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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 A. Schwarzman

Stephen A. 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 $545 billion Assets Under Management (as of June 30, 2019). 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 and life sciences investing, as well as delivering the firm’s investment management expertise and products to insurance companies.

Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education, as well as culture and the arts, among other things. In both business and philanthropy, Mr. Schwarzman has dedicated himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. In October 2018, he announced a foundational $350 million gift to establish the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, an interdisciplinary hub which will reorient MIT to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the rise of artificial intelligence, including critical ethical and policy considerations to ensure that the technologies are employed for the common good. 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, and also gave a founding gift of $40 million to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to underprivileged children attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At over $575 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 is 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.

In 2019, Schwarzman published his first book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, a New York Times Best Seller which draws from his experiences in business, philanthropy and public service.


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 and in 2018 was ranked in the Top 50 on Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.” 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 was also awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners.

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.

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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. 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. 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. 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 Blackstone’s board of directors. He is also a member of Blackstone’s Management Committee and sits on the firm’s various 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, 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, and has served on a number of other corporate Boards. Mr. James is Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chairman of the Finance Committee 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, Advisory Board member of the Max S. Baucus Institute at the University of Montana, 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.

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, Refinitiv, 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 its Global Private Wealth Solutions business, and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions mission is to bring institutional quality products across a broad spectrum of alternative asset classes to high net worth clients and their advisors. Ms. Solotar also serves on the board of directors of First Eagle Investment Management. 

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was Head of Equity Research at Bank of America Securities and a highly ranked Institutional Investor All Star financial services  analyst at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. 

Ms. Solotar is Chair of the Board of Trustees of East Harlem Tutorial Program and East Harlem Scholars Academies. She wrote a Harvard Business Review article entitled, Truths for our Daughters,” and co-authored,  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 $154 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 Freres & 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 Invitation Homes and 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 is one of the largest real estate private equity investment managers in the world with $154 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is an industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Ms. McCarthy previously served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she 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. She serves on the Boards of City Harvest, the Real Estate Roundtable, the PREA Foundation, and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Bennett Goodman

Bennett Goodman

Sr. Managing Director & Founder of GSO Capital Partners

GSO — New York

Bennett Goodman, Chairman, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Goodman is a Co-Founder of GSO Capital Partners 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 has focused on the management of GSO, which is Blackstone’s credit investment platform with over $98.1 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. He currently sits on the board of Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum 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. Mr. Goodman graduated from Lafayette College and the Harvard

Business School.

Dwight Scott

Dwight Scott

Sr. Managing Director & President of GSO

GSO — New York

Dwight Scott, President, Senior Managing Director. Donald (DwightScott 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, performing credit funds and distressed funds. Prior to his current role, Mr. Scott managed the energy investing activity at GSO, where he remains active. Before joining GSO 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 FourPoint Energy and GEP Haynesville. He is a member of the Wall Street for McCombs Advisory Board and the Trout Unlimited Board. Mr. Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

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 the Executive Chairman and the Founder of Strategic Partners, joining DLJ in 2000 as a Managing Director. Mr. Can sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds. In February 2019, Mr. Can transitioned from Co-Head to Executive Chairman.

Prior to joining DLJ, he was with the IBM Pension Funds since 1993. As a Senior Investment Manager at the IBM Pension Funds, he co-managed a $7.9 billion private equity portfolio with a focus on secondary investing. In addition to his secondary investing experience, he has significant experience in completing primary investments. Prior to joining the IBM Pension Funds, Mr. Can held several staff and management positions focusing on finance, both domestically and internationally, within the IBM Corporation.

Mr. Can received an A.S. in Business Administration from S.U.N.Y. J.C.C. in 1980, a B.A. magna cum laude in Accounting from S.U.N.Y. Plattsburgh 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 Global Head of Strategic Partners, having joined Strategic Partners in 2000. Mr. Perry sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is currently an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Perry worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”), as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining DLJ, he worked in the strategic acquisitions group at Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon and Eckhardt, Inc. and in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley & Co. as a Financial Analyst.

Mr. Perry received a B.A. magna cum laude in Business Administration from Morehouse College in 1994, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000, where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow.

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 a 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 Intertrust, Armacell, Rhodia Acetow, Clarion Events, Schenck Process, CIRSA and the National Exhibition Centre. Mr. Assant served on the boards of Gerresheimer, Klockner Pentaplast, Mivisa, United Biscuits, Alliance Automotive Group and Tangerine. 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.

Marisa Beeney

Marisa Beeney

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Marisa Beeney is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and General Counsel of GSO Capital Partners LP. Ms. Beeney oversees legal and compliance matters relating to Blackstone’s credit focused business.

Ms. Beeney began her career at Latham & Watkins working 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.

Gideon Berger

Gideon Berger

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Gideon L. Berger is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone 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

Government Relations — DC

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.

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

Joshua Blaine

Joshua Blaine

Sr. Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Joshua S. Blaine is a Senior Managing Director, having joined Strategic Partners in 2001. Mr. Blaine sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is currently an advisory board member of multiple funds. In 2004, he founded the Strategic Partners London office and covered the European market prior to returning to New York in early 2006.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, he 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 firm’s private equity partnership interests through a series of secondary market transactions. He previously worked in the Corporate Finance Department at UBS. Mr. Blaine is currently a member of the Tulane Fund Advisory Board and Tulane Business School Council.

Mr. Blaine received a B.S.M. cum laude in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

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.

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 technology, media, telecom, and financial institutions.. 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 Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv, Ultimate Software, Paysafe, Vungle, JDA, Viva, NCR, Optiv, 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 Refinitiv, Kronos, Paysafe, Exeter Finance, and First Eagle Investment Management. Mr. Brand serves on the Board of Directors of the Park Avenue Armory. 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 Portfolio Operations of Blackstone and a Member of Blackstone’s Management Committee. Mr. Calhoun joined Blackstone in January of 2014 and oversees Portfolio Operations focusing 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. Mr. Calhoun served as Chairman of Caterpillar from April 1, 2017 to December 12, 2018 and now serves as Presiding Director. Effective April 30, 2018, Mr. Calhoun became Lead Director for Boeing. 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.

Robert Camacho

Robert Camacho

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Robert Camacho is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Credit Origination for Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Camacho was a partner at Goldman Sachs responsible for financing transactions across multiple asset classes including corporate credit, structured products and fund finance. Mr. Camacho spent over 14 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently in the Structured Funding Investing and Lending business.

Mr. Camacho graduated from Lehigh University and is a CFA® charterholder.

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 Blackstone and Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Individual Investor Solutions (“IIS”) group, a strategic vertical focused on product and business strategy for registered solutions serving individual investors, family offices, financial intermediaries and defined contribution. Over the past several years, the IIS group has developed and launched several registered funds, including an interval fund for accredited investors and daily liquid funds for mass affluent investors in both open-end mutual fund and UCITS formats. 

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Condron worked at 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 — Pennsylvania

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.

Emmett Cunningham

Emmett Cunningham

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — San Francisco Life Sci

Emmett Cunningham is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. Dr. Cunningham joined Clarus in 2006 as a Principal.

Dr. Cunningham has led investments in the medical technology, and biotechnology space including partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Clarus, Dr. Cunningham was the Senior Vice President, Medical Strategy at Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he led the team that developed Macugen, a first-in-class product for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Prior to Eyetech, Dr. Cunningham was at Pfizer, Inc (NYSE: PFE). Dr. Cunningham is an internationally recognized specialist in infectious and inflammatory eye disease with over 350 publications.

Dr. Cunningham is a member of the Board of Directors of Annexon Biosciences, Galera Therapeutics, Graybug Vision, Lumos Pharma, and SFJ Pharmaceuticals Group, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AERI). Dr. Cunningham is the founder and chairman of the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) symposium held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Cunningham received an MD and MPH in epidemiology and statistics from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) for work done at The Salk Institute.

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 — India

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 several companies including Mphasis, TaskUs, Aadhar, Sona Comstar, IBS Software, Jagran Prakashan and Mid-Day Infomedia.  Mr. Dixit was previously a Director of Intelenet Global Services, Trans Maldivian Airways, Igarashi Motors India, S.H. Kelkar and Emcure Pharmaceuticals.

Paulo Eapen

Paulo Eapen

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Paulo Eapen, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Eapen is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and is Head of the European Business of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Eapen sits on the investment committees for GSO’s performing credit funds and distressed funds. Mr. Eapen is focused on the origination and management of private credit and equity investments, spanning acquisitions and corporate refinancings. These investments include a wide variety of industries and geographies, primarily headquartered in Europe. Before joining GSO in 2007, Mr. Eapen was with Citigroup Private Equity and previously worked in M&A investment banking with Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Eapen is, or has been, on the boards (as a director or observer) of iAero Group, Curium Pharma, EMI Music Publishing, Morson Group, Ring International / Helios and Welcome Break. Additionally, Mr. Eapen is on the board of directors for the Ubuntu Education Fund, a charitable organization. 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.

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 and Luminor Bank. 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.

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 co-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 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 Offshore Energy, Cheniere Energy Inc., EagleClaw Midstream, Rover, Grand Prix, LLOG, Bluewater, Permian Highway Pipeline and Siccar Point Energy.

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.

Todd Fonner

Todd Fonner

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Todd R. Fonner is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer – North America for Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Fonner worked at RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd in Bermuda where he served for over 15 years in treasury, investment and risk roles, including as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Fonner was a member of the company’s Executive Committee and deeply involved with setting the company’s strategic direction and tactics. Prior to his time at RenRe, Mr. Fonner worked at Centre Solutions, USF&G Corp and Aetna Life & Casualty. Mr. Fonner received his MBA from The University of Chicago and his BA in mathematics from Middlebury College.

Nicholas Galakatos

Nicholas Galakatos

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

Nicholas Galakatos is the Head of the Blackstone Life Sciences business, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Dr. Galakatos was a co-Founder and Managing Director of Clarus since the firm's inception in 2005. Dr. Galakatos has over 30 years of industry and investment experience in the healthcare sector and has led investments in biotechnology, pharmaceutical company partnerships, and diagnostics, from startups to commercial-stage companies. Prior to Clarus, Dr. Galakatos was a General Partner at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. From 1997 to 2000 he was Vice President of New Business at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (presently Takeda) and a member of the Management Team. He is a founder of Millennium Predictive Medicine and TransForm Pharmaceuticals, where he was the Chairman and founding CEO. Prior to Millennium he was at Venrock Associates focusing on early stage biotechnology investments. Prior to Venrock he was Head of Molecular Biology Research at Ciba-Geigy (presently Novartis). Dr. Galakatos is the Chairman of Anthos Therapeutics and Praxis Precision Medicine, and a member of the Board of Directors of Entasis Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ETTX) and Talaris, Inc. He is a member of the Director's Council of the Koch Institute at MIT and a member of the Board of Trustees at Reed College.

Dr. Galakatos earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT and performed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. He earned his undergraduate degree at Reed College.

Brian Gavin

Brian Gavin

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brian F. Gavin is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone 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 Blackstone, 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 and the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board at the University of Virginia.

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.

Christopher Heady

Christopher 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 AB 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 US Acquisitions. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Henritze has been involved in approximately $100 billion of real estate investments across all property types. Notable transactions include the acquisition of Gramercy Capital, International Market Center, GE Capital’s real estate business, Strategic Hotels, Motel 6, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Extended Stay America, Equity Office Properties and CarrAmerica. Mr. Henritze currently serves as a board member of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and is a former board member of Hilton Worldwide, Park Hotels 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.

Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Alexandra Hill is a Senior 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.

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

Rob Horn, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Horn is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and is Co-Head of Energy Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Horn sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds, performing credit funds and distressed funds. Prior to joining GSO, 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. Mr. Horn serves on the board of directors of various companies involved in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service sectors, including FourPoint Energy, GeoSouthern Haynesville, Indigo Haynesville, Sanchez UnSub, Delaware Basin Investment Group, M5 Midstream and Compass Well Services, among others. Mr. Horn graduated with academic honors from McGill University.

Min Htoo

Min Htoo

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Min Zaw Htoo is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone 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

Mr. Huang is Head of Private Equity for Greater China and Korea for Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Huang has led or been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Shya Hsin Packaging, Global Sources, Pactera, Xinrong, and Simone. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Huang was previously a Managing Director for China investments in Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, and also worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Huang received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Huang currently serves on the boards of Shya Hsin Packaging, Clarion Events, Xinrong, Simone as well as Bluestar, and previously served on the board of Pactera.

Ram Jagannath

Ram Jagannath

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Ram Jagannath is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Growth (BXG), where he leads the group’s Global Healthcare efforts.  Ram is also a member of the BXG Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ram was a founding Partner of Navab Capital Partners (NCP), where he was head of the healthcare sector and a member of the firm’s Management and Investment Committees.

Prior to NCP, Ram was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group in its flagship US Buyout private equity fund, focused exclusively on healthcare. During his twelve years at Carlyle, he worked broadly across the healthcare sector, including general healthcare services (payors and providers), pharma and pharma services, healthcare information technology, tech-enabled healthcare services, medical products, and diagnostics. Ram was a member of the teams which invested in One Medical Group, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), X-Co (the parent company of X-Chem and X-Rx), Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Healthscope Ltd., and HCR ManorCare. Prior to joining Carlyle, he worked at Genstar Capital and Thomas Weisel Capital Partners (now known as Tailwind Capital).

Ram received a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Duke University. After Duke, he completed post-graduate research in Economic Development as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He received a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Ram serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Christopher James

Christopher James

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Christopher James is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone 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. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep and is a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of New York City.

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 Blackstone 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.

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 and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Europe. He also acts as Global General Counsel of Real Estate.

Mr. Karim received a BA 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.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Paul M. Kelly is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Chief Operating Officer of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Kelly is involved in the oversight of GSO’s Finance, Technology, Operations, Group Strategy and Planning & Analysis functions.

Prior to joining GSO in 2019, Mr. Kelly was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and the Global Head of the Corporate and Investment Bank’s Strategic Market Infrastructure Group. Over his 19 year tenure at J.P.Morgan, Mr. Kelly held a variety of executive level positions including, CFO of the Global Commodities group, CEO of EcoSecurities and Global Portfolio Manager for the Commodities Principal Investments group. In addition, Mr. Kelly was Head of North America Strategy and Business Development for the Investment Bank and was an Investment Banker focused on the Telecom, Media and Technology sector. Prior to J.P.Morgan, Mr. Kelly worked in Sales and Trading at Bear Stearns and Nomura in their respective International Equity Trading divisions.

Mr. Kelly holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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.

Bilal Khan

Bilal Khan

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Bilal Khan is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. 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, Lightstone Generation, Lonestar Generation and Onyx Renewables.

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, Gen X Energy, Lightstone Generation, LonestarGeneration and TDI-New England.

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 Blackstone and General Counsel for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. His previous positions at Blackstone include Chief Compliance Officer of The Blackstone Group and Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM).

Mr. Koffler serves as a trustee/director of various public and private funds managed by Blackstone, including Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund, Blackstone Alternative Alpha Fund, Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds plc, Blackstone Partners OS Master ICAV and Blackstone Strategic Capital Associates II (LUX) S.À R.L. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Koffler served 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.

Jon Korngold

Jon Korngold

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Jon Korngold is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone’s Growth Equity Business (BXG), which is focused on providing capital to companies seeking to manage the execution risks associated with high-growth environments. Jon is a member of both the BXG and Tactical Opportunities Investment Committees.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2019, Jon was head of General Atlantic’s Global Financial Services and Healthcare sectors, Chairman of the firm's Portfolio Committee, and was a member of the firm’s Management and Investment Committees.

Jon also previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Principal Investment Area and in the Mergers & Acquisitions groups in London and New York, respectively. Jon has spent extensive time in China, where he studied Mandarin Chinese at Peking University and did pro bono work for the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Commercial Service in Beijing.

Jon is active with Harvard University, where he serves on the Harvard College Fund’s Executive Committee. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Commissioned Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Rockefeller University Council. He also serves as a Trustee of The Dalton School, of The Central Park Conservancy and of the 92nd Street Y.

Jon received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, graduating with Honors, and he received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Lascher

Michael Lascher

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Lascher is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Global Head of Real Estate Debt Capital Markets. 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 $240 billion of asset, stock and portfolio-level financings. He is also involved in 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.

Andrew Lax

Andrew Lax

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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 worked in both Blackstone’s New York and London offices and been involved in investments across all property types, including IndCor Properties, Logicor, Multi Corporation and Office First. 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. Mr. Lax currently serves as chairman of Sponda and The Office Group.

Yves Le Cochec

Yves Le Cochec

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — London

Yves Le Cochec is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer (Europe) of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Le Cochec worked at Apollo Global Management focusing on investments in the Bank and Insurance sectors in Europe and in the United States. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Le Cochec worked at CQS focusing on investments in the financial services sector globally. Before joining CQS, Mr. Le Cochec worked at Merrill Lynch in the Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Banking Division and at The Boston Consulting Group in the Financial Services Practice. Mr. Le Cochec started his career as an insurance regulator at the French Treasury. He is an actuary and Ingenieur des Mines. Mr. Le Cochec received an MS in Science from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, graduating with Honors, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jane Lee

Jane Lee

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Ms. Lee is a Senior Managing Director of the Blackstone Group and Head of Capital Formation efforts for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“LCS”) unit.  Ms. Lee is responsible for the origination of U.S. CLOs and listed funds. Ms. Lee is also the public relations officer for each of GSO’s NYSE listed closed-end and interval funds and is a member of GSO’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’s Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee.

Ms. Lee joined GSO from RBC in 2005.  Prior to that, Ms. Lee was a Vice President at Indosuez Capital.  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 received a B.A. in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.

Alex Leonard

Alex Leonard

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — Ireland

Mr. Leonard is a Senior Managing Director and the Senior Portfolio Manager of the European funds in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit.  He is also a member of GSO’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’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 with responsibility for establishing, structuring and managing Depfa’s on balance sheet public sector asset CDO programme.  Prior to joining Depfa Bank, 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 M.A. in Economics from University College Dublin and an M.B.A. with distinction from Trinity College Dublin.

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 Global Chief Operating Officer of the Core+ business and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT). Ms. LePatner also serves as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at Blackstone.

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 Blackstone 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, Royal Resources, and Ulterra Drilling Technologies. Mr. Liaw is currently a director of EagleClaw Midstream, Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty, and Ulterra Drilling Technologies, and serves on the Investment Committee of Blackstone Energy Partners.

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.

Robert Liptak

Robert Liptak

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

Robert W. Liptak is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Liptak was a was a co-Founder and Managing Director of Clarus since the firm's inception in 2005.

Mr. Liptak has over 25 years of experience in the investment management industry focusing primarily on the establishment and management of various investment management businesses. Prior to Clarus he was a General Partner at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. From 1995 to 2001 Mr. Liptak was a Partner with the Geometry Group, a diversified asset management firm focused on establishing investment management firms. From 1992 to 1995, he was Vice President of Finance for Global Asset Management (USA) Inc. and began his career in 1986 with Price Waterhouse where he was a Manager in their Capital Markets Group. Mr. Liptak currently serves on The Board of Trustees at LaSalle University.

Mr. Liptak is a Certified Public Accountant and received his MBA from Columbia University.

Doug Logigian

Doug Logigian

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doug Logigian, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Logigian is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and is Head of Capital Markets and a Portfolio Manager for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Logigian sits on the investment committee for GSO’s distressed 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 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 serves on the board of directors of Seneca Mortgage Investments. Mr. Logigian received a B.A. 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.

Jorge Martin Ceron

Jorge Martin Ceron

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — London

Jorge Martin Ceron is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer (Europe) of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Martin Ceron worked at Apollo Global Management focusing on investments in the Bank and Insurance sectors in Europe and in the United States. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Martin Ceron worked at CQS focusing on investments in the financial services sector globally. Mr. Martin Ceron started his career as a regulator at the Bank of Spain. Mr. Martin Ceron holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London and a PhD in Finance from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Mr. Martin Ceron received a BA from CUNEF in Madrid, graduating with Honors, and received his MSc in Finance from London Business School.

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

Mr. McMullen is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of the U.S. loan separately managed accounts, commingled funds, and exchanged traded fund in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit.  He is also a member of GSO’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, and 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 B.A. 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. 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. Mr. Meghji was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2018.

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 — Pennsylvania

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 Blackstone 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.

Before joining Blackstone, Kishore 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, he launched the Asia business for D.B. Zwirn, a $5 billion special situations investment firm, and held senior positions at Colony Capital’s Asia business. Kishore has worked across Asia since 1995 having lived in Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Taiwan. Kishore received an MBA and a BBA (honors) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

He currently serves on the boards of Arena Living, Emergent Logistics, International Asset Reconstruction Company, La Trobe Financial and Partners Life Limited. Kishore is a Member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Council at Schulich School of Business and an Advisor to the Investment Committee of the Singapore Management University’s Endowment.

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 601 Lex

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 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

Michael 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.

Nentcho Nentchev

Nentcho Nentchev

Sr. Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Nentcho Nentchev is a Senior Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance 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.

Jason New

Jason New

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Jason New is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone 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.

Brett Newman

Brett Newman

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Brett Newman is a Senior 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.

Tuhin Parikh

Tuhin Parikh

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — India

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

Rob Petrini, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Petrini is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, Co-Head of Performing Credit Investing for GSO Capital Partners and Joint Portfolio Manager for GSO’s Capital Opportunities Funds I, II and III. Mr. Petrini has been with GSO since 2005, and sits on the investment committees for GSO’s performing credit funds, distressed funds and energy funds. Before joining GSO in 2005, Mr. Petrini was a Principal of DLJ Investment Partners (“DLJIP”), the $1.6 billion mezzanine fund of CSFB’s Alternative Capital Division. Prior to that, Mr. Petrini was a member of DLJ’s Leveraged Finance Group specializing in financial sponsor transactions since 1997. Mr. Petrini serves on the board of directors of Centric Brands. Mr. Petrini graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. 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 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. Mr. Pinker focuses primarily on the Industrials, Chemicals and Building Materials sectors and German speaking regions.

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, Schenck Process and Averys.

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, Schenck Process and Averys.

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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, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Posnick is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and the Co-Head of Distressed Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Posnick has been with GSO since 2007, sits on the investment committees for GSO’s distressed funds and energy funds and is a Portfolio Manager for each of GSO's distressed-oriented funds. 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 began his career in the investment banking division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Posnick received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from UCLA.

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.

Paige Ross

Paige Ross

Sr. Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Paige Ross is a Senior Managing Director and the Global Head of Human Resources at Blackstone. In this role she oversees human resource management globally for the firm. Ms. Ross brings more than 25 years of experience in talent development and strategic planning across a multitude of industries and geographies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Ross served as the Managing Director of Talent Management at Centerbridge Partners, with a focus on leading Talent Management across the portfolio companies. She has also held senior human resources leadership positions at Pfizer, Avon and PepsiCo. Ms. Ross earned her BA at Stony Brook University and PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University.

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. 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 (NY), Senior Managing Director. Mr. Salvatore has been with GSO since 2005 and is Co-Head of GSO’s Performing Credit team and a member of the Performing Credit investment committees. Mr. Salvatore is responsible for sourcing, diligencing, structuring and managing performing credit investments.  He is a Joint Portfolio Manager of GSO’s mezzanine and direct lending funds. He also serves on the Blackstone Insurance Solutions and BTAS investment committees.  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 Blackstone 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.

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, and Mileway.

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 Hembla AB (publ.) and as a board member of Sponda and The Office Group.

M. Craig Shepherd

M. Craig Shepherd

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

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 — Pennsylvania

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.

Nicholas Simon

Nicholas Simon

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — San Francisco Life Sci

Nicholas Simon is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Simon was co-founder and Managing Director of Clarus since the firm's inception in 2005.

Mr. Simon has over 30 years of operating and investment experience in the healthcare sector, and has led investments in biotechnology, pharmaceutical company partnerships, and medical technology. Prior to Clarus, Mr. Simon was a General Partner at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. Prior to MPM Capital he was with Genentech from 1989 to 2000 where he was Vice President of Business and Corporate Development. Mr. Simon is currrently serving on the Board of Directors of Gritstone Oncology (NASDAQ: GRTS), Lycera, Nuvelution Pharma, Inc. and Sientra (NASDAQ:SIEN).

Mr. Simon received a BS degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola University. Mr. Simon is a Trustee at The J David Gladstone Institutes, a private not-for-profit research institute affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.

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 and is a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum.

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, Change Healthcare and TeamHealth.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Smith is a Senior Managing Director and oversees GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategies unit, which includes various commingled credit funds, permanent capital vehicles, CLOs, closed-end funds, and leveraged and unleveraged separately managed accounts. Additional responsibilities include serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the four public 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 Investment 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. 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 managing portfolios of bonds and stocks including overseeing the firm’s high-yield investment group.

Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree 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 Blackstone 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 Blackstone 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 — Pennsylvania

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.

Weston Tucker

Weston Tucker

Sr. Managing Director

External Relations — New York

Weston Tucker is a Senior 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

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Sydney

Christopher J. Tynan is a Senior 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.

Andrea Valeri

Andrea Valeri

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Andrea Valeri is Chairman of Blackstone Italy and a Senior Managing Director in GSO Capital Partners. Prior to GSO, Mr. Valeri worked in the Tactical Opportunities Group and led several investments including Center Parcs, JOA Group, De Nora, GEMS Education, Versace, Beauparc, Murka and SuperBet. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Valeri was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, and worked at Bain & Co. He 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, De Nora, JOA Group, Beauparc, Murka and SuperBet.

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 and Head of Real Estate China at Blackstone. Mr. Wang is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for Blackstone’s Real Estate investment in Greater China. Mr. Wang has over 20 years of working experience in the real estate industry.

Mr. Wang joined Blackstone in 2010 and 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 and projects in China including SCPG, Westlink and building up logistics portfolios 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 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 is currently a Director of SCPG Group. He also serves as a member of the ICSC China leadership board and ULI Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

Jacob Werner

Jacob Werner

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Jacob Werner is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group. 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 BioMed Realty, Pure Industrial, Equity Office Properties and the Willis Tower.

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.

Kurt Wheeler

Kurt Wheeler

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — San Francisco Life Sci

Kurt C. Wheeler is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Wheeler was a co-founder and Managing Director of Clarus since the firm's inception in 2005.

Mr. Wheeler has over 30 years of direct investment and industry operating experience within the healthcare sector where he has led investments in the medical technology, specialty pharmaceutical and biotechnology space including partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Clarus, Mr. Wheeler was a General Partner at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. Mr. Wheeler was a co-founder and CEO of InControl (NASDAQ:INCL), a medical device company which he sold to Guidant. Prior to founding InControl he was a Principal with the Mayfield Fund focused on healthcare investing. Mr. Wheeler began his career with Elli Lilly Co. Currently Mr. Wheeler is a member of the Board of Directors of Avillion LLP, Globus Medical (NYSE: GMED) and Flowonix.

Mr. Wheeler holds a BA from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School.

Michael Whitman

Michael Whitman

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Michael Whitman, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Whitman is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Head of Private Origination for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Whitman sits on the investment committees for GSO’s performing credit funds and distressed funds. Previously, Mr. Whitman was Co-Head of the European Business of GSO Capital Partners for 12 years. Before joining GSO 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. Mr. Whitman received a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame.

Alex Yang

Alex Yang

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Alex Yang is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Yang was a Principal at TPG Capital Asia in Beijing, a Vice President at Olympus Capital Asia in Hong Kong, an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Industrial Investment Banking Group in New York and an attorney in Kirkland & Ellis’ Private Equity Group in Chicago. Mr. Yang is currently a director of Shya Hsin Packaging and Global Sources, and 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.

Robert Zable

Robert Zable

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Zable is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of the U.S. CLOs, closed-end funds, and high yield separately managed accounts in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit.  He is also a member of GSO’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’s U.S. Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, 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 B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Zawadzki

Michael Zawadzki

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael Zawadzki, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Zawadzki is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and is Co-Head of Energy Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Zawadzki sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds, performing credit funds and distressed funds. 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. Mr. Zawadzki serves on the board of directors (as a director or observer) of Sequel Energy Group, Elevation Midstream, Genesis Energy, C&J Energy Services, 3Bear Energy, Twin Eagle Resource Management, Targa Badlands, Alta Resources and Community Development Capital Group. Mr. Zawadzki graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

Byron Wien

Byron Wien

Vice Chairman - Private Wealth Solutions Group

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Byron Wien is Vice Chairman of 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 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 Blackstone’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Mr. Anderson is involved in evolving sustainability initiatives that deliver cost effective quantitative and qualitative results across our 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 is currently Secretary-Treasurer on the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) Board.

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.

Amit Dalmia

Amit Dalmia

Operating Partner

Portfolio Operations — India

Amit Dalmia is a Operating Partner 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.

Dennis Henner

Dennis Henner

Operating Partner

Blackstone Life Sciences — San Francisco Life Sci

Dennis Henner is an Operating Partner in Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018.

Prior to joining Blackstone he was co-founder and Managing Director of Clarus for 12 years beginning in 2005 with the firm's inception. Dr, Henner has over 30 years of direct industry and investment experience within the healthcare sector, and has led investments in the biopharmaceutical sector including partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Clarus, Dr. Henner was a General Partner at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. From 1981 to 2001, he was an executive at Genentech where he held various positions including Senior Vice President of Research, and was a member of Genentech's executive committee. Dr. Henner is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Forty Seven Inc. (NASDAQ: FTSV) and Imago BioSciences.

Dr. Henner received his PhD from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Virginia and did postgraduate training at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Dr. Henner is a member of the Board of Trustees of Reed College.

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. Mr. Agarwal is currently responsible for Blackstone’s hospitality investments in Europe. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in real estate investments in various property sectors across Europe including Hispania, HI Partners, Broadgate and Chiswick Park amongst others.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Agarwal worked as a software developer with Microsoft, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Windows' Vista. He received a Bachelors in 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.

Imran Ahmed

Imran Ahmed

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Imran Ahmed 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 2018, Mr. Ahmed was a Portfolio Manager at Tricadia Capital overseeing corporate investing across all sectors, strategies and asset classes. Prior to Tricadia Capital, Mr. Ahmed worked at Silver Point Capital and UBS and started his career on the Proprietary Trading desk at Deutsche Bank in London and New York.

Mr. Ahmed received a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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.

Farez Alibay

Farez Alibay

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Farez Alibay is a Managing Director in Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Mr. Alibay joined Blackstone Insurance Solutions in 2018 and is involved in credit origination and underwriting.

Previously, Mr. Alibay was a Director of Investments at Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company, where he led direct investments across multiple asset classes including structured products, corporate debt, and equity. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Alibay held various positions at EARNEST Partners and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Alibay received a BS in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MEng in Computer Science from Cornell University, and an MBA from The Wharton School, where he was awarded Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Alibay is a CFA Charterholder.

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.

Tej Arora

Tej Arora

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Tej Arora is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of its Special Situations Investing Group. Mr. Arora was previously involved in sourcing and evaluating direct investment opportunities at Roystone Capital. Before Roystone, Mr. Arora held senior investment roles at ADK Capital, One East Partners and Luxor Capital. His prior experience includes corporate strategy at USA Networks, venture capital at VantagePoint Venture Partners and investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Arora received a BBA, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Saif Assam

Saif Assam

Managing Director

IRBD — Abu Dhabi

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 — Italy

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.

Tanya Barnes

Tanya Barnes

Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Tanya L. Barnes is a Managing Director and Head of Blackstone Impact.

Blackstone’s impact investing platform was launched in 2019 in the firm’s Strategic Partners group to deliver positive financial impact while addressing four specific investment themes— Health & Wellbeing, Financial Access, Sustainable Communities and Green Technologies.  The platform will leverage Strategic Partners’ scale and expertise across private equity, real estate and infrastructure by partnering with external impact managers focused on developed markets, as well as other investing businesses within Blackstone.

Ms. Barnes was previously a Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs where she focused on private equity investments for the Principal Investment Area (PIA) and helped to build and run the division’s co-investment business.  During her career, she was responsible for all stages of investing: sourcing, diligence, structuring, execution and asset management, as well as having sector coverage responsibilities for financial services and consumer retail investments.  Ms. Barnes spent the early part of her career at Goldman in the Special Situations Group (SSG) where she invested the firm's proprietary capital in debt and equity transactions for distressed assets and businesses.  Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Barnes ran her own firm where she was an advisor, investor and board member to investment firms and operating businesses.

Ms. Barnes received an A.B. from Harvard College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Robert Barthelmes

Robert Barthelmes

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Bob Barthelmes is a Managing 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 and CIO at Finastra (formerly 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 his BS from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a major in Business Administration and a minor in mathematics/computer science. He attended 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 Wright Foundation, Dean College Board of Trustees, Hibernia College Board of Overseers and the Beverly Education Foundation.

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.

Rahul Bhargava

Rahul Bhargava

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Rahul Bhargava 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 2017, Mr. Bhargava was a systematic trading researcher at Symmetry Investments, where he managed a portfolio trading fixed income and equity index futures. Before joining Symmetry Investments, Mr. Bhargava worked as a quantitative researcher in the Global Asset Allocation group at AQR Capital Management. Prior to AQR, he was a quantitative analyst at BlackRock.

Mr. Bhargava received a BA in Mathematics from Princeton University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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.

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 — Denmark

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.

Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Robert Brooks is a Managing Director and the Head of Private Equity Finance. He currently oversees the Valuations, Financial Planning and Analysis, Investor Reporting (“IRR”), and Operations teams for Private Equity including ad hoc analyses in support of the business.

Previously, Mr. Brooks worked in the Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities groups overseeing Valuations and Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to his role in Private Equity, Mr. Brooks worked in Blackstone’s 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.

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 J. Burton is a Managing Director, having joined Strategic Partners in 2014. Mr. Burton oversees the investment activities of Strategic Partners’ Real Estate funds. Mr. Burton sits on the Real Estate Investment Committee and is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, 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. Mr. Burton served as a member of the Management Committee and Investment Committee for each of H/2’s investment funds. Prior to that, Mr. Burton worked at Goldman Sachs where he was a Vice President in their Special Situations Group, overseeing domestic commercial real estate investing. He also co-managed Goldman’s Real Estate Mezzanine Partners, a fund focused on originating and purchasing commercial real estate, secured mortgages, securities, mezzanine loans and preferred equity.

Mr. Burton received a B.S. with a major in Finance and minor in History 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.

Bob Carroll

Bob Carroll

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Bob Carroll is a Managing Director and Head of Distressed Trading with GSO Capital Partners. He oversees all trading activity relating to GSO’s expansive public distressed efforts. Mr. Carroll joins from hedgefund Smith Cove Capital, where he had been responsible for all trading activity since 2016. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Perry Capital as Head of Trading. Previously, Mr. Carroll was a trader at Litespeed Partners and Imperial Capital. Mr. Carroll received a BS in Communications from Norwich University —The Military College of Vermont.

Michael Carruthers

Michael Carruthers

Managing Director

GSO — Toronto

Mike Carruthers is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, and is involved in various performing and distressed investments, including direct financing, secondary trading, and portfolio purchases, across various target sectors.

Mr. Carruthers is based in Toronto, Canada, having relocated from our London office to lead our efforts in the Midwest and Canada. Mr. Carruthers worked in GSO’s London office from 2006 – 2019 and prior to joining GSO worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Mr. Carruthers graduated with Honors in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Joshua Carson

Joshua Carson

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Josh Carson is a Managing Director 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.

Luigi Caruso

Luigi Caruso

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Luigi Caruso is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Caruso has been involved in analyzing real estate investment opportunities across various property types in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Caruso was a Principal at Rhône Group in the Private Equity Fund in London and New York; previously, he was at Goldman Sachs Real Estate private equity group in London. Mr. Caruso received an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University.

Raymond Chan

Raymond Chan

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Raymond Chan is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he serves as a portfolio manager for BAAM’s registered funds platform.


Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Chan was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs where he led a multi-asset investment team within Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Global Portfolio Solutions group. He also served as the Head of Strategy for multi-asset funds and models and as the Head of the Markets Team. Prior to those roles, Mr. Chan structured and marketed cross-asset derivatives within the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Chan began his career as a consultant with Oliver Wyman.


Mr. Chan received an AB in Biochemistry with honors from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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 has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in China and Australia, including Westlink, SCPG, MWREF, DragonCor, Valad and Lloyds NPL. Mr. Chen's primary responsibilities include sourcing and executing real estate investments in China.

Mr. Chen received an MPhil from Cambridge University in 2007, 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.

Kuohsin Chen

Kuohsin Chen

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Kuohsin Chen is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Insurance Solutions group. Ms. Chen manages Blackstone alternative portfolios for Insurance Solutions clients including Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based property & casualty reinsurer sponsored by Blackstone and AXIS Capital. She is also actively involved in the development, distribution and portfolio management of tailored solutions for insurance companies worldwide. Previously, Ms. Chen was part of Blackstone’s Corporate Development Group where she executed M&A and strategic initiatives within the asset management industry on behalf of Blackstone. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Chen was part of Blackstone's M&A advisory business where she advised third-party clients on M&A, restructuring and other strategic initiatives in the chemicals, industrials and financial institutions industries.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Chen was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank.

Ms. Chen received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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 and HEC Pharma. 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 BA in Economics and Math from Brandeis University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

Younghee Choi

Younghee Choi

Managing Director

IRBD — Hong Kong

Younghee Choi is a Managing Director 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.

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 J. Corey is a Managing Director, having joined Strategic Partners in 2001. Mr. Corey sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is an advisory board member of multiple funds. Since 2005, Mr. Corey has led Strategic Partners’ western U.S. operations in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Corey worked as an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions departments at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and Los Angeles.

Mr. Corey received a B.A. cum laude in History from Northwestern University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review and a multiple Jurisprudence Award recipient.

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 — Ireland

Mr. Cunningham is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager of the European CLOs in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. Mr. Cunningham is responsible for the origination of European CLOs with a focus on CLO structuring and also for overseeing LCS’s European capital markets activities. He also sits on LCS’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 MSc in Financial & Industrial Mathematics from Dublin City University.  Mr. Cunningham is also a CFA Charterholder and a CAIA Charterholder.

Tom Cunningham

Tom Cunningham

Managing Director

GSO — Baltimore

Mr. Cunningham is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the structured credit strategies focusing on investment grade assets in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. He also sits on the Global Structured Credit Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GSO in 2019, Mr. Cunningham worked at Blackstone Insurance Solutions, overseeing investment grade portfolio management activities. Prior to that, Mr. Cunningham was a vice president of portfolio management for Fidelity & Guaranty Life, where he managed public and private fixed income assets. Before joining Fidelity & Guaranty in 2011, Mr. Cunningham was co-head of fixed income investments for Assurant and a vice president with Prudential Financial’s high yield mutual fund group.

Mr. Cunningham received a B.A. in History from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Baltimore CFA Society.

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 Tactical Opportunities 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, Clarion and JOA.

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 JOA.

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.

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 US retail and gaming investments, including ShopCore and Edens, and retail projects inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and other Blackstone assets. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Drasites has been involved with several notable transactions including Brixmor IPO (formerly Centro), Edens, Excel Trust and RioCan.

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. Ms. Drasites is a member of the University of Florida’s Real Estate Advisory Board. She is an active member of ULI, International Council of Shopping Centers and is a Founding Member of the annual Rally Against Lupus fundraiser in New York and is actively involved in the Alliance for Lupus Research.

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 in Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies (“BREDS”) group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Eglit has been involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Eglit was with Wrightwood Capital where he underwrote and originated first mortgages, mezzanine loans and preferred equity.

Mr. Eglit received a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

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 601 Lex

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

Infrastructure — 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.

Donatella Fanti

Donatella Fanti

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Donatella Fanti is a Managing Director 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

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Tiffany Fariole is a Managing Director 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

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Andrew Fenet is a Managing Director 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.

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 601 Lex

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

Legal & Compliance — New York

Amy Garges is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department.

Ms. Garges leads the Risks Controls Testing Team for Blackstone. The Risks and Controls Testing program performs a central oversight control function designed to test the effectiveness of Blackstone’s compliance control framework across the firm. Previously, she was in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where she managed internal compliance review matters.

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 — Pennsylvania

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 Gertz

Barry Gertz

Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

Barry Gertz is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018.

Dr. Gertz joined Clarus in October 2014 from Merck (NYSE: MRK) where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development, overseeing all aspects of Merck's clinical research. He brings 28 years of experience in drug development, from exploratory clinical pharmacology to global phase 3 trials. While at Merck, Dr. Gertz was instrumental in the development and approval of more than 25 new drugs and vaccines, including the blockbuster products Fosamax and Januvia as well as the initial indication for Keytruda. Dr. Gertz has co-authored over a hundred scientific publications appearing in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gertz currently is a member of the Advisory Boards of Abide Therapeutics, EMD Serono, the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gertz received an MD, PhD and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Managing Director

Finance — New York 601 Lex

David Goldberg is a Managing Director with Blackstone in the Global Fund Finance group where he oversees the accounting, financial reporting and fund administration for Blackstone’s credit, liquid and insurance funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Goldberg was an AVP at Lehman Brothers in the Real Estate Private Equity Group overseeing two real estate mezzanine funds. Prior to that Mr. Goldberg worked as a manager in the joint venture group at New Plan Excel Realty Trust. Mr. Goldberg began his career in the financial services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Goldberg received a BA from Queens College, City University of New York, where he graduated with Cum Laude, with a major in Accounting and Information Systems and a minor in Economics. He is a license Certified Public Accountant.

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 (LA) Graham

Chris (LA) 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.

Alan Greenbaum

Alan Greenbaum

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Greenbaum was Chief Operating Officer at Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, LLC.  Prior to Schonfeld, he was Managing Director of Operations & Treasury at Visium Asset Management and Operations Manager at Touradji Capital.  Mr. Greenbaum began his career at Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Greenbaum received a BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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.

Yan Gu

Yan Gu

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Yan Gu is a Managing Director of the Hedge Funds Solutions Group. As the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s head quant, Yan is responsible for and involved with many aspects of quantitative analysis and initiatives, including portfolio construction, new product development, team management and helping build quant culture at BAAM. Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Yan was head of quant research and member of the management committee of Stone Ridge Asset Management. Prior to joining Stone Ridge, Yan was head of research of quant equity at Magnetar Capital. Yan also worked as a quant researcher at Citadel and Lehman Brothers. Yan received a PhD in theoretical physics from UPenn, a MS from Stanford and BS from Fudan University in China.

Siddhartha Gupta

Siddhartha Gupta

Managing Director

Real Estate — India

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).

Florian Hager

Florian Hager

Managing Director

GSO — London

Florian Hager is a Managing Director at GSO Capital Partners based in London. He focuses on public and private investment opportunities with a specific emphasis on 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 companies across the Industrial and Technology sectors on a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and initial public offerings.

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. He currently serves as a director of ADVANZ PHARMA.

Ilan Halal

Ilan Halal

Managing Director

Finance — New York 601 Lex

Ilan Halal is a Managing Director and co-leads the Global Fund Finance group where he oversees the accounting, financial reporting and fund administration for Blackstone’s drawdown products including Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities, Strategic Partners, Strategic Capital Holdings 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.

Monty Hall

Monty Hall

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Monty Hall is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Hall 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 2018, Mr. Hall served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Hutchin Hill Capital, overseeing all aspects of the technology platform for the multi-strategy fund manager. Prior to joining Hutchin Hill, he worked as the Director of Technology for Capstone Investment Advisors, leading a team responsible for network, server & storage architecture, database management, application development and support, cybersecurity and vendor management. Prior to Capstone, he worked at Goldman Sachs managing Internet Operations and Security as well as managing projects for their Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Hall graduated with a BA in Finance from Franklin and Marshall College.

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.

Shehreyar Hameed

Shehreyar Hameed

Managing Director

BAAM — London

Shehreyar Hameed is a Managing Director in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Investor Relations and Business Development team based in London. He is involved with institutional client coverage and managing the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s sovereign and institutional client relationships in the Middle East.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Hameed was Managing Director in J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Sovereign Group covering institutions in the Middle East. Prior to this he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International’s Fixed Income Currency & Commodities Division focused on alternatives fundraising from clients in the Middle East. Mr. Hameed started his career at ABN AMRO Bank in Asia where he worked in various departments including structured finance, syndications and asset securitization.

Mr. Hameed received a BA in Economics from Bard College and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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 601 Lex

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.

Adam Hermida

Adam Hermida

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Adam Hermida is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. As a member of GSO's Private Origination Group, 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.

Melvin Hibberd

Melvin Hibberd

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Melvin Hibberd is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he focuses on the Strategic Capital Holdings initiative, the business that acquires minority GP stakes.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, he was an Associate in the North American Private Equity Group of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. where he focused on investments in the Financial and Energy sectors. Prior to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., he worked as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he focused on providing strategic advisory services to a range of clients. Mr. Hibberd started his career at Hoegh Capital Partners, an alternative asset management business where he focused on both direct and fund investing across multiple asset classes.

Mr. Hibberd holds an MA, BSci and MEng from Cambridge University and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a John L. Loeb Fellow.

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.

Bill Hobbs

Bill Hobbs

Managing Director

GSO — New York

William Hobbs is a Managing Director 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.

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

Mr. Iannarone is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 B.A. from Siena College and a J.D. 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.

Ryan Ingle

Ryan Ingle

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Ryan Ingle is a Managing Director 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 U.S. industrial portfolio which spans over 200 million square feet. Other notable transactions include BioMed, IndCor, 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.

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.

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, he was an Executive Director at Lehman Brothers and later Nomura Securities in London. Mr. Iverson began his career as an associate in the London office of Weil Gotshal and Manges and before that in the Palo Alto office of Cooley Godward.

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. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Harlem Grown.

Amit Jain

Amit Jain

Managing Director

Private Equity — India

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."

Sarita Jairath

Sarita Jairath

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Sarita Jairath is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2019, Ms. Jairath worked at Seix Investment Advisors, where she was a Managing Director and Senior Product Specialist, coordinating investor relations and marketing activities for the firm’s Leveraged Finance platform. Before joining Seix, Ms. Jairath was an Executive Director at JPMorgan, overseeing Credit Manager Research within Asset Management Solutions. Prior to JPMorgan, Ms. Jairath worked at Goldman Sachs as a Fixed Income Sales Trader within the Capital Markets group of the Investment Management Division. Ms. Jairath received a BBA in Finance and Marketing from Emory University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Gadi Jay

Gadi Jay

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Gadi Jay is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and responsible for European Real Estate Capital Markets, based in London. Since joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Jay has been involved in the financing of all European real estate investments including asset, stock and portfolio-level financings. He is also involved in obtaining fund-level leverage utilized by Blackstone’s European real estate investment vehicles. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jay spent 3 years at HSBC Global Banking & Markets where he was a Vice President based in London, focusing on financing and debt advisory mandates across Europe. Prior to that Mr. Jay spent 2 years at HSBC Private Bank in New York and London. Mr. Jay graduated from City University with an LLB (Honors) in Law and Property Valuation

Adam Jenkins

Adam Jenkins

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Adam Jenkins is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Mr. Jenkins joined Blackstone in 2013 and focuses on private equity investments in the energy sector. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Jenkins has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Beacon Offshore Energy, Brix Oil & Gas, Falcon Minerals (the successor company to Royal Resources), LLOG Bluewater, Royal Resources, Siccar Point Energy, and Vine Oil & Gas.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jenkins was an Associate at WL Ross & Co. He began his career as an Analyst at Lazard Ltd.

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 Beacon Offshore Energy, Brix Oil & Gas, Falcon Minerals, LLOG Bluewater, and Vine Oil & Gas. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Olivia John

Olivia John

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.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Jones is a Managing Director, U.S. credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments, and a member of GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy 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 B.A. from Cambridge University and an M.B.A. 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.

Patrick Kassen

Patrick Kassen

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — 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.

Matt Katz

Matt Katz

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Matt Katz is a Managing Director and the head of data science for Blackstone. In this capacity, he leads Blackstone’s team of data scientists and collaborates with Blackstone’s business units to leverage advanced data analytics and statistical modeling. His team also is an important resource for Blackstone deal teams during the investment process and for portfolio company management teams focused on operational improvements.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, he was a Vice President at Point72 Asset Management where he helped to build and run their big data business. Mr. Katz began his career at Credit Suisse.

Mr. Katz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Environmental Studies.

Brian Kaufman

Brian Kaufman

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Brian Kaufman is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and currently leads asset management for Blackstone’s U.S. hospitality portfolio. Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Kaufman was the Managing Partner of The Kaufman Companies, a privately held hospitality asset management, development and investment group in the U.S. and Europe. He previously worked at Highgate Capital Investment as a Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, and at Goldman Sachs & Co in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area and Investment Banking Division. Mr. Kaufman began his career in the Global Real Estate Group at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Kaufman received a BS from Cornell University.

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 originates and acquires senior and subordinate real estate debt investments across property types and markets. At Blackstone, Ms. Keenan is also EVP of Investments and a member of the Executive Committee of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Keenan was a Vice President at G2 Investment Group, focusing on real estate and private equity investment activities. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds and previously was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Keenan graduated cum laude with an AB in History from Harvard College. She sits on the Leadership Committee of NYPEN Real Estate and is a member of WX.

Randall Kessler

Randall Kessler

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Randy Kessler is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Kessler has been with GSO since 2007 and is a member of GSO’s Private Origination team involved in sourcing, diligencing, structuring and managing private credit transactions across a diverse range of industries.

Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Kessler worked as an Associate at Silver Lake Partners, where he focused on large-cap technology private equity investing in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Kessler was previously an Analyst in Lazard LLC’s healthcare investment banking group, where he focused on pharmaceutical and biotechnology M&A and capital raising.

Mr. Kessler holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude.

David Kestnbaum

David Kestnbaum

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

David N. Kestnbaum is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. He currently focuses on investments in Business Services, Leisure & Entertainment, Media & Telecom, and Transportation & Logistics, amongst other sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Kestnbaum has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s current investments in SERVPRO, PSAV, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), Alight Solutions, SESAC, Tradesmen, and Outerstuff, as well as prior investments in AlliedBarton Security Services, AVINTIV, Cloverleaf Cold Storage, and DJO Global. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kestnbaum was a Vice President of Vestar Capital Partners, and was previously a member of JP Morgan’s Financial Sponsor Group.

Mr. Kestnbaum holds a BA in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Director of SERVPRO, PSAV, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), Alight Solutions, SESAC, Tradesmen, and Outerstuff. He is also member of the Associates Council of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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 CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE: CPLG), 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.

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Peter Krause is a Managing Director 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.

Valerie Kritsberg

Valerie Kritsberg

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Valerie Kritsberg is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mrs. Kritsberg is focused on public and private energy investments across GSO’s energy platform. Most recently, she was a portfolio manager of and sat on the investment committee for certain GSO energy focused funds. Since joining GSO, Mrs. Kritsberg has focused on GSO’s public and private market investments including distressed and special situation investments across multiple industries.

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

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

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 financing of GSO’s funds and investments as well as the syndication of certain portfolio holdings. Mr. Kuppenheimer is also a member of the investment committee for certain U.S. direct lending funds and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of BGSL, a business development company managed by GSO.

Before joining GSO 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 from 2010 to 2015. Prior to Stifel, Mr. Kuppenheimer was founder and CEO of FSI Capital, an alternative asset management company focused on U.S. credit products. Previously, Mr. Kuppenheimer was head of CLOs, structured funds and new products for Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Kuppenheimer received a J.D., with Distinction, from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University with Honors in Philosophy. Mr. Kuppenheimer serves on the board of trustees for the George Jackson Academy.

Doney Largey

Doney Largey

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Doney Largey is Blackstone’s Managing Director and Head of Transformation. Mr. Largey focuses on collaborating with our teams to identify opportunities and drive efforts to optimize the effectiveness and the efficiency of our functional processes. Initially, Mr. Largey’s primary areas of focus include our outsourcing strategies, relationships with our various third party providers and partnering with the Blackstone Insurance Services team on our operational capabilities for our insurance solutions.

Mr. Largey has significant senior experience in leading operational transformation initiatives following a successful career in a number of leadership roles, most recently at AIG where he was the Chief Operating Officer for Finance and the Chief Finance Transformation Officer. Prior to AIG, Mr. Largey was Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Reengineering, at ACE Group and Executive Vice President, Finance and Accounting Center of Excellence at EXL Services.

Mr. Largey received a BS in Accounting from Wake Forest University.

Alex Lau

Alex Lau

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Alex Lau is a Managing Director 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.

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 Blackstone’s Private Equity, Infrastructure, Tactical Opportunities, Insurance Solutions, Life Sciences and Growth Equity businesses. In addition, Mr. Lee leads legal coverage for the Firm’s strategic transactions and investments and supports the Chief Legal Officer with operational and related matters for the Legal & Compliance group.

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.

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.

Angus Lennox

Angus Lennox

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Angus Lennox is a Managing Director 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.

David Levine

David Levine

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

David Levine is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group. 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 currently oversees Blackstone’s U.S. and Canadian logistics portfolio which spans more than 400 million square feet. Mr. Levine has been involved in the acquisition of GLP’s 179 million square foot U.S. Portfolio, BioMed Realty Trust, Gramercy Property Trust, Apple REIT 6, Motel 6, Pure Industrial 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 — London

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.

Ronald Lintag

Ronald Lintag

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ronald Lintag is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Lintag 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. Lintag worked as a senior user experience developer at Bloomberg LP in New York where he was responsible for prototyping the next generation of the Bloomberg Professional Service. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he worked as a consultant at Lab49, Inc. establishing its user experience practice while building trading systems and data visualization tools for some of the world's largest financial institutions. Prior to Lab49 Inc., Mr. Lintag worked as a software design engineer at Microsoft working on products such as Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Business Portal.

Mr. Lintag received a BS in Computer and Information Science from Far Eastern University Institute of Technology in Manila, Philippines.

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.

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

Ms. Longobardi is a Managing Director and Co-Manager of U.S. Credit Research for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 LCS’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 B.S. in Finance from Siena College, Magna Cum Laude and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.

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.

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.

Andreas Mang

Andreas Mang

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Andreas Mang is a Managing Director in Portfolio Operations and the Chief Operating Officer of Equity Healthcare where he is involved in managing medical benefits spend across the Blackstone portfolio. Mr. Mang brings twenty years of healthcare experience to Equity Healthcare, having held various roles in healthcare finance, operations, and strategy.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Mang was the Vice-President responsible for national provider network operations at CareCentrix, a PE-backed, leading home health benefit-management company. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, he held a variety of roles including a leadership role identifying and implementing administrative cost savings opportunities throughout the organization, and ultimately designing a new corporate business model. In addition, he held roles as the Manager, Strategic Financial Planning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations group in Boston.

Mr. Mang has a BS in Healthcare Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business Administration.

Rita Mangalick

Rita Mangalick

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Rita Mangalick is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, focused on its Advisory Business. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mangalick performed operational due diligence for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Mangalick was a Director at UBS Asset Management for seven years. Prior to that, she was with Navigant Consulting, Union Bancaire Privee and KPMG.

Ms. Mangalick received her BA in Accounting and Information Technology from The George Washington University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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

Kristerfor Mastronardi

Kristerfor Mastronardi

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Kristerfor Mastronardi is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is responsible for product strategy and structuring. 

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Mastronardi was a Portfolio Strategist at Bridgewater Associates.  Previously, Mr. Mastronardi spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director. He held senior positions in the Structured Credit and Cross Asset Solutions Groups, with his last role being Head of the U.S. Pension, Endowment and Foundation Solutions Group. Mr. Mastronardi began his career as a strategy consultant at Andersen Consulting / Accenture. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Poly Prep Country Day School and Advisory Council of the Stephen Gaynor School. 

Mr. Mastronardi received a BA in Chemistry from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

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.

Joseph McKnight

Joseph McKnight

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Joseph McKnight is a Managing Director 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.

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

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — London

David Mehenny is a Managing Director in Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Mr. Mehenny joined Blackstone Insurance Solutions in 2018 to lead the development of products and solutions across Europe. Mr. Mehenny is based in London and will manage the setup of BIS’s European operations. Mr. Mehenny joined Blackstone in 2010, ultimately serving as Head of Product Development at Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions group prior to switching to Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Mehenny headed structured product solutions at Ivy Asset Management (fund of hedge fund subsidiary of BNY Mellon) and prior to that headed technology and risk at OLEA Asset Management (global macro hedge fund). Mr. Mehenny held various positions at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in India, as well as Orascom and the Cairo Financial Centre in Egypt between 1995 and 2001.

Mr. Mehenny graduated magna cum laude from the American University in Cairo with a BSc in Physics in 1994, and received his MBA from London Business School in 2003.

Mukesh Mehta

Mukesh Mehta

Managing Director

Private Equity — India

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.

Eli Miller

Eli Miller

Managing Director

Government Relations — DC

Eli Miller is a Managing Director of Government Relations. Mr. Miller focuses on public policy, investor relations and issue management for the firm and its portfolio companies.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Miller was the Chief of Staff to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Miller played a key role in advising, coordinating and reviewing policy development within the Treasury Department, the interagency process and the White House.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Of Staff, Mr. Miller served on the Presidential transition staff, leading Secretary Mnuchin’s confirmation effort before the U.S. Senate. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Donald J. Trump for President and the Trump-Pence Campaign. In that role, Mr. Miller developed and managed the campaign’s finance process and worked on several critical issues that helped secure a campaign success. Earlier, Mr. Miller was an aide to then-Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner. Eli holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Jefferson College and a Master in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Alan Milstein

Alan Milstein

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Milstein is a Managing Director and is responsible for trading  U.S. leveraged loans and overseeing U.S. secondary market trading activities for GSO.  

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 B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Albany and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University.

Eugene Min

Eugene Min

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Eugene Min is a Managing Director based in Hong Kong and is Blackstone’s Head of Business Finance for Asia. Since joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Min has been leading the Business Finance team members in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Mumbai to support the Real Estate, Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities businesses. In addition, Mr. Min’s other primary focus areas have been the Asian open-ended Core+ fund and the various portfolio companies across Asia.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Min worked at CLSA Capital Partners, a multi-strategy alternative investment platform comprised of real estate, private equity, credit and real asset strategies, as their Chief Financial Officer and a member of the management team based in Hong Kong where he was responsible for the platform’s finance, tax, reporting, valuation and corporate planning/development functions. Mr. Min also played an active role in strategic and tactical decision-making including capital allocation, evaluating/executing corporate-level M&A opportunities and new strategy/product development.

Prior to that, Mr. Min spent 13 years at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in various capacities in their Global Real Assets Group initially based in New York as part of the Real Estate Americas team and subsequently relocated to Hong Kong to help establish and launch their Asian Infrastructure investment platform.

Prior to that, Mr. Min worked at Ernst & Young in New York as an auditor in their Financial Services Office group.

Mr. Min received a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and is a CFA Charterholder.

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 — India

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 this role, she oversees a global team and is involved in the ongoing management and oversight of the group’s investment portfolio, as well as creating and driving value-added initiatives alongside the investment team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Ms. Morrell served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at CIT Group, and was a member of the Executive Management Committee. At CIT, she helped shape the company's strategic direction following its emergence from bankruptcy, and led numerous strategic transactions in the commercial and consumer finance sectors that contributed to CIT's transformation to a bank. Prior to that, Ms. Morrell 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. Ms. Morrell previously worked as an Associate at Hellman & Friedman where she was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions, and in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Financial Institutions Group.

Ms. Morrell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Ms. Morrell currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rothesay Asset Management US, LocusPoint and Lombard International Administration Services Company LLC.

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.

Sean Muellers

Sean Muellers

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Sean Muellers is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Mr. Muellers is focused on strategic technologies and innovation for the Real Estate Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Muellers worked for the Wanda Group where he was responsible for US real estate investments and corporate acquisitions. Before the Wanda Group, he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focusing on strategic private equity investments.

Mr. Muellers began his financial career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he was a credit risk analyst in the Bank Supervision Group. Mr. Muellers received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from American University. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in China, Mr. Muellers is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

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 — London

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

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, where he focuses primarily on investments across the Technology, Media & Telecom and Financial Services industries. 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, Refinitiv, Vivint, Vivint Solar and Viva Capital. He currently serves as a Director of Lendmark Financial Services, Paysafe and Refinitiv.

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

IRBD — Sydney

Kamal Naqvi is a Managing Director of Blackstone based in Sydney. Mr. Naqvi leads Investor Relations & Business Development for Australia and New Zealand and serves as an advisor to the Hedge Fund Solutions Group (BAAM), having previously been a portfolio manager primarily responsible for commodity investments.

Before joining Blackstone in London 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. 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

Shilpa Nayyar

Shilpa Nayyar

Managing Director

Executive Offices — New York

Shilpa Nayyar is a Managing Director and Chief of Staff to Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Nayyar was Chief of Staff and Head of Business and Client Strategy for Investment Banking & Capital Markets at Credit Suisse, where she was responsible for the development, execution and tracking of all divisional strategic planning activities and objectives. Prior to that at Credit Suisse, Ms. Nayyar was Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Sponsor and Los Angeles Investment Banking groups. Ms. Nayyar began her career in healthcare investment banking at Credit Suisse, where she focused on M&A and financing transactions in the healthcare services and medical device sectors for over a decade.

Ms. Nayyar received a BA in Economics and BAS in Applied Science, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Ferdinand Niederhofer

Ferdinand Niederhofer

Managing Director

GSO — San Francisco

Ferdinand Niederhofer is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, based in San Francisco. 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.

Tsana Nobles

Tsana Nobles

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Tsana Nobles is a Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Ms. Nobles oversees the assessment and analysis of investment and insurance risk.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Nobles was Senior Vice President and the Head of Global Strategy, Investments at XL Catlin where she oversaw the strategic asset allocation, risk and capital measurement and management as well as portfolio implementation across XL Catlin’s global legal entity structure. From 2010 - 2017, Ms. Nobles was the Chief Risk Officer of Investments at AXIS Capital. Previous to AXIS Capital, Ms. Nobles was a Quantitative Analyst at Dwight Asset Management and an Actuary at National Life Group.

Ms. Nobles is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and holds a BA in Mathematics and French, and an MS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont.

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 Blackstone 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 — Ireland

Ms. O’Connor is a Managing Director and Head of European Credit Research for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit.  She is also a member of GSO’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’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

Legal & Compliance — New York

Stephen O’Connor is a Managing Director and the Chief Compliance Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. In addition, Mr. O’Connor is involved in overseeing legal matters relating to the group’s commingled multi-manager products and a number of firm-wide strategic initiatives including Blackstone’s data science unit. Previously, Mr. O’Connor was involved in the legal structuring, negotiation and execution of investments by the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group and other direct trading platforms.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. O’Connor was an Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP focusing on various corporate and asset management matters including private investment fund formations 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.

Paris Panayiotopoulos

Paris Panayiotopoulos

Managing Director

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

Paris Panayiotopoulos is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. He became an Operating Partner working with Clarus in March 2018. Mr. Panayiotopoulos is focused on growth investments in the biopharmaceutical space.

Prior to joining Clarus, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA), a leading rare cancer company, sold to Takeda Pharmaceuticals in February 2017.

In over twenty years in the biopharmaceutical industry, Mr. Panayiotopoulos also served as President of the North American biopharmaceutical business of Merck KgaA (FWB: MRK), President of the Serono Research and Development Institute and President of Merck Serono, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Panayiotopoulos is on the Board of Advisors of the non-profit Life Science Cares. Prior to joining Merck KgaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY).

Mr. Panayiotopoulos holds a combined BS in Chemistry and Management Studies from University College London and a MS from Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom.

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 Head of Corporate Development and Co-Head of Financial Planning & Analysis for the firm. He has responsibility for strategic mergers and acquisitions, new business initiatives and special projects in support of Blackstone and its business units. He also oversees management reporting, financial planning, and quarterly earnings preparation for the firm. Previously, Mr. Payne had additional responsibility for the firm’s Corporate Accounting functions, including SEC Reporting, and was CFO of Blackstone Advisory Partners LP, which included the firm’s Advisory and Restructuring & Reorganization groups. Prior to his role in Finance, 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.

Before 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 and Canadian residential investments, including LivCor, StuyTown Peter Cooper Village, Beam Living and other residential investments in Blackstone's portfolio. 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. Ms. Pianko began her career 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 and the Board of Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

Charles Piemonte

Charles Piemonte

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Charles Piemonte is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, where he is involved in new business and product development, as well as servicing existing client relationships. Mr. Piemonte joined Blackstone in 2002, and was originally involved in marketing, product development and client service operations and reporting for BAAM.

Mr. Piemonte received a Bachelor’s in Music from the Manhattan School of Music and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, with a dual focus on Finance and Marketing.

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, the business that acquires minority GP stakes within the Strategic Capital Group.

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. In his prior role, Mr. Pillemer was responsible for the coverage of the alternative asset management sector in the U.S. Since 2007, Mr. Pillemer focused extensively on providing strategic advisory services to leading traditional and alternative asset management firms. 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.

Kevin Pivnick

Kevin Pivnick

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Kevin Pivnick is a Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Mr. Pivnick is involved in the sourcing, structuring and origination of senior and subordinate commercial mortgage investments across all property types and markets.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Pivnick was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years in commercial mortgage loan origination in both London and New York. Mr. Pivnick managed Deutsche Bank’s Conduit mortgage loan origination in Europe from 2004 to 2008 and in the US from 2010 to 2018. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Pivnick worked in commercial mortgage loan origination at RBS Greenwich Capital and Credit Suisse in Los Angeles.

Mr. Pivnick received a BA in English from Dartmouth College.

Christopher Placca

Christopher Placca

Managing Director

Infrastructure — New York

Chris Placca is the Head of Finance and a Managing Director of the Infrastructure group. He currently oversees the Valuations, Financial Planning and Analysis, Operations and Accounting teams for Infrastructure. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Placca has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's infrastructure and 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.

Thomas Pologruto

Thomas Pologruto

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Thomas Pologruto is a Managing Director and the Chief Technology Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Pologruto leads the group’s software engineering team which develops proprietary investment tools, data analytics and risk systems.

Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Pologruto was a Quantitative Researcher and Senior Portfolio Manager at Kepos Capital. Prior to Kepos, he was the Chief Technology and Research Officer at Capstone Investment Advisors. Mr. Pologruto began his career as a portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Pologruto graduated cum laude and with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Physics, Biochemistry and Biophysics as well as with a MS in Chemistry. Mr. Pologruto received a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University.

Octavian Popescu

Octavian Popescu

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Octavian Popescu is a Managing Director 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.

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.

Stephen Ramsthaler

Stephen Ramsthaler

Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Stephen P. Ramsthaler is a Managing Director and Head of Finance for Strategic Partners, having joined in 2019.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Ramsthaler led the fund finance operations of GCM Grosvenor’s private equity business. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Ramsthaler was a Managing Director in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the operations for various business units, including Strategic Partners.

Mr. Ramsthaler received a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Sheila Rapple

Sheila Rapple

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — New York

Sheila Rapple is a Managing Director and Global Head of Investor Services in Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions Group. In this role, she oversees investor services and devotes many of her efforts towards helping to build out the processes needed to support new products and channels. Prior to leading Investor Services, she was Head of the Internal Sales & 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, Tactical Opportunities and Life Sciences businesses. In addition, Mr. Rehman oversees 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 JD, and graduated with a master’s degree in law from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.

Kevin Relihan

Kevin Relihan

Managing Director

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Kevin Relihan is a Managing Director and Head of Relationship Management for Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Relihan served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s North American Insurance business, where he led sales and service activities. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Relihan was an Associate Principal with McKinsey consulting and also worked for Zurich Insurance. Mr. Relihan began his career with the United Stated Navy, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant.

Mr. Relihan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The George Washington University.

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.

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.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mark Rutledge is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, based in New York. 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.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Managing Director

GSO — Ireland

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.

Jason Santamaria

Jason Santamaria

Managing Director

Portfolio Operations — New York

Jason Santamaria is a Managing 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.

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.

Sloane Schuster

Sloane Schuster

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Sloane Schuster is a Managing Director 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.

Neil Schwartz

Neil Schwartz

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Neil Schwartz is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s Strategic Partners business and the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Treasury Solutions business.

Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Schwartz was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Aurmedis Global Investors LP. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Schwartz was the Chief Compliance Officer and Associate Counsel at Tiger Global Management, LLC and from 2006 to 2011 Mr. Schwartz was a Vice President and Regulatory Counsel in the Legal and Compliance Department at The D.E. Shaw Group. Prior to D.E. Shaw, Mr. Schwartz was a Senior Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where served in both the Division of Enforcement and the Counseling and Legal Policy section in the Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Schwartz began his career serving as a law clerk to the Hon. William A. Acker on the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mr. Schwartz received his JD with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University, where he served as the Critical Essays Editor of the American University International Law Review, and his BA from Tufts University.

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.

Mark Serocold

Mark Serocold

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — London

Mark Serocold is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Solutions group.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Serocold spent six years at Neuberger Berman, four of which were in Hong Kong focusing on distribution into Private Banks in Asia. He returned to London in 2016 to cover Family Offices and UK Wealth Managers.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Serocold worked at Schroder Investment Management (SIM) as a wholesaler in London, before being transferred to Asia in 2010 to help grow the intermediary business. Mr. Serocold also worked as a Sales Consultant for The Hartford Life (UK) and was part of the European sales team at Bloomberg in London. Mark holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Bristol.

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.

Adam Shah

Adam Shah

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Adam Shah is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Asset Management for Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Shah was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Europe at Starwood Capital Group, where he most recently led asset management activities across Europe and was a member of the European Investment Committee. Mr. Shah received both a BSc. with honours and a MSc. in Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Mike Shang

Mike Shang

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — Hong Kong

Mike Shang is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group in Hong Kong. He is involved in sourcing and executing transactions in Greater China. 

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Shang was a Managing Director and founding member of Rivendell Partners, a mid-market private equity platform.  Prior to Rivendell, He was with Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia and The Carlyle Group in Hong Kong.  Before relocating to Asia, Mr. Shang worked in Morgan Stanley’s Financial Institutions Group in investment banking, as a financial accountant at CCMP’s Global Fund and as an auditor in the insurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.

Mr. Shang received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan.  He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

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.

Will Sirignano

Will Sirignano

Managing Director

GSO — New York

William Sirignano is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners and is involved in sourcing and managing public corporate credit investments across various products for GSO’s Performing Credit Group. Additionally, Mr. Sirignano focuses on the firm’s capital markets efforts.

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 BA in Economics and Legal Studies from Williams College.

Robert Sitman

Robert Sitman

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Robert Sitman is a Managing Director 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.

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.

Will Skinner

Will Skinner

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

William Skinner is a Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Skinner has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate transactions including the financing of Invitation Homes, Logicor, Indcor, GE Real Estate, Office First, Equity Office Properties, Sponda, Brixmor, BRE Select and Hilton. Mr. Skinner has previously worked for Blackstone in London where he served as Head of European Capital Markets.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Skinner worked at Goldman Sachs where he was an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Skinner received a BA from Princeton University and a MBA from Wharton, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar and received the Robert Linneman Memorial Fellowship and Jerome Freedman Memorial Award.

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. Since joining Blackstone in 2011 Mr. Slattery has been involved in asset management across all property types including logistics, residential, student housing, offices and healthcare. Mr Slattery is currently head of European logistics asset management and serves on the board of Logicor. Prior to joining Blackstone Mr. Slattery was a Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners focusing on private equity and real estate acquisitions. 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.

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

Mr. Sobol is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the structured credit strategies in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 B.A. in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.

Gabriel Sod Hoffs

Gabriel Sod Hoffs

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Gabriel Sod Hoffs is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Sod Hoffs is primarily focused on emerging market and global macro investing.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sod Hoffs was a Portfolio Manager at Caxton Associates where he focused on emerging markets. Prior to Caxton, he was a senior investment associate at Bridgewater Associates focusing on emerging markets within the investment engine. Mr. Sod Hoffs was the founder and CIO of Austin Credit Macro, a global macro hedge fund seeded by TPG Capital. He also held investment management positions at Dodge & Cox and Farallon Capital where he concentrated on currencies, interest rates, and sovereign credit. Prior to that, Mr. Sod Hoffs was a strategist in emerging markets fixed income and global foreign exchange at JPMorgan, as well as a proprietary trader. He also served as director for strategic planning at Televisa. Mr. Sod Hoffs began his career at Mexico’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Mr. Sod Hoffs received a Ph.D. and a MA in Economics from Harvard University where he was a Fulbright and Ford-MacArthur fellow. He also received a B.Sc. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México, where he graduated with the highest honors.

Marko Soldo

Marko Soldo

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Marko Soldo is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of its Special Situations Investing Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Soldo was a Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder of Talarium Capital. Prior to Talarium, he worked as a Portfolio Manager at GMT Capital and Millennium Capital. Mr. Soldo began his investment career at BC Partners, where he was on the Private Equity investment team, and Magnetar Capital, where he ran European special situations and risk arbitrage.

Mr. Soldo was a John Harvard Scholar and received an AB with honors from Harvard College.

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, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, having joined Strategic Partners in 2000. Mr. Song sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Song was a Corporate Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he formed private investment funds and advised investment advisors and investment companies on various issues under the federal securities laws.

Mr. Song received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.

Vlado Spasov

Vlado Spasov

Managing Director

BAAM — London

Vlado Spasov is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of its Special Situations Investing Group (Blackstone Strategic Opportunity Fund). Mr. Spasov is based in the London office.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Spasov focused on corporate special situations and distressed credits as a Principal at Ares Management in London and Los Angeles, as well as a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group in London. Prior to that, Mr. Spasov held various roles with Citigroup in New York and London. Mr. Spasov began his investment career at Equest Partners where he focused on private equity investments.

Mr. Spasov received a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria, as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Rob Steets

Rob Steets

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Rob Steets is a Managing Director in the Human Resources group, leading Global Talent, Workforce Planning and Analytics. In this role he is responsible for our talent management processes, learning and development strategies and execution, as well as overall people analytics and insights.

Rob has over two decades of experience working for large and mid-size companies across a variety of industries, including several banking and fintech firms. Prior to joining Blackstone, Rob was SVP in Human Resources at IPC Systems, leading the global Human Resources team. Rob has been actively involved throughout his career in working at every level of an organization as an advisor and coach.

Rob has a M.S. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.A. in Psychology from West Chester University.

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.

Herbert Suen

Herbert Suen

Managing Director

Private Wealth Solutions — Hong Kong

Herbert Suen is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Solutions group and is based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Suen worked at Barclays Wealth as Head of Managed Products in Asia. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Suen worked at Credit Suisse overseeing Fund-based advisory portfolio solutions for private wealth clients. Before that he also worked at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Bank, Franklin Templeton and Mitsubishi Corporation in various capacities including financial engineering and business development.

Mr. Suen received a Master of Science (with Distinction) 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 in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Asian Studies. He is a CFA charter holder and a certified FRM. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Japanese and Mandarin.

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Bryan Sullivan is a Managing Director and head of GSO Credit Technology Analytics. Since joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Sullivan has been involved in the management, analysis, design, development and support for all reporting and data analytics applications utilized by management, front office, 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.

Michael Swank

Michael Swank

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Swank is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Swank focuses on Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in Germany and the Nordics. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Swank has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe and the U.S., including Dream Global, Hembla (D. Carnegie), Obligo, Sponda, Hilton Worldwide, and Gecina. 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, a Singapore based Managing Director, is Blackstone's Head of Finance for Asia Pacific. He manages Blackstone’s Asia Pacific finance functions including Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Private Equity, and Tactical Operation business support teams as well as Asia Pacific Real Estate tax team. From 2010 to 2018, Mr. Tammela managed the Asia Pacific Real Estate finance team and had overall responsibility for all financial and tax-related matters of BREP’s Asian investments. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, he worked in real estate private equity for Bank of America 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.

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

Ms. Taormina is a Managing Director and the Head of the Investor Relations and Client Service team for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. Ms. Taormina is responsible for overseeing the investor relations and client service efforts for LCS’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 B.S. 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.

Eli Thomas

Eli Thomas

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Eli Thomas is a Managing Director 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.

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.

Scott Trebilco

Scott Trebilco

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Scott Trebilco is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Mr. Trebilco currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the hospitality sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Trebilco has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors and has led various transactions, including the acquisition of the Iconic Resorts hotel portfolio, Turtle Bay Resort, Ritz Carlton Kapalua, JW Marriott San Antonio, and PSAV. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Trebilco was a Vice President in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging investment banking group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Trebilco received degrees in Finance and Law from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he graduated with honors.

Peter Vaglio

Peter Vaglio

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Pete Vaglio is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he focuses on the Strategic Capital Group, which includes the hedge fund seeding and GP stakes businesses.

Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Vaglio has been primarily focused on legal, negotiation and execution of Blackstone Strategic Capital Group’s investments, as well as strategic initiatives for the group. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vaglio was an associate in the investment management group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and the transactions group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, focusing on various corporate and asset management transactions, restructurings of private equity firms, establishing general partner and incentive compensation arrangements among founders, and private equity fund formation.

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.

Blake Vogt

Blake Vogt

Managing 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.

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 initiatives throughout the firm. Mr. Volchyok was instrumental in launching and co-leads Blackstone’s Mexican CERPI, a market leading public platform through which the Mexican pension plans (AFOREs) invest in Blackstone funds. 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.

Philip Volpicelli

Philip Volpicelli

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Mr. Volpicelli is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the U.S. high yield strategies in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. He was previously a member of GSO’s Alternative Investment team, where he participated in stressed, distressed and direct lending opportunities.

Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners in 2015, Mr. Volpicelli was most recently a Director at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. responsible for high yield research coverage of the homebuilding/building products, manufacturing/general industrial and services sectors. Mr. Volpicelli began his career at Bankers Trust Securities Inc., subsequently acquired by Deutsche Bank, and has worked at CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co., and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. in New York and London. In these roles, he has originated, syndicated, traded, invested in, and provided research coverage for both loans and bonds.

Mr. Volpicelli received a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.B.A in Finance from The Stern School of Business at New York University.

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 Network Rail Commercial Estate, Sage Housing, The Office Group, and Logicor. 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 Managing Director of the Real Estate Group based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Wai has focused on acquiring and managing real estate investments in Greater China, including the establishment of Blackstone’s logistics portfolio in China, the acquisition of Tysan Holdings and the establishment of Blackstone’s non-performing loan investment platform in China.

Mr. Wai graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2006, where he was a Meinig National Scholar and a member of Ye Hosts Society. Mr. Wai is a trustee of Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he currently serves as chair of its investment committee. Mr. Wai is also a member of the Leadership Council of Blackstone Foundation, the University Council of Cornell University, and the Advisory Board of Hong Kong Government’s Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged.

Limin Wang

Limin Wang

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Limin Wang is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is involved in portfolio construction and quantitative research. Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Wang managed quantitative portfolios for Laurion Capital Management. Prior to that, he worked at Credit Suisse where he was a Director of the quantitative trading group. Prior to Credit Suisse, he worked on the equity derivatives trading desk of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Wang received a PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Phil. from Columbia University.

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.

Paul Wolpe

Paul Wolpe

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Paul Wolpe is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group where he is focused on residential real estate investments. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Wolpe was a Managing Director at the CIT Group.

Prior to CIT, Mr. Wolpe was an Executive Vice President at OneWest Bank before its sale to CIT. At OneWest, Mr. Wolpe was a key member of the team responsible for the purchase of multiple banks from the FDIC with combined assets of $30bn.

Prior to OneWest, Mr. Wolpe worked at Dune Capital where he was part of the team responsible for buying IndyMac Bank and creating OneWest.  Prior to Dune, Mr. Wolpe worked at Drake Management and BlackRock. Mr. Wolpe received a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

John Wrafter

John Wrafter

Managing Director

GSO — Ireland

Mr. Wrafter is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager of the European commingled funds and European separately managed accounts in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. Mr. Wrafter is also responsible for LCS’s European secondary trading activity and sits on LCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee and 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.

Eric Wu

Eric Wu

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Eric Wu is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group, where he focuses on financing and capital markets activities for US real estate investments.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Wu spent over five years at Barclays where he was Head of Originations for the commercial real estate lending business in the United States. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Wu worked at Morgan Stanley where he held various roles in the CMBS and merchant banking groups in the US and in Europe.

Mr. Wu received a BS in Economics and a BA in Chemistry from Duke University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Columbia 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."

James Yang

James Yang

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

James Yang is a Managing Director 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.

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

Mr. Zarzhevsky is a Managing Director and Co-Manager of U.S. Credit Research for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 LCS’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 B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration Finance from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.

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 the Chief 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 wealth management firms 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. Mr. Zidle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Emory University. From 1993 to 2001, he served as a specialist in military intelligence for the U.S. Army Reserves.

Michael Addeo

Michael Addeo

Principal

GSO — New York

Michael Addeo is a Principal 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 previously served on the board of directors of Warrior Met Coal, Inc.

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 Co-Chair of the New Wave Steering Committee for Film at Lincoln Center.

Gil Badart

Gil Badart

Principal

GSO — London

Gil Badart is a Principal 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.

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 Vungle, Ultimate Software, Refinitiv, 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 of the Pennsylvania State University.

Zachary Beck

Zachary Beck

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Zachary S. Beck is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2008. In 2014, Mr. Beck relocated to Strategic Partners’ London office and returned to New York in 2016. Mr. Beck is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Beck attended Cornell University where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics.

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.

Mark Bhupathi

Mark Bhupathi

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Mark A. Bhupathi is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2004. Mr. Bhupathi oversees Strategic Partners’ infrastructure, energy and other real assets investing activities. Mr. Bhupathi sits on the Infrastructure Investment Committee and is an advisory board member of multiple infrastructure and real assets funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Bhupathi attended Columbia University where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics.

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.

Ari Brettman

Ari Brettman

Principal

Blackstone Life Sciences — Cambridge

Ari Brettman is a Principal in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018. Mr. Brettman joined Clarus in September 2014.

Dr. Brettman is focused on investments across the firm's portfolio, including startups and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Clarus, Dr. Brettman completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Brettman was also an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the MGH Center for Systems Biology, where he studied the autophagy of lipid droplets and used electronic medical record-based big data analytics at Partners Healthcare to conduct clinical research and improve disease management. Dr. Brettman is a member of the Board of Directors of Praxis Precision Medicines, a startup in genetically defined neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Brettman received his M.D. from Duke University and his AB in History and Science from Harvard College. While a medical student, he was a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation Fellow at Stanford University, where he studied angiogenesis

Bonnie Brookshaw

Bonnie Brookshaw

Principal

GSO — New York

Ms. Brookshaw is a Principal and a Portfolio Manager of the U.S. loan separately managed accounts and commingled funds in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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.

Jon Camire

Jon Camire

Principal

Portfolio Operations — New York

Jon Camire is a Principal in Portfolio Operations and the Chief Financial Officer of Equity Healthcare. He is involved in financial evaluation, benchmarking, and modeling of health plan performance optimization for existing and prospective portfolio investments including benefit design alternatives, clinical programming and innovation partner opportunities.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Camire served as Vice President of Financial Modeling with Unum, spearheading the modernization of the actuarial and financial management capabilities across the enterprise. Prior to Unum, Mr. Camire operated his own health actuarial and healthcare reform consulting practice supporting payer, provider, employer and government clients in navigating the risks and opportunities of the rapidly evolving health system dynamics. Earlier in his career, he held actuarial leadership roles with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Mr. Camire holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Principal

GSO — New York

Mr. 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 B.A. 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, where he focuses on investments across North Asia. Mr. Cook has been involved with the firm’s investments in Ayumi Pharmaceutical, Clarion Offshore Partners, Geo-Young, Onyx Renewables, and Simone Accessories. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ayumi Pharmaceutical and Geo-Young.

Before relocating to Blackstone’s Hong Kong office in 2016, Mr. Cook was a member of Blackstone’s energy private equity business in New York. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cook evaluated and executed private equity investments at KKR and the Carlyle Group. Prior to that, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s M&A department.

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, Rhodia Acetow and Averys. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rhodia Acetow and Averys.

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.

Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Principal

GSO — Ireland

Ian Cummins is a Principal and European credit research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GSO in 2015, Mr. Cummins worked at Guggenheim Partners, where he was a credit analyst covering telecom, media, technology and healthcare across fixed income and leveraged loans. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2013, Mr. Cummins worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the Asset Management Group.

Mr. Cummins received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with first class honours from University College Dublin and an MS in Management from the London School of Economics. He is a CFA Charterholder and a qualified Financial Risk Manager.

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.

Amanda Daniel

Amanda Daniel

Principal

Real Estate — London

Amanda Daniel is a Principal in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development Group, based in London. Ms. Daniel is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone’s real estate funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Daniel worked at BlackRock as a product specialist for its hedge fund solutions business. Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms. Daniel worked on the Institutional Fixed Income Sales team at RBC Capital Markets.

Ms. Daniel received a BA in History from Princeton University.

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.

Susanne Desch

Susanne Desch

Principal & CAO

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Susanne Desch is a Principal and Chief Administrative Officer in the Tactical Opportunities group. As CAO of Tactical Opportunities, Ms. Desch is involved in resource allocation, recruiting and training, career and performance development, budget and expense management, compensation, strategic planning and other administrative aspects of the group’s activities. Ms. Desch has held a variety of roles since joining the firm in 2014 in the Strategic Incentives Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Desch spent 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch working initially in Global Markets and Investment Banking, followed by the Private Banking and Investment Group.

Ms. Desch received a BS in Business Administration from Western Carolina University.

Teddy Desloge

Teddy Desloge

Principal

GSO — New York

Teddy Desloge is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, where he focuses on public corporate credit investments across various products for GSO’s Performing Credit Group.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Desloge was an Associate at Gefinor Capital and an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Jefferies.

Mr. Desloge graduated with a major in Economics from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Lazar Dimitrov

Lazar Dimitrov

Principal

Blackstone Life Sciences — San Francisco Life Sci

Lazar Dimitrov is a Principal in the Blackstone Life Sciences group, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018.

Dr. Dimitrov is focused on investments across the firm's portfolio, including startups and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies Dr. Dimitrov joined Clarus in August 2015 with a diverse business and scientific background. His business experience spans investment banking (Merrill Lynch), venture capital (Rho Ventures), internet and biotechnology start-ups (Priceline WebHouse Club, Crystal Bioscience) and management consulting (Blue Matter Consulting). Dr. Dimitrov is currently a board observer for Graybug Vision, SFJ Pharmaceuticals, Galera Therapeutics and Lumos Pharma.

Dr. Dimitrov obtained his PhD in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington studying mitochondrial biology and aging in the lab of Dr. Dan Gottschling at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He conducted his postdoctoral training in genetics, biochemistry and cell biology at U.C. Berkeley in the lab of Randy Schekman, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Dimitrov received his BA in Mathematics and Economics with high honors from Dartmouth College.

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.

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.

Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Sarah Foster is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group focused on capital raising, investor relations and business development. Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Ms. Foster was a member of Blackstone’s External Relations Group and Blackstone Advisory Partners.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Foster worked at Deutsche Bank in the Investment Banking Division where she focused on M&A transactions in the banking and specialty finance sectors. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Foster worked at Lehman Brothers in the Financial Institutions Group.

Ms. Foster received a BS in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, where she graduated summa cum laude and earned majors in Finance and Accounting.

David Fox

David Fox

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

David R. Fox is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2007. Mr. Fox sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is an advisory board member of multiple funds. In 2011, Mr. Fox relocated to Strategic Partners’ London office and returned to New York in 2014.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Fox attended Purdue University where he graduated with Distinction with a B.S. in Management and an M.B.A. in Finance.

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 — Ireland

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.

Jake Gladstone

Jake Gladstone

Principal

GSO — New York

Jacob Gladstone is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, where he focuses on distressed and special situations investing.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Gladstone was an Analyst on the Credit Strategy Desk at the Royal Bank of Scotland covering the retail, consumer and food sector, with primary focus on high yield and distressed issuers.

Mr. Gladstone graduated with a joint major in Business and Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College.

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.

Alex Greeley

Alex Greeley

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Alex Greeley is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Greeley has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Acrisure, International Market Centers, JDA, and Stream.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Greeley was an Associate in the Distressed Debt group at Oaktree Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Greeley was an Associate at the First Reserve Corporation, an energy-focused private equity fund based in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Greeley began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citi in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Mr. Greeley received an AB in Economics cum laude with a concentration in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Currently, Mr. Greeley serves as a Director of International Market Centers.

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.

Michelle Harika

Michelle Harika

Principal

Portfolio Operations — New York

Michelle Harika is a Principal in Portfolio Operations and the Chief Clinical Officer of Equity Healthcare. Michelle is responsible for the oversight and results of the Equity Healthcare dedicated clinical units operated by multiple vendors. She leads improvement strategies established by clinical data analysis and vendor partnership to generate increased value for Equity Healthcare member companies.

Before joining Equity Healthcare, Michelle worked at Anthem, where her primary oversight and responsibilities included clinical care center operations, performance monitoring, and improvement strategies. Prior to Anthem, Michelle’s clinical practice focused on diabetes education and management, for which Michelle holds a specialty certification. Michelle is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Awards Committee of the Richmond Pharmacists Association and a past president of the Central Virginia Association of Diabetes Educators.

Michelle received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia.

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.

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.

Emily Ho

Emily Ho

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Emily T. Ho is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2016. Ms. Ho is involved in all Strategic Partners legal matters as well as business development and fundraising.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Ms. Ho was at Blackstone in the Private Equity Group’s Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Ho worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as an associate in the Private Funds Group.

Ms. Ho received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan, her MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science and her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.

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.

Kate Hoey

Kate Hoey

Principal & CAO

Private Equity — New York

Kate Hoey is a Principal and Chief Administrative Officer in the Private Equity group. As CAO of Private Equity, Ms. Hoey is involved in resource allocation, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews, compensation, strategic planning and other administrative aspects of the group’s activities. Ms. Hoey has held a variety of roles since joining the firm in 2009, initially working on the Corporate Finance team and more recently on Private Equity’s Financial Planning and Analysis team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Hoey spent 3 years at Merrill Lynch focused on corporate planning and analysis for the Global Markets & Investment Banking division.

Ms. Hoey received a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.

Courtney Hollar

Courtney Hollar

Principal

GSO — Baltimore

Courtney Hollar is a Principal of LCS’s structured credit strategies focusing on investment grade assets; he is a senior analyst and trader covering financial institutions sectors in the US, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining GSO in 2019, Mr. Hollar worked at Blackstone Insurance Solutions as a senior analyst and investment grade bond trader. Prior to that, Mr. Hollar was an Assistant Vice President and senior analyst at Fidelity & Guaranty Life, where he covered investment-grade and high-yield financial institutions sectors. Before joining Fidelity & Guaranty in 2011, Mr. Hollar was a Director at Wells Real Estate Funds overseeing research and analysis in the REIT sector and an analyst at Voya Investment Management in both public and private investment grade bond portfolios. Mr. Hollar has also served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, specializing in field artillery.

Mr. Hollar earned a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Baltimore CFA Society.

Robert Hou

Robert Hou

Principal

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Robert Hou is a Principal in Blackstone Insurance Solutions where he focuses on credit investments. Mr. Hou previously constructed and managed client alternative portfolios, including for the firm’s Insurance Dedicated Fund platform, and was a member of the Corporate Development and Strategic Incentives Groups.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Hou worked in Financial Institutions Investment Banking and Corporate Development at firms including BlackRock, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Hou graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics.

Matt Howard-Cairns

Matt Howard-Cairns

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Matthew Howard-Cairns is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group and is involved with the asset management of the group's investments in Europe. In this role, he is involved in portfolio oversight, investment monitoring and creating and driving value-added initiatives alongside the investment team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Howard-Cairns was a Senior Manager in the Financial Decisions and Analysis team within the Transaction Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. At PwC, he specialised in delivering value-accretive programmes at private equity portfolio companies globally and has experience across a broad spectrum of industries.

Mr. Howard-Cairns graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Economics and Politics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (CA). Mr. Howard-Cairns currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Northview Group, CPBM Finance and CDL, amongst others.

Eric Hsu

Eric Hsu

Principal

GSO — New York

Eric Hsu is a Principal with Blackstone / GSO Capital. Since joining GSO Capital in 2012, Mr. Hsu has been involved in analyzing private equity, mezzanine and distressed investments in the energy and power industries.

Prior to joining GSO Capital, Mr. Hsu worked for Goldman Sachs’ Financial Sponsors investment banking group, where he worked on multiple M&A and financing transactions.

Mr. Hsu received a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.

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 — Ireland

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.

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.

David Kaden

David Kaden

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

David Kaden is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. He has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Aqua Finance, Bridger Aerospace, Diamonds Direct, Lundin Gold, Natural Resource Partners, Pretium Resources, Stornoway and Titus as well as a number of add-on acquisitions for portfolio companies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Kaden worked at the White House where he was the Director for International Economics on the National Security Council and National Economic Council. He previously served as the assistant chief of staff to the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Mr. Kaden received an AB from Harvard College, a JD from Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk to Judge Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a term member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations.

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).

Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Daniel Katz is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group, focused on driving fund marketing initiatives as well as investor relations. Prior to joining, Mr. Katz was a Director in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse Securities where he was focused on project management. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Katz was an Associate covering Healthcare at BMO Capital Markets and the Northeast Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Katz received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christian Keiber

Christian Keiber

Principal

Private Equity — Sydney

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.

Amer Khatoun

Amer Khatoun

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Amer Khatoun is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Khatoun has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in De Nora, Beauparc and Superbet. He serves as a Director of Beauparc.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Khatoun was a Senior Associate with H.I.G. Capital in London where he was involved with the analysis and execution of mid-market private equity transactions across a number of sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Khatoun was an analyst with Goldman Sachs and Citi in London, where he worked in their Mergers & Acquisitions divisions.

Mr. Khatoun received a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol.

Brendan King

Brendan King

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Brendan M. King is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2009. Mr. King is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. King attended Binghamton University where he graduated with a B.S. cum laude in Management & Finance. Mr. King subsequently earned the C.F.A. designation.

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.

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.

Joshua Lafer

Joshua Lafer

Principal

GSO — New York

Josh Lafer is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners focused on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring private credit and equity investments across a diverse range of industries. Before joining GSO in 2016, Mr. Lafer was a Vice President in Barclays Capital’s Financial Institutions Group where he was responsible for advising specialty finance clients on a range of M&A and capital markets transactions. Prior to Barclays Capital, Mr. Lafer worked at Ernst & Young where his responsibilities included derivatives valuation as part of E&Y’s Financial Services team.

Mr. Lafer holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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.

Adam Leslie

Adam Leslie

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Adam Leslie is a Principal in the Real Estate group. Mr. Leslie currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the office and life science sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Leslie has been involved in analyzing Blackstone's real estate investments in several property sectors and has worked on a variety of transactions, including the creation and sale of Blackstone’s industrial platform, IndCor Properties as well as the acquisition of Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan. Recently, Mr. Leslie led the acquisitions of several west coast office assets, including 800 Fifth Avenue in Seattle.

Mr. Leslie graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Economics.

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

Ms. Lew is a Principal and a Portfolio Manager of the U.S. CLOs in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 B.S. 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.

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 — Ireland

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.

Scott Malamut

Scott Malamut

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Scott Malamut is a Principal in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Malamut worked at Almanac Realty Investors, where he was involved with securities and sector analysis, transaction execution and asset management of new and existing investments. Prior to joining Almanac, he worked in the real estate investment banking group at Barclays.

Mr. Malamut received a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

Jessica Mayer

Jessica Mayer

Principal

GSO — London

Ms. Mayer is a Principal and a member of the Investor Relations and Client Service team for GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit, focused on LCS’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 LCS’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 B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University, double majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in International Business.

Megan McCann

Megan McCann

Principal & CAO

Portfolio Operations — New York

Megan McCann is a Principal and Chief Administrative Officer in the Portfolio Operations group. As CAO of Portfolio Operations, Megan is involved with the administrative management including resource allocation, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews and compensation, and other administrative aspects of the group’s activities. Ms. McCann has held a variety of roles since joining the firm in 2011, initially working on Private Equity’s Investor Relations and Reporting team and more recently on Private Equity’s Valuations team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. McCann spent 6 years at Morgan Stanley focused on planning, analysis, and reporting for the Global Wealth Management division.

Ms. McCann received a dual BS in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.

Gordon McKemie

Gordon McKemie

Principal

GSO — New York

Mr. McKemie is a Principal and a Portfolio Manager of the closed-end and exchange-traded funds in GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategy (“LCS”) unit. 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 LCS’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 B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Steve Mickle

Steve Mickle

Principal

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Steve Mickle is a Principal within Blackstone Insurance Solutions. He focuses on providing customized credit and alternatives solutions to insurance general accounts.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mickle was Head of Institutional Sales and Trading for WallachBeth Capital. In his role he recommended optimal equity and in particular NAIC-designated fixed income ETF trading strategies for insurers. Previously, he was a Vice President at BlackRock where he structured iShares exposure for insurance general account, variable annuity and 40-act portfolios.

Mr. Mickle received his BA from Hamilton College and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.

Anindya Mishra

Anindya Mishra

Principal

GSO — Houston

Anindya Mishra is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Mishra focuses on private and public investments in the energy and power sectors. Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners in 2015, Mr. Mishra worked for First Reserve helping invest capital in the energy equipment, manufacturing and services sectors. Prior to First Reserve, Mr. Mishra worked for Deutsche Bank’s natural resources investment banking group, where he worked on multiple M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Mishra received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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, having joined Strategic Partners in 2006. Mr. Mones sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Mones attended the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and graduated with a B.S. magna cum laude in Finance and Economics. Mr. Mones serves on the Board of Directors of The Friends of Governors Island and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Leadership Council.

Shannon O'Grady

Shannon O'Grady

Principal

GSO — New York

Shannon O’Grady is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Ms. O’Grady focuses on marketing, relationship management and business development. Ms. O’Grady joined GSO at the time of Blackstone’s acquisition in 2008 and started her career working with Blackstone’s Distressed Debt Securities Fund. 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 and a Certificate in International Studies in Business from the University of Washington.

David O'Neill

David O'Neill

Principal

Real Estate — New York

David O’Neill is a Principal in the Real Estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. O’Neill has analyzed and managed real estate investments across several property types including the creation of Invitation Homes, its IPO, and subsequent merger with Starwood Waypoint. Mr. O’Neill currently focuses on the asset management of various investments in the residential sector.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. O’Neill worked for Colliers International in Hong Kong.

Mr. O’Neill received a BS in Finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Josh Pang

Josh Pang

Principal

BAAM — New York

Joshua Pang is a Principal in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing Group. Previously Mr. Pang served as a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group of Blackstone. 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.

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.

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 — Ireland

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.

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.

Edward Rabinowitz

Edward Rabinowitz

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Edward B. Rabinowitz is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2009. Mr. Rabinowitz is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Rabinowitz attended Cornell University where he graduated with a B.S. in Hotel Administration.

Tina Raja

Tina Raja

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Tina Raja is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group focused on capital raising, investor relations and business development.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Raja was most recently Head of Co-Investments and Investor Relations at Gemcorp Capital LLP since 2015.  Prior to this, Ms. Raja worked at Deutsche Bank in the Global Markets Division where she focused on multi-asset coverage.  Prior to Deutsche Bank in 2012, Ms. Raja worked at Goldman Sachs International from 2008, where she worked across both the Global Fixed Income and Equities Division.

Ms. Raja received a BSc in Economics, with minors in Russian Literature and Chinese Economic Studies, from University of Nottingham.

Kyle Ray

Kyle Ray

Principal

GSO — Houston

Kyle Ray is a Principal and an Engineer of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Ray has been involved in the analysis of production, reserves, and development strategies of upstream and midstream companies across the energy sector.

Prior to joining GSO in 2017, Mr. Ray served as a Vice President in the Energy A&D Advisory Group at UBS Investment Bank, where he advised on multiple acquisition, divestiture and joint-venture transactions. Mr. Ray began his career with ConocoPhillips as a reservoir engineer in various conventional and unconventional reservoir assignments.

Mr. Ray received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business.

William Rosener

William Rosener

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

William L. Rosener is a Principal and the Head of Investor Relations and Business Development for Strategic Partners. Mr. Rosener has worked with Strategic Partners since 2007 and leads the capital raising and business development activities for the Strategic Partners platform.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Rosener was a member of the Private Equity Product Specialist team with Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, where he focused on the development, structuring and distribution of Credit Suisse’s wholly-owned and joint venture private equity funds, including Strategic Partners. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Rosener was an M&A legal analyst at Deutsche Bank in Paris.

Mr. Rosener received a B.A. in French Literature from Emory University, where he was Senior Editor of the Emory Political Review. Mr. Rosener is fluent in French.

Madeleine Russo

Madeleine Russo

Principal

Legal & Compliance — 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.

Peter Ryan

Peter Ryan

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Peter Ryan is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. Mr. Ryan has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Targa Resources, Cloudreach, North American Bancard, and life settlements, as well as numerous private oil & gas transactions.

Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities in 2015, Mr. Ryan worked at Credit Suisse within its Leveraged Finance Origination & Restructuring group and previously within its Fixed Income trading and Asset Management divisions.

Mr. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics and graduated from the Wharton School of Business with an M.B.A. in Finance and received the school’s Palmer Scholar distinction.

Andrew Sagat

Andrew Sagat

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Andrew Sagat is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group and is involved with the asset management of the group’s investments in the U.S. In this role, he is involved in portfolio oversight, investment monitoring and creating and driving value-added initiatives alongside the investment team.

Before joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Sagat was a Senior Director in the Corporate Turnaround and Restructuring practice at Alvarez & Marsal, where he worked as both an advisor and in interim management roles for stressed and distressed business across a variety of industries. Prior to A&M, Mr. Sagat worked at Bear Stearns in the loan portfolio management group.

Mr. Sagat received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in finance and anthropology.

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.

Darius Sepassi

Darius Sepassi

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Darius Sepassi is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group where he is focused on investment activity in the energy sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Sepassi has been involved with the firm’s investments in Cheniere Energy Partners, Ulterra Drilling Technologies, Onyx Renewables, GridLiance and Transmission Developers, Inc.

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 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 Ulterra, GridLiance, Onyx and TDI-New England.

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.

Molly Sheinberg

Molly Sheinberg

Principal

Blackstone Insurance Solutions — New York

Molly Sheinberg is a Principal and Head of Marketing for Blackstone Insurance Solutions. In addition to leading the marketing effort, Ms. Sheinberg also focuses on delivering customized investment solutions to insurance companies.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sheinberg was an investment specialist within the Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In her role, she was responsible for communicating investment strategy, decisions and performance to insurance clients globally. Previously, she was the business manager for the Global Insurance Solutions business where she focused on the development and implementation of the group’s strategic plan. Ms. Sheinberg began her career at AIG and held various positions in the organization including underwriting and capital planning & analysis.

Ms. Sheinberg received a BA, magna cum laude from Brown University and an MBA from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Jonathan Shifke

Jonathan Shifke

Principal

GSO — London

Jonathan Shifke is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, where he focuses on distressed and special situations investing.

Prior to joining GSO in 2014, Mr. Shifke was an Associate with Rhône Capital, a private equity firm specializing in cross-border and trans-Atlantic leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Before joining Rhône, he was an Analyst in the Oil & Gas Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC.

Mr. Shifke graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an AB in History.

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.

Carter Simpson

Carter Simpson

Principal

GSO — New York

Carter Simpson is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners, based in New York. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Simpson worked as an analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Deutsche Bank’s New York office. Mr. Simpson received a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

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 — Ireland

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 — New York

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, Lendmark, SERVPRO and Vivint. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lendmark and SERVPRO.

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.

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.  He evaluates investment opportunities across primarily the Business Services and Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) industries, and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Alight, Cloverleaf Cold Storage, and PSSI.  He serves as a Director of Alight and PSSI, and previously served as a Director of Cloverleaf Cold Storage.  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 Young Lions group of the New York Public Library, and Human Rights Watch.

David Symons

David Symons

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

David H. Symons is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2004. Mr. Symons oversees Strategic Partners’ direct equity co-investment and primary investing activities and is an advisory board member of multiple funds. Mr. Symons is an executive board member of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Symons attended Cornell University where he graduated with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.

Yuxiang Tag

Yuxiang Tag

Principal

Real Estate — Singapore

Yuxiang Tag is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Singapore. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Tag has been involved in evaluating real estate asset and corporate transactions in Australia as well as the firm’s expansion efforts into South East Asia. He has worked on transactions including GE Office Portfolio, DHL Logistics Portfolio and Sime Darby Office Portfolio. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tag worked as an Analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate team in London. Mr. Tag received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he graduated with First Class Honors.

Eric Tam

Eric Tam

Principal

Strategic Partners — London

Eric Tam is a Principal, having joined Strategic Partners in 2016. Based in London, Mr. Tam leads the international activities of the Strategic Partners Real Estate funds. Mr. Tam sits on the Real Estate Investment Committee and is an advisory board member of multiple funds.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Tam was a Vice President at H/2 Capital Partners, an institutional investment manager focused on commercial real estate credit, where he focused on commercial real estate credit investments and capital markets activities in the U.S. and Europe. Before joining H/2, Mr. Tam was an Associate at Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Group, where he focused on acquisitions for both opportunistic and core fund strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Tam was a Manager at Accenture in their Financial Services practice, specializing in mortgage banking.

Mr. Tam received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Peng Wei Tan

Peng Wei Tan

Principal

Real Estate — Singapore

Peng Wei Tan is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Singapore. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Tan has been involved in evaluating real estate investments in several property types across Asia. Mr. Tan has been involved in various transactions including the acquisition of GE Capital’s Japanese and Australian real estate assets, as well as various Japanese apartment acquisitions including the privatization of the UK-listed Japan Residential Investment Company.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tan worked in New York as an associate at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, a global real estate fund focused on opportunistic investments, where he was responsible for new investments and investment management. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Tan worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley Real Estate in New York.

Mr. Tan received a BS from Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a Merrill Presidential Scholar.