durham University in 2005, where she graduated with First Class Honors.

Katie Keenan

Katie Keenan

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Katharine Keenan is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, where she is involved in originating and acquiring real estate debt positions across property types, including senior loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Keenan was a Vice President at G2 Investment Group, where she was involved in real estate and private equity investment activities. Prior to joining G2, Ms. Keenan was an Associate at Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds, where she specialized in acquisitions and asset management. Prior to Lubert-Adler, she worked at Lehman Brothers as an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group where she took part in modeling, valuation analysis and structuring for a wide variety of M&A and capital-raising transactions. Ms. Keenan graduated cum laude with an A.B. in History from Harvard College.

Randall Kessler

Randall Kessler

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Randall Kessler is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, and is principally involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing, and monitoring middle market private equity and mezzanine investments across a diverse range of industries. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2007, Mr. Kessler worked as an Associate at Silver Lake Partners, focusing on large-cap technology private equity investing in the United States and internationally. He previously served as an Analyst in Lazard LLC's healthcare mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Kessler received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies.

David Kestnbaum

David Kestnbaum

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

David N. Kestnbaum is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Kestnbaum has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in PSAV, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), Cloverleaf Cold Storage, Alight Solutions, SESAC, Tradesmen, Outerstuff, AlliedBarton Security Services, DJO Global, and AVINTIV, and in evaluating investment opportunities across multiple sectors, including Business Services, Transportation & Logistics, Travel & Leisure, Apparel, and various other industries.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kestnbaum was a Vice President of Vestar Capital Partners, where he analyzed and executed private equity investments in multiple different sectors. Prior to Vestar, Mr. Kestnbaum worked in investment banking as a member of JPMorgan’s Financial Sponsor Group, where he executed a variety of private equity-related M&A and financing transactions. He currently serves as a Director of PSAV, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), Cloverleaf Cold Storage, Alight Solutions, SESAC, Tradesmen, Outerstuff and DJO Global, and was previously a Director of AlliedBarton Security Services.

Mr. Kestnbaum holds a BA in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a member of the Associates Council of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

Bilal Khan

Bilal Khan

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Bilal Khan is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and is based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Khan has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including various Sithe Global investments, Fisterra Energy, PQ Energy, Transmission Developers, American Petroleum Tankers and Lonestar Generation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Khan was an Associate at GTCR Golder Rauner, where he was involved with the analysis and execution of private equity investments in a wide range of industries. Prior to that, Mr. Khan worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Lazard Frères focused on Power & Utilities clients.

Mr. Khan received a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Khan serves as a Director of Fisterra Energy, PQ Energy, Sithe Global and Lonestar Generation.

Vikaash Khdloya

Vikaash Khdloya

Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

Vikaash Khdloya is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group, based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Khdloya has been involved in direct asset management for the Real Estate group’s investments in India with primary focus on its office portfolio.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Khdloya was a Vice President at INDIAREIT, a leading Indian Real Estate Fund, from 2007 to 2011 where he was a part of their investment and asset management teams.

Mr. Khdloya is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (Gold Medalist, secured Rank 1 in India), a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a CFA® charterholder. Mr. Khdloya also co-founded EPICS (Earnest People’s Initiative for a Caring Society), a venture philanthropy focused on education and healthcare of impoverished children in India. Mr. Khdloya received a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from Osmania University in India.

Brian Kim

Brian Kim

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Brian Kim is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group at Blackstone. Mr. Kim is currently the Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Kim has played a key role in a number of Blackstone’s investments including the take private and subsequent sale of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, the acquisition of Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town and the creation of BRE Select Hotels Corp., Blackstone’s select service hotel platform.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Kim worked at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, Max Capital Management Corp. and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Kim has served as a board member, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Managing Director of BRE Select Hotels Corp since May 2013 and as a board member of La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ), a portfolio company of a Blackstone fund, since November 2015. Mr. Kim received an AB in Biology from Harvard College where he graduated with honors.

Joshua Krapf

Joshua Krapf

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Joshua Krapf is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Krapf is involved in risk exposure tracking, aggregation, and analytics. He is also involved in process engineering aspects of new and existing products.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Krapf worked as a Research Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Thomson Reuters where he valued and analyzed deals. Prior to that, Mr. Krapf worked as a Portfolio Analyst for The Bailey Group (currently part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) focusing on portfolio construction and risk analysis.

Mr. Krapf received a BA in Economics and an MA in Applied Economics from The University at Buffalo.

Vinodh Krishnamoorthy

Vinodh Krishnamoorthy

Managing Director

Finance — Singapore

Vinodh "Vin" Krishnamoorthy is a Managing Director in the Finance Group and head of Asia Treasury and Finance, based in Singapore.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s work has focused on centralizing the cash management of certain Asian affiliates through a single platform and managing the Firm’s corporate investment portfolio in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury Group. Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2012, Mr. Krishnamoorthy worked within the New York Treasury Group handling accounting and reporting of Treasury-related activity, including cash and investment accounting, reporting of firm-wide foreign exchange exposures, and work related to hedging those exposures. Additionally, Mr. Krishnamoorthy assisted in preparing Treasury’s balance sheet, P&L statements, P&L explain analytics, and in transferring General Ledger feed to JDE from the Treasury Management System.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Krishnamoorthy worked six years at Merrill Lynch in the Treasury Finance division, where he served as Controller for their Treasury's interest rate hedging and structured notes portfolios and, before that, as their Global FX Controller. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Krishnamoorthy was with the Capital Markets audit division at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy received a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Economics from Rutgers University.

Valerie Kritsberg

Valerie Kritsberg

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Valerie Kritsberg is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. She is a portfolio manager for FS Energy and Power Corp (“FSEP”) and sits on the investment committee for FSEP. Since joining GSO, Mrs. Kritsberg has focused on GSO's public market investments including distressed and special situation investments across multiple industries. Mrs. Kritsberg has also been actively involved in various private market investments at GSO.

Prior to joining GSO in 2005, Mrs. Kritsberg worked in Credit Suisse First Boston's Global Energy Investment Banking Group. At Credit Suisse, she worked on various equity, leveraged finance and M&A transactions for a number of corporate and private equity clients.

Mrs. Kritsberg received a B.S. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Douglas Krupa

Douglas Krupa

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Douglas Krupa is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Solutions group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Krupa has worked on the development and structuring of private and registered offerings for high net worth investors including Blackstone Total Alternatives Solutions (BTAS) and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT).

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Krupa worked with Legg Mason, Inc., as a Product Manager, where he was responsible for product positioning, competitive intelligence and product development across all equity and alternative strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Krupa spent 7 years in portfolio specialist and sales roles with Citigroup Asset Management and UBS Painewebber.

Mr. Krupa received a BS in Management from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is a CFA Charterholder.

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Rakesh Kumar is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and the Head of Trading of the Special Situations Investing Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Kumar was the Head Trader at Valinor Management. Prior to Valinor Management, he worked at Magnetar Capital where he was the Global Head of Execution.

Mr. Kumar received a BA in International Politics from The Pennsylvania State University, and a JD and MBA from Temple University.

Steve Kuppenheimer

Steve Kuppenheimer

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Stephan Kuppenheimer is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners responsible for capital markets, including the leverage and financing of GSO’s funds and investments as well as the syndication of certain portfolio holdings.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Kuppenheimer was a Senior Managing Director at Stifel Financial where he served as Head of Principal Investing and Head of Debt Capital Markets. Prior to that, Mr. Kuppenheimer was founder and CEO of FSI Capital, an alternative asset management company. Previously, Mr. Kuppenheimer was head of CLOs, structured funds and new products for Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Kuppenheimer received a JD from Emory University School of Law and a BA from Colgate University.

Michael Lascher

Michael Lascher

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Lascher is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Global Head of Real Estate Debt Capital Markets, based in New York.

Mr. Lascher oversees the financing of all of Blackstone’s real estate investments, and since joining the firm in 2012, has been involved in over $60 billion of asset, stock and portfolio-level financings for investments such as BRE Select, Brixmor, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Equity Office Properties, Extended Stay America, Indcor, Invitation Homes, La Quinta and Hilton. He is also responsible for obtaining fund-level leverage utilized by Blackstone’s real estate investment vehicles.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lascher was a Managing Director with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate where he asset managed a portfolio of real estate investments. From 2004 until the company's bankruptcy, Mr. Lascher was a member of Lehman’s Global Real Estate Group where he focused on the origination, structuring and closing of CMBS financings. He previously was an associate in the real estate group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Mr. Lascher received a BA in History and Communications from The University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Jane Lee

Jane Lee

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Jane Lee is a Managing Director and Head of CCS’s Capital Formation efforts. Ms. Lee is responsible for the origination of U.S. CLO and listed funds as well as the structuring of leverage facilities. Ms. Lee is also a member of GSO’s CCS Management Committee and sits on CCS’s Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee.

Ms. Lee joined GSO from RBC in 2005. At RBC, Ms. Lee was most recently a Partner in the Debt Investments Group and was responsible for origination of new CLO transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Lee was a Vice President at Indosuez Capital with similar responsibilities. Before joining Indosuez Capital, Ms. Lee was a Director in the Loan Products Group of Fitch IBCA, Inc., where she was responsible for rating collateralized debt obligations and other credit derivative transactions. Ms. Lee began her career at Loan Pricing Corporation and was a Senior Portfolio Analyst who was responsible for consulting on the profitability of various banks’ commercial loan portfolios.

Ms. Lee received a BA in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Daniel H. Lee is a Managing Director in the Chief Legal Office. Mr. Lee focuses on transactional and related support for the Private Equity Group, Tactical Opportunities Group, Blackstone Advisory Partners and the Firm’s strategic mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Lee worked at Goldman Sachs in New York as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel in the Merchant Banking Division (PIA) and in Asia at the Seoul office. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Lee was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the Mergers and Acquisitions group.

Mr. Lee received a BA from Cornell University and JD from Boston University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Brian Lee

Brian Lee

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brian Lee is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, where he is involved in hedge fund manager diligence and internal analytics.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lee was a Senior Analyst at Tremblant Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund, where he assessed investment opportunities and also managed a fund of funds. Prior to Tremblant, he was a Portfolio Manager at Hudson Bay Capital managing a fundamental and event-driven long/short equity portfolio, and a Senior Analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Principal Strategies Group, where he evaluated and managed investments in fundamental and event-driven equity and credit. Mr. Lee started his career at Salomon Smith Barney in corporate finance advisory.

Mr. Lee received a BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Doris Lee-Silvestri

Doris Lee-Silvestri

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doris Lee-Silvestri is a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of GSO Capital Partners (“GSO”), Blackstone’s credit investment platform. At GSO, Ms. Lee-Silvestri was most recently the head of the fund accounting and financial reporting group. Before joining GSO in 2006, Ms. Lee-Silvestri held a variety of positions at Merrill Lynch Investment Advisors and JP Morgan Partners within the respective finance and accounting teams. In addition, Ms. Lee-Silvestri worked at RSM US LLP , a global public accounting firm where she supervised audits and provided advisory services to investment advisors and private equity and hedge fund clients. Ms. Lee-Silvestri received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Scott Leister

Scott Leister

Managing Director

Global Corporate Services — New York

Scott Leister is Managing Director, Global Head of Facilities and Real Estate for Global Corporate Services. He oversees facilities, corporate real estate, design and construction, and critical systems.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Leister worked at KCG Holdings, Inc. as the Global Head of Real Estate, Facilities and Administration where he managed a comprehensive global services team across multiple functions. Prior to KCG Holdings, Inc., Mr. Leister had consulting experience in the areas of land development and civil engineering, as well as general construction.

Mr. Leister has a BS in Civil/Construction Engineering from Temple University and an MS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.

Alex Leonard

Alex Leonard

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Alex Leonard is a Managing Director, Co-Head of the CCS European business, and a Senior Portfolio Manager. He is also a member of GSO’s CCS Management Committee and sits on CCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee.

Mr. Leonard joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Leonard was a Director and Co-Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Harbourmaster, primarily responsible for fund structuring, portfolio management and trading. Before joining Harbourmaster in March 2006, Mr. Leonard was a Director at Depfa Bank with responsibility for establishing, structuring and managing Depfa’s on balance sheet public sector asset CDO programme. Prior to joining Depfa, Mr. Leonard worked for five years as a Senior Structurer and latterly as Co-Head of Euro Capital Structures (“ECS”), the structuring team for the UniCredit Group. At ECS, he had responsibility for structuring deals across a wide variety of asset classes, both real and synthetic, including corporate bank loans, non-performing loans and CLOs. Prior to joining ECS, Mr. Leonard worked as a quantitative analyst in ING Barings and Airbus Industrie’s aerospace finance team.

Mr. Leonard received a MA in Economics from University College Dublin and an MBA with distinction from Trinity College Dublin.

David Levine

David Levine

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

David Levine is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Mr. Levine currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the industrial/logistics and office sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Levine has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors and has worked on various transactions, including the creation and sale of Blackstone’s 117 million square foot industrial platform, IndCor Properties. Mr. Levine has also been involved in the acquisition of BioMed Realty Trust, Brixmor (formerly Centro), Apple REIT 6, Motel 6 and the IPO of Extended Stay Hotels.

Mr. Levine graduated from Northwestern University, where he received a BA in Economics.

Johan Lilliehook

Johan Lilliehook

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Johan Lilliehook is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group and is currently based in London. He previously spent close to five years in Blackstone’s Hong Kong office. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Lilliehook has been involved in several transactions in various industries across Europe and the wider Asia Pacific region, including the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Pulse Healthcare, Leica Camera, Pactera Technology, Orica Chemicals (IXOM) and Simone Accessories. Mr. Lilliehook received a Masters of Science in Business and Economics with a Major in Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. During his studies Mr. Lilliehook completed an exchange at the Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Gary Lin

Gary Lin

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Gary Lin is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group focused on Investor Relations & Business Development. Initially joining Blackstone in Singapore in 2013, Mr. Lin has been involved with building the Private Wealth Solutions business across the Asia region.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lin was an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Lin worked in New York at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Lin received a BA in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Susannah Lindenfield

Susannah Lindenfield

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — Hong Kong

Susannah Lindenfield is the firm's General Counsel for Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms Lindenfield served as counsel to KBC Financial Products covering the Asian fund of funds, the hedge fund derivatives and convertible bonds businesses. Ms Lindenfield began her legal career as a lawyer at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton where she worked for seven years advising on a variety of leveraged finance, restructuring and cross-border M&A transactions.

Ms Lindenfield received an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College London, a maîtrise en droit privé from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne and an LLM in comparative law from McGill University in Montreal. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in New York State. Ms Lindenfield is proficient in French and Spanish.

Song Liu

Song Liu

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Song Liu is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital, Mr. Liu has been involved with Application Development and IT Support for the GSO hedge fund platform. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Liu was a senior manager at Sungard Consulting Service and was involved in the design and implementation of trading and risk management systems for investment banks. Prior to that, Mr. Liu worked as an Assistant Vice President at the Alternative Capital Division of Credit Suisse Group. Mr. Liu started his career at Software House International, a software reseller/integrator. Mr. Liu received a BS of Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Xinyu Liu

Xinyu Liu

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Xinyu Liu is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Liu is involved in portfolio management, primarily focused on fixed income, global macro, emerging markets and systematic trading strategies. In addition, he is involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Liu worked at UBP Asset Management, a fund-of-hedge-funds, where he was a Portfolio Manager and the head of global macro, multi-strategy and emerging market strategies. Prior to joining UBP, Mr. Liu worked at American Express Alternative Investments where he was a Senior Analyst and portfolio manager and JP Morgan Chase in New York where he was a European interest rate derivatives trader.

Mr. Liu received a BA from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China and an MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

James Lock

James Lock

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

James Lock is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Mr. Lock is oversees Blackstone’s real estate investments in the U.K. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Lock has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in the office and retail sectors including Chiswick Park, Broadgate, Devonshire Square and Stratford City, and Blackpool Shopping Centers. Mr. Lock has also led the acquisition of Blackstone’s U.K. industrial portfolio, totaling c. $1.1bn TEV. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Lock was Head of Capital Markets at Ballymore Group, a pan-European property company, and a Senior Director at CB Richard Ellis. Mr. Lock received honors in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Colleen Longobardi

Colleen Longobardi

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Colleen Longobardi is a Managing Director and Co-Manager of the U.S. Long-only credit research team. She is also a senior U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments. Ms. Longobardi sits on CCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee.

Ms. Longobardi joined GSO from RBC in 2005. At RBC, Ms. Longobardi was a Vice President in the Debt Investments group with similar responsibilities. Previously, Ms. Longobardi worked at American Capital Access Corp., where she was Vice President in its asset management group. Ms. Longobardi began her career in GE Capital’s Financial Management Program. Upon graduation, she held various Analyst positions in the Retail Finance, Commercial Lending and Corporate Finance divisions as well as an Associate position in the Asset Securitization Group, where she was actively involved in the structuring, execution and management of related transactions.

Ms. Longobardi received a BS in Finance from Siena College, Magna Cum Laude and an MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Vincent Lu

Vincent Lu

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Vincent Lu is a Managing Director in the Corporate Debt Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Lu has been involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring mezzanine investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lu was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan and an Executive Director at Warburg Dillon Read, where he completed over 50 leveraged finance transactions.

Mr. Lu received a joint BS/BA degree from Duke University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Patty Lynett

Patty Lynett

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Patty Lynett is a Managing Director and the Global Head of the Strategic Incentives Group for Blackstone. Ms. Lynett manages the global planning, execution, financial reporting, compliance and technology related to the firm’s compensation and incentives programs. Previously, Ms. Lynett had roles as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Private Equity Group from 2008 to 2016 and of Blackstone Advisory Partners from 2005 to 2008.

Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Ms. Lynett was an Investment Banker in the structured finance groups at Citibank and Credit Suisse/DLJ and was responsible for transaction execution primarily in the Energy sector.

Ms. Lynett received a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Laurent Machenaud

Laurent Machenaud

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Laurent Machenaud is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Machenaud has been involved with asset management and transaction activities in Continental Europe on a variety of real estate classes including office, retail, logistics, hospitality, and clinics.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Machenaud was at Archon, Goldman Sachs’ European real estate management platform, where he spent 7 years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe.

Mr. Machenaud received a Masters in Management from Bordeaux Business School.

Qahir Madhany

Qahir Madhany

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Qahir Madhany is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Madhany spent over 7 years at Westbrook Partners where he worked on a variety of real estate transactions across the United States. Mr. Madhany began his career as an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Deutsche Bank.

Mr. Madhany received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Economics from Duke University.

Martin Makowiecki

Martin Makowiecki

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Martin Makowiecki is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Makowiecki has been involved in the design and development of the group’s proprietary software systems, which support all aspects of the group's operations.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Makowiecki worked as a Senior Software Developer at Bluematrix. Previously, Mr. Makowiecki worked at Lehman Brothers as a Senior Software Developer in the core infrastructure group. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he worked as a Software Developer in the IT Threat and Vulnerability Management group at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to time with JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Makowiecki worked as a Research Programmer at Princeton University on the PlanetLab project.

Mr. Makowiecki received a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Matt Manewal

Matt Manewal

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Matt Manewal is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Manewal is involved in the legal structuring of the group’s multi-manager portfolios as well as due diligence on and negotiation of hedge fund manager relationships.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Manewal served as the Associate General Counsel of FNY Capital Management LP and Clarium Capital Management LLC, each a New York-based hedge fund manager. Prior to that, Mr. Manewal was an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he worked primarily on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Manewal received a JD from UCLA School of Law and a BA from Yale University.

Tony Marone

Tony Marone

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Anthony F. Marone, Jr. is a Managing Director of Blackstone and the Chief Financial Officer of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group, based in New York. Mr. Marone also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT) overseeing its accounting, reporting, and tax compliance functions.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Marone was a Vice President and Controller at Capital Trust, Inc., the predecessor business to BXMT. Previously, Mr. Marone worked in the Real Estate Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he provided audit and other assurance services to various real estate companies.

Mr. Marone received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant

Walter McClure

Walter McClure

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Walter McClure is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. McClure has been involved in investment evaluation, portfolio analytics, and risk assessment for BAAM’s Special Situations Investing Group, as well as trading for all BAAM products.

Previously, Mr. McClure was responsible for trading and risk reporting of a global multi-asset portfolio for Xaraf Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, where he also worked as a quantitative portfolio manager. Prior to joining Xaraf, Mr. McClure was a Quantitative Portfolio Manager and Researcher in a proprietary trading group in Morgan Stanley's equity division. Earlier in his career at Morgan Stanley, Mr. McClure was a Trading Systems Programmer developing high-frequency trading systems and quantitative research and trading infrastructure. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. McClure was a Trading Systems Programmer at Blackwood Trading developing stock execution and high frequency trading strategies.

Mr. McClure received a BS in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Mattia McDonough

Mattia McDonough

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Mattia McDonough is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and the Chief Operating Officer of the Strategic Capital Group, which includes the hedge fund seeding and GP stakes businesses.

Prior to that, Ms. McDonough was involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s underlying hedge fund managers from a business/financial perspective. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2003, Ms. McDonough worked in Arthur Andersen’s Hedge Fund Advisory and Capital Markets group and also in the Controllers group of Morgan Stanley.

Ms. McDonough received a BA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Scranton. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert McEwan

Robert McEwan

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Robert McEwan is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. McEwan focuses on the accounting and operations of the BAAM direct trading platform.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. McEwan was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Asset Management practice, where he supervised audits and provided other advisory services to hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, structured products, investment advisors and hedge fund and private equity administrators.

Mr. McEwan received his Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Glasgow and Masters in Finance from the University of Strathclyde. He is a Chartered Accountant in Scotland and Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

Patrick McKeon

Patrick McKeon

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Patrick McKeon is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. McKeon is involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's underlying hedge fund managers from a business/financial perspective.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. McKeon worked in the financial services division of Arthur Andersen and also in the Investment Management Funds group of KPMG.

Mr. McKeon received his BA in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael McRaith

Michael McRaith

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Michael T. McRaith is a Managing Director in Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Michael served from 2011 to 2017 as the first Director of the Federal Insurance Office in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Michael served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)(2012-2017) and Chaired the IAIS Financial Stability and Technical Committee (2012-2017). From 2005 to 2011, Michael served as Illinois Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, including on the Executive Committee and as an officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Prior to his public service, Michael practiced law for fifteen years, was admitted to the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois (1995), and focused on the defense of financial institutions as a partner in the Chicago office of McGuireWoods.

Michael received his BA from Indiana University and his JD from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Among other honors for community and public service, Michael received the Distinguished LGBTQ Alumnus Award from Indiana University (2016), the Exceptional Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (2017), and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (2017).

David Mehenny

David Mehenny

Managing Director

BAAM — London

David Mehenny is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Mehenny is involved in new business development and product development.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Mehenny was a Director in Ivy Asset Management’s Strategic Solutions and Development Group where he was responsible for project management, transaction execution, and product development, as well as leading the group’s capital markets activity from London. Prior to joining Ivy, Mr. Mehenny held various positions at OLEA Asset Management (a FX/FI Global Macro hedge fund), Cairo Financial Centre, Orascom Projects & Touristic Development, and Schlumberger Wireline Services.

Mr. Mehenny graduated magna cum laude from the American University in Cairo with a BSc in Physics, and received his MBA from London Business School.

Mukesh Mehta

Mukesh Mehta

Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Mukesh Mehta is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Mumbai. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mehta worked as a Vice President with The Carlyle Group in their Private Equity division. He was involved in several transactions, including investments in HDFC, IIFL and PNBHF, during his 10 year stint at Carlyle. Prior to Carlyle he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Citigroup and the Assurance & Business Advisory Group at PwC. Mr. Mehta is a Chartered Accountant, with a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University. He has also completed CFA (AIMR-USA).

Nick Menzies

Nick Menzies

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Nicholas Menzies is a Managing Director in Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and is based in New York.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Menzies was a Senior Vice President at H/2 Capital Partners, an institutional investment manager focused on commercial real estate credit. While at H/2, he was responsible for the trading and structuring of the firm’s commercial real estate related debt securities. Prior to that, Mr. Menzies was an Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. on the CMBS trading desk.

Mr. Menzies received a BA in Economics from Georgetown University.

Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Craig Miller is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Miller has been involved in the accounting, tax, and financial reporting for various roles within finance. He currently co-heads Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Development, Blackstone Affiliated Investors Investments Accounting & Reporting as well as overseeing the Registered Investment Advisors. In addition, Mr. Miller is involved with several compliance related matters and was involved with the firm's initial public offering. Before joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Miller worked in the Financial Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided auditing and accounting services to global investment companies. Mr. Miller received a BS in Accounting as well as a MS in Taxation from St. John's University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Chaim Miller

Chaim Miller

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Chaim Miller is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Miller has been involved in the development and implementation of global tax planning strategies for the firm and its Private Equity funds, including structuring both domestic and cross-border investments and transactions. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Miller worked as a Vice President in the New Product Development group at Merrill Lynch & Co. In that role, he developed and executed alternative structures and platforms to achieve tax, accounting and regulatory efficiency for various fixed-income products. Prior to that, he was an Associate in the Tax group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Miller received a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar.

Alan Milstein

Alan Milstein

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Alan Milstein is a Managing Director and is responsible for trading GSO’s U.S. leveraged loans and overseeing CCS’s U.S. secondary market trading activities.

Mr. Milstein joined GSO from RBC in 2005. At RBC, Mr. Milstein was a Vice President in the Debt Investments group with similar responsibilities. Previously, Mr. Milstein worked at Indosuez Capital, where he was responsible for trading high yield bond assets in various portfolios. Prior to that, Mr. Milstein worked at Prudential Securities as a high yield bond trader.

Mr. Milstein received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Albany and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

Peter Moeller

Peter Moeller

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Peter Moeller is a Managing Director in the Strategic Incentives Group.Mr. Moeller was previously a Director of Financial Analysis in the Finance Group, where he was involved in various strategic planning projects for the firm, including the firm's Initial Public Offering.

Mr. Moeller received a BBA in Finance from James Madison University.

Asheesh Mohta

Asheesh Mohta

Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

Asheesh Mohta is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Head of Real Estate India Acquisitions based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Mohta has been involved in analyzing real estate investments across the residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mohta worked as Assistant Vice President with the real estate arm of The Chatterjee Group, one of the first private equity investors in India. He was responsible for the treasury and resource raising functions for the group across a pan-Indian portfolio of properties.

Mr. Mohta received a Bachelor’s of Commerce (honours) degree from the University of Calcutta and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Kelley Morrell

Kelley Morrell

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Kelley Morrell is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management in the Tactical Opportunities group. In that role, she is involved in the ongoing management and oversight of the group’s investment portfolio, and creating and driving value-added initiatives alongside the investment team.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Morrell served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at CIT. At CIT, Kelley helped shape the company's strategic direction following its emergence from bankruptcy, and led numerous strategic transactions that contributed to CIT's transformation to a bank. Prior to that, Kelley served as senior director of the U.S. Treasury's Automotive Industry Financing Program during the Obama Administration, where she had primary responsibility of overseeing the taxpayers' investments in Chrysler Financial and Chrysler Group.

Kelley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Alexander Moseley

Alexander Moseley

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Alexander Moseley is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Moseley is primarily focused on emerging market investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Moseley worked as an emerging market debt Portfolio Manager and Senior Sovereign Specialist at Schroders. Prior to that, Mr. Moseley worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager-Sovereign at ICE Canyon, an alternative investment firm specializing in emerging market debt, and as an emerging market debt and currency strategist at AllianceBernstein. Mr. Moseley served as a senior financial and economic analyst in the Emerging Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and in the emerging markets group at the U.S. Treasury. He also worked in investment banking at TM Capital Corp.

Mr. Moseley received a BA in Government (International Relations) and Russian & Eastern European Studies from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received a MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in International Economics.

JP Munfa

JP Munfa

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

John-Paul (JP) Munfa is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in New York.

Mr. Munfa worked at Blackstone from 2004 to 2009, and following the completion of an MBA, rejoined Blackstone in 2011. Mr. Munfa has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Cheniere Energy Partners, Global Offshore Wind, PBF Energy, GridLiance, Utility OneSource, Lonestar Generation, Apria Healthcare, TRW Automotive, and Seaworld Parks & Entertainment. He is currently a director of Cheniere Energy Partners, GridLiance, and Global Offshore Wind. Prior to joining Blackstone’s Private Equity Group in 2006, JP worked in Blackstone’s Restructuring & Reorganization Group from 2004-2006, where he was involved in the execution of several restructuring and M&A transactions.

JP received an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Eric Nadan

Eric Nadan

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Eric Nadan is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. As a member of GSO's Capital Solutions Funds team, Mr. Nadan is principally involved in originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring debt and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2012, Mr. Nadan worked as a Principal at Diamond Castle Partners, focusing on middle-market private equity investing. Previously, he was an Associate at Forstmann Little & Co., an Analyst at DLJ Investment Partners, CSFB Private Equity's mezzanine investment fund, and an Analyst in the investment banking division at CSFB, in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Mr. Nadan graduated with a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Nagelberg

Michael Nagelberg

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Nagelberg is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, based in New York.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Nagelberg was a Principal at TPG and was responsible for originating, acquiring, and structuring real estate debt investments across various property types in the United States. Prior to TPG, Mr. Nagelberg was an Associate in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate Special Situations Group where he was involved in loan origination, acquisition, and asset management. Mr. Nagelberg started his career with Antares and then Warburg Pincus focusing on real estate investment, development, and underwriting.

Mr. Nagelberg graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and Finance.

Eli Nagler

Eli Nagler

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Eli Nagler is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since initially joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Nagler has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Alight Solutions, BankUnited, Bayview Asset Management, Exeter Finance, Lendmark Financial Services, MB Aerospace, Paysafe, Vivint, Vivint Solar, and Viva Capital. He currently serves as a Director of Exeter Finance, Lendmark Financial Services, MB Aerospace, and Paysafe.

Before rejoining Blackstone after the completion of an MBA, Mr. Nagler worked at the United States Treasury Department in the Office of Capital Markets.

Mr. Nagler received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a John L. Loeb Fellow. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sebouh Nahabedian

Sebouh Nahabedian

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Sebouh Nahabedian is a Managing Director and Head of Finance and Operations of Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Previously, Mr. Nahabedian was a Co-Deputy Chief Operating Officer of GSO Capital Partners. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Nahabedian has also worked in various groups within Blackstone’s Financial Services group and was involved with several corporate strategic initiatives such as Blackstone’s initial public offering, credit ratings assessments and certain new business initiatives including corporate acquisitions.

Mr. Nahabedian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Kamal Naqvi

Kamal Naqvi

Managing Director

BAAM — Sydney

Kamal Naqvi is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group based in Sydney.

Mr. Naqvi is involved in portfolio management, primarily focussed on commodity investments. In addition, he is involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr Naqvi was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse where he was Global Head of Metals Trading and EMEA Head of Commodity Sales. He joined Credit Suisse in July 2007 after four years at Barclays Capital, where he was responsible for coverage of hedge funds and institutional clients across commodity products, after previously being a Director in the commodity research team. Prior to that, he spent six years as a commodities analyst with Macquarie Bank in London, after having worked for CRU International in London as part of both the lead/zinc and precious metals teams. He began his career as a project manager/economist for the Mining & Mineral Processing Division of the Tasmanian State Government Department of Development and Resources.

Mr. Naqvi holds degrees in Law and in Economics, with honours, from the University of Tasmania.

Nentcho Nentchev

Nentcho Nentchev

Managing Director

IRBD — New York

Nentcho Nentchev is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Nentchev has been involved in LP relations strategy and supporting business development and fund-raising for Blackstone's private investment funds. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Nentchev worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he was an associate. Mr. Nentchev received a BS from the University of Redlands and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Brett Newman

Brett Newman

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Brett Newman is a Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Investor Relations and Business Development. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Newman has performed various roles across the firm, including in the Corporate Development Group where he executed acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships on behalf of Blackstone. As a member of Blackstone’s M&A investment banking business, Mr. Newman also advised a wide range of clients on numerous transactions in the financial services industry.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Newman provided M&A consulting services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Newman received a BSBA in finance and accounting from Bowling Green State University and an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Craig Newman

Craig Newman

Managing Director

Real Estate — Sydney

Craig Newman is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group, based in Sydney. Before joining Blackstone Mr. Newman was the Fund Manager for a wholesale office fund with Charter Hall and, prior to that, the Head of Asset Management for the group’s Office and Industrial portfolios. Before Charter Hall, Mr. Newman was a Division Director and Head of Portfolio Management with Macquarie Group where he was involved in the asset management of property portfolios located in Australia, Europe and Japan. Mr. Newman received a Bachelor of Business (Property) from RMIT University and is an Associate member of the Australian Property Institute.

Grace Nicosia

Grace Nicosia

Managing Director

Global Corporate Services — New York

Grace Nicosia is a Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Services. She oversees facilities, real estate, construction, office services, physical security, travel, corporate cards, research, physical records, procurement for all related vendors and publishing for all offices globally.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Nicosia worked at Apollo, where she was the Global Head of Corporate Operations. Prior to that she had similar roles at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Donna Karan.

Ms. Nicosia received an MBA from Hofstra University and a BA in Political Science from NYU.

Jason O'Briant

Jason O'Briant

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Jason O’Briant is a Managing Director of Human Resources at Blackstone. In this role, he partners with the firm’s Private Equity, Private Wealth Solutions, Hedge Funds Solutions, and External Relations to develop a comprehensive people and talent management strategy. He brings significant global experience to the role, with expertise in Talent Management, Organizational Development and Effectiveness, and Strategic Planning across a variety of businesses.

In recent prior experience, he held several senior human resources positions at Pfizer including most recently Global Lead for Organizational Effectiveness for Global Established Pharma, and HR Leadership roles for Europe as well as Africa & Middle East. He began his career at Georgia-Pacific as a Manager in HR. He earned his BA from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Union University.

Patrick Ochs

Patrick Ochs

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Patrick A. Ochs is a Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Technology Officer of GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Ochs has designed and implemented a systems architecture that leverages both vendor packages and proprietary systems. Prior to integration with The Blackstone Group, he oversaw the design and implementation of the hardware infrastructure at GSO Capital. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Ochs was a Vice President in the Alternative Capital IT Group of Credit Suisse. His responsibilities in this group included supporting the technology needs of the Credit Opportunities Fund (which spun off as GSO Capital Partners) and designing a cross-fund reporting platform. Prior to joining Alternative Capital IT, Patrick was in Strategic Change Management of Credit Suisse First Boston, in which he participated in numerous projects including the creation of a global cross-product trades, positions and cash data warehouse and the establishment of a new CSFB bank and broker-dealer in Mexico City. Mr. Ochs was also the Chief Technology Officer of CapitalEngine. com, an internet company focusing on commercial real estate debt and equity brokerage, a Senior Consultant in Deloitte and Touche, LLP, and MIS Manager of Rudin Management Company. Mr. Ochs received a BA in Mathematics with a minor in English from Kean University.

Fiona O'Connor

Fiona O'Connor

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Fiona O’Connor is a Managing Director, Co-Head of the CCS European business, and Head of European Credit Research. She is also a member of GSO’s CCS Management Committee and sits on CCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee.

Ms. O’Connor joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Ms. O’Connor was Head of Credit for Harbourmaster for five years and ran a team of credit analysts responsible for all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of its €7.5bn portfolio of leverage loans. Ms. O’Connor oversaw Harbourmaster’s involvement in a number of restructurings and work outs (many where they were appointed to the steering committee). Prior to joining Harbourmaster, Ms. O’Connor worked for Bank of Ireland, Dublin, as a Director in its Acquisition Finance Origination group and previously within its Project Finance division. Responsibilities within Project Finance in the latter years included establishing and running its Portfolio Management Unit. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, Ms. O’Connor worked in Corporate Credit in Australia & New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in New York and as a credit analyst in AIB in New York.

Ms. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master’s in Business Studies from Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Stephen O'Connor

Stephen O'Connor

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Stephen O’Connor is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. O’Connor is involved in the legal structuring and negotiation of the group’s direct trading platforms and investment opportunities as well as working on new business initiatives and fund launches.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. O’Connor was an Associate in the Asset Management group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where he worked on various matters including private investment fund formations, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions.

Mr. O’Connor received a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Sean O'Malley

Sean O'Malley

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Sean O’Malley is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. O’Malley is involved with portfolio development, manager selection and evaluation, and ongoing monitoring for global hedged equity strategies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, he worked as an Analyst on the Small Cap Value fund for WEDGE Capital management, a multi-strategy institutional investment company. Before WEDGE, he was a Vice President for Morgan Stanley, working as a Securities Analyst for a hedge fund within the Investment Management business and also on the proprietary trading desk within Morgan Stanley’s equity division. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Manager for Marakon Associates, a strategy consultancy, and an Engineering Manager for Ingersoll-Rand.

Mr. O’Malley received a BS in Engineering, with distinction, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

Cecilia Ott

Cecilia Ott

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Cecilia Ott is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Ott oversees the investment operations function relating to the processing of underlying hedge fund investment decisions for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2002, Ms. Ott worked at C.O. Architects International as Office Administrator and Accounts Manager and managed client relations.

Ms. Ott received a BSc in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Canada and a Postgraduate Degree in International Relations from the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, France, as well as a Postgraduate Degree in International Business from the ORT University in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Luv Parikh

Luv Parikh

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — Singapore

Luv Parikh is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group in Singapore. Mr. Parikh is involved in sourcing and executing transactions in Asia-Pacific. Since joining Tactical Opportunities, he has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Partners Life (New Zealand), DCI Data Centers (pan-Asia) and International Asset Reconstruction Company (Indian NPL platform). Prior to Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Parikh was a Principal (and an Associate) in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group in Mumbai where he was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Trans Maldivian Airways, Hindustan Power, NCC, Monnet Ispat and Nuziveedu Seeds, among others.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parikh was at Lehman Brothers in New York, where he was a part of the Financial Sponsors, Leveraged Finance and Corporate Advisory teams within investment banking. Prior to Lehman, Mr. Parikh was the CEO of an automobile distributorship company in India where he led a successful turnaround in the company’s profitability. Mr. Parikh started his career at Prudential Securities in the Private Equity Placements Group.

Mr. Parikh received a BS in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He also received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006, where he was a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship and graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society.

David Payne

David Payne

Managing Director

Finance — New York

David Payne is a Managing Director in the Finance group. Mr. Payne is the co-head of the Financial Planning & Business Development group which performs management reporting, strategic mergers and acquisitions and special projects in support of Blackstone business units. Mr. Payne also manages accounting and financial reporting for Blackstone Advisory Partners LP, the firm’s broker dealer, and was previously in charge of finance and accounting for the firm’s Advisory and Restructuring & Reorganization groups. Additionally, Mr. Payne is involved with Blackstone’s Registered Investment Advisor and Blackstone Affiliated Investment Reporting Groups. Previously, Mr. Payne worked in the Private Equity group where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity investments across a range of industries. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Payne worked in the North American Buyout Group at TPG Capital and in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Payne received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan, where he graduated with high distinction, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matthew Pedley

Matthew Pedley

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Matthew Pedley is a Managing Director in the Limited Partner Relations and Fund Placement Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Pedley has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds and maintaining relationships with the Firm's Limited Partners.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Pedley worked as a Vice President in the venture capital arm of AllianceBernstein, where he was responsible for venture investments in the technology sector, Limited Partner relations, fundraising and legal documentation for the fund. Prior to AllianceBernstein, Mr. Pedley was a Senior Associate at Crosslink Capital, where he was responsible for venture investments in the technology sector. He was an Observer on the boards of Evant (acquired by MANH), IM Logic (acquired by SYMC), and Jasper Wireless (acquired by CSCO); he was also involved with private investments in Good Technology (acquired by MOT) and Equinix (EQIX). Prior to his career in venture capital, Mr. Pedley was a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting, where he provided strategic and business process guidance to the world's largest technology companies.

Mr. Pedley received his BA in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, where he was President of his Class.

Kim Percy

Kim Percy

Managing Director

Finance — London

Kim Percy is a Managing Director in the Finance Group and is the European Head of Finance. Ms Percy handles all accounting, treasury, corporate and regulatory reporting for Blackstone’s European corporate entities. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Percy was the Deputy Controller of BNY Mellon where she oversaw the financial reporting of its investment management business. Prior to that, Ms. Percy held various senior financial controller roles at Man Group plc, BlackRock, and Cargill, both in London and the US. Ms. Percy received a BBA in Accounting from the University of North Dakota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Eric Perlyn

Eric Perlyn

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Eric Perlyn is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Perlyn is involved in new business and product development, as well as servicing existing client relationships.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Perlyn worked at Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in the Global Capital Markets Group and then as an Associate in the Wealth Management Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation Group.

Mr. Perlyn received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA with a Concentration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Melissa Pianko

Melissa Pianko

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Melissa Pianko is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Ms. Pianko is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s US residential investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Ms. Pianko was an Executive Vice President at Gotham Organization, Inc, a privately held New York City based real estate development firm. Prior to Gotham, Ms. Pianko worked at Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Pianko received a MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Columbia University. She is on the Board of Advisors to the NYU Furman Center, the Boards of Directors of the JCC in Manhattan and the 42nd Street Development Corp.

Jeanette Pieper

Jeanette Pieper

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Jeanette Pieper is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Pieper has focused her efforts on raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds, with a primary focus on the private wealth advisors in New York City.

Before joining Blackstone in the Fall of 2011, Ms. Pieper was Director of Business Development for alternative investments at UBS in New York. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. Pieper worked in the asset management and consulting divisions at both Smith Barney and Prudential Investments.

Ms. Pieper received a BA with Distinction from Simmons College.

Michael Pierog

Michael Pierog

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Michael Pierog is a Managing Director and Head of the Strategic Alliance Fund (“SAF”) Group, Blackstone’s hedge fund seeding business, for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Prior to joining the SAF Group, Mr. Pierog was head of Credit Strategies in BAAM, where he was involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection, and monitoring as well as structured and corporate credit investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Pierog was a Vice President in the Distressed and Special Situations group at Barclays Capital. Prior to working at Barclays, Mr. Pierog was an associate at Davidson Kempner Capital Management.

Mr. Pierog received a BA in Economics from Amherst College where he graduated cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marc Pillemer

Marc Pillemer

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Marc Pillemer is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he focuses on the Strategic Capital Holdings initiative within the Ventures Platform.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Pillemer was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co in the Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Banking Division. Since 2007, Mr. Pillemer focused extensively on providing strategic advisory services to leading traditional and alternative asset management firms. In his prior role, Mr. Pillemer was responsible for the coverage of the alternative asset management sector in the U.S. Mr. Pillemer joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, and prior to joining the Financial Institutions Group he worked in both the Securities Division and Investment Management Division in various roles.

Mr. Pillemer earned a BCom in Actuarial Studies and Finance from Macquarie University at Sydney, Australia.

Jack Pitts

Jack Pitts

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Jack Pitts is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Pitts has been involved in the legal structuring of the group's customized multi-manager portfolios as well as the review, analysis and negotiation of investments by the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group and other direct trading platforms and investment opportunities.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Pitts was an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where he focused on advising sponsors of, and institutional investors in, private investment funds.

Mr. Pitts received a BS in Financial Management from Hillsdale College and a JD from Howard University School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Howard Law Journal.

Christopher Placca

Christopher Placca

Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Chris Placca is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Placca has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's private equity funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Placca was the U. S. Controller at Apax Partners, L. P., a London based private equity firm. At Apax, Mr. Placca was primarily involved in fund management, administration and financial reporting for its U. S. private equity funds and well as financial reporting and daily operations for the U. S. management Company. Prior to that, Mr. Placca was a Vice President at CCMP Capital Advisors, a New York based private equity firm. Mr. Placca was involved in deal execution, funds administration and operational issues. Mr. Placca received a BS, in Business Administration from Rider University.

Jurij Puth

Jurij Puth

Managing Director

GSO — Frankfurt

Jurij Puth is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He is based in Frankfurt and is leading GSO’s origination and execution efforts for the German speaking region. He is involved in various performing and distressed investments, including direct financing, secondary trading, and portfolio purchases, across various target sectors.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Puth was an analyst at Credit Suisse European Financial Sponsors Group in London. During this period, he focused on financing of a variety of deals including leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations, and public-to-private transactions.

Mr. Puth holds a Master of Science in International Management, specialized in Finance and Accounting from Cass Business School in London, as well as a Diplôme Grand Ecole and a Diplom Kaufmann (German and French equivalents) from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Berlin. He is fluent in English, German and French and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

Paul Quinlan

Paul Quinlan

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Paul D. Quinlan is a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Blackstone Real Estate group. Mr. Quinlan was previously the CFO for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Mortgage Trust. Prior to this, he was a member of Blackstone Finance, where he served as Head of Financial Planning & Business Development, with oversight of management and public reporting, as well as strategic acquisitions such as Capital Trust/BXMT. Mr. Quinlan also served as the CFO for Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Quinlan worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focusing on strategic corporate M&A and private equity investments. Mr. Quinlan received a BS in Finance cum laude from Georgetown University and an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Peter Rand

Peter Rand

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Peter M. Rand is a Managing Director and Head of Global Client Operations & Reporting for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Rand is involved in marketing, product development, and client service operations and reporting for BAAM.

Before joining Blackstone in 2000, Mr. Rand was a Senior Research Associate at Greenwich Associates, a consulting firm providing competitive market research and strategic consulting to senior management at leading financial institutions worldwide.

Mr. Rand received a BS in Small Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Sheila Rapple

Sheila Rapple

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Sheila Rapple is a Managing Director and Head of the Internal Sales and Service Desk for the Private Wealth Management Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Rapple worked with Legg Mason, Inc., where she held a number of different roles. Her most recent role was Director, Separately Managed Account Product Manager in Legg Mason's retail distribution unit, where she was responsible for SMA product maintenance, product development, platform placement, sales, marketing, operations, and client service. Ms. Rapple began her career with Smith Barney Asset Management working in their sales and marketing team promoting Smith Barney mutual funds and separately managed accounts.

Ms. Rapple received a BS in Marketing & Management from Siena College.

Omar Rehman

Omar Rehman

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Omar Rehman is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s private equity and tactical opportunities businesses. In addition, Mr. Rehman handles the firmwide conflicts clearance process. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Rehman was Global Head of Compliance for the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to that role, Mr. Rehman was a Vice President in Investment Banking Compliance at Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Mr. Rehman was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he specialized in capital markets transactions and corporate governance issues. Mr. Rehman received his undergraduate degree from Duke University cum laude. Mr. Rehman was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar at Columbia University School of Law, where he received a J.D., and graduated with a master’s degree in law from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.

CB Richardson

CB Richardson

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

C.B. Richardson is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Advisory Partners. He is also responsible for many firm-wide compliance matters.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Richardson was Head of Investment Banking, Syndicate and Corporate Compliance, Americas at Barclays. He was also the Head of Compliance, Brazil, Canada and Mexico and the U.S. Institutional Broker-Dealer Branch Office Compliance Manager for Barclays. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President providing compliance coverage to the global capital markets and investment banking groups at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before that, he was Assistant General Counsel, Securities and Corporate Governance at SPX Corporation. Before SPX, Mr. Richardson was a corporate associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Mr. Richardson began his career as a captain in the JAG Corps in the US Army serving with the Third Infantry Division, Mechanized.

Mr. Richardson received a BA, cum laude, in Public Policy from Duke University, and a JD from New York University. He serves on the Duke University Chapel Advisory Board.

Joseph Rocco

Joseph Rocco

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Joseph Rocco is a Managing Director in Blackstone Treasury and is involved in credit and risk management initiatives for Blackstone’s Treasury operations, including risk assessment for the firm’s cash management and investment strategies. He works closely with counterparts from throughout the firm and its funds on funding initiatives and FX hedging and trading strategies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Rocco worked at Moody’s Investors Service covering residential mortgage and asset-backed securities where his primary responsibilities included rating surveillance, methodology development and sector commentary. Mr. Rocco holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

Kate Rubenstein

Kate Rubenstein

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Kate Rubenstein is a Managing Director with the Portfolio Operations group. She leads the Blackstone Advantage program, focusing on building networks and expanding access to resources for portfolio companies across Blackstone business units. Before joining Portfolio Operations, Ms. Rubenstein created and led the GSO Advantage platform for GSO Capital, which brought Blackstone’s broad set of capabilities to drive operational efficiencies and growth for GSO’s portfolio companies.

Prior to Blackstone, Ms. Rubenstein spent ten years with GE Capital originating new senior secured loans and equipment finance opportunities in the industrial, consumer, and retail sectors. Before that, Ms. Rubenstein was in brand management at World Kitchen.

Ms. Rubenstein received an MBA from Johnson at Cornell University, where she was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Brad Rudner

Brad Rudner

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brad Rudner is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, where he serves as the Head of Global Business Strategy and works with BAAM’s largest clients and prospects across geographies.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Rudner was the Head of Global Business Development and Client Relations for Aetos Capital. Prior to joining Aetos, Mr. Rudner was a Vice President at Lazard Asset Management where he was involved with institutional new business development, client service and consultant relations across business channels. Mr. Rudner received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.

Thomas Ruffing

Thomas Ruffing

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Thomas Ruffing is a Managing Director of Blackstone's Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ruffing was Chief Credit Officer of CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios, as well as special servicing and CDO collateral management activities for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Inc., Mr. Ruffing worked at JP Morgan Chase in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities included structured corporate real estate finance transactions, major asset property sales, and the restructuring and workout of real estate loans. Mr. Ruffing holds a B.S. and an M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Matthew Runkle

Matthew Runkle

Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Matthew Runkle is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group where he focuses on investments in the power, utility, and midstream sectors.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Runkle spent 15 years at ArcLight Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on energy infrastructure investments, most recently as a Principal. While at ArcLight, Mr. Runkle sourced, executed, and actively managed investments in assets and companies across the midstream and power sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Runkle began his career at The NorthBridge Group as an Analyst, where he focused on corporate strategy for vertically integrated utilities.

Mr. Runkle received a BS in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Michael Ryan is a Managing Director within GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) and is based in Dublin. Mr. Ryan is involved in all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of GSO’s CDO portfolio in Europe. Prior to joining Harbourmaster, Mr. Ryan worked for Hypo Real Estate Bank and KPMG (in both Transaction Services and Financial Services). Mr. Ryan has a Master’s degree in Business Studies & Accounting and an honors degree in Accounting & Finance, both from Dublin City University. Mr. Ryan is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Thomas Sampson

Thomas Sampson

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — Chicago

Thomas Sampson is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Midwest region. Prior to joining Blackstone in January 2012, Mr. Sampson worked with Legg Mason, Inc. where he was a Sales Director covering the Midwest region. The products included mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed end funds, college savings plans, and alternative investment products. Mr. Sampson spent 15 years at Legg Mason, Citi Asset Management and Smith Barney Asset Management. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance.

Lindsay Sampson

Lindsay Sampson

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Lindsay Sampson is a Managing Director and HR Business Partner supporting the Finance, BXii and Global Corporate Services teams. In this role, Lindsay partners with her clients and the global HR team to develop a comprehensive people and talent management strategy, which includes organizational design, training and development.

Before joining Blackstone, Lindsay was the Global HR Business Partner for Finance, Risk, Compliance and Legal at BNY Mellon. She also spent over 10 years at Barclays Bank in a variety of senior HR positions across multiple geographies including the US, UK, Japan and South Africa. Most recently, she was the senior HR Business Partner for Infrastructure in the Americas, and the Head of HR for the Corporate and Investment Bank in Africa.

Lindsay earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and her MPA in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Baruch College, CUNY.

Diego San Jose

Diego San Jose

Managing Director

Real Estate — Madrid

Diego San Jose is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in Madrid. Since Joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. San José has been involved in a variety of real estate investments across Europe. Most recently, he has been focused on equity and debt acquisitions in Spain. Previously, Mr. San Jose worked in the leveraged finance group at BNP Paribas. Mr. San Jose received Master's degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Paris-Dauphine, with an exchange program at LMU in Munich.

Alberto Santulin

Alberto Santulin

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Alberto Santulin is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Santulin is involved in portfolio management and in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring. He is primarily focused on multi-strategy, event, arbitrage and reinsurance strategies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Santulin worked at Rasini & Co. Inc., a European fund-of-hedge-funds, where he opened and ran the New York office. Prior to joining Rasini, Mr. Santulin worked in London for Banque Paribas where he was in Fixed Income Derivatives Sales & Trading covering Italian institutions and hedge funds.

Mr. Santulin received a BA with a major in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His degree dissertation is titled "Hedge Funds: Evolution and Investment Strategies." He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Avneesh Saxena

Avneesh Saxena

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Avneesh Saxena is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is involved in research and development of systematic strategies.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Saxena was a portfolio manager in the Global Asset Allocation group at AQR Capital Management. At AQR, Mr. Saxena helped develop quantitative models to trade fixed income, currencies and equities in the firm’s risk premia and other alternative fund offerings. Before AQR, Mr. Saxena worked as a quantitative researcher at Carlyle-Blue Wave Partners. Before that, he was a quantitative researcher at Amaranth Advisors. Mr. Saxena started his career as a quantitative analyst at Deephaven Capital Management.

Mr. Saxena received a BTech from IIT Guwahati, an MS from University of Virginia, and an MBA from NYU Stern. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Paul Schlaack

Paul Schlaack

Managing Director & Head of IRBD Infrastructure

Infrastructure — New York

Paul Schlaack is a Managing Director and the Head of Investor Relations and Business Development for the Infrastructure Group where he oversees all investor relations, fundraising and client service initiatives. Prior to joining the Infrastructure Group, Mr. Schlaack was the COO of the Investor Relations and Business Development Group. His role was to coordinate the marketing and investor relations functions for all of Blackstone's investment products globally. Prior to taking on that role, Mr. Schlaack worked in Blackstone's financial advisory business for twelve years, where he focused on several transactions in a variety of industries.

Mr. Schlaack received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Elmar Schoonbrood

Elmar Schoonbrood

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Elmar Schoonbrood is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Real Estate group and is based in London. Mr. Schoonbrood is involved in asset management activities across Europe and Turkey.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Schoonbrood headed up the European non-performing loan workout team at Sabal Financial Europe/ Oaktree Capital Management and prior to that the loan workout team at Morgan Stanley. In addition, Mr. Schoonbrood worked in a variety of real estate and structured finance positions at Credit Suisse, Fitch Ratings and IPD.

Mr. Schoonbrood holds an MA in Real Estate and a BA in Business Administration.

Craig Schortzmann

Craig Schortzmann

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Craig Schortzmann is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group focusing on the Ventures Platform.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Schortzmann was a Principal at Asset Management Finance LLC (“AMF”), a division of Credit Suisse, which focused on making principal investments in alternative and traditional asset management firms. While at AMF, Mr. Schortzmann focused on new investment origination, structuring and underwriting, and transaction execution.

Mr. Schortzmann received a BA in American History from Wesleyan University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

Brady Schuck

Brady Schuck

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brady Schuck is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. As a member of GSO's Capital Solutions Funds team, Mr. Schuck is principally involved in originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring debt and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Mr. Schuck worked as a Vice President with DLJ Investment Partners, the mezzanine fund of Credit Suisse’s Asset Management Division, where he primarily focused on evaluating and executing subordinated debt investments. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Schuck worked at Duff & Phelps, specializing in corporate finance and valuation consulting services, and at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, in their management and technology consulting division.

Mr. Schuck received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Mr. Schuck is also a CFA Charterholder.

Li Chian See

Li Chian See

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — Hong Kong

Li-Chian See is a Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance Group and is based in Hong Kong. Ms. See handles regulatory and compliance matters for Blackstone in Asia. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. See spent close to 15 years at Goldman Sachs in the Compliance department where she performed a variety of roles in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York and London for the investment management division, recently as global head of the surveillance function in asset management. Previously Ms. See worked in the Stock Exchange of Singapore (renamed Singapore Exchange). Ms. See received a Bachelor degree in Economics and Statistics at the National University of Singapore and passed CFA Level III in 2000.

Ilan Sender

Ilan Sender

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ilan Sender is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Sender has been involved in equity hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring as well as analyzing individual equity transactions.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sender worked at several hedge funds, primarily in the long-short equity and event-driven space. His most recent role was Managing Director at Claar Advisors. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Owl Creek Asset Management.

Mr. Sender received a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University, where he graduated with high distinction and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi Engineering honor societies. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Andrea Serra

Andrea Serra

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Andrea Serra is a Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities group. Mr. Serra is involved in sourcing, evaluating, and executing investments opportunities. He has been involved in the execution of the group’s investments in Springcastle Holdings, Eletson Gas, B2R, Ascenty, International Market Centers, and Trimark. In addition, Mr. Serra is involved in Blackstone’s investments in life settlements, non-performing mortgages, consumer loans, structured credit, and regulatory capital transactions. Mr. Serra serves on the Board of Directors of Eletson Gas, Viva Capital, International Market Centers, and Trimark.

Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Serra was an Associate in Blackstone's Private Equity Group in London and New York, where he was involved in the execution of Blackstone's investments in Southern Cross, Orangina, Klöckner Pentaplast, PBF Energy, and Vivint. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Serra worked at Goldman Sachs in its Merger & Acquisitions Department in London.

Mr. Serra received a degree in Business Management from the Bocconi University of Milan, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ruth Sharry

Ruth Sharry

Managing Director

Finance — London

Ruth Sharry is a Managing Director in the Tax Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Sharry has been involved in the development and implementation of international tax initiatives for the firm and is responsible for the firm’s international tax compliance and reporting.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Sharry worked as a Director in the International Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Prior to that, she was a Senior Manager in the Mergers & Acquisition Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers London and specialized in the tax structuring of private equity investments throughout Europe and Asia.

Ms. Sharry received a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Brian Siegel

Brian Siegel

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brian Siegel is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Siegel is responsible for overseeing the operational aspects of the direct trading platforms within the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Siegel worked at Ziff Brothers Investments for 13 years, where he was the Director of Trading Operations. His oversight included ensuring the accuracy of the firm's books and records, securities lending, cash management, and swaps and other derivatives financing. Additionally, he was responsible for managing ZBI's prime broker relationships and other counterparties, such as ZBI's fund accounting system and trade order management system.

Mr. Siegel received a BA from Binghamton University with a dual degree in Economics and English.

Tait Simpson

Tait Simpson

Managing Director

IRBD — London

Tait Simpson is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Simpson has been involved with investor relations and capital raising for the Firm’s Private Equity, Real Estate, Tactical Opportunities, and Strategic Partners funds.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpson worked as the communications officer for the Liberal Party of Canada, as well as on investment analysis at Good Energies UK LLP and Arrowgrass Capital.

Mr. Simpson received a BA with honours from the University of Western Ontario, and a MA from the University of British Columbia where he was a resident at Green College. He received an MBA from Oxford University where he was a student at Christ Church.

Melissa Skidell

Melissa Skidell

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Melissa Skidell is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Ms. Skidell is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's real estate funds. Before joining the Investor Relations & Business Development Group, Ms. Skidell was a manager in Blackstone’s Finance Group, where she was involved with administering the internal investment program including General Partner reporting. She has also been involved in various strategic planning projects including the firm's initial public offering in 2007. Ms. Skidell received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Matthew Skurbe

Matthew Skurbe

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Matthew Skurbe is the Treasurer and Managing Director in Finance for Blackstone. Mr. Skurbe leads all Blackstone Treasury related initiatives, including cash and liquidity management, working capital management, bank and rating agency relationship management, balance sheet risk management, procurement, and vendor risk management.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Skurbe was the CFO for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, a $35 billion bank housing several of Merrill Lynch's consumer lending and banking businesses. Prior to that role, Mr. Skurbe spent seven years supporting Merrill Lynch’s Treasury function and had previous roles with Amerada Hess and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Skurbe is also a board member of the Association for Financial Professionals and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Skurbe received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University, achieved the Certified Public Accountant certification, and is a Certified Treasury Professional.

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Michael Slattery

Michael Slattery

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Slattery is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in London. Mr. Slattery is involved with portfolio, asset management and transaction activities across our European businesses.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Slattery was a Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners focusing on private equity and real estate acquisitions, financings and restructurings. Prior to this Mr. Slattery worked as an attorney at Clifford Chance based in London and Paris.

Mr. Slattery holds a LLB (Hons) in law from Trinity College Dublin.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Josh Smith is a Managing Director and Chief Portfolio Risk Officer of GSO Capital Partners.

Since joining GSO in 2008, Mr. Smith has been focused on the enhancement of GSO's portfolio analytics and the incorporation of those analytics into the management of GSO's hedge funds. Mr. Smith sits on GSO's Conflicts and Risk Committee and chairs GSO's Counterparty Sub-Committee. Further, he is a member of GSO's New Products Committee and Valuation Committee. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Smith worked for ten years in financial consulting.

Mr. Smith completed a Masters program in Financial Engineering at Columbia University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College. Further, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Iliana Sobczak

Iliana Sobczak

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Iliana Sobczak is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Iliana worked at FrontPoint Partners as the Co-Product Specialist for the FrontPoint Multi-Strategy Fund. Prior to FrontPoint, Iliana was a member of the U.S. Institutional Advisory Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she focused on delivering the resources and capabilities of the firm to institutional investors. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Iliana was an Investment Consultant at Mercer Investment Consulting, where she provided institutional clients with advice on overall plan strategy and structure, manager selection and evaluation, investment policy development and performance measurement.

Iliana received a BA cum laude in business and international relations from Lake Forest College and an MBA with concentrations in finance, strategic management and entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Iliana holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Michael Sobol

Michael Sobol

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael Sobol is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of CCS’s structured credit strategies. He also sits on the Global Structured Credit Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GSO in 2018, Mr. Sobol worked at Axonic Capital, most recently as a portfolio manager for their hedge fund, long-only and separately accounts. Prior to that, Mr. Sobol was a Managing Director at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was head of the firm’s CLO trading desk. Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald in 2009, Mr. Sobol was a Vice President at Agamas Capital responsible for CDO/CLO investing, and prior to Agamas Mr. Sobol was a Vice President at Ivy Asset Management.

Mr Sobol received a BA in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.

Phillip Solomond

Phillip Solomond

Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Phillip Solomond is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group. Previously, Mr. Solomond worked in the Real Estate Group where he focused on investments in the Retail, Gaming and Senior Housing sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Solomond has been involved in the execution of many Blackstone investments including the acquisition of Brixmor Property Group, the recapitalization of General Growth Properties and the acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Mr. Solomond was also one of the initial team members of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS) when it launched in 2008.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Solomond worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate group and was involved in a variety of investment banking and private equity transactions.

Mr. Solomond received a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Peter Song

Peter Song

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

Peter Song is a Managing Director, and the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, of Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Song focuses on transactional and operational management, oversees all client reporting and all legal activities related to the secondary business. Mr. Song sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds.

Before joining Strategic Partners in 2000, Mr. Song worked in the corporate groups of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, both in New York.

Mr. Song received a B.A. with honors, in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1991 and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1995.

Nigel Spencer

Nigel Spencer

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Nigel Spencer is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Spencer is involved in the design and development of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's proprietary software systems, which support all aspects of the group’s operations.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Spencer worked as a Senior Technical Consultant for Lab49, developing software for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Prior to joining Lab49, he worked as an independent Software Consultant for Viterra developing highly-distributed, real-time software solutions to support the company’s agricultural business. Prior to Viterra, he worked as a Development Team Leader at Infor within their Australian Public Sector Solutions Group. In that role he led a development team responsible for building key infrastructure utilized in the redevelopment of their public sector solutions software.

Mr. Spencer graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of South Australia.

Karen Sprogis

Karen Sprogis

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Karen Sprogis is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Ms. Sprogis has been involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s investments in the U.S. and Canada across various property types, and is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone’s real estate funds. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sprogis was a Vice President at Kleinwort Benson, where she was an international equity sales trader. Prior to that, Ms. Sprogis was a Portfolio Manager at JMB Institutional Realty Corporation. Ms. Sprogis received a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Marshall Sprung

Marshall Sprung

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Marshall S. Sprung is a Managing Director and Global Head of Compliance at Blackstone. Before joining the firm in 2016, Mr. Sprung was Co-Chief of the Asset Management Unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. In this capacity, Mr. Sprung oversaw a nationwide program of investigations focusing on investment advisers, investment companies, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles managed by investment advisers. He co-led a team of nearly 80 attorneys, industry experts and other professionals in all 12 SEC offices, and was responsible for directing the SEC’s asset management-related enforcement efforts. In recognition of his leadership and integrity, he received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2015. Mr. Sprung had previously served as AMU Deputy Chief and Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division. He joined the SEC in 2003 as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division after working for five years as a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, and serving as a law clerk to the Hon. A. Joe Fish on the U.S. District Court in Dallas. Mr. Sprung received his JD from New York University School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review, and his BA with honors from Brown University.

Hayley Stein

Hayley Stein

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Hayley A. Stein is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Stein has been involved in a variety of compliance, regulatory and legal structuring matters relating to both private and registered funds. She previously served as Chief Compliance Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Ms. Stein was an Associate in the Financial Services and Investment Management Group of Dechert LLP where she focused on various matters, including private investment fund formations, the private placement of securities and investment adviser compliance.

Ms. Stein received a BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Geoff Stockwell

Geoff Stockwell

Managing Director

GSO — Singapore

Geoffrey Stockwell is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners based in Singapore, focusing on marketing, fundraising and client relationships. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Stockwell was a senior analyst at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity fund of Credit Suisse's Alternative Capital Division. Prior to that, Mr. Stockwell worked as an analyst in investment banking at Lazard. Mr. Stockwell received a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Justin Sunshine

Justin Sunshine

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Justin Sunshine is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York, where he focuses primarily on investments across the Healthcare industry. Mr. Sunshine has worked in both the New York and London offices, and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Change Healthcare, Apria Healthcare Group, Intertrust, ATC, Scout24 and TeamHealth.

Mr. Sunshine joined Blackstone in 2009 and was initially in Blackstone Advisory Partners where he executed a variety of transactions, primarily focused in the telecommunications sector. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sunshine worked in the strategy practice at Accenture where he advised companies in the natural resources sector.

Mr. Sunshine holds a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business, where he graduated with high honors. Mr. Sunshine also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was the recipient of a two-year Chicago Booth merit scholarship. He serves on the Board of Directors of Apria Healthcare Group, Change Healthcare and TeamHealth.

Michael Swank

Michael Swank

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Swank is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Swank's primary responsibilities include evaluating real estate investments in several property types. Mr. Swank graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Allie Sweeney

Allie Sweeney

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Allie Sweeney is a Managing Director and Global Head of Portfolio Management for the Blackstone Real Estate group. Ms. Sweeney is involved in overseeing key initiatives and integrating information flows across Blackstone’s global real estate portfolio. Prior to her current role, Ms. Sweeney spent four years in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group focused on capital raising efforts for Blackstone's private real estate funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Sweeney worked at Dune Real Estate Partners, where she was a Vice President for Investor Relations. Ms. Sweeney began her career in 1999 at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area, where she focused on investments.

Ms. Sweeney received a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University.

Daniel Sylvia

Daniel Sylvia

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Daniel Sylvia is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Sylvia is involved in hedge fund valuation analysis, performance measurement, management reporting and business process re-engineering.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sylvia worked as a Senior Fund Controller in the Fund Accounting group at Ivy Asset Management in 2010 where he was involved in NAV calculations, preparation of financial statements and footnotes, and research of technical issues. Prior to that, Mr. Sylvia was a Senior Accountant at KPMG where he supervised audits, maintained client relations, and provided other advisory services to banks and other financial services companies.

Mr. Sylvia received a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University.

Kimmo Tammela

Kimmo Tammela

Managing Director

Real Estate — Singapore

Kimmo Tammela is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Singapore. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Tammela manages the Real Estate finance team in Asia and has overall responsibility for all financial and tax-related matters of BREP’s Asian investments. In addition, he oversees the fund level operations and financial and tax matters of the MB Asia Real Estate Fund. Before joining Blackstone, he worked in real estate private equity for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in Singapore. Prior to that, Mr. Tammela spent fourteen years at Goldman Sachs in London in various principal investing roles. Mr. Tammela received a BA in Economics and International Affairs from Brown University and a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University.

Poh Heng Tan

Poh Heng Tan

Managing Director

GSO — London

Poh Heng Tan is a Managing Director and European credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments. Mr. Tan is involved with the analysis of U.S. and European CLOs, including performing diligence on CLO managers, as well as analyzing underlying loan portfolios and CLO structures. He also sits on the Global Structured Credit Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GSO in 2008, Mr. Tan worked at Washington Square Investment Management a specialist structured credit investment manager in London where he was part of the team managing Carador Income Fund PLC, a diversified CLO vehicle listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Mr. Tan worked in DBS Bank, S&P, IDEAglobal and IBJ focusing on credit and structured credit products.

Mr. Tan received his Bachelor Degree with a major in Financial Analysis from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Gold medal for Derivatives Securities Analysis and is a CFA Charterholder.

David Tanzer

David Tanzer

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

David Tanzer is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Tanzer is a Quantitative Technologist on the systematic strategies team. Previously, at Blackstone he worked as a lead software developer for Blackstone’s proprietary risk accounting system.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, he worked for Portware, LLC, as architect and lead developer for custom real-time trading systems for investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers. Before working at Portware, LLC, he taught and worked as a research assistant at NYU. Prior to that, he worked as a scientific programmer for the NYU Center for Neural Science.

Mr. Tanzer received a PhD in Computer Science from New York University and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alice Taormina

Alice Taormina

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Alice Taormina is a Managing Director and the Head of CCS’s Investor Relations and Client Service team. Ms. Taormina is responsible for overseeing the investor relations and client service efforts for CCS’s funds and accounts globally and assists with the business development for these products.

Ms. Taormina joined GSO in 2005 and was previously a Senior Vice President working in the Project Management team. Prior to her work in Project Management, Ms. Taormina managed the leveraged loan operations and trade settlement teams responsible for the GSO bank debt portfolio. She was also responsible for overseeing compliance monitoring for alternative funds, leveraged vehicles, separately managed accounts, publicly traded closed-end funds and an exchange traded fund.

Before joining GSO, Ms. Taormina worked as an Associate at Royal Bank of Canada in the CLO operations group where she was responsible for settling bank debt trades and performing compliance monitoring for various CLOs. Ms. Taormina began her career at Credit Agricole Indosuez where she was an Analyst in CLO Operations.

Ms. Taormina received a BS from Boston University and graduated magna cum laude.

Larry Tharp

Larry Tharp

Managing Director

GSO — Houston

Larry Tharp is a Managing Director and Chief Engineer with GSO Capital Partners. Prior to joining GSO in early 2013, he worked for five years at EIG Global Energy Partners, most recently as Senior Vice President, where he worked on a wide variety of transactions in the energy space totaling over $5B. For three years prior to EIG, he was a Director of NGP Capital Resources Company where he concentrated on origination, evaluation and structuring of upstream mezzanine investments. Before NGPC, Mr. Tharp worked for nine years as a Senior Vice President with Compass Bank in the Energy Group where he was responsible for all technical evaluations of the energy credits. Prior to Compass, he spent 12 years in the upstream energy industry working as a Reservoir and Production engineer for Texas Eastern, Howell Petroleum and Coastal Oil and Gas. Mr. Tharp received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Jamey Thompson

Jamey Thompson

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Jamey Thompson is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is active in the creation and management of a systematic strategy platform.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Thompson was the Co-Head of the Credit Group at Citadel, LLC where he led a team managing strategies in corporate credit securities and derivatives and served on the firm’s Portfolio Committee. Before joining Citadel, he was a structured credit trader at King Street Capital Management in New York where he was a member of the firm’s Risk Committee.

Mr. Thompson received a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MA and PhD in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. Mr. Thompson is also an Adjunct Professor in the Systems and Information Engineering Department at the University of Virginia where he teaches courses on financial engineering and data science.

John Toriello

John Toriello

Managing Director

Finance — New York

John Toriello is a Managing Director in the Finance Group and is the Head of Accounting Strategy and Policy for the firm. Mr. Toriello oversees the accounting policy function for Blackstone, and provides strategic accounting support to Blackstone’s business units and portfolio companies on accounting for new and complex products and transactions.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Toriello was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided transaction strategy and execution advice to private equity firms and their portfolio investments. Mr. Toriello was also a member of PwC’s National office where he specialized in the accounting for Financial Instruments. In this role, Mr. Toriello functioned primarily in a risk management capacity for the firm, and frequently interacted with standard setters and regulators.

Mr. Toriello received a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant in the state of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey chapter of the Council for Economic Education, the leading non-profit organization in the United States focusing on personal finance and economic education for students K-12, providing them the essential tools to create financial stability and opportunity for themselves, their families and their communities.

Weston Tucker

Weston Tucker

Managing Director

External Relations — New York

Weston Tucker is a Managing Director in the External Relations Group, and is Head of Investor Relations for Blackstone. Mr. Tucker also serves as Head of Investor Relations for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Blackstone's publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker's primary responsibility has been managing Blackstone’s interface with public shareholders and the equity analyst community. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker was an equity research analyst for JPMorgan, covering the telecom and cable sectors. He began his career at AT&T, where he worked in a variety of finance roles including investor relations and communications, as well as corporate development. Mr. Tucker graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration from Ohio State University.

Chris Tynan

Chris Tynan

Managing Director

Real Estate — Sydney

Christopher J. Tynan is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Head of Real Estate Australia, is based in Sydney.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tynan was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley where he led real estate investing activities in Australasia for Morgan Stanley's real estate funds.

Mr. Tynan received a Bachelor of Commerce (Merit) and a Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales.

Peter Vaglio

Peter Vaglio

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Pete Vaglio is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group focusing on the Ventures Platform.

Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Vaglio has been primarily focused on deal execution and diligence for the acquisition of equity interests in alternative asset management firms for Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings and hedge fund seeding transactions for the Blackstone Strategic Alliance Funds. Mr. Vaglio also works on private equity and hedge fund formation, strategic initiatives, regulatory and operational matters for the Ventures Platform.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vaglio was an associate in the investment management group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and the corporate group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, focusing on various corporate and asset management transactions, private equity fund formation and regulatory and compliance matters.

Mr. Vaglio received a JD from Seton Hall University and a BA from Boston College.

David Van Vlack

David Van Vlack

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

David Van Vlack is a Managing Director & Director in the Finance and Administration group. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Van Vlack has been involved with all facets of the administration of the firm’s side-by-side investment program. His responsibilities have included the calculation of investment and income amounts at the fund level and the individual investor level and the handling of financing issues for individual investors, including the placement of financing, loan repayment and the analysis of financing costs. Mr. Van Vlack has helped to lead the development and implementation of enhanced computer systems and financial models to administer the side-by-side program. He has also been involved in various strategic planning projects for the firm. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Van Vlack was an Investment Manager at Fosterlane Management Corporation, where he was involved in performing financial analysis relating to the firm’s existing investments as well as potential investments. Mr. Van Vlack received a BA in History from Fordham University and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

Rachana Vashi

Rachana Vashi

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Rachana Vashi is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is involved with the European Core+ business. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Vashi spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group, both in New York and London. Prior to that, Ms. Vashi worked in the Leveraged Finance and M&A teams at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Vashi received a B.A from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

Panayot Vasilev

Panayot Vasilev

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Panayot Vasilev is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Real Estate Europe, based in London. He has overall responsibility for all accounting, reporting, operational and treasury activities in support of the European real estate business. Additionally, Mr. Vasilev oversees finance deal support, valuations support, and portfolio company finance coordination.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Vasilev served as the CFO for GE Capital Real Estate Europe where he was responsible for Accounting and Controllership, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Tax, BD Finance and Pricing, Sourcing and Operations. Prior to joining Real Estate in 2008, Mr. Vasilev served on the GE Corporate Audit Staff leading global audit teams focused on GE Capital. He is also a graduate of the GE Financial Management Program.

Mr. Vasilev received a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

Leon Volchyok

Leon Volchyok

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Leon Volchyok is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group. Mr. Volchyok plays a key role in the structuring, launch and operations of the Real Estate group’s public vehicles, handles the legal affairs for the Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is involved in a number of other legal initiatives throughout the business. Mr. Volchyok also serves as Head of Legal and Compliance for Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT) and as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for both Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT) and the Blackstone Real Estate Income Funds (BREIF).

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Volchyok was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Capital Markets group at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he specialized in capital markets transactions and general securities law and corporate governance matters, with a focus on REITs and other real estate companies.

Mr. Volchyok received a BBA from Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business and a JD from Fordham Law School.

Michael Vrana

Michael Vrana

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Vrana is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Vrana leads Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in the U.K. and Ireland. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Vrana has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe, including The Office Group, Logicor, Max Property Group and Multi Corporation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vrana was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent eight years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in North America on behalf of Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity group. Mr. Vrana graduated from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Justin Wai

Justin Wai

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Justin Wai is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Wai has focused on real estate transactions across the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Wai worked as an analyst at Macquarie Bank’s Real Estate Investment Banking team in Hong Kong, primarily covering the Hong Kong real estate sector as well as the region’s various REIT and business trust markets.

Mr. Wai received a BS from Cornell University, where he was a Meinig National Scholar and a member of Ye Hosts Society.

Caroline Widman

Caroline Widman

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Caroline Widman is a Managing Director in the Human Resources Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Widman has focused on Blackstone's organizational development efforts, including the firm's performance evaluation process. She has also been involved in Human Resources systems and process development initiatives, and has managed many firm charity campaigns, diversity and training programs. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Widman worked as a Program Coordinator at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Ms. Widman received a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Michael Wiebolt

Michael Wiebolt

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Mike Wiebolt is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group, where he is involved in investments in liquid real estate debt.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Wiebolt was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. While at Goldman, Sachs, Mr. Wiebolt was most recently responsible for trading high yield CMBS and CRE CDOs.

Mr. Wiebolt holds a BA in History from Carleton College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Wiebolt also received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Teck Wong

Teck Wong

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Teck Wong is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Wong was previously a co-founder and CIO at Arrakasta Capital. Before the launch of his own firm, Mr. Wong was a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager at CarVal Investors, overseeing investments in corporate, structured and distressed credits, and special situations equities. Mr. Wong began his investment career as a Credit Analyst at Loews Corporation, and then as a Director in distressed and special situations at Ramius Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Wong worked as a proprietary trader at J.P. Morgan.

Mr. Wong received a BA, with distinction, in Economics and Asian Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Robin Wynn

Robin Wynn

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Robin Wynn is Managing Director and Global Head of Employee Relations in the Human Resources group. Ms. Wynn focuses on coaching and guiding senior business leaders on employee issues. She also oversees the “Respect at Work” program and engages in various initiatives to help mitigate and control the firm’s risk.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Wynn worked as a HR Business partner supporting the liquids businesses in the Citi Alternative Investments business at Citigroup. She also played a key role supporting the Global Private Equity business at Warburg Pincus. She has held the following positions: Vice President, Senior HR Generalist at Deutsche Bank; Divisional VP, HR Generalist/Employee Relations Officer at UBS PaineWebber; and Assistant Vice President of Technology Staffing and a variety of roles at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Wynn received a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Concordia College and a MS from Fordham University.

Ms. Wynn is also the recent author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled “When to Bring in a Professional Coach."

Alex Yang

Alex Yang

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Alex Yang is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong. Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Yang was a Principal at TPG Capital Asia, based in Beijing, where he focused on private equity investments in China across various industries including healthcare, industrials, consumer and retail, and financial services. Prior to joining TPG Capital Asia, he worked as Vice President at Olympus Capital Asia in Hong Kong focusing on environmental services and clean energy investments in China, an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Industrial Investment Banking Group in New York and as an attorney in Kirkland & Ellis’ Private Equity Group in Chicago. Mr. Yang previously served on the board of HCP Packaging. Mr. Yang received an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School, and a L.L.B. from Peking University Law School in China.

Jimmy Yung

Jimmy Yung

Managing Director

Real Estate — Los Angeles

Jimmy Yung is a Managing Director in Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies based in Los Angeles and oversees West Coast debt investments. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Yung was Head of Originations and member of the Investment Committee for TPG Real Estate Finance Trust. Previously, he was Head of Originations for Deutsche Bank’s US Commercial Real Estate Special Situations business focused on principal high yield finance and distressed debt acquisitions. Mr. Yung received a BA from Georgetown University.

Alexander Zarzhevsky

Alexander Zarzhevsky

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Alexander Zarzhevsky is a Managing Director and Co-Manager of the U.S. Long-only credit research team. He is also a senior U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments. Mr. Zarzhevsky sits on CCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee.

Mr. Zarzhevsky joined GSO from RBC in 2005. At RBC, Mr. Zarzhevsky was a Senior Associate with primary responsibility for research and analysis of investments within the collateralized debt portfolios. Previously, Mr. Zarzhevsky worked at Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd, where he was an Assistant Vice President within its leveraged finance group. At Mizuho, Mr. Zarzhevsky recommended investments across a wide range of industries on behalf of the bank’s three CDO funds, in addition to underwriting exposures for the bank.

Mr. Zarzhevsky received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration Finance from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.

Seth Zeleznik

Seth Zeleznik

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Seth Zeleznik is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Zeleznik has been involved in sourcing and evaluating direct investment opportunities as well as hedge fund manager evaluation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Zeleznik worked at Bear Stearns as an analyst in the CDO Group and on the Fixed Income Emerging Markets Desk.

Mr. Zeleznik received a BS in Economics at the Wharton School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Operations and Information Management and a BAS from the School of Engineering with a major in Systems Engineering, at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Michael Zerda

Michael Zerda

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Zerda is a Managing Director and Head of Europe for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Zerda spent six years at LaSalle Investment Management overseeing the set-up and growth of its debt investment and special situations group. Prior to that, Mr. Zerda worked in Merrill Lynch's real estate private equity group as a Vice President focused on pan-European equity investments and at Archon, Goldman Sachs’ real estate and distressed loan management platform. Mr. Zerda received a BA in Finance from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he graduated with honors.

Joseph Zidle

Joseph Zidle

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Joe Zidle is a Managing Director and Investment Strategist in the Private Wealth Solutions group.

Previously, he worked at Richard Bernstein Advisors, an independent investment advisor, where he was responsible for portfolio strategy, asset allocation, investment management and marketing to major wirehouses and independent RIAs. Zidle previously spent nearly a decade at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently serving as Head of Investment Strategy for Global Wealth Management and Deputy Director of the Research Investment Committee, where he was responsible for creating and communicating global investment strategies to the firm's private client division across all major investment disciplines.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Emory University. From 1993-2001, he served as a specialist in military intelligence for the U.S. Army Reserves.

Robert Barthelmes

Robert Barthelmes

Executive Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Bob Barthelmes is an Executive Director in the Portfolio Operations group, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies with a focus on technology, operations, and digital transformation. Before joining the Portfolio Operations group, Mr. Barthelmes was a Senior Advisor to Blackstone working to leverage Blackstone’s technology investments across the portfolio.

Prior to engaging with Blackstone he was the EVP and GM of the Open Source Division at Misys Corporation, and the Global Vice President of Business Consulting Services at IBM. His team at Misys was featured in Harvard Business Review’s, “Great Leaders in Innovation.”

Mr. Barthelmes received a degree from the University of Lowell with a major in Business Administration and a minor in mathematics/computer science. He attended the IBM Executive Programs at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the Executive Committee for the Frank Lloyd Write Foundation, Dean College Board of Trustees, Hibernia college Board of Overseers and the Beverly Education Foundation.

Jason Santamaria

Jason Santamaria

Executive Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Jason Santamaria is an Executive Director in the Portfolio Operations group. Focused on Lean Transformation, Jason is involved in identifying, advising and supporting margin expansion opportunities through transactional & operational process improvement, complexity reduction and value engineering in Blackstone’s global portfolio company holdings.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Jason held a number of senior leadership roles in large public and private companies, including Serta Simmons Bedding, Newell Brands, Stanley Black & Decker, Avery Dennison, Morgan Stanley and McKinsey & Company. Early in his career, Jason served as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps and as a Fulbright Scholar in South America.

He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Blake Vogt

Blake Vogt

Executive Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Blake Vogt is a Executive Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Vogt has been involved in the development and coordination of Blackstone’s eSourcing program within Private Equity’s Portfolio Operations Team. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Vogt worked at Emerson where he held various positions in the Global Supply Chain Organization including eSourcing Specialist, Global Commodity Manager, Director Strategic Sourcing, and Director eSourcing and Systems where he was responsible for administrating the eSourcing toolset and processes across the enterprise globally. Mr. Vogt received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Illinois and an M.B.A. from St. Louis University.

Daniel Aron

Daniel Aron

Principal

GSO — New York

Daniel Aron is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Aron focuses on originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments across a diverse range of industries for the business development companies sub-advised by GSO.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Aron worked as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays Capital.

Mr. Aron received a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Finance and minors in Accounting and Music

Mike Audet

Mike Audet

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Mike Audet is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Mr. Audet worked at Blackstone from 2010 to 2012, and following the completion of an MBA, rejoined Blackstone’s New York office in 2014. Mr. Audet has been involved in the execution of the firm's investments in Paysafe, First Eagle Asset Management, Tradesmen International, Summit Materials, and Apria Healthcare. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tradesmen International.

Mr. Audet received an AB in mathematics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Lincoln Center Young Patrons.

Sachin Bavishi

Sachin Bavishi

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Sachin Bavishi is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Mr. Bavishi currently focuses on new investment opportunities in Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT). Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Bavishi has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk, SESAC, Ipreo, Kronos, Trilliant Food & Nutrition, Caesars Acquisition Company, Pinnacle Foods, Performance Food Group, and Catalent.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Bavishi was an Associate at Olympus Partners where he evaluated and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking at Piper Jaffray in the Healthcare Group.

Mr. Bavishi earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with Highest Distinction (Top 5%), and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Nathaniel Bayko

Nathaniel Bayko

Principal

GSO — New York

Nathaniel Bayko is a Principal and U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Since joining Blackstone in 2000, Mr. Bayko had been involved in the Mezzanine Group as a credit research analyst. In 2003, Mr. Bayko joined the CCS credit research team.

Mr. Bayko received a BBA from the University of Michigan Business School, where he graduated with honors. He also received a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan.

John Beberus

John Beberus

Principal

GSO — New York

John Beberus is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. He joined GSO in 2010 and is principally involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring private credit and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Beberus was an analyst in Blackstone’s Restructuring and Reorganization Group focusing on both in-court and out-of-court restructuring assignments. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Beberus was an analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Banc of America Securities.

Mr. Beberus received a BS in Finance, with Highest Distinction, from the William A. Schreyer Honors College. Mr. Beberus serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Food Companies.

Jared Becker

Jared Becker

Principal

GSO — New York

Jared Becker is a Principal and U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GSO in 2014, Mr. Becker was with Ares Management LLC as a Senior Associate in the Private Debt Group evaluating leveraged loans across multiple industries. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Moelis & Company in the Restructuring and Investment Banking Division. Earlier, he worked at GSC Group analyzing loan and high yield investment opportunities. Mr. Becker began his career at CIBC World Markets in the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors Group.

Mr. Becker received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Erik Belz

Erik Belz

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Erik Belz is a Principal in the Private Equity group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Belz has focused on investments in the upstream and midstream energy sectors and has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in EagleClaw, Rover, Grand Prix, Guidon, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Permian, Primexx, Rock Ridge and Cheniere.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Belz was a Vice President at Blue Water Energy, an energy-focused private equity fund based in London. Prior to that, Mr. Belz was an Associate at the First Reserve Corporation. Mr. Belz began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers in the Natural Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Mr. Belz received an AB in Economics cum laude with a concentration in Government from Harvard College, where he graduated with high honors. Currently, Mr. Belz serves as a Director of EagleClaw, Guidon, Jetta Permian, Primexx, Rock Ridge and our northeast Marcellus platform.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Colin Bennett is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group. He oversees the financing of investments in the Tactical Opportunities Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Bennett was a Director on the Structured Credit team at Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Bennett worked at UBS in the Securitization Group as an Executive Director. Prior to that, Mr. Bennett was at Merrill Lynch within the Global Structured Finance & Investments team.

He received a BA in Economics from Duke University.

Jessica Bent

Jessica Bent

Principal

GSO — New York

Jessica Bent is a Principal and U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments. Ms. Bent is a Team Leader within the U.S. research team and is also a dedicated special situations and workout professional responsible for managing and maintaining CCS’s Watch List and Workout processes.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Ms. Bent worked at Wachovia Securities as a Director in Loan Portfolio Management with primary responsibility for managing credit relationships. Prior to that, Ms. Bent was a Senior Credit Products Specialist responsible for leading the credit origination, underwriting and structuring function of the firm. Ms. Bent began her career as an Associate in SunTrust Bank’s officer training program.

Ms. Bent received a BS in International Business and Finance, summa cum laude, from Auburn University and her MBA with High Distinction from Georgetown University.

Mark Bhupathi

Mark Bhupathi

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Mark Bhupathi is a Principal in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Bhupathi oversees Strategic Partners’ infrastructure, energy and other real assets investing activities and sits on the Investment Committee for each of the SP Funds. Mr. Bhupathi is involved in originating, evaluating, structuring and executing secondary private equity transactions including acquisitions of portfolios of limited partnership interests and direct company positions. In addition, Mr. Bhupathi plays an active role in fund management and monitoring of existing investments.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Bhupathi spent nine years with Strategic Partners in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse.

Mr. Bhupathi received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University.

Heidi Boyd

Heidi Boyd

Principal

Infrastructure — New York

Heidi Boyd is a Principal in the Infrastructure Group.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Boyd spent over 5 years at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), an infrastructure-focused private investment platform, most recently as a Vice President. While at MIRA, Ms. Boyd evaluated and executed investment opportunities in North American infrastructure for both MIRA’s private closed-end funds and Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC), a listed company. During this time, Ms. Boyd was involved primarily in transactions in the utility and transportation sectors. Prior to that, Ms. Boyd was a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Ms. Boyd received a BA in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University, where she also co-founded Stanford Women in Business. Ms. Boyd received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Boyd currently serves on the Board of Top Honors, a not-for-profit, mathematics tutoring program for middle school students.

Bonnie Brookshaw

Bonnie Brookshaw

Principal

GSO — New York

Bonnie Brookshaw is a Principal and provides portfolio management support for CCS’s U.S. loan separately managed accounts and commingled funds. Previously, Ms. Brookshaw was involved in transaction logistics, settlement functions and preparing information used for portfolio compliance testing and reporting.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Ms. Brookshaw worked at CIBC World Markets as an Operations Assistant for the structured investment vehicles managed by Trimaran Advisors, L.L.C.

Ms. Brookshaw received a BA from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Rafael Bruce

Rafael Bruce

Principal

Real Estate — Brazil

Rafael Bruce is a Principal in the Real Estate Group based in São Paulo. Mr. Bruce is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s investments in Latin America.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Bruce was Principal at Bueno Netto Group working on acquisitions and asset management. Prior to that, Mr. Bruce was responsible for originating, underwriting, and executing real estate transactions for Vinci Partners, an alternative investment firm.

Mr. Bruce received a BA in economics from Insper São Paulo.

Tao Bu

Tao Bu

Principal

GSO — New York

Tao Bu is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2011, Ms. Bu has focused on marketing and client relations. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Bu worked as an associate in the Energy Group and subsequently the Investment Banking Executive Team at Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital. Ms. Bu received a BBA in Finance and Business Law and a minor in French Studies and graduated with High Distinction from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she was also a Woodruff Scholar.

Craig Burns

Craig Burns

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Craig Burns is a Principal in Blackstone's Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York.

Mr. Burns’ responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Burns was a Vice President with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate where he asset managed a portfolio of the estate's real estate investments. From 1997 to 2008, Mr. Burns was a member of Lehman’s Global Real Estate Group where he focused on the origination, structuring and closing of CMBS financings and principal investments. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Burns was a Vice President at TriMont Real Estate Advisors, a commercial real estate advisory and services provider, where his responsibilities included asset management of a multi-client portfolio and business development.

Mr. Burns received a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

Jimmy Byun

Jimmy Byun

Principal

GSO — New York

Jimmy Byun is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, and is principally involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring private credit and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2017, Mr. Byun was a Principal at American Capital focused on middle market private credit and equity investments. Previously, he was an Associate at HarbourVest Partners, focused on private equity investments, and an Analyst in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney, in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Mr. Byun received a BS in Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joshua Carson

Joshua Carson

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Josh Carson is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Mr. Carson is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s US office investments.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Carson was a Senior Vice President at L&L Holding Company, a privately held real estate company, where he focused on acquiring and redeveloping office buildings in New York City. Prior to joining L&L, Mr. Carson worked on acquisitions for New Boston Fund, a real estate investment management firm. Mr. Carson began his career at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Carson received a BA in Economics and Russian magna cum laude from Middlebury College.

Ayush Chaudhary

Ayush Chaudhary

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Ayush Chaudhary is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Chaudhary has been involved in various real estate acquisitions across Asia. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chaudhary was an Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Principal Division.

Mr. Chaudhary received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Issa Chehab

Issa Chehab

Principal

Real Estate — Sydney

Issa Chehab is a Principal in the Real Estate group based in Sydney.

Mr. Chehab originates and manages Australian real estate debt for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, and separately also is involved in the financing of Blackstone’s real estate investments in Australia. He has structured and executed numerous large financings across all major asset classes and capital markets including senior, mezzanine, securitized, development and corporate facilities.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Chehab was a Director with GE Capital Real Estate Australia where he was involved in the origination, underwriting and sale of debt, equity and LP investments through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He previously held roles in the Structured Property Finance Group at ANZ focusing on securitization.

Mr. Chehab received degrees in Law and Business from The University of Technology Sydney.

Younghee Choi

Younghee Choi

Principal

IRBD — Hong Kong

Younghee Choi is a Principal in the Investor Relations & Business Development group and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Choi has focused on capital raising and new investor relation development for Blackstone’s private funds. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Choi was an Associate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Private Equity group where she was involved in real estate investment and asset management in Seoul. Ms. Choi received a B.Arch from Syracuse University.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Principal

GSO — New York

Jonathan Cohen is a Principal and is responsible for trading U.S. high yield and leveraged loan assets for GSO’s public debt strategies.

Prior to joining GSO in 2013, Mr. Cohen spent seven years at UBS Investment Bank where he was responsible for trading leveraged loans, high yield, and credit default swaps.

Mr. Cohen received a BA in Economics from the University of Albany.

Laura Conneely

Laura Conneely

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Laura Conneely is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions group in New York. Since joining Blackstone over 10 years ago, Laura has been involved in a variety of initiatives across the Firm. In July 2017, she transitioned to help cultivate Blackstone’s relationships with U.S. based family offices, RIAs, endowments & foundations. She partners with these pools of capital on liquid and illiquid alternatives solutions across Blackstone, including co-invests. Prior to this role, she was responsible for performing diligence for Blackstone’s hedge fund solutions business and evaluating hedge fund managers across the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has also been responsible for product structuring and legal due diligence.

Ms. Conneely earned her BS degree from Duke University.

Eugene Cook

Eugene Cook

Principal

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Eugene Cook is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, based in Hong Kong. Before relocating to Blackstone’s Hong Kong office in 2016, Mr. Cook was based in New York where he was involved in Blackstone’s investments across the oil & gas, power, and transmission sectors. He is currently involved in Blackstone’s investment in Simone Accessories.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cook was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity investments. Prior to that, he was a member of the U.S. Buyout Industrials team at the Carlyle Group and the Mergers & Acquisitions department at JP Morgan.

Mr. Cook received a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Mathieu Cransac

Mathieu Cransac

Principal

Private Equity — London

Mathieu Cransac is a Principal in the Private Equity Group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Cransac has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Center Parcs, United Biscuits, Tangerine, Intertrust, ATC, Elian, Alliance Automotive Group and Rhodia Acetow. He currently serves on the board of Rhodia Acetow.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cransac worked at Goldman Sachs PIA and Cinven. Mr. Cransac received an MBA with a Major in Corporate Finance and Private Equity from ESSEC Business School and a Master 1 in Business Law from La Sorbonne University. During his studies, Mr. Cransac was a Vice-President of Junior ESSEC Consulting.

Zachary Crump

Zachary Crump

Principal

GSO — New York

Zach Crump is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Crump is the Global Head of Trading for all of GSO's funds, specializing in the High Yield and Distressed public markets in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Crump joined the firm’s London office in 2015, responsible for the management and daily trading activities for GSO’s European trading operation, and relocated back to NYC in early 2017. Prior to joining GSO in 2015, Mr. Crump worked as a Senior Distressed trader at Barclays in both the US and Europe. At Barclays, he was responsible for risk-taking and trading decisions for the firm’s global Distressed and Special Situations credit portfolio. Mr. Crump received a BS in Finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Michael J Danberg

Michael J Danberg

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Michael Danberg is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York. Mr. Danberg’s responsibilities include asset management for the investment portfolios, as well as special servicing. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Danberg was a Senior Asset Manager at CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Before joining Capital Trust, Mr. Danberg was a Director in Barclays Capital US Real Estate Capital Markets Group, where he handled the workout of a large portfolio of structured commercial real estate debt and equity positions. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Danberg was a Director in Citigroup’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group, where he was involved in negotiating, structuring, underwriting, documenting and closing fixed and floating-rate principal transactions, large loan CMBS and related subordinate debt. Mr. Danberg received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from Union College, Schenectady, NY and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

John DePalma

John DePalma

Principal

GSO — New York

John DePalma is a Principal and U.S. Credit Research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GSO in 2015, Mr. DePalma worked at Babson Capital Management, most recently as an Associate Director in the Alternative High Yield Investments Group. There he was responsible for debt and equity analysis covering a variety of industries for the firm’s event driven hedge fund.

Mr. DePalma received a BS in Finance from Bentley University, where he graduated magna cum laude and is a CFA Charterholder.

Michael J Dupuis

Michael J Dupuis

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — San Francisco

Michael Dupuis is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Pacific Northwest region. Prior to joining Blackstone in January 2012, Mr. Dupuis was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Services Division of the Trust Company of the West responsible for business development and client service of endowment, foundation and family office clients. Before joining TCW in 2002 he was a Vice President of Roxbury Capital Management. Earlier he was the Director of Marketing for Munn, Bernhard and Associates. He began his investment career in 1985 with Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham in New York as a financial advisor and was a Vice President of Kidder, Peabody & Company in a similar capacity. Mr. Dupuis holds a BS from The Ohio University.

Donatella Fanti

Donatella Fanti

Principal

Real Estate — London

Donatella Fanti is a Principal in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Fanti has been involved in Blackstone's real estate asset management activities, with a focus on the group's Italian real estate portfolio of office, retail, and hospitality assets, and the asset management of a number of Blackstone’s residential investments across Europe, including Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Fanti was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, based in Milan, where she spent seven years focused on investments and asset management on behalf of Morgan Stanley's real estate investing team.

Ms. Fanti graduated summa cum laude from the Politecnico di Milano in 2006.

Tiffany Fariole

Tiffany Fariole

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Tiffany Fariole is a Principal in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development group. Ms. Fariole joined Blackstone in 2008 and is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's Real Estate funds. Previously, she was involved in legal and compliance matters primarily relating to Blackstone’s real estate business. Ms. Fariole received a BA in Political Science from American University.

Andrew Fenet

Andrew Fenet

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Andrew Fenet is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in New York. Mr. Fenet focuses on capital raising efforts for Blackstone's Real Estate funds. Previously, he was focused on new investment opportunities in North America across several property types. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Fenet was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Group where he was responsible for new investments across all property types for the opportunistic and core real estate funds. Mr. Fenet received a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where he was awarded the Sears Scholarship.

Mike Forman

Mike Forman

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Mike Forman is a Principal in the Real Estate group. Mr. Forman currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the retail and data center sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Forman has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors and has worked on various transactions, including the creation and IPO of Invitation Homes and the acquisition of International Market Centers and subsequent merger with AmericasMart.

Mr. Forman received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude from the honors program in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences, with a double major in Economics, and a Certificate in Financial Economics from Kellogg.

Mack Fuller

Mack Fuller

Principal

GSO — New York

Mack Fuller is a Principal and U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GSO in 2010, Mr. Fuller worked at Callidus Capital Management, LLC, as a Vice President where he evaluated loan and high yield investment opportunities across multiple industries. Prior to that, Mr. Fuller was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase and Company where he focused on originating and structuring leveraged loans for middle market companies. He also served as a Summer Associate in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division. Mr. Fuller began his career as a Credit Analyst in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Credit Training Program.

Mr. Fuller received a BBA with a major in Business Management and a minor in Business Law, Magna Cum Laude from Pace University/Lubin School of Business, and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School, where he attended as a Credit Suisse First Boston Fellow.

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Barry Gallagher is a Principal in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). He is based in Dublin and is involved in the analysis and evaluation of fixed income investments across multiple industries. Prior to working at Harbourmaster, Mr. Gallagher worked as a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Gallagher received a BBS Lang. in Business Studies and French from Trinity College Dublin.

Daniel Goldberg

Daniel Goldberg

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Daniel Goldberg is a Principal in the Real Estate Group where he focuses on acquisitions.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Goldberg spent over 10 years at Goldman Sachs, including 5 years in the merchant banking division where he worked on a variety of real estate investments located across the United States.

Mr. Goldberg received a BS in neuroscience from Brown University. He serves on the board of Getting Out and Staying Out, a Harlem-based charity which seeks to reduce recidivism rates through job readiness and financial literacy courses.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Fran Golden is a Principal in the Private Wealth Solutions group in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Golden has been involved in business development for Blackstone’s public and private funds, with a primary focus on building relationships with financial intermediaries in the United States.

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Golden worked at Legg Mason, where he was responsible for sales and client service for Legg Mason’s equity, fixed income and alternative portfolios. Mr. Golden earned his MBA from the Widener University where he also holds a BS in Business Management.

Kevin Goldman

Kevin Goldman

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Kevin Goldman is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Goldman has been involved in originating, acquiring and structuring debt investments across all asset types in both the United States and Europe.

Mr. Goldman graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University, where he received a BA in Economics.

Wataru Goto

Wataru Goto

Principal

Real Estate — Tokyo

Wataru Goto is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Tokyo. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Goto has been involved in evaluating real estate investments in various property types and managing investments in Japan. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Goto was an Associate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Private Equity group, where he was involved in acquisition, restructuring and portfolio management. Mr. Goto received bachelor from Aoyama University.

Florian Hager

Florian Hager

Principal

GSO — London

Florian Hager is a Principal at GSO Capital Partners based in London. He is involved in both debt and equity investments with a specific focus on stressed, distressed and special situations. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Hager worked in Blackstone’s Restructuring & Reorganization Group where he advised debtors and creditors on in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Hager worked at Lehman Brothers / Nomura in London, where he advised clients across the Industrial and Technology sectors on M&A, DCM and ECM transactions.

Mr. Hager graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and holds an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Frank Han

Frank Han

Principal

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Frank Han is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Han has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Pactera Technology and Xinrong. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pactera. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Han worked in the Buyout Group at the Carlyle Group, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of transactions in the industrials sector in both the U.S. and China. Mr. Han has also worked at the Asian Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs and the Corporate Finance Practice at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Han received a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where he graduated magna cum laude and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Zachary Harding

Zachary Harding

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Zachary Harding is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Mr. Harding focuses on new investment opportunities across a variety of asset classes.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Harding was an analyst at Walton Street Capital, a real estate investment firm in Chicago.

Mr. Harding graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Michael Henry

Michael Henry

Principal

Real Estate — Los Angeles

Michael Henry is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, based in Los Angeles. Mr. Henry is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Henry was an Associate at Five Mile Capital Partners on the investments team handling the evaluation and execution of a variety of debt and equity transactions. Prior to Five Mile, Mr. Henry was an Analyst in Cushman & Wakefield’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance group.

Mr. Henry received a BA in Economics from Boston College.

Adam Hermida

Adam Hermida

Principal

GSO — New York

Adam Hermida is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. As a member of GSO's Capital Solutions Funds team, Mr. Hermida is principally involved in originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring debt and equity investments across a diverse range of industries. Before joining GSO in 2010, Mr. Hermida worked as an analyst at Moelis & Company and also as part of the Recapitalization and Restructuring Group at Jefferies & Company. Mr. Hermida received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Clarke Hitch

Clarke Hitch

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Clarke Hitch is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, where he is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring senior loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity and other debt investments across all asset types and geographies throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Hitch worked at Morgan Stanley in the Commercial Real Estate Lending Group.

Mr. Hitch graduated from Duke University with an AB in Public Policy.

Bill Hobbs

Bill Hobbs

Principal

GSO — New York

William Hobbs is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners and is focused on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring private investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Hobbs was a Director at Blackstone Advisory Partners where he was responsible for advising a broad range of clients on M&A transactions and related matters. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Hobbs was a Senior Associate at Arcapita and focused on private equity investments across a variety of industries, with responsibilities that involved the acquisition, divestiture and active management of portfolio companies. Prior to joining Arcapita, Mr. Hobbs was a Senior Analyst at Dubin Clark & Co., a middle market private equity firm. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Plainfield Asset Management and a Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin.

Mr. Hobbs holds a BBA in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hobbs is also a CFA Charterholder.

Adam Hockley

Adam Hockley

Principal

GSO — London

Adam Hockley is a Principal and European credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments. Mr. Hockley is involved with the analysis of U.S. and European CLOs, including performing diligence on CLO managers, as well as analyzing underlying loan portfolios and CLO structures. Previously, Mr. Hockley was part of GSO’s portfolio analysis team involved in the management of European CLOs.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Hockley worked at the Bank of New York Mellon / JP Morgan Chase Institutional Trust services, where he was responsible for various CLO and CDO transactions.

Mr. Hockley received a BA in Finance and Financial Information Systems and an MS in International Banking and Finance from the University of Greenwich.

Hilary Hung

Hilary Hung

Principal

IRBD — Hong Kong

Hilary Hung is a Principal in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. She is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Hung has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Hung worked at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong in the Investment Banking Division. Ms. Hung received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Ijomah Robinson

Kenneth Ijomah Robinson

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Kenneth Ijomah is a Principal and European credit research analyst is involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments

Mr. Ijomah joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Ijomah spent five years working as a credit analyst with Harbourmaster Capital Management. Prior to working at Harbourmaster, Mr. Ijomah worked as a proprietary trader for Reminiscence Ltd with an equity focus on the New York and London stock exchanges.

Mr. Ijomah received a BS in Physics and French from Dublin City University.

Ryan Ingle

Ryan Ingle

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Ryan Ingle is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Ingle has been involved in analyzing and managing real estate investments across several property types. Mr. Ingle currently leads asset management for Blackstone’s 75 million square foot U.S. industrial portfolio, Gateway Industrial Properties. Other notable transactions include IndCor, BioMed, Motel 6, La Quinta and Extended Stay.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ingle worked in Citi's real estate investment banking group.

Mr. Ingle received a BS in Finance and a BA in Spanish from the University of Kansas where he graduated with highest distinction and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Caroline Jahn

Caroline Jahn

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Caroline Jahn is a Principal in the Private Wealth Solutions group in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, she has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private funds, with a primary focus on covering Family Offices, RIAs, and Foundations based in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Jahn worked at Merrill Lynch, most recently in the Private Banking and Investment Group as a Senior Financial Analyst.

Mrs. Jahn earned her MBA from the University of Mississippi and holds a BS in Business Management from Presbyterian College. She also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.

Natacha Jamar

Natacha Jamar

Principal

Private Equity — London

Natacha Jamar is a Principal in the Corporate Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Jamar has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in ICS, Pulse, Versace, ISD and Armacell. Ms. Jamar serves on the Board of Directors of Armacell.

Before joining Blackstone's London office in 2009, Ms. Jamar was a Summer Analyst in the New York office. Ms. Jamar graduated cum laude from Princeton with an A.B. in Economics, and Certificates in Spanish and Finance.

Adam Jenkins

Adam Jenkins

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Adam Jenkins is a Principal in the Private Equity Group based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Jenkins has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in LLOG Exploration, Royal Resources, and Vine Oil & Gas.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jenkins was an Associate at WL Ross & Co. He began his career as an investment banker at Lazard.

Mr. Jenkins received a BA in Philosophy from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Jenkins serves on the boards of Royal Resources and Vine Oil & Gas. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Andrew Jordan

Andrew Jordan

Principal

GSO — New York

Andrew Jordan is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006 Mr. Jordan has been involved in the structuring and monitoring of leverage facilities for the GSO funds. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Jordan was a Manager at Arc Partners, Inc., a business and technology management consulting firm serving the financial services industry. While at Arc Partners, Mr. Jordan led numerous projects including, vendor evaluation, process-technology alignment, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and operations and technology training.  Prior to joining Arc Partners, Mr. Jordan held positions at a number of international investment banks. Mr. Jordan received a BA in Economics from Fordham University.

Prashant Kanodia

Prashant Kanodia

Principal

Real Estate — Singapore

Prashant Kanodia is a Principal in the Real Estate group based in Singapore with a focus on investments in the Asia Pacific region. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Kanodia has been involved in real estate transactions in Western Europe as well as the firm’s expansion efforts into India. He has worked on transactions including Chiswick Park (London), UK Logistics Platform, Center Parcs (UK), Manyata Business Park (Bangalore), and Synergy (India). Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kanodia worked as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs in London. Mr. Kanodia received an M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and a degree in Chartered Accountancy (India).

Christian Keiber

Christian Keiber

Principal

Private Equity — Singapore

Christian Keiber is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and is based in Singapore.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Keiber was most recently a Senior Associate at Credit Suisse, where he worked in the Mergers & Acquisition group in Singapore focusing on Southeast Asia. Mr. Keiber has been involved in several transactions for the firm across the wider Asia Pacific region, including the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Orica Chemicals (IXOM), DCI Holdings, and ASI. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ixom.

Mr. Keiber received a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Ingolstadt School of Management. He also received an M.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Libby Kislak

Libby Kislak

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Libby Kislak is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Kislak was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. While at Goldman, Sachs, she focused primarily on the pricing, structuring, and distribution of commercial real estate loans and securities.

Ms. Kislak graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Matt Koskinen

Matt Koskinen

Principal

Real Estate — Sydney

Matt Koskinen is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in Sydney. Mr. Koskinen is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s Australian investments.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Koskinen worked in real estate investment banking at Goldman Sachs where he was involved in a variety of M&A, equity and debt transactions. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Koskinen worked in real estate equity research at Macquarie covering Australia and Canada. Mr. Koskinen began his career in real estate asset management at Standard Life.

Mr. Koskinen received a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CFA charterholder.

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Principal

Real Estate — London

Peter Krause is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Krause has been involved in analyzing real estate investment opportunities across various property types in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Krause worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Mr. Krause received an A.B in Economics from Harvard College and a J.D from Harvard Law School where he was twice named a Dean’s Scholar.

Nick Kuhar

Nick Kuhar

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Nick Kuhar is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Kuhar has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Change Healthcare, MB Aerospace, and HealthMarkets. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of MB Aerospace and HealthMarkets.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kuhar was an Associate at Bain Capital, where he evaluated and executed private equity investments across several industries in the U.S. and Japan. Prior to that, Mr. Kuhar was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company where he was a member of the Corporate Finance practice.

Mr. Kuhar received a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated at the top of his class, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Lukas Lambach

Lukas Lambach

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Lukas Lambach is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in Hong Kong. Mr. Lambach focuses on evaluating new investment opportunities in Asia/Pacific.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Lambach has been actively involved in a variety of European and Australian real estate acquisitions with a total investment value of more than $8 billion. Mr. Lambach has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate investment including retail, office, logistics, residential, and non-performing loans. Mr. Lambach was previously based in Blackstone’s Sydney and London offices.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lambach was an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Origination Group at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Lambach graduated with the highest honors from Warwick University in the UK, where he received a BSc in Economics and was a German National Merit Foundation Scholar.

Richard Law

Richard Law

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Richard Law is a Principal in the Real Estate group based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Law has worked in both the Sydney and New York office, where he was involved in acquisitions, asset management and dispositions initiatives in Asia and in the US.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Law worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Principal Investment Group analyzing investments in Greater China. Prior to that, Mr. Law worked at Google and CIBC World Markets in San Francisco.

Mr. Law received a MS from Stanford University and a BSE, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

John H Lee

John H Lee

Principal

Private Equity — New York

John Lee is a Principal in the Private Equity group where he is focused on Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Lee has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Beacon Oil & Gas, Gavilan Resources, Huntley & Huntley, Osum Oil Sands, and Utility One Source.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lee was an Associate at TPG Capital. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Lee received a BS in Mathematical & Computational Science and a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Lee is currently a director of Gavilan Resources, Huntley & Huntley, Osum Oil Sands, and Utility One Source.

Angus Lennox

Angus Lennox

Principal

Real Estate — London

Angus Lennox is a Principal in the Real Estate group. Mr. Lennox handles legal matters for Blackstone’s European real estate business.

Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Lennox has been involved in multiple real estate transactions including real estate and corporate acquisitions and disposals, financings and restructurings. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lennox worked as a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Mr. Lennox received an LLB (Law) (Honours) from Durham University.

Verena Letzerich

Verena Letzerich

Principal

GSO — London

Verena Letzerich is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners based in London. Ms. Letzerich handles marketing and investor relations for European investors.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Ms. Letzerich spent six years in Credit and Structured Credit Sales at J.P. Morgan where she focused primarily on raising capital for managed structured corporate credit, hedge funds and private equity funds from European institutional investors.

Ms. Letzerich received a Bachelor of Science in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Lisa Lew

Lisa Lew

Principal

GSO — New York

Lisa Lew is a Principal and provides portfolio management support for U.S. CLOs. Previously, she was involved with trade settlement and compliance monitoring.

Before joining GSO in 2008, Ms. Lew was responsible for settling bank debt trades at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, she was an analyst at AIG working in commercial insurance.

Ms. Lew received a BS in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo, with concentrations in Finance, Management Information Systems, and International Business.

Michelle Li

Michelle Li

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Michelle Li is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Ms. Li worked at Blackstone in New York from 2008-2011 and, following the completion of an MBA, rejoined Blackstone in 2013. Ms. Li is involved in analyzing real estate investments across various property sectors.

Ms. Li received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a John Harvard Scholar. She also received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Yixiao Liu

Yixiao Liu

Principal

GSO — New York

Yixiao Liu is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Ms. Liu has been involved in analyzing private and public debt, distressed and special situations, and mezzanine investments in the energy industry.

Prior to joining GSO in 2015, Ms. Liu worked at Blackstone Advisory Partners where she advised clients in the energy sector on various M&A, restructuring, and strategic matters. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Liu worked in Morgan Stanley’s Fixed-Income Group.

Ms. Liu received a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alex Mackenzie

Alex Mackenzie

Principal

Real Estate — London

Alex Mackenzie is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business, based in London. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mackenzie spent five years at Oaktree Capital Management as a Senior Vice President, focusing on the acquisition and asset management of real estate equity and distressed debt investment opportunities in the UK and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Mackenzie worked in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate Special Situations Group as a Vice President focused on acquisition of real estate NPL portfolios and origination of high yield loans in the United States and the UK.

Mr. Mackenzie received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a BA in Economic History from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.

Charlotte MacKenzie

Charlotte MacKenzie

Principal

GSO — New York

Charlotte MacKenzie is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2012, Ms. MacKenzie has focused on marketing and client relationships.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. MacKenzie worked as an associate in the Restructuring Group and subsequently the Investment Banking Executive Team at Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital.

Ms. MacKenzie received a BA from Williams College.

Killian Maher

Killian Maher

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Killian Maher is a Principal and a portfolio manager for CCS’s European CLOs.

Mr. Maher joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Maher worked on the Portfolio Management team at Harbourmaster Capital Management where he had responsibility for assisting with investor queries, portfolio compliance testing, monitoring and assisting with forecasting. In addition, he had responsibility for identifying trading opportunities in line with the investment strategy of the Funds.

Mr. Maher received a BA in Economics and English from University College Dublin, and a Masters of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Jessica Mayer

Jessica Mayer

Principal

GSO — London

Jessica Mayer is a Principal and a member of CCS’s Investor Relations and Client Service team, focused on CCS’s European funds and accounts. Ms. Mayer also assists with the business development efforts for these products. Previously, Ms. Mayer provided portfolio management support for CCS’s closed-end and exchange traded funds, and prior to that was involved with the structuring, monitoring and marketing of new funds and existing U.S. CLO transactions.

Prior to joining GSO in 2007, Ms. Mayer worked at Morgan Stanley, where she was responsible for the warehousing of collateralized debt and loan obligations. Ms. Mayer was also a relationship manager, working with both internal and external clients to build and improve relationships.

Ms. Mayer received a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University, double majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in International Business.

Gordon McKemie

Gordon McKemie

Principal

GSO — New York

Gordon McKemie is a Principal and a portfolio manager of CCS’s closed-end and exchange-traded funds. He is also a U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments. He sits on CCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GSO in 2012, Mr. McKemie was an Associate in Leveraged Finance at Citigroup and an Assistant Vice President in high yield research at Barclays Capital. He began his career at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. McKemie received a BBA with a concentration in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Joseph McKnight

Joseph McKnight

Principal

GSO — New York

Joseph McKnight is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners focusing on mezzanine lending and private equity investments in the energy and power sectors.

Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. McKnight served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on private equity and proprietary direct investments in power generation and renewable energy within the firm’s J. Aron commodity division. He previously worked as an Associate in the Natural Resources private equity vertical at Apollo Management.

Mr. McKnight received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with academic honors.

Atsushi Miura

Atsushi Miura

Principal

Real Estate — Tokyo

Atsushi Miura is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Tokyo. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Miura was a director at Fortress Investment Group, responsible for acquisitions and asset management of real estate investments throughout Japan. Mr. Miura started his career in the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch with a focus on real estate capital market transactions. Mr. Miura received a BA in law from University of Tokyo.

Jameson Mones

Jameson Mones

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Jameson L. Mones is a Principal in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business. Mr. Mones is involved with originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Mones sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. He is currently an advisory board member of several U.S. and European buyout funds.

Mr. Mones received a BS in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Mones serves on the Board of Directors of The Friends of Governors Island.

Alastair Nash

Alastair Nash

Principal

Real Estate — Sydney

Alastair Nash is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Sydney.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Nash worked as a Senior Analyst in the Strategy and M&A team at the Mirvac Group, an Australian publicly-listed REIT, executing and analyzing real estate investments throughout Australia.

Mr. Nash received a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Chartered Accountant.

Ferdinand Niederhofer

Ferdinand Niederhofer

Principal

GSO — New York

Ferdinand Niederhofer is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners based in the New York office. Since joining GSO in 2013, Mr. Niederhofer has been involved in analyzing debt, mezzanine, distressed, and private equity investments across a variety of industries. Before joining GSO, Mr. Niederhofer worked as an Associate in Blackstone’s Restructuring Group and as an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in London. Mr. Niederhofer received a Business Administration degree from The University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France.

Shannon O'Grady

Shannon O'Grady

Principal

GSO — New York

Shannon O’Grady is a Principal and a member of GSO’s Investor Relations / Business Development team. Ms. O’Grady is involved with marketing, business development and investor relations efforts for GSO’s long only loan, high yield and CLO business referred to as Customized Credit Strategies (“CCS”).

Ms. O’Grady started her career at Blackstone in 2007 working with the Blackstone Distressed Debt Securities Fund. She joined GSO in 2008 at the time of Blackstone’s acquisition of GSO. At GSO, Ms. O’Grady previously worked within the Trading and Middle Office Group and spent several years in the CCS Investor Relations / Market Strategy team.

Ms. O'Grady has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Washington.

Josh Pang

Josh Pang

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Joshua Pang is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. Before rejoining Blackstone, Mr. Pang was a Principal at BC Partners in New York, where he was responsible for the execution of private equity buyouts. Prior to BC Partners, Mr. Pang worked at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and at Blackstone. Mr. Pang received a BS in Finance and Financial Accounting from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Jay Parekh

Jay Parekh

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Jay Parekh is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh has focused on performance analytics for all private equity funds, marketing and investor relations finance, financial reporting and forecasting. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh was a Director at Palladium Equity Partners, a mid-size New York based private equity firm. At Palladium, Mr. Parekh was primarily responsible for working with portfolio company CFOs on financial reporting, cash management and operational issues as well as performing accounting and other diligence on potential new investments. Prior to that, Mr. Parekh was a member of Motorola's Corporate Audit Staff assessing worldwide and cross sector business risks. Mr. Parekh began his career at Ernst & Young LLP serving as a Senior Associate in the audit practice as well as completing an internship in the firm's mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Parekh received a B.S., cum laude, in Accounting and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he was also a Dean's Scholar and Trustee Scholar. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Manali Parekh

Manali Parekh

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — Singapore

Manali Parekh is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in Singapore.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mrs. Parekh worked at J.P. Morgan in the Alternative Investments Group in Singapore, most recently as an Executive Director where she was responsible for the Southeast Asia and Australia business. Before moving to Asia, Mrs. Parekh managed relationships and investment portfolios of some of the world’s elite law firms and their principals as part of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Law Firm Group in New York City.

Mrs. Parekh received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Kush Patel

Kush Patel

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Kush Patel is a Principal in the Private Equity group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Patel has focused on investments in the power generation and transmission sector and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Fisterra, Global Offshore Wind, Lightstone, Lonestar, Sithe and Transmission Developers, Inc. Mr. Patel serves as a Director of Fisterra, Lightstone and Lonestar.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Patel served as a Senior Analyst at Kingsland Capital Management. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst at Piper Jaffray Companies and as a Transactional Services Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Patel received a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated a Palmer Scholar.

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Christine Patterson is a Principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York. Ms. Patterson’s responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Patterson was a Senior Vice President at Trimont Real Estate Advisors, a commercial real estate services provider, where her responsibilities included asset management of a multi-client portfolio, business development, marketing and management of Trimont’s New York office. Prior to joining Trimont, Ms. Patterson held positions at Speer & Associates where she worked on finance assignments in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in NationsBank’s (Bank of America) commercial construction group. Ms. Patterson received a BS in Finance and Real Estate from The University of South Carolina.

Austin Pena

Austin Pena

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Austin Peña is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group. Mr. Peña is involved in sourcing, underwriting and structuring commercial real estate debt investments across all asset types.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Peña worked at Barclays in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group, where he was involved in advising REITs and other real estate companies on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Peña worked in a similar capacity at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Peña graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Angelina Perkovic

Angelina Perkovic

Principal

GSO — New York

Angelina Perkovic is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Ms. Perkovic has been involved with loan administration, par/distressed trade settlements, compliance testing, reporting and monitoring for CLOs as well as several leveraged facilities under two BDC structures. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Ms. Perkovic worked at Royal Bank of Canada as an Assistant to the Portfolio Managers and Credit Analysts. She also assisted the Operations team with loan administration and cash flow reconciliation. Prior to that, Ms Perkovic worked at Indosuez Capital, a division of Credit Agricole Indosuez, as an Administrative Assistant to the Asset Management group. Ms. Perkovic received a BBA in Finance and Investments from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.

Kiril Petrov

Kiril Petrov

Principal

Real Estate — London

Kiril Petrov is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Petrov has been involved in Blackstone's real estate asset management activities, with a particular focus on logistics investments across Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Petrov was a Senior Vice President at Cerberus, where he played a key role in the management of both REO and NPL portfolios in the UK, Germany, Italy and the Nordic countries.

Prior to that, Mr. Petrov was involved in analysing investment opportunities across all property types on behalf of Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity group.

Mr. Petrov graduated from Imperial College London, where he received a MEng in Mechanical Engineering.

Andrea Pitotti

Andrea Pitotti

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Andrea Pitotti is a Principal and European credit research analyst involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Mr. Pitotti joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Pitotti worked at Harbourmaster where he was responsible for several LBO transactions as well as led negotiations with lending groups, sponsors and banks on material waiver / amendments to credit agreements. Prior to joining Harbourmaster in 2007, Mr. Pitotti worked as a fund accountant at Fidelity Investment, where he was in charge of monitoring trading activities on the $10bn Fidelity Institutional Fund, as well as executing analytical review of each client’s portfolio. Prior to moving to Fidelity, Mr. Pitotti worked at JP Morgan in Italy where he collaborated with MDs to build and maintain relationships with Italian government agencies. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Pitotti worked as credit analyst in Banca Popolare di Milano, where he was responsible for first stage credit risk assessment.

Mr. Pitotti received a Business Administration with full marks and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Roma Tre.

Octavian Popescu

Octavian Popescu

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Octavian Popescu is a Principal in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group in London. Mr. Popescu has been involved in the group’s execution of investments in Hafnia Tankers, Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT, Rothesay Life and GEMS Education. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Popescu was a senior Associate with Centre Lane Partners, a New York based private equity fund, where he focused on executing special situation private equity and distressed debt investments. Prior to that, Mr. Popescu was an Associate with Bank of America in New York. Mr. Popescu received a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Popescu currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hafnia Tankers and GEMS Education.

John Prete

John Prete

Principal

Real Estate — New York

John Prete is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Mr. Prete is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s US real estate investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Prete was a Portfolio Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where he focused on acquiring and managing real estate investments in the US. Prior to joining ADIA, Mr. Prete was involved in originating real estate investments at Pacific Coast Capital Partners, a private real estate fund manager, and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Prete began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Prete received a BS in Accounting, cum laude, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.

Ravi Purohit

Ravi Purohit

Principal

Infrastructure — New York

Ravi Purohit is a Principal in the Infrastructure Group. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Purohit spent over 9 years at Alinda Capital Partners, an infrastructure focused private investment firm, most recently as a Managing Director. While at Alinda, Mr. Purohit evaluated and executed investments, dispositions and related transactions involving assets and companies in the transportation, telecommunications, wastewater and energy sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Purohit worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as an Associate, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Purohit received a BA in Political Science from Emory University, where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Mr. Purohit also received a JD from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Purohit currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Columbia Law School and the Board of Directors of South Asian Youth Action, a non-profit youth development organization in New York City.

Madeleine Russo

Madeleine Russo

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Madeleine Russo is a Principal in the Real Estate Legal & Compliance group and is based in New York. Ms. Russo handles legal and compliance matters, focusing on Blackstone Property Partners.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Russo was a Senior Associate in the Private Investment Funds group at Ropes & Gray LLP where she focused her practice on the formation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, fund of funds, secondary funds and hedge funds. She also worked with institutional and other investors in connection with their private fund related investments on a primary, secondary and co-investment basis.

Ms. Russo received a BA in English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with honors, and a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

Principal

GSO — London

Mark Rutledge is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, based in London. Since joining GSO Capital in 2010, Mr. Rutledge has been involved with analyzing debt, mezzanine, distressed and private equity investments across a variety of industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Rutledge worked as an analyst at Credit Suisse's London Office in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Leverage Finance Origination & Restructuring teams between 2008 and 2010. Mr. Rutledge received an Honors Business Administration degree with Distinction and Deans Honors from The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

Nicholas Schiloff

Nicholas Schiloff

Principal

Real Estate — London

Nicholas Schiloff is a Principal in the Real Estate Group in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Schiloff has been involved in analyzing real estate investment opportunities across various property types in Europe.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Schiloff was an Associate at Mount Kellett Capital Management in New York and London, where he focused on real estate equity, debt, and special situation investment opportunities. Prior to that he worked on the acquisitions and development team at Hines.

Mr. Schiloff received a BE in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union, an MSRED from Columbia University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sloane Schuster

Sloane Schuster

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Sloane Schuster is a Principal in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2016, Ms. Schuster worked at Apollo Global Management, where she was a Principal and product specialist, coordinating investor relations and marketing activities for the firm’s real estate business. Before joining Apollo, Ms. Schuster was a Principal and the Director of Investor Relations at Siguler Guff & Company, where she managed a team of investor relations professionals and coordinated marketing efforts for the firm’s credit, private equity, and real estate funds. Ms. Schuster began her career at Lehman Brothers where she worked in Fixed Income Sales covering institutional clients.

Ms. Schuster received a BA in Economics from Union College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Darius Sepassi

Darius Sepassi

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Darius Sepassi is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group based in New York, where he is focused on investment activity in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sepassi was a Senior Vice President at Oaktree Capital where he evaluated and executed investment opportunities primarily in the power generation and midstream energy sectors. Prior to Oaktree, Mr. Sepassi was a Vice President at Highstar Capital. Mr. Sepassi has also held positions as an Associate at First Reserve Corporation, focusing on leveraged equity investments in the global energy sector, and as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance and Sponsor Coverage group at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

Mr. Sepassi received a BS, with distinction, in Accounting and an MS in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as a director of GridLiance and Onyx Renewables.

Paolo Servado

Paolo Servado

Principal

Real Estate — London

Paolo Servado is a Principal in the Real Estate Group in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Servado has been involved in analyzing real estate investment opportunities across various property types in both Europe and the United States. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Servado was an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he focused on equity and debt investment opportunities on behalf of their real estate private equity group. Mr. Servado received a BS in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Avi Sharon

Avi Sharon

Principal

External Relations — New York

Avi Sharon is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group and is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sharon was a Managing Director at AllianceBernstein, where he was head of product management for Asset Allocation and Head of Marketing for the firm’s Private Client business, Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also served as interim head of Investor Relations for AllianceBernstein through April of 2011. His was involved with leading product development, management and distribution for all multi-asset class services across the institutional, retail and private client channels. He also developed and led a comprehensive marketing communications effort for the Private Client business. Prior to that, Mr. Sharon was head of marketing communications and strategic planning at HSBC Investments and before that was Vice President in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Credit Suisse Asset Management, working in alternative investment strategies. Mr. Sharon received a B.A. in English and Classics from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in Classics. He has earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

Edward Simmons

Edward Simmons

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — London

Edward Simmons is a Principal in the Private Wealth Solutions Group and based in London. He handles the firm’s relationships with international family offices and private investors on a variety of levels. In his capacity, Mr. Simmons works across the firm’s business units to provide solutions for large of pools of Family Capital and generates potential investment opportunities in partnership with family offices, privately-owned companies, conglomerates and related entities.

Before joining the London office, Mr. Simmons was based in New York where he helped launch Blackstone’s Private Wealth Management Group. Mr. Simmons joined Blackstone in 2008 as a Research Analyst within the firm's Private Equity Group, where he sourced and evaluated late-stage venture and growth-equity investments.

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Simmons spent several years at AllianceBernstein where he advised family offices, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, foundations and endowments on investment strategies and portfolio construction. Mr. Simmons received his B.A. from Hobart College.

Will Sirignano

Will Sirignano

Principal

GSO — New York

William Sirignano is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Sirignano focuses on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments in the public high-yield and leveraged loan markets across a diverse range of industries for the business development companies sub-advised by GSO. Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Mr. Sirignano worked at Karsch Capital Management as a Senior Research Analyst in the fund’s high-yield and distressed credit group from 2010 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Sirignano was a Credit Research Analyst for Satellite Asset Management. Mr. Sirignano began his career at Lehman Brothers in their Leveraged Finance Division. Mr. Sirignano received a B.A. in Economics and Legal Studies from Williams College.

Robert Sitman

Robert Sitman

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Robert Sitman is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and is based in New York. Mr. Sitman is responsible for the legal aspects of originating, structuring and executing real estate debt investments. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sitman was an associate in the Real Estate group of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he worked from 2008 to 2014. At Fried Frank, Mr. Sitman represented owners, developers, private equity real estate funds, investment banks and institutional investors in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of sophisticated real estate financings, acquisitions, dispositions and development transactions. Mr. Sitman received a B.A. in Political Science from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated cum laude.

J.T. Sizemore

J.T. Sizemore

Principal

Real Estate — Los Angeles

J.T. Sizemore is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Mr. Sizemore is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Sizemore worked in real estate private equity acquisitions roles with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing in San Francisco and DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in Los Angeles. Mr. Sizemore also worked as a developer with The Kor Group and as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company.

Mr. Sizemore graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and received an M.B.A. from Wharton, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

Louise Somers

Louise Somers

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Louise Somers is a Principal, Deputy Head of European Credit Research, and European credit research analyst involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments. She also sits on CCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee.

Ms. Somers joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Somers worked as a credit analyst at Harbourmaster Capital Management for over six years. In addition to ongoing credit analysis, Ms. Somers was actively involved in a number of restructurings. Prior to working at Harbourmaster, Ms. Somers worked in audit at Ernst & Young having trained as a Chartered Accountant.

Ms. Somers received a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.

Eric Staley

Eric Staley

Principal

Real Estate — Brazil

Eric Staley is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Mr. Staley's primary responsibilities include evaluating real estate investments across a broad range of property types.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Staley worked at J.P. Morgan, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking group and was involved in a variety of debt, equity and M&A transactions.

Mr. Staley received a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Michael Staub

Michael Staub

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Michael Staub is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Staub has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in AlliedBarton, GCA Services, Vivint and Lendmark. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lendmark.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Staub was an associate at Fortress Investment Group, where he evaluated and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Mr. Staub received a BS in Business Administration from Ithaca College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors.

Herbert Suen

Herbert Suen

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — Hong Kong

Herbert Suen is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, and is based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Suen worked at Barclays Wealth Asia as Head of Managed Products, overseeing distributions of Managed Products ranging from Mutual Funds, Alternative Investments to ETFs in Asia. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Suen worked at Credit Suisse where he focused on building out Fund-based advisory portfolio solutions for private wealth clients. Before that he has also worked at Societe Generale, Franklin Templeton and Mitsubishi Corporation in various capacities including financial engineering and business development.

Mr. Suen has received a Master of Science in Mathematics for Finance & Actuarial Science jointly from Paris Dauphine University and City University of Hong Kong. He graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. He is a CFA charter holder and a certified FRM. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Japanese and Mandarin.

Anushka Sunder

Anushka Sunder

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Anushka Sunder is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, where she focuses primarily on the healthcare and technology sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Sunder has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in JDA Software, NCR, Optiv, Outerstuff, and TeamHealth. She serves on the Board of Directors of JDA Software and Optiv.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sunder was an associate at TPG Capital, where she evaluated and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that, she worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group.

Ms. Sunder received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Vikram Suresh

Vikram Suresh

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Vikram Suresh is a Principal in the Private Equity Group, and is based in New York. He evaluates investment opportunities across the Business Services, Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) and Transportation/Logistics industries. He has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Alight Solutions and Cloverleaf Cold Storage, and serves on the Board of Directors of both companies. Previously, Mr. Suresh worked within Blackstone Advisory Partners.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Suresh worked at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on M&A transactions within the TMT industry.

Mr. Suresh received a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of Mensa International, and served on the Board of Directors of Greater New York Mensa. He is a member of the New York Committee for Human Rights Watch, and a member of The Young Lions group of the New York Public Library.

William Tugurian

William Tugurian

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — Los Angeles

William Tugurian is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Southern California region, which also includes Arizona, Utah and Southern Nevada. Prior to joining Blackstone in July, 2014, Mr. Tugurian was a Managing Director at Arcus Capital Partners, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He was responsible for business development and client service for Arcus in the Western United States. In addition, Mr. Tugurian served as Head of Arcus’ West Coast office. Previously, Mr. Tugurian was an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management business. He spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley, including 12 years as a Private Wealth Advisor in the firm’s Private Wealth Management group and was based in New York. In addition, Mr. Tugurian spent four years in various management roles throughout Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Mr. Tugurian holds a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a BA from the University of Alabama.

Marisa Virseda

Marisa Virseda

Principal

GSO — London

Maria Luisa Virseda is a Principal and European credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments. Ms. Virseda is involved with the analysis of U.S. and European CLOs, including performing diligence on CLO managers, as well as analyzing underlying loan portfolios and CLO structures.

Prior to joining GSO in 2008, Ms. Virseda worked at Washington Square Investment Management, a specialist structured credit investment manager in London where she was part of the team managing Carador Income Fund PLC, a diversified CLO vehicle listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to that Ms. Virseda worked for 10 years in Caja de ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Segovia, where she was part of the financial department team. Prior to that Ms. Virseda worked at Hispamer - Banco Santander in the Consumer Finance Division.

Ms. Virseda received a BS in Business and Economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and a Master in Banking and Finance from Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas- Analistas Financieros Internacionales. Ms. Virseda is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute of Spain.

Francesco Vitulano

Francesco Vitulano

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Francesco Vitulano is a Principal in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe, the CDO manager within the GSO Capital Partners Group. He is based in Dublin and is involved in all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of loan and bond investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Vitulano worked as a Credit Analyst within the Investment Team at Harbourmaster Capital Management for 5 years where his primary responsibilities included analyzing investment opportunities.

Mr. Vitulano received a BSc in Financial Market Management from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) in 2005.

Oscar von Reis

Oscar von Reis

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Oscar von Reis is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Mr. von Reis has been involved in the execution of the firm's investments in Rothesay Life, GEMS Education, Hafnia Tankers, Eletson Gas, Pluto Finance, residential real estate in the Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic, as well as commercial real estate in UK, Germany and France. Before joining Tactical Opportunities in 2012, Mr. von Reis was an Analyst at the Blackstone Advisory Partners in London, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and financial restructuring transactions in various industries.

Mr. von Reis received a MS in Business Administration, with a Major in Financial Accounting and Analysis from the Stockholm School of Economics. During his studies Mr. von Reis completed an MBA exchange program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Wrafter

John Wrafter

Principal

GSO — Dublin

John Wrafter is a Principal and a portfolio manager for CCS’s European commingled funds and European separately managed accounts. Mr. Wrafter is also responsible for CCS’s European secondary trading activity and sits on CCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee and Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee.

Mr. Wrafter joined GSO at the time of GSO’s acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Wrafter was a Senior Analyst in the Portfolio Management Group at Harbourmaster Capital Management where his main responsibility was to support the Portfolio Managers for the various Funds under management at Harbourmaster Capital. Mr. Wrafter was also involved in Investor Relations, Client Due Diligence, Capital Formation and Fund Marketing. Prior to joining Harbourmaster Capital, Mr. Wrafter worked at Bank of New York Mellon/JP Morgan Global Corporate Trust where he was responsible for various CDO Transactions. Mr. Wrafter has also spent five years working in New York, primarily trading the US Treasury and Foreign Exchange Markets.

Mr. Wrafter received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters of Business Studies Degree in Finance from University College Dublin.

Charles Wu

Charles Wu

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Charles Wu is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for ­­asset management in China. Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Wu was a Director at The Carlyle Group in Shanghai where he oversaw the asset management in China. Prior to that, Mr. Wu was a Vice President at Asia Pacific Land where he was involved in acquisitions, asset management and dispositions in Greater China. Mr. Wu received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Erin Yam

Erin Yam

Principal

Private Wealth Solutions — Hong Kong

Erin Yam is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Yam was part of the China Sales team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management where she focused on developing sales strategies for onshore Chinese intermediaries. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Yam was involved in the equity derivatives business at Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. She started her career as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.

Ms. Yam received a Masters of Science in Financial Math from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Mathematics in Actuarial Science and Statistics from University of Waterloo. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.

James Yang

James Yang

Principal

Private Equity — Hong Kong

James Yang is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Yang was most recently a Vice President at the Carlyle Group, focusing on buyout opportunities across Greater China and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Carlyle Group, Mr. Yang worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong.

Mr. Yang received a BA in Economics from Princeton University, graduating with Honors and double Certificates in Finance and Political Economy.

David Yoon

David Yoon

Principal

GSO — New York

David Yoon is a Principal and U.S. credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GSO in 2007, Mr. Yoon worked at FriedbergMilstein, LLC, since 2004 where he had similar responsibilities as well as origination, structuring and execution of the firm’s fixed income investments. Prior to that, Mr. Yoon worked at Legacy Partners Group, LLC, a middle market M&A advisory firm, and in the Leveraged Finance Group at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was actively involved in the origination, structuring and execution of leveraged transactions. Mr. Yoon began his career as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Smith Barney Inc.

Mr. Yoon received a BA in History from Trinity College and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Frank Yu

Frank Yu

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Frank Yu is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. Mr. Yu has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Ai Media Group, B2R Finance, Cylance, DRB Capital, Eletson Gas, Finance of America, Hidrovias, Lombard International, Philadelphia Financial Group, Resolution Life, Trilliant Food & Nutrition and UFG Global as well as a number of add-on acquisitions for portfolio companies. He serves on the boards of Ai Media Group, B2R Finance, DRB Capital, Lombard International and Trilliant Food & Nutrition.

Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities in 2012, Mr. Yu worked at Oaktree Capital Management in its Mezzanine Finance Group. Prior to that, he worked at Moelis & Company in the Restructuring and Recapitalization Group as well as Rothschild in the Restructuring Group.

Mr. Yu graduated cum laude from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a BS in Business, where he majored in Finance and Marketing.

David Zackowitz

David Zackowitz

Principal

Real Estate — New York

David Zackowitz is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Zackowitz was a Senior Vice President at C-III Capital Partners where he worked in the Principal Investments Group acquiring commercial real estate assets and non-performing loans. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Zackowitz was a Senior Vice President with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate responsible for restructuring and asset managing a portfolio of the estate’s real estate investments. Mr. Zackowitz began his career as a member of Lehman’s Global Real Estate Group in 2001 where he spent seven years underwriting, structuring and acquiring real estate investments throughout the United States. Mr. Zackowitz received a BS in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Senior Vice President

External Relations — New York

Matt Anderson is a Senior Vice President in the Global Public Affairs group. He serves as a media spokesperson for the firm and advises on communications issues.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Anderson worked in various capacities in U.S. federal and state government over the last decade. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent for Public Affairs at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), where he oversaw communications for NYDFS and was a senior advisor to Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky. Prior to that, he served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, the last three governors of New York, and the New York State Division of the Budget.

Mr. Anderson received his AB with honors from Harvard University.

Frank Barbara

Frank Barbara

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Frank Barbara is a Senior Vice President in the Treasury Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Barbara has served as the Special Projects Manager for Treasury and has been involved in the Treasury reengineering project including the selection and implementation of the Wall Street Suite Treasury Management System. Mr. Barbara is currently involved in the international expansion of the firm's Treasury function. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Barbara worked at Bank of New York Mellon in the Hedge Fund Administration area where he most recently served as a Director of Service Delivery Operations, responsible for all aspects of financial control and reengineering of operational processes. Mr. Barbara also previously served as the Vice President of iCapital Markets, the execution arm for Datek Online Holding Corporation, and had other previous finance and operations roles with UBS, Prudential, Citibank and TDwaterhouse. Mr. Barbara received BA in Economics from Rutgers University and has previously achieved Series 7, 24, 55, 63, and 65 certifications.

Allan Barja

Allan Barja

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Allan Barja is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners in the Information Technology group. Since joining GSO in 2007, Mr. Barja has been involved in application development, IT support, and management of applications used by the treasury, operations, and portfolio management groups. Mr. Barja handles the portfolio compliance testing and reporting automation for collateralized loan obligations, separately-managed accounts, and closed-end funds. Before joining GSO, Mr. Barja was an Assistant Vice President in the Information Technology group at Credit Suisse, handling various development projects for the Product Control group. Mr. Barja received a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Marni Blivice

Marni Blivice

Senior Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Marni Blivice is a Senior Vice President of HR Technology in the Human Resources Group and based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Blivice has supported the implementation and administration of HR systems.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Blivice was the Senior HRIS Project Manager at Och-Ziff Capital Management.

Ms. Blivice received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Cindy Bombara

Cindy Bombara

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Cindy Bombara is a Senior Vice President of Benefits in the Human Resources Group, based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Bombara has been involved with the domestic and international health, welfare and retirement benefits for the firm. She also oversees international and domestic relocations, expatriate assignments and immigration matters. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Bombara was a Director of Employee Benefits at Verint Systems, where she was involved with managing cost savings, implementing new health plans and provided training support and leadership to the HR of Operations and HR Generalist. Prior to Verint, she was a Vice President of Benefits Plan Design and Compliance at TD Waterhouse Group. Ms. Bombara received a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from New York Institute of Technology College.

Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

Senior Vice President

Private Equity — New York

Robert Brooks is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities groups. He currently leads the Valuation teams and oversees Financial Planning and Analysis for both Private Equity and Tac Opps including ad hoc analyses in support of the businesses. Previously, Mr. Brooks worked in the Business Development group focused on strategic mergers and acquisitions, new business initiatives, and special projects in support of Blackstone’s business units. His involvement in various strategic planning projects and new business initiatives has included the firm's initial public offering, senior notes issuances, the spin-off of PJT Partners, the launch of PWM and BXCM, as well as the GSO, Pátria, Capital Trust, and Strategic Partners transactions.

Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Brooks worked as an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on the alternative asset management sector.

Mr. Brooks graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Finance, a BS in Accountancy, and a Master’s degree in Finance.

Lacxon Chan

Lacxon Chan

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Lacxon Chan is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Chan has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's private equity funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Chan was a Vice President of Finance and Administration in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co., involved in the fund management, administration and financial reporting functions of its real estate private equity funds. Prior to that Mr. Chan was a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen in the Audit and Advisory group. Mr. Chan received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers College. Mr. Chan is a Certified Public Accountant.

Paula Chirhart

Paula Chirhart

Senior Vice President

External Relations — New York

Paula Chirhart is a Senior Vice President in the Global Public Affairs Group. She serves as a firm spokesperson in Blackstone's dealings with the press.

Ms. Chirhart joined Blackstone in 2015 from global financial services provider Macquarie Group where she served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications in the Americas. During her eight-year tenure at Macquarie, she served as the primary spokesperson for a number of the firm’s businesses, including the external communications initiatives for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). Prior to joining Macquarie, she was a Vice President at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading NY-based financial communications firm, where she worked on communications efforts relating to transactions, crisis management and corporate reputation-building. She started her career as a Research Associate for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Ms. Chirhart received a BA from The University of Virginia

Tim Choi

Tim Choi

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Tim Choi is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Choi has been involved with managing the firm's tax compliance and reporting functions. His ongoing responsibilities include overseeing various tax databases and developing new tax applications. Before joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Choi worked in public accounting for fives years on all aspects of tax matters. Mr. Choi received a BS in Accounting and MS in Taxation from State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Concannon

Michael Concannon

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Michael Concannon is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Concannon has been involved with global expense reporting and planning and has managed the accounting and reporting for our Registered Investment Advisors. He was also involved in the firm’s initial public offering. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Concannon worked at Deutsche Bank for 9 years, most recently as a Director in the Controlling department overseeing the regulatory reporting for their broker/dealer. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at Bear Stearns also with broker/dealer reporting responsibilities. Mr. Concannon received a BS in Accounting from Georgetown University and is a licensed Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27).

Kaori Curran

Kaori Curran

Senior Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Kaori Curran is a Senior Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department and is involved in Blackstone's firm wide conflicts clearance and Restricted List process.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Curran was a Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department at Barclays Plc. in London and New York. Before joining Barclays in 2008, she was in the Legal & Compliance Department at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo and London for close to 10 years.

Ms. Curran received a BA in Law from Waseda University.

Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Michael Davis is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Davis worked at Merrill Lynch for almost 20 years where he held various senior roles across the Finance organization. His positions included: Legal Controller for the Global Wealth Management Finance division; Head of Corporate Reporting which included SEC reporting, Controller for the primary Broker Dealer, Controller for the Parent Holding Company and various other entities within the organization; Manager in Internal Audit; and Business Unit Controller for FX trading as well as Futures and Options trading within the Capital Markets Finance division. Prior to Joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Davis worked at Kidder Peabody & Co and Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Davis received a BS in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.

Walter P. Dinsmore

Walter P. Dinsmore

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Walter P. Dinsmore is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Dinsmore has been involved in overseeing the accounting, tax, and financial reporting for the Affiliated Investors Investment Accounting & Reporting Group (AIIAR) Real Estate segment. Additionally, Mr. Dinsmore is involved in the Sarbanes-Oxley Internal Control Reporting Requirements for the AIIAR group. Before joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Dinsmore worked at Swiss Bank Corporation as a Senior Accountant where he planed and supervised the monthly closings of the broker dealer business. Prior to that, he worked for various Manufacturing and Financial Service organizations where he was involved in all aspects of Accounting and Financial Reporting. Mr. Dinsmore received a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Accounting & Finance from Pace University.

Christopher Duff

Christopher Duff

Senior Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Christopher Duff is a Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Duff has been involved with the management of the investment economics related to the general partner and side-by-side in the various Blackstone funds. His responsibilities include the preparation and invoicing of the general partner and side-by-side investments made by the firm's funds, the distribution of proceeds received from these components of the funds, the preparation of annual side-by-side elections projecting anticipated funding requirements for all participating Blackstone investors, the placement of financing including loan repayment and analysis of financing costs and the importing and management of all pertinent data into our accounting software for easy tracking and reporting. Mr. Duff received a BS in Finance from Villanova University.

Julie Flynn

Julie Flynn

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Julie Flynn is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Ms. Flynn's primary responsibilities include the accounting and financial reporting of the BPP strategy.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Flynn worked at J.P. Morgan, where she was an Executive Director in the Global Real Assets Group as a Fund, Separate Account and Sector Controller during her 13 year tenure. Prior to that, she was an auditor at Arthur Andersen in its Technology, Media & Communications Division providing assurance services to a wide range of clients.

Ms. Flynn received a BS in Accounting from The State University at Albany, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman

Senior Vice President

External Relations — New York

Jennifer Friedman is a Senior Vice President in the Global Public Affairs group. She serves as a media spokesperson for the firm and advises on communications issues.

Ms. Friedman has more than 15 years of experience across corporate, political, government and consulting work. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Friedman served as Senior Director for Corporate Reputation at General Electric, part of the communications leadership team working across GE businesses and regions. Before joining GE, Ms. Friedman held a variety of positions in the Obama Administration, including White House Deputy Press Secretary, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor for the National Economic Council, and senior communications roles at the Departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Homeland Security. Previously, Ms. Friedman was Vice President and Director of Communications for Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she oversaw communications activities for the firm, its clients, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She also managed campaign and media strategy for state and local legislative battles at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Violence Policy Center.

Ms. Friedman received her BA in political science, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University.

Stanley Go

Stanley Go

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Stanley Go is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Go has been involved with the firm's tax compliance and reporting functions. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Go was a Senior Tax Analyst for The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a privately-held multinational investment company. Prior to this, Mr. Go was a Senior Tax Accountant at KPMG. Mr. Go received a BS in Accounting from New York University and a Certificate in Taxation from Fordham University.

Anna Guerin

Anna Guerin

Senior Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Anna Guerin is a Senior Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department focusing on compliance matters for Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions, Treasury Solutions and Strategic Partners businesses.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Guerin was the Compliance Officer for New Mountain Capital’s private equity funds. From 2004 to 2013, Ms. Guerin worked at Advent International Corporation in Boston, where she held a number of different Compliance roles. Ms. Guerin began her career working in Compliance at Sovereign Bank.

Ms. Guerin received a BA in Psychology from Hamilton College and an MBA from Boston University.

Damien Hart

Damien Hart

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Damien Hart is a Senior Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Hart has been involved in the Finance Re-engineering team, working on systems implementations, notably Investran, and workflow improvements across the firm's Finance departments. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Hart worked at Merrill Lynch for 8 years as a Vice President in Support Finance, Corporate Planning, and Finance Re-engineering.

Christine Japlit

Christine Japlit

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Christine Japlit is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Asset Management Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Ms. Japlit has worked in the Private Equity group as well as in the Real Estate Asset management group. She has been involved in the asset management of various real estate investments, primarily in the hospitality and retail sectors. In addition to direct asset management responsibilities, she has been involved in launching global initiatives and overseeing the US valuations analytics. Ms. Japlit received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University. Ms. Japlit is a Certified Public Accountant.

Stella Shui Yan Jia

Stella Shui Yan Jia

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Stella Shui-Yan Jia is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, she has been involved in the firm's tax compliance and reporting. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Jia was a Vice President in the Tax Department responsible for merchant banking reporting at Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to that, she was a Manager in the International Tax group at Deloitte and a Senior Tax at Ernst & Young. Ms. Jia received an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, an M.S. in Taxation from the University of Tulsa, and a B.S. in Accounting from Oral Roberts University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Himanshu Kalra

Himanshu Kalra

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Himanshu Kalra is a Senior Vice President in the Human Resources group and focused on talent development at Blackstone. In this role, he partners with Blackstone businesses and corporate groups to conceptualize and deliver programs that accelerate the leadership capability and professional development of Blackstone professionals at all levels.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Himanshu led Talent & Organizational Development at PIMCO, where he partnered closely with PIMCO’s leaders across all businesses and regions on a talent management strategy to enable strategic and operational priorities. Previously, Himanshu worked in human resources management roles at Citigroup and D.E. Shaw & Co., and he started his career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

Himanshu earned an Executive Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology with High Distinction from INSEAD, a Master’s in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, and an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Alex Lau

Alex Lau

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Alex Lau is a senior vice president at Blackstone and he oversees the Asian tax affairs for Blackstone’s Real Estate Group. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lau worked at KPMG Hong Kong as a tax director and was responsible for advising various funds and real estate clients in Asia. Mr. Lau received a Masters of Taxation Studies from University of Auckland and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Lau is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Erynne Lim

Erynne Lim

Senior Vice President

Legal & Compliance — Singapore

Erynne Lim is a Senior Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Group.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Lim worked as a Senior Associate in Allen & Overy LLP for ten years advising on M&A and corporate transactions.

Ms. Lim received a first class BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Trinity College, Oxford University. She graduated in law from the College of Law, London and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Steve Long

Steve Long

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Steve Long is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Long has focused on the financial reporting for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Funds and related investment entities.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Long was a Portfolio Controller at Paramount Group Inc. (PGI), a privately held real estate investment and management firm, where he was responsible for the financial reporting, performance reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and investor relations related to PGI’s private equity real estate funds which aggregated $11 billion in assets under management. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Long worked at Morgan Stanley as a Senior Manager in the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Group. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Long was a Manager in the Real Estate Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he provided audit and other assurance services to various public and private real estate companies.

Mr. Long received a BS in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Judy Marcus

Judy Marcus

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Judy Marcus is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Marcus has focused on investor relations reporting and various finance responsibilities for the Blackstone real estate funds. Before joining Blackstone, she was a Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. where she worked eight years. She oversaw the Investor Reporting Group for their real estate private equity funds, focusing on performance reporting and investor due diligence. Prior to that, she worked in the Audit Practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she specialized in the real estate and investment company industries. Ms. Marcus received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she graduated with honors. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sean Menon

Sean Menon

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Sean Menon is a Senior Vice President within Global Corporate Services. He provides operational and financial support to facilities, real estate, construction, office services, physical security, travel, corporate cards, research, physical records, publishing, and procurement for all offices globally. While at Blackstone, Mr. Menon has held roles within RIA Finance and Treasury and has worked on the implementation teams for several different systems associated with the firm’s expense management platform. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Menon worked at JP Morgan within the Private Equity Fund Services group. Prior to that he held similar roles at the Stryker Corporation, Instinet Group, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Mr. Menon received a BS in Accounting from Clemson University.

Anna Mignot

Anna Mignot

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — London

Anna Mignot is a Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Blackstone’s offices in Europe and the Middle East, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Mignot has been involved in a wide number of areas for the HR function, including recruiting, employment law matters and employee relations, and immigration.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Mignot worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a Senior Recruiter, and at Teach First as a Senior Graduate Recruitment Officer, overseeing the selection of graduate intake. Ms. Mignot received a B.A. in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Greg Petersen

Greg Petersen

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Greg Petersen is a Senior Vice President in the Human Resources group and responsible for senior lateral recruitment for BAAM, GSO and Private Wealth Management within the firm. He is based in New York.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Petersen worked at the Global Executive Search firm, CTPartners, both in London and New York within the Asset Management practice focusing on alternative asset management assignments. Previously he worked at the search firm, Armstrong International in London covering investment bank and hedge fund clients.

Mr. Petersen received a Masters’ in Economics from Edinburgh University in the U.K.

Isabelle Pradel

Isabelle Pradel

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Isabelle Pradel is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Pradel has been involved in operations involving GSO's CLO activities, including trade settlement to portfolio compliance, monitoring and reporting. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Pradel worked at Royal Bank of Canada as an Operations Analyst. Ms. Pradel received a "Brevet de Technicien Supérieur" (associate degree) from Lycée Mermoz, Montpellier, France.

Anthony Riccio

Anthony Riccio

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Anthony Riccio is Senior Vice President, Facilities and Construction Management, in the Global Corporate Services department. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Riccio has been involved in construction management and architectural design services including; conceptual estimating, new construction fit outs, area alterations, infrastructure upgrades, and logistics planning. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Riccio worked with Lehr Construction Corp. as a Project Executive where he performed construction management services with an annual volume in excess of $31,000,000. He also worked with Plaza Construction Corporation as Vice President / Director of Estimating; Senior Project Manager for NICO/MDI; and Project Coordinator / Landlord Representative for Cushman & Wakefield. Mr.Riccio received a BS in Construction from Arizona State University and an AAS in Civil Engineering from Westchester Community College.

John Schmidt

John Schmidt

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

John Schmidt is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006, Mr. Schmidt has been involved with bank debt trade settlement and support for the Hedge Fund department. He is also involved with portfolio evaluation and reporting for their leveraged finance vehicles. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Schmidt managed a trade settlement servicing desk in the business division of Fidelity National Financial. Before Fidelity's acquisition of ClearPar LLC, he worked on the development of the ClearPar settlement platform. In addition to trade settlement, he was responsible for a variety of customer relationships and technical support. Mr. Schmidt received a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Margaret Smith is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2005, Ms. Smith has been responsible for overseeing the Office Management function at GSO Capital. She had an integral role in the build-out at 280 Park Avenue and acted as a liaison with Architects, Engineers, Furniture, Communication, Real Estate, Benefits and Office Supply vendors. She is also responsible for the supervision of the Administrative Staff at GSO and oversees the reception and mailroom function at GSO. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Ms. Smith was an Assistant Vice President in the Fixed Income Division and Alternative Capital Division at Credit Suisse from 2000 to 2005. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Smith worked for the Head of the Fixed Income Division at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ) for 13 years.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Ryan Smith is a Senior Vice President in the Finance group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Smith has been involved in the development and implementation of global tax planning strategies for the firm and tax planning for the firm’s Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Infrastructure funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Smith worked as a Manager in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.

Mr. Smith received a LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Sternberg

Jeff Sternberg

Senior Vice President

Innovations — New York

Jeff Sternberg is a Senior Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations team. Mr. Sternberg leads Data Science Engineering and Data Visualization for the firm.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Sternberg was Director of Data Engineering at Ipreo, VP Technology at Observer Media, and CTO of an early-stage data analytics fin-tech startup. Previously, Mr. Sternberg was Chief Data Scientist at S&P Capital IQ, founding the company's first data science team in 2010, and was a core member of S&P Capital IQ's technology leadership team, focusing on data architecture and content curation.

Mr. Sternberg received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia.

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Bryan Sullivan is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Sullivan has been involved in the design, development, and support for all reporting and line of business applications utilized by management, operations, risk, legal, and accounting divisions. Before joining GSO, Mr. Sullivan was an Assistant Vice President in the Alternative Capital Division at Credit Suisse responsible for performing design and analysis on the Direct Hedge Fund Analytics Platform. Prior to that, he worked at Sungard VPM as an on site development project manager for the Sungard Alternative Investments division. Before working at Sungard, Mr. Sullivan worked for Reuters as senior developer responsible for performing design, analysis and development on many of Reuter's currency trading platforms. Mr. Sullivan received a Double Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Business Management/Finance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Eli Thomas

Eli Thomas

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Eli Thomas is a Senior Vice President and Head of Operations within Blackstone’s Human Resources Group, focusing on HR’s operating processes and employment law-related matters globally. Prior to undertaking this role, he served as Head of HR for Blackstone’s offices in EMEA from 2013-2015. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Eli has been involved in a wide number of projects for the HR function, including strategic acquisitions, organizational development, facilitation of Blackstone's 360 performance review process, employment law matters & employee relations, headcount & HRIS reporting, as well as aspects of recruiting, compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Eli was part of the compensation team for Citi Alternative Investments, focusing on cash compensation planning and administration of employee co-investment programs.

He holds a BS in Theatre from the University of Evansville.

Paul White

Paul White

Senior Vice President

Executive Offices — New York

Paul White is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. White has been involved in a variety of matters pertaining to individual financial planning, cash management, investments, philanthropy, taxation and accounting. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. White worked as a Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte and Touche and as a Tax Principal at Arthur Andersen LLP, focusing in the areas of individual tax consulting, planning and compliance. Mr. White received a BA in English from Tufts University. An MS from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an MBA from Baruch College

Brigitte Zaki

Brigitte Zaki

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Brigitte Le is a Senior Vice President, Head of Hospitality and Facilities Services for the Americas in the Global Corporate Services department. Based in New York, she oversees reception, dining and catering services, facilities, and office services for the locations in the Americas and works closely with our teams globally to ensure best practices.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Le worked at Apollo as the Director of Corporate Services and Head of Administrative Support where she managed various corporate services and administrative support functions. Prior to Apollo, she held similar roles at Rothschild and 3i Group.

Ms. Le has a BA from UCLA and an MA from Columbia University.

David Fox

David Fox

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

David R. Fox is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business. Mr. Fox is involved with originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Fox sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. He is currently an advisory board member of several U.S. and European buyout funds. Mr. Fox relocated to London to lead Strategic Partners’ European operations from January 2011 through April 2014. Mr. Fox attended Purdue University where he graduated with Distinction with a B.S. in Management in 2005 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 2007. He was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.

David Symons

David Symons

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

David Symons is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Symons focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Symons sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Symons spent nine years with Strategic Partners in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse.

Mr. Symons received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Mr. Symons is a member of the executive board of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.

Brandon Adams

Brandon Adams

Vice President

Harvest — Wayne

Brandon Adams is a Vice President with Harvest Fund Advisors, Blackstone’s Publicly Traded MLP and Yield-Oriented investment Platform. Since joining Harvest in 2010, Mr. Adams has served as a member of Harvest’s investment committee and has been involved in evaluating energy infrastructure investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Harvest, Mr. Adams served as a team leader in a reconnaissance unit in the United States Army.

Mr. Adams received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Addeo

Michael Addeo

Vice President

GSO — New York

Michael Addeo is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2011, Mr. Addeo has been involved in both debt and equity investments in the U.S. and Europe, with a specific focus on distressed and special situations investing. From May 2015 to May 2017, Mr. Addeo worked in GSO’s London office.

Before joining GSO Capital, he was a Vice President in equity research at Wolfe Trahan & Co. covering transportation companies, and specializing in the trucking, logistics, and rail sub-sectors. Prior to Wolfe Trahan, Mr. Addeo began his career with Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management division.

Mr. Addeo graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and a double major in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He is a CFA® Charterholder and serves on the board of directors of Warrior Met Coal, Inc.

Cornelia Andersson

Cornelia Andersson

Vice President

Global Corporate Services — London

Cornelia Andersson is a Vice President in the Global Corporate Services group of Blackstone, managing the firm’s Research team and overseeing Market Data Services across all business units, globally. Ms. Andersson is involved in providing business intelligence and information services to deal teams, asset management teams and senior management firm wide. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Andersson has also been involved in several bilateral projects, such as the redesign of internal client facing websites and applications.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Andersson worked for Thomson Financial as a project manager overseeing European private equity fund performance. Ms. Andersson received a MS degree in Political Science from Lund University, Sweden, where her dissertation was awarded the 2004 KEFU award and subsequently published. Ms. Andersson also studied Medieval History. Ms. Andersson is a member of AIIM, an industry association for information management.

Gil Badart

Gil Badart

Vice President

GSO — London

Gil Badart is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners, based in London. Since joining GSO Capital Partners in 2012, Mr. Badart has been involved in the origination and execution of debt, distressed and private equity investments across a variety of industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Badart worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley's London office in the Leveraged Finance team between 2010 and 2012. Mr. Badart graduated from Solvay Business School in Brussels with a summa cum laude MSci degree in Commercial Engineering. Mr. Badart speaks fluent French, Spanish and English and has an intermediate level of Dutch.