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