Our People

Leadership

Stephen A. Schwarzman*

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Jonathan Gray*

President & Chief Operating Officer

Hamilton E. James*

Executive Vice Chairman

Michael Chae

Chief Financial Officer

John G. Finley

Chief Legal Officer

Christine Anderson

Global Head of Public Affairs and Marketing

Joseph Baratta*

Global Head of Private Equity

Wayne Berman

Global Head of Government Affairs

David S. Blitzer

Global Head of Tactical Opportunities

Kenneth Caplan

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Nicholas Galakatos

Global Head of Life Sciences

Sean Klimczak

Global Head of Infrastructure

Jon Korngold

Global Head of Blackstone Growth Equity

Kathleen McCarthy

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

John McCormick

Global Head of Hedge Fund Solutions (BAAM)

Verdun Perry

Global Head of Strategic Partners

Paige Ross

Global Head of Human Resources

Dwight Scott

Global Head of GSO

Joan Solotar

Global Head of Private Wealth Solutions

Vik Sawhney

Chief Administrative Officer

*Member of Blackstone's Board of Directors

Board Members

James W. Breyer

Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital

Sir John Hood

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation and Chair of the Rhodes Trust

Rochelle B. Lazarus

Chairman Emeritus & Former Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

Jay O. Light

Dean Emeritus, Harvard Business School

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

Former Prime Minister of Canada

William G. Parrett

Retired CEO and Senior Partner, Deloitte (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)

Ruth Porat

Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc

Senator Kelly A. Ayotte

Former United States Senator from New Hampshire

Directory

Name
Qasim Abbas

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.

A. J. Agarwal

A.J. Agarwal is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, where he focuses on the global Core+ business and serves as a Director and President of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT).  

Prior to the launch of the Core+ business, Mr. Agarwal was previously a co-head of the U.S. Acquisitions team and oversaw more than $50 billion of investment 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 as well as the Investment Committee for Blackstone Total Alternatives Solution.

 

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. Mr. Agarwal is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Samir Amichi

Samir Amichi is the Head of Real Estate Acquisitions Europe, 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, Testa Residencial, 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.

Saif Assam

Saif Assam is a Senior Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Lionel Assant

Lionel Assant is the European Head of Private Equity for Blackstone, based in London. In addition, he is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Growth Equity (BXG) funds. 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 Cerdia, Clarion Events, Schenck Process, CIRSA, the National Exhibition Centre, BME (formerly CRH Building Materials Distribution) and Bourne Leisure. Mr. Assant served on the boards of Gerresheimer, Klockner Pentaplast, Mivisa, United Biscuits, Alliance Automotive Group, Tangerine, Intertrust and Armacell. He is also involved with Impetus, a charitable foundation which provides resources to improve the lives of children and young people living in poverty.

Gautam Banerjee

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, Singapore Telecommunications, Piramal Enterprises Limited and GIC Private Limited.  His roles in the not-for-profit sector include serving as Chairman of raiSE and the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise.

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 is the General Counsel of Blackstone Credit. 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.

Gregory Beutler

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.

Joshua Blaine

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.

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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group where he focuses on investments in the Digital Infrastructure 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 QTS Realty Trust, Signature Aviation, Hotwire Communications, NCR, Kronos, Paysafe, Blue Yonder, 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 QTS Realty Trust, Signature Aviation, Hotwire Communications, and NCR.

Marc Bolland

Marc Bolland is the Head of Blackstone European Portfolio Operations and Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP.

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 an MBA from University of Groningen.

Martin Brand

Martin Brand is Head of North America Private Equity and Global Co-Head of Technology Investing. He also serves as a member of several of the firm’s investment committees.

Mr. Brand was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Refinitiv, Bumble, IntraFi, Paysafe, Vungle, Ultimate Software, Liftoff, Blue Yonder, Optiv, Kronos, Ipreo, Knight Capital Group, Lendmark, Exeter Finance, Viva, NCR, First Eagle, 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 Tradeweb Markets, London Stock Exchange Group, UKG Software, Exeter Finance, IntraFi, and First Eagle. He is a Trustee of the American Academy Berlin and a director of the Park Avenue Armory.

Mark Burton

Mark J. Burton is a Senior 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.

Robert Camacho

Robert Camacho is the Co-Head of Blackstone Credit’s Structured Products Group within Blackstone Credit and a member of the Structured Products Group Investment Committee.

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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in Sydney. Mr. Carnegie was previously a Senior Adviser for Blackstone 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 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 Carruthers

Mike Carruthers is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Credit (“BXC”), and is involved in sourcing, researching, structuring and managing investments across various target sectors.

Mr. Carruthers is based in Toronto, Canada, having relocated from BXC’s London office to lead BXC’s efforts in the Midwest and Canada. Mr. Carruthers joined BXC, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2006. Prior to joining BXC, he 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.

Beth Chartoff Spector

Beth Chartoff is the Head of Institutional Client Solutions for Blackstone Credit.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and the Head of Asia Pacific for Tactical Opportunities.  He is a member of the investment committees for Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Insurance Solutions.

Prior to the launch of Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Chee was a Managing Director in Blackstone’s credit business focused on rescue lending and capital solutions.  Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chee was a hedge fund manager with TPG-Axon Capital and a private equity investor with Texas Pacific Group.  Mr. Chee began his career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the leveraged finance and merchant banking groups.

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 is 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 of Tricon Residential Inc. (TSX:TCN), as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, on the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, on the WCAS Board of Visitors at Northwestern University and as a director for several Blackstone portfolio companies, including Equity Office.

Brad Colman

Brad Colman is a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone Credit, and he 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 Blackstone Credit's 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.

Brett Condron

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 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.

David Corey

David J. Corey is a Senior 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.

Emmett Cunningham

Emmett Cunningham is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December 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, Lumos Pharma, and SFJ Pharmaceuticals Group. 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 for work done at The Salk Institute.

Giovanni Cutaia

Giovanni Cutaia is the Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management.

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 Dalmia

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.

Raphael de Botton

Raphael de Botton is a Senior 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, JOA, Murka and HHG.

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, Murka and HHG.

Courtney della Cava

Courtney della Cava is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Portfolio Talent & Leadership. She is involved with improving organizational and leadership effectiveness across the portfolio, including building and enhancing executive leadership teams and boards through C-suite assessment, recruitment, coaching and development, and high-impact organization and culture initiatives.   

Before joining Blackstone in 2021, Courtney served as a Partner at Bain & Company in its Leadership & Talent/Organization practice. With 20 years of global management consulting experience at Bain & Company across multiple sectors and geographies, Courtney most recently advised corporate and private equity clients on CEO succession, CEO and board effectiveness and broader organizational talent strategies and solutions, and she also built and led several of the firm’s global human capital teams and capabilities.  She also served as a Partner and Managing Director for Russell Reynolds Associates, a global executive search and talent assessment firm, and European Marketing Director for M&M Mars. Earlier, she held product and marketing roles with Toyota/Lexus, and began her career at WPP/Hill and Knowlton.

Courtney earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Economics. 

Susanne Desch

Susanne Desch is a Managing Director 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.

Amit Dixit

Amit Dixit is the Head of Asia for Blackstone Private Equity.  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, Essel Propack, Aakash Education, Sona Comstar, IBS Software, Jagran Prakashan, Mid-Day Infomedia and Piramal Glass.  Mr. Dixit was previously a Director of Intelenet Global Services, Trans Maldivian Airways, Igarashi Motors India, S.H. Kelkar and Emcure Pharmaceuticals.

Richard Donick

Richard Donick is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Donick was President and Chief Risk Officer of DCI, LLC, which he joined at its inception in 2004.   Before joining DCI, Mr. Donick was with the Financial Restructuring group of HLHZ.  Prior to that, Mr. Donick held various roles at UBS AG, including managing the firm’s European FX derivatives business, leading the reorganization of the global securities financing businesses, and serving as COO of UBS Capital, UBS’s private equity division.  Before joining UBS Mr. Donick practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Johnson & Gibbs, PLC.

Mr. Donick received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a member of the Washington, D.C. bar. 

Paulo Eapen

Paulo Eapen is the Head of the European Business of Blackstone Credit. Mr. Eapen sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit, 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 Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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, Ainscough Group, Cobham Mission Systems, 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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London, where he focuses on the Financial Services, Business Services, and Technology sectors.
 

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. El Gabbani has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview, Exeter, First Eagle, Lendmark, Luminor, Michaels Stores, NIBC, Service King, Sithe Global Power, Stearns and TeamHealth. He serves as director of Luminor Bank and NIBC. 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.

Christine Feng

Christine Feng is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. Ms. Feng focuses on technology investing for Blackstone’s opportunistic investing platform, Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, and works closely with Blackstone Credit.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Feng led data and analytics M&A on the Corporate Development team at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she sourced, evaluated, negotiated and executed acquisitions and investments to support AWS’s strategic priorities. Before joining AWS, she was a senior member of the Corporate Development team at Microsoft, where she focused on acquisitions and divestitures across all of Microsoft’s business units. Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Feng was at Rhone Capital, where she worked on middle market private equity buyouts. She started her career in investment banking on the Global M&A team at JPMorgan.

Ms. Feng received a BSE, cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Foley

David I. Foley is the Global Head 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 and joint ventures, including: Beacon Offshore Energy, EagleClaw Midstream, Rover, Grand Prix, Permian Highway Pipeline, Siccar Point Energy and Vine Energy.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Columbia University Medical Center Ophthalmology Board of Advisors.

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

Brian Gavin

Brian F. Gavin is the 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.

Rob Harper

Rob Harper is the Head of Real Estate Asset Management Americas. 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 for the Global Heritage Fund and the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board at the University of Virginia. His prior board memberships include Invitation Homes, Park Hotels & Resorts and Extended Stay America.

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 is the Chairman of Asia Pacific and the Head of Real Estate Asia. 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.

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.

Tyler Henritze

Tyler Henritze is the Head of Real Estate Acquisitions Americas. 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 is the Head of Real Estate Business Development 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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. He has led a number of TacOpp’s current and past investments including InComm Payments, North American Bancard, PayPal Credit, Global Supply Chain Finance, Peridot Payments, BTIG, CF SPAC, Acrisure, Draken, Amergint Technologies, Danbury Mission Technologies, Bridger Aerospace, Van Metre Homebuilders, Hudson Structured Capital Management, YES Networks, ZO Skin Health, Valkyrie Aviation, GeoComply Solutions, Certified Collectibles Group, and DECA Dental.

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 making and managing private equity investments in middle market 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.

Kate Hoey

Kate Hoey is a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer in the Private Equity group, and she 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.

Robert Horn

Rob Horn is the Co-Head of Energy Investing for Blackstone Credit, and leads the firm’s investment activities in renewable energy and sustainable resources.  Mr. Horn is a member of Blackstone’s ESG committee which helps to develop and implement the firm’s ESG policies. In addition, Mr. Horn sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s structured products, performing credit, distressed credit, and energy funds. Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, 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, including Altus Power America, ClearGen, M5 Midstream, and others.

Mr. Horn graduated with academic honors from McGill University.

Michael Hovey

Michael Hovey is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Insurance Solutions (‘BIS’) where he is responsible for leading BIS’s investments, strategic partnerships and other transactions with insurance companies. Mr. Hovey joined Blackstone in 2021 from Morgan Stanley where he was previously a Managing Director and Co-Head of Insurance Investment Banking for North America.

 

Inclusive of his 16 year tenure with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Hovey has over 23 years of insurance investment banking experience. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2004, Mr. Hovey was a Vice President in the Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Hovey received a BS from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Tabea Hsi

Tabea Hsi is a Senior Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Blackstone. She is also Chief Operating Officer of the Legal & Compliance group.

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 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.

Min Htoo

Min Zaw Htoo is the Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Specific to his responsibilities within BAAM, Mr. Htoo is the Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing 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

Mr. Huang is the Co-Head of Asia Acquisitions, and Head of Greater China and Korea for Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Huang has led or been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Geo-Young, Shya Hsin Packaging, Global Sources, Pactera, Xinrong, and Simone.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Huang was previously a Managing Director for China investments at 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 Geo-Young, Shya Hsin Packaging, Clarion Events, Xinrong, and Simone, and previously served on the board of Pactera and Bluestar.

Thomas Iannarone

Mr. Iannarone is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“LCS”) unit. Previously, Mr. Iannarone was associate general counsel at Blackstone Credit, responsible for new business initiatives, daily trading and transaction activities and general legal and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Ram Jagannath

Ram Jagannath is the Head of Healthcare for Blackstone Growth and Tactical Opportunities, based in New York. He is a member of the Blackstone Growth Investment Committee. Since joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Jagannath has led Blackstone’s investments in HealthEdge, Burgess Group, Bright Health, Cryoport (NASDAQ: CYRX), ZO Skin Health, Altruista Health, Ginger and Hydrogen Health, and was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alnylam/inclisiran royalty (NASDAQ: ALNY) and Precision Medicine Group.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jagannath was a founding Partner of Navab Capital Partners (NCP), where he was Head of Healthcare and a member of NCP’s Management and Investment Committees. Prior to NCP, he was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, focused on healthcare investments in Carlyle’s flagship US Buyout private equity fund. During his twelve years at Carlyle, Mr. Jagannath was a member of the teams which invested in One Medical Group (NASDAQ: ONEM), Pharmaceutical Product Development (NASDAQ: PPD), X-Chem (GHO Capital), Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (NASDAQ: OCDX), Healthscope Ltd. (ASX: HSO), and HCR ManorCare (NYSE: HCP/ProMedica). Previously, he worked at Genstar Capital and Thomas Weisel Capital Partners.

Mr. Jagannath currently serves on the Board of Directors of HealthEdge, Cryoport, ZO Skin Health, Ginger and Hydrogen Health. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and on the Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Advisory Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of Centering Healthcare Institute. Mr. Jagannath was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Jagannath received a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Duke University, a J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. After Duke, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Economic Development at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Christopher James

Christopher James is the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities.  Mr. James is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Growth 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 has served on the boards of past Blackstone portfolio companies and currently serves on the boards of Blackstone TORO Holding Trust 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 Riverdale Country School.

Tim Johnson

Timothy Johnson is the Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Originations, 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. Mr. Johnson received a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross where he graduated cum laude.

Bob Jordan

Bob Jordan is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Special Situations Investing within the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Jordan is a co-portfolio manager of various Special Situations funds and evaluates individual investment opportunities, and he also serves on the Investment Committees for BAAM’s Special Situations, Portfolio Solutions, and Individual Investors Solutions products, and chairs BAAM’s Enterprise Risk Council.

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.

Lama Kanazeh

Lama Kanazeh is the Chief Operating Officer of Institutional Client Solutions in Europe and Head of Real Estate Institutional Client Solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, based in London. Ms. Kanazeh also serves as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at Blackstone for Europe.

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.

Farhad Karim

Farhad Karim is the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Europe and the Global General Counsel of Real Estate.

Mr. Karim received a BA from McGill University, Masters in International Affairs and JD from Columbia University.

Tim Kasta

Tim Kasta is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Kasta was CEO of DCI, LLC, which he joined at its inception in 2004. Before joining DCI, Mr. Kasta was Partner and Managing Director of KMV LLC where he held a variety of roles, including designing and leading the development and marketing of the firm’s flagship web product – CreditEdge. After the sale of KMV to Moody’s in 2002, Mr. Kasta became Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics (formerly Moody’s KMV), where he was Co-Head of Business Development and Head of Product Development for the asset management sector. Mr. Kasta began his career in 1993 at Bank of Montreal in Toronto where he was one of the original members of the credit portfolio management team within corporate banking.

Mr. Kasta is a CFA charter holder and received his Bachelor of Arts (HBA) from the Ivey Business School at Western University located in London, Ontario, Canada.

Matt Katz

Matt Katz is an Operating Partner 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 is also an important resource for Blackstone deal teams during the investment process and for portfolio company management teams focused on operational improvements. He is additionally on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Leadership Council.

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 with honors from Princeton University with a BA in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Environmental Studies.

Jonathan Kaufman

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

Mr. Kaufman is the Global Head of Debt Capital Markets for the Private Equity Group, including Blackstone Energy Partners, Tactical Opportunities, Infrastructure and Blackstone Growth, having structured and led over $250bn of debt issuance.  Mr. Kaufman also works across Blackstone’s credit investing platforms to generate capital deployment and revenue opportunities.

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.  Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Board of Trustees of Park Children’s Day School.

Stephen Kealhofer

Stephen Kealhofer is an Operating Partner and Head of Research for Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Kealhofer was a Managing Partner and Director of Research at DCI, LLC.  Before joining DCI, Mr. Kealhofer founded and served as managing partner at KMV LLC where he was responsible for research and product development.  KMV was sold to Moody’s in April 2002. Before founding KMV, Mr. Kealhofer was director of research for Diversified Corporate Loans, and prior to that he was an assistant professor at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. 

Mr. Kealhofer received his BA in economics from Macalester College and a PhD in economics from Princeton University. 

Katie Keenan

Katie Keenan is the Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, a publicly-traded commercial mortgage REIT managed by Blackstone, and a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group. Ms. Keenan is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee for both Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, and is based in New York.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Keenan held positions at G2 Investment Group, Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds and in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers.


Ms. Keenan graduated cum laude with an A.B. in History from Harvard College. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Getting Out and Staying Out, sits on the Advisory Board of NYPEN Real Estate and is a member of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

Paul Kelly

Paul M. Kelly is the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Credit.  Mr. Kelly is involved in the oversight of Blackstone Credit's Finance, Technology, Operations, Group Strategy and Planning & Analysis functions.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly is the European Head of Infrastructure for Blackstone, based in London.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Kelly was a Managing Partner at Brookfield Asset Management, where he spent over 12 years and worked in various global offices including in Australia, Europe and North America.

His most recent role was as Head of Europe for Brookfield Infrastructure, as well as Global Chief Investment Officer for Data Infrastructure and Utilities.  He previously served as a Director of BUUK Infrastructure, Wireless Infrastructure Group, TdF, Ascenty, Evoque Data Centers, Enwave North America, among others. 

Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Kelly worked at CIBC World Markets. 

Mr. Kelly graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 2005. 

Randall Kessler

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

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, 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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. He currently focuses on investments in the Media & Entertainment, Communications, and Business Services sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Kestnbaum has been involved in Blackstone’s current investments in Alight Solutions, Ancestry, Encore, Hello Sunshine, Merlin Entertainments, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), SERVPRO, SESAC, and Tradesmen, as well as prior investments in AlliedBarton Security Services, AVINTIV, Cloverleaf Cold Storage, DJO Global, and Outerstuff.

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 currently is a Director of Alight Solutions, Ancestry, Encore, Hello Sunshine, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), SERVPRO, SESAC, and Tradesmen.  He is currently representing Blackstone as a Partnership for New York City Rockefeller Fellow.

Jasvinder Khaira

Jasvinder Khaira is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. He is involved in investments in the digital infrastructure, consumer and education sectors and has also been involved in Blackstone’s investments in whole loan and structured credit transactions. He has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Global Tower Partners, Phoenix Towers International, Hotwire Communications, Wireless Capital Partners, Ascenty, 21Vianet, Sipartech, Springcastle Holdings, Diamonds Direct, Walker Edison and Trilliant Coffee. Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Khaira was a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and Blackstone Credit.

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 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, Transmission Developers, Aypa Power, Onyx Renewables, Therma and Array Technologies.
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, Transmission Developers, Aypa Power, Therma and Array Technologies.

Carol Kim

Carol Kim is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Brian Kim

Brian Kim is 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 of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust since January 2021 and as a board member of CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE: CPLG), a portfolio company of a Blackstone fund, since November 2015 and previously served as a board member, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Managing Director of BRE Select Hotels Corp.

Mr. Kim received an AB in Biology from Harvard College where he graduated with honors.

Daisuke Kitta

Daisuke Kitta is the Head of Real Estate Group Japan based in Tokyo, and he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Real Estate group’s investment activities in Japan. 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 graduated with a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Peter Koffler

Peter Koffler is the 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 and 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.

Steve Kuppenheimer

Steve Kuppenheimer is a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone Credit. He is part of Blackstone Credit's Performing Credit Group focused on portfolio management and capital markets. Mr. Kuppenheimer is a member of Blackstone Credit’s Investment Committee.
 
Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 and structured funds 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.

Michael Lascher

Michael Lascher is 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.


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

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

Jane Lee

Ms. Jane Lee is the Global Head of Capital Formation efforts for Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“LCS”) unit. Ms. Lee is responsible for the origination of U.S. CLOs, European CLOs, and listed funds, and she is a member of Blackstone Credit's LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’s Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee.

Ms. Lee joined Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 is a Senior Managing Director and the Senior Portfolio Manager for LCS’s European funds.  He is also a member of Blackstone Credit’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 Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, at the time of the 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 Mr. Leonard was a Senior Structurer and Co-Head of Euro Capital Structures (“ECS”), the structuring team for the UniCredit Group, where he had responsibility for structuring deals across a wide variety of asset classes.  Mr. Leonard began his career 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 is the Global Chief Operating Officer of the Core+ business and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT).

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. LePatner spent over a decade at Goldman Sachs where she most recently was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment Group. Prior to that, she worked in the 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. She serves on the boards of The Hewitt School, The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation and Yale University Library Council. Ms. LePatner also is the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at Blackstone.

Vincent Letteri

Vincent E. Letteri is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Growth Equity Business, which is focused on providing capital to companies seeking to manage the execution risks associated with high growth environments. Mr. Letteri is focused on Blackstone’s Growth efforts in the San Francisco office, and is Chairman of the Blackstone Growth Portfolio Management Committee. He is also a Member of the Blackstone Growth Investment Committee, and the Head of Financial Services for Blackstone Growth.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2020, Mr. Letteri spent thirteen years at KKR and he was a founding member of their Next Generation Technology (NGT) Fund, where he played a lead investment role. Before that, Mr. Letteri was part of KKR Capstone where he worked across a number of KKR portfolio companies. Mr. Letteri spent several years in Hong Kong assisting in the development of KKR Capstone’s Asia operations.  He also led KKR’s ESG -focused Green Portfolio Program for the region.

Before joining KKR, Mr. Letteri worked as a Business Development Manager for Nike helping to lead and grow Nike’s online business. He also worked for McKinsey & Company in Boston where he focused on private equity, technology, and consumer goods companies.

Mr. Letteri holds a BA with Honors in Economics from Harvard College where he received the John Harvard, Harvard Club and Harvard College scholarships for outstanding academic achievement. He holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Letteri is a Board Member at ISN Software and a National Board Member of Citizen Schools.

David Levine

David Levine is a Senior 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 growth of Blackstone’s 400+ million square foot industrial platform, Link Logistics.

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

Eric Liaw

Eric Liaw is a Senior Managing Director, the Treasurer, and the Head of Corporate Development for Blackstone.  Mr. Liaw leads Blackstone Global Treasury, which oversees the firm’s balance sheet, risk management activities, and treasury operations. Mr. Liaw also leads strategic mergers and acquisitions, new business initiatives, and special projects in support of Blackstone. Mr. Liaw is also a member of the firm’s Capital Markets, Enterprise Risk, Liquid Asset Investments, and Valuation Committees.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Liaw was a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s private equity business, focused on investments in the energy sector. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Liaw was a Principal at TPG Capital where he evaluated and executed investment opportunities in a wide range of industries. 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 W. Liptak is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December 2018. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Liptak 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. Prior to MPM Capital, Mr. Liptak was a Partner with the Geometry Group, a diversified asset management firm focused on establishing investment management firms. Mr. Liptak currently serves on The Board of Trustees at LaSalle University. Mr. Liptak received his MBA from Columbia University.

Joseph Lohrer

Joe Lohrer is the Head of U.S. Retail Sales for Blackstone Private Wealth Solutions. He leads a team of client service professionals in delivering Blackstone’s comprehensive platform of Alternative Investment and Private Market strategies including Private Equity, Real Estate, Credit, and Hedge Fund Solutions to retail clients. Joe joined Blackstone in 2011 focused on building and establishing strong partnerships supporting Private Bank, Wire House, Registered Investment Advisors and Independent distribution platforms with an emphasis on Alternative Investment education, service and new product development.  

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. At Citi he built and managed a team of sales professionals covering multiple channels of distribution including wire house, bank, and insurance platforms and supported an industry leading mutual fund and separate account (SMA) business.

Joe joined Legg Mason in 2006 as part of Legg’s acquisition of Citi Asset Management where he was the Head of National Sales for the National Broker Dealer Channel and combined several sales forces to build out broad distribution initiatives and 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.

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

Paget MacColl

Paget MacColl is the Global Head of Institutional Client Solutions for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group (BAAM).

 

Ms. MacColl joined Blackstone after 20 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management where, most recently as the Co-Head of the Americas Institutional Client Business, she was responsible for leading business strategy and client engagement with institutions across the US, Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, she led the institutional distribution and fundraising efforts in Asset Management as the Global Head of Institutional Capital Markets. 

 

Ms. MacColl graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Politics. In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Academy and The Children’s School. 

Rashmi Madan

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

Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Andreas Mang

Andreas Mang is the Chief Executive 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.

Harish Manwani

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 globally, including overseeing Unilever’s businesses in Latin America, North America, Asia and Africa.

As a Senior Operating Partner, Mr. Manwani provides guidance to selected Blackstone portfolio companies across the world and assists in diligence of investment opportunities. In addition, he makes recommendations to the 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.

Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall is Co-head of Blackstone Credit’s Performing Credit Platform, CEO of both the Blackstone Private Credit Fund (BCRED) and the Blackstone Secured Lending Fund (BXSL), and a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone. Mr. Marshall focuses on Blackstone Credit’s Direct Lending efforts and is a member of the performing credit investment committee.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as 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.

David McClure

David McClure is the Head of Real Estate Asset Management Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. McClure was a Vice President at Silverpeak Real Estate, where he focused on asset management activities in the United Kingdom and France. Mr. McClure received an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is also a qualified accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Bruce McEvoy

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, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Signature Aviation, TeamHealth, Vistar, Vivint, and Vivint Solar.

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, Signature Aviation, and Vivint.

Daniel McMullen

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 Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“LCS”) unit.  He is also a member of Blackstone Credit’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 is the 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.

Mukesh Mehta

Mukesh Mehta is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Mumbai. In Blackstone he has been involved in several transactions including acquisition of Piramal Glass Division, Aadhar and TaskUS. He is also on board of these companies 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 SBI Cards, 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).

Seth Meisel

Mr. Meisel is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure and Private Equity groups and is based in New York.  Mr. Meisel was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Cloverleaf Cold Storage and Interior Logic Group.  Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Meisel was a partner at Bain Capital focused on the transportation and industrials sector.  He has served as a director on the boards of public companies Sensata Technologies, Trinseo, and Veritiv as well as on the boards of several private companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Meisel currently serves on the board of Interior Logic Group as well as on the boards of non-profits The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, The Opportunity Network, and City Year New York. Previously, 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 A. Melwani is the Global Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group and is also the Executive Chairman of the firm’s Private Equity business in Asia.

Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Melwani has led a number of the firm’s investments including Texas Genco, Ariel Re, Pinnacle Foods, Performance Food Group, Crocs and Ascend Learning. He serves as Chairman of Ascend Learning. 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 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 sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anthony Merhige

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 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 Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Chaim Miller

Chaim Miller is a Senior Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Miller has been involved in the development and implementation of global tax planning strategies for the firm and its Private Equity funds, including structuring both domestic and cross-border investments and transactions.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Miller worked as a Vice President in the New Product Development group at Merrill Lynch & Co. In that role, he developed and executed alternative structures and platforms to achieve tax, accounting and regulatory efficiency for various fixed-income products. Prior to that, he was an Associate in the Tax group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Mr. Miller received a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar.

Alan Miyasaki

Alan Miyasaki is the Head of Real Estate Acquisitions Asia.  Mr. Miyasaki is based in Singapore and is responsible 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.

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. He currently serves on the board of the Singapore American School Foundation, K Raheja Corp Investment Managers LLP (manager of the Mindspace Business Parks REIT) and 151 Property Group.

Shary Moalemzadeh

Shary Moalemzadeh is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group.  Mr. Moalemzadeh is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Growth funds.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Moalemzadeh was at The Carlyle Group for over 17 years, where he was most recently a Partner and Co-Head of Illiquid Credit Strategies and Co-Head and a founding member of Carlyle Strategic Partners, focusing on special situations investment opportunities.  Mr. Moalemzadeh was member of the Investment Committees for several funds at Carlyle and a member of several management committees including most recently chair of the Global Promotions Committee and member of the Compliance and Regulatory Committee. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Moalemzadeh worked at Jacksons, Vestar Capital Partners and in the Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Moalemzadeh has previously served on the boards of numerous companies in a broad range of industries, including but not limited to Diversified Machine, Inc., Dynamic Precision Group, Metaldyne Corporation, Liberty Tire, Prime Clerk, Service King and Stellex Aerostructures, Inc. 

Mr. Moalemzadeh received a BS in finance and graduated cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Asheesh Mohta

Asheesh Mohta is the Head of Real Estate Acquisitions India, 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 is the Global 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. Since joining Blackstone in 2017, Ms. Morrell has been involved with several Blackstone investments and currently serves as a Director of Bumble and Centric Brands.

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 Department’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.

Ian Morris

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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Wealth Solutions group.  Mr. Morrison focuses on senior relationships with private wealth investment firms, and strategic initiatives focused on expanding access with new products, geographies, model portfolios, co-investments and capital markets.  Previously at Blackstone, Mr. Morrison led our Equity Capital Markets effort within Blackstone Capital Markets across all of our investment businesses globally.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Morrison held various senior Equity Capital Markets roles, including at Bank of America where he was Global Head of Equity Syndicate, and was also a member of the Equities Management Team, the Equity Commitment Committee, and the Equity Capital Markets Operating Committee.

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.

William Mulrow

William Mulrow is a Senior Advisory Director to Blackstone. Most recently he served as Secretary to New York State Governor Cuomo, and previously was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Mulrow worked in senior positions at Citi, Paladin Capital Group, Gabelli Asset Management, Rothschild Inc., and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Mr. Mulrow received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Yale University where he graduated cum laude and was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist.

JP Munfa

John-Paul (JP) Munfa is a Senior 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.

Anthony Myers

Anthony Myers is 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 is the Chief Operating Officer of Private Wealth Solutions based in New York.  Mr. Myers is also responsible for the international private wealth business.  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.

Eli Nagler

Eli Nagler is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, where he focuses on investments in the Technology and Financial Services sectors. 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, Ellucian, Exeter Finance, IntraFi Network, Lendmark Financial Services, MB Aerospace, Paysafe, Refinitiv, Sphera, Tradeweb, Viva Capital, Vivint, and Vivint Solar. He currently serves as a Director of Ellucian, IntraFi Network, Paysafe, and Sphera.

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.

Michael Nash

Michael Nash is the 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, and 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 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.

Brett Newman

Brett Newman is the Global Head of Real Estate Institutional Client Solutions. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Newman has held roles across several areas of the firm, including the Corporate Development Group where he executed acquisitions, joint ventures and product development initiatives on behalf of Blackstone.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Newman provided mergers and acquisitions consulting services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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

Daniel Oneglia

Daniel Oneglia is the Co-Head of Distressed Investing and sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s distressed funds and energy funds.

 

Mr. Oneglia joined Blackstone after 20 years at Goldman Sachs, and most recently, Mr. Oneglia was the Partner that led the Americas Multi-Strategy Investment (MSI) team within the Special Situations Group (SSG).  Prior to that, he co-led the same team from 2009 to 2017.  The MSI team specializes in distressed, stressed and performing credit as well as reorg equity and other opportunistic asset classes.  In addition to his responsibilities within MSI, since 2014 he co-led a direct-lending team focused on middle-market North American oil and gas companies and formed and co-led a JV between MSI and SSG’s real estate team focused on healthcare assets across the United States. 

 

Mr. Oneglia serves on the board of trustees for The New York Foundling. Mr. Oneglia graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Latin American Studies.

Paris Panayiotopoulos

Paris Panayiotopoulos is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018.

Mr. Panayiotopoulos has over 20 years of biopharmaceutical operating and investing experience having served as Operating Partner at Clarus, as CEO and President of Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARIA), as member of the Board of Directors of The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO), as President of the US and Japan biopharmaceutical businesses of Merck KGaA (FWB: MRK), and as President of the Serono Research and Development Institute. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY).

Mr. Panayiotopoulos is currently founding Co-Chair of FerGene, founding Board Director of Anthos Therapeutics and on the Board of Advisors of the non-profit Life Science Cares.

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

Tuhin Parikh

Tuhin Parikh is a Senior Managing Director based in Mumbai, and leads 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 completing significant transactions in business park developments and Class A office space plus listing India’s first REIT on the stock exchange in 2019. 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 is Global Head of Technology Investing for Blackstone Credit and serves as a member of several of the firm’s investment committees. Mr. Patel has been with Blackstone since 2005 and was involved in the launch of the Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Growth investment strategies and was also a member of Blackstone Securities Partners. 

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 Cloudreach, Diligent and Mandiant.

Matthew Pedley

Matthew Pedley is a Senior 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.

Robert Petrini

Rob Petrini is the Co-Head of Performing Credit Investing for Blackstone Credit, and Joint Portfolio Manager for Capital Opportunities Funds I, II and III. Mr. Petrini joined Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2005 and sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s performing credit funds, distressed funds and energy funds. Before joining Blackstone Credit, 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.

Juergen Pinker

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 leads Blackstone’s investment activities in the energy & natural resources sector in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Mr Pinker oversees Blackstone’s investment activities in the 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, Cerdia, Schenck Process, Stow Group (aka Averys), BME Group, Desotec, Huws Gray and Array Technologies Inc.

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 where he was involved in leading and executing investments in various sectors.

Mr. Pinker is a Trustee and Member of the Finance Committee of FareShare.

Mr. Pinker received a master degree in economics and business from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. Mr. Pinker currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cerdia, Schenck Process, Stow Group, BME Group, Desotec and Huws Gray.

Steve Plavin

Steve Plavin is a Senior Managing Director based in London and oversees Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies business in Europe. Previously, from when he joined Blackstone in 2012 until June 2021, Mr. Plavin was the Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a NYSE- listed commercial mortgage REIT that is managed by Blackstone.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Plavin served as CEO of Capital Trust, Inc. (predecessor of Blackstone Mortgage Trust) 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 is the Global Head of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies 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 is the Co-Head of Distressed Investing for Blackstone Credit. Mr. Posnick has been with Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, since 2007, and he sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s distressed funds and energy funds and is a Portfolio Manager for each of Blackstone Credit's distressed-oriented funds. Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, 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.

Jurij Puth

Jurij Puth is a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone Credit.  He is based in Frankfurt and is leading Blackstone Credit’s business in the German speaking region. He is involved in various private and public credit investments, across the capital structure.

Mr. Puth joined Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2006 as a founding member of the London office and relocated to Frankfurt in 2017. Prior to joining Blackstone he worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in London.

Mr. Puth holds a Master in International Management, from Cass Business School in London, as well as the German and French equivalents from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Berlin.

Doyle Queally

Doyle Queally is a Sr. Managing Director with Blackstone Credit. Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2009 Mr. Queally has been involved with the marketing of all Blackstone Credit's 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 Blackstone Credit, 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 and 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 is the Chief Operating Officer of Private Equity, based in New York.  

Since joining Blackstone in London in 2004, Mr. Ramsauer has been involved in and served on the boards of several Blackstone investments including Gerresheimer, Leica, Mivisa, New Skies, Orangina Schweppes, Tangerine, United Biscuits, Versace and ISD. 

Before joining Blackstone, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. Mr. Ramsauer received a BSc in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He serves as Trustee of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation as well as of Impetus, a charitable foundation which provides resources to improve the lives of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Matthew Runkle

Matthew Runkle is a Senior Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group where he focuses on investments in the renewables, utility, and midstream sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Runkle has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments, including Tallgrass Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners.

 

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 renewables 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.  Mr. Runkle serves as a director of Tallgrass Energy.  He also serves as a trustee of the Brooklyn Community Board of the Jeremiah Program, a non-profit social services organization.

Rafic Said

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

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sakamoto was 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

Louis Salvatore is the Co-Head of Blackstone Credit'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 Blackstone Credit's mezzanine and direct lending funds. He also serves on the Blackstone Insurance Solutions and BTAS investment committees.  Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as 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 M. Samuels is 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.

Brian Sauvigne

Brian Sauvigne is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Growth (BXG). 

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sauvigne spent over 20 years in investment banking responsible for managing relationships with private equity clients, including the origination, structuring and execution of transactions across leveraged finance, M&A and equity.  Most recently, Brian was Head of the Financial Sponsors Group at BMO Capital Markets.  Earlier in his career, he held positions at Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Capital, and McKinsey & Co.

Mr. Sauvigne received a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Paul Schlaack

Paul Schlaack is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone’s Infrastructure group, based in New York.

Prior to helping launch Blackstone’s Infrastructure business in 2017, Mr. Schlaack was the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone’s Institutional Client Solutions group for six years, where his role was to coordinate the marketing and investor relations functions for all of Blackstone’s investment products globally.  Prior to that, Mr. Schlaack worked for twelve years in Blackstone’s financial advisory group, where he helped to execute several M&A transactions across 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.

Erich Schram

Erich Schram is the Co-Head of Blackstone’s Structured Products Group within Blackstone Credit.

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 is 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 Sponda, is on the board of The Office Group and Kereby, and chairs the European Advisory Board of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.

Adam Shah

Adam Shah is the Head of Real Estate Asset Management 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.

M. Craig Shepherd

M. Craig Shepherd is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee. Since joining Blackstone in New York in 2017, Mr. Shepherd has played a leadership role in Blackstone’s acquisition of Clarus in 2018 and Blackstone’s $2 billion investment with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in 2020. 

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Shepherd was a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee at 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. He joined DRI from Amgen where he held roles in Amgen’s global HQ in California and its international HQ 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 is a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board of the Partnership Fund for New York City and a member of the McGill University Chancellor’s Advisory Board.

Sebastien Sherman

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.


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

Mustafa Siddiqui

Mustafa M. Siddiqui is the Head of Blackstone’s GP Stakes business, focusing on the acquisition of minority ownership interests in private equity and other private-market alternative asset management firms. Mr. Siddiqui was previously a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, where he was involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including those made through Royal Resources and Siccar Point.

 

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Siddiqui held roles at Springbok Capital, General Atlantic, and 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.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

John Simkiss

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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December 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 currently serving on the Board of Directors of Gritstone Oncology (NASDAQ: GRTS) 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 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.

Will Skinner

William Skinner is the 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.

Dan Smith

Mr. Smith is a Senior Managing Director and oversees Blackstone Credit'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 NYSE listed closed-end funds and interval fund that are managed by LCS.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 is a Senior Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions 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 is the Co-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.

Marshall Sprung

Marshall S. Sprung is the 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 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.  He serves on the Board of God’s Love We Deliver.

John Stecher

John Stecher is the Chief Technology Officer of Blackstone. Mr. Stecher is responsible for all aspects of technology across Blackstone and advises the firm’s investment teams as well as acts as a resource to portfolio companies on technology-related matters.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Stecher was a Managing Director, the Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays, based in New York, and he was also a member of the Barclays Technology Management Committee. Prior to joining Barclays in August 2017, Mr. Stecher worked for Goldman Sachs where he held a variety of senior management and engineering roles across the firm's capital markets and technology divisions, and most recently built their Marcus-branded consumer finance division. Mr. Stecher has had an extensive career in technology and engineering across industry sectors. Mr. Stecher was appointed as an IBM Master Inventor and led application development, architecture and strategy for IBM's WebSphere product line in the Software Group, and he delivered/created over 45 patents across several diverse problem spaces.

Mr. Stecher holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.

Bill Stein

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 $208 billion of investor capital under management (as of June 30, 2021). 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 and Edens Investment Trust 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, Invitation Homes 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.

Geoff Stockwell

Geoffrey Stockwell is a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone Credit, based in Singapore, focusing on marketing, fundraising and client relationships. Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Christopher Striano

Christopher Striano is the Chief Operating Officer of Global Finance at Blackstone.  Mr. Striano provides supervisory oversight to the day-to-day administration of Finance and is responsible for the Financial Middle Office, Investment & Corporate Operations, Global Fund Finance, Global Corporate Services, Procurement and Transformation groups.

Previously he served as Blackstone’s Chief Accounting Officer also responsible for the Firm’s accounting policy and SEC Reporting.  Prior to that, Mr. Striano 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 and serves as a trustee at Bayshore Hackensack Meridian Hospital in New Jersey.

Amy Stursberg

Amy Stursberg is Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and CEO of Schwarzman Scholars and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation. She directed over $110 million in grants from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, including $50 million to support the Foundation’s focus on increasing access to entrepreneurship. This includes Blackstone LaunchPad, the foundation’s collegiate entrepreneurship program to help diverse and under-resourced students build companies and careers. As CEO of Schwarzman Scholars, Ms. Stursberg helped launch the program and raise over $550 million in pledges to endow it in perpetuity.

Ms. Stursberg previously served on the transition team for the former Governor of New York. 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. She has held various positions at the Office of Management and Budget 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 W. Sullens is the Head of Portfolio Management for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Sullens oversees portfolio management for all of BAAM's multi-manager programs, and 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.

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage at Blackstone Credit. He focuses on developing and deepening our overall relationships with private equity firms, as well as originating and executing credit investments across a diverse range of industries for the various funds at Blackstone Credit.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit in 2021, Mr. Sullivan spent over 20 years at Barclays/Lehman Brothers, most recently as the Global Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. He led the business responsible for all the firm's activities with private equity clients, including the origination, structuring and execution of transactions across leveraged finance, M&A and equity.  

Mr. Sullivan graduated with a B.A. in Economics & Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross, and earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Swank

Michael Swank is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London, where he is involved in Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in continental Europe. 

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.

David Thayer

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.

Brian Tierney

Brian X. Tierney is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure Operations and Asset Management. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2021, Mr. Tierney was the Executive Vice President of Strategy for American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electrical utilities in the United States. From 2009-2020, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AEP. 

Previously, he was Executive Vice President – AEP Utilities East, responsible for the distribution, customer service, and financial performance of AEP’s utility operating companies in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Prior to joining AEP, Mr. Tierney worked for a subsidiary of Enron Corp., where he traded electricity and coalBefore entering the energy industry, Mr. Tierney served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of the Philippines and worked in the consumer products industry.

Mr. Tierney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance and accounting. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of The Jeffrey Company and previously served on the boards of the Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus School for Girls, LifeCare Alliance and the Columbus Chamber.

Weston Tucker

Weston Tucker is the Head of Shareholder Relations for Blackstone and Mr. Tucker also serves as Head of Shareholder 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

Christopher J. Tynan is the Head of Real Estate Australia, based in Sydney. Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Tynan has been involved in Blackstone’s investments across Australia and New Zealand.


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. He currently serves on the Boards of 151 Property Group and La Trobe Financial Group.

Andrea Valeri

Andrea Valeri is Chairman of Blackstone Italy and a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Credit. Prior to Blackstone Credit, 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 De Nora, JOA Group, Beauparc, Murka and SuperBet.

Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace is the Global Head of Core Private Equity for Blackstone. Mr. Wallace leads Blackstone’s private equity investments in the 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, Merlin Entertainments, Michaels Stores, New Skies Satellites, Outerstuff, Ltd., Pinnacle Foods/Birds Eye Foods, PSAV, PSSI, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (formerly Busch Entertainment Corporation), Service King, Servpro, Sirius Satellite Radio, Tradesmen International, Universal Orlando, Vivint, Vivint Solar and the Weather Channel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alight Solutions, Merlin Entertainments, PSAV, PSSI, Service King, Servpro, Tradesmen International, and Vivint . He is a trustee of Children’s Aid Society, one of America’s oldest and largest children’s nonprofits.

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

Jacob Werner

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 C. Wheeler is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Life Sciences group and a member of its Investment Committee, having joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December 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, a medical device company which he sold to Guidant.


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

Michael Wiebolt

Mike Wiebolt is a Senior 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.

Byron Wien

Byron Wien is Vice Chairman of Blackstone’s 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.

Robert Zable

Mr. Zable is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of the U.S. CLOs and closed-end funds in Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“LCS”) unit.  He is also a member of Blackstone Credit’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 Blackstone Credit, then known as 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 is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and is Co-Head of Energy Investing for Blackstone Credit. Mr. Zawadzki sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s energy funds, performing credit funds and distressed funds. Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 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 Addeo

Michael Addeo is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit, and is involved in leading restructuring activities. In this role, Mr. Addeo is involved in recapitalizations of existing portfolio companies and sources new investment opportunities around restructuring transactions. Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2011, he has also 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 Blackstone’s London office.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, he was a Vice President in equity research at Wolfe Research covering transportation companies, and specializing in the trucking, logistics, and rail sub-sectors. Prior to Wolfe Research, 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.

Abhishek Agarwal

Abhishek Agarwal is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Agarwal is the Head of the Core+ Real Estate business in Europe, where he oversees Blackstone Property Partners 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.

Akin Akinrinade

Akin Akinrinade is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Mr. Akinrinade is involved in the the day-to day trading operations for the Hedge fund Solutions Group’s direct trading strategies and the design and implementation of the operational infrastructure supporting the Hedge Fund Solutions business.

Before joining Blackstone in July 2019, Mr. Akinrinade was a  Partner & Director of Operations for Antecapio Investment Partners, a multi-manager/multi-strategy hedge fund  startup. Prior to that he was the Global Head of  Operations for TPG-Axon Management LP, a fundamental long/short equity hedge fund.

Mr. Akinrinade received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems with a minor in Mathematics from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Farez Alibay

Farez Alibay is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Structured Products Group within Blackstone Credit. Mr. Alibay joined Blackstone 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.

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson is a Managing Director in the Global Public Affairs Group. He serves as a media spokesperson for the firm and advises on communications issues.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Anderson worked in various capacities in U.S. federal and state government over the last decade. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent for Public Affairs at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), where he oversaw communications for NYDFS and was a senior advisor to Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky. Prior to that, he served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, the last three governors of New York, and the New York State Division of the Budget.

Mr. Anderson received his AB with honors from Harvard University.

Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Mr. Anthony is involved with tax matters relating to fund formation and real estate acquisitions and dispositions, with a particular focus on the Core+ business.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Mr. Anthony was a Director in the real estate tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he specialized in tax matters pertaining to open-end real estate funds and real estate investment trusts.

Mr. Anthony received a BBA in Accounting from Western Michigan University, an MS in Accounting from Western Michigan University and an MS in Real Estate from New York University. Mr. Anthony is a Certified Public Accountant.

Douglas Armer

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 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.

Mike Audet

Mike Audet is a Managing Director in Strategic Partners. Since initially joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Audet previously worked in Blackstone’s private equity business where he was involved in the execution of investments in Paysafe, First Eagle Asset Management, Tradesmen International, Summit Materials, and Apria Healthcare. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Apria Healthcare. 


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.

Alberto Avanzo

Alberto Avanzo is a Managing Director within Blackstone Credit's 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 Blackstone Credit, 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.

Jon Bailey

Jon Bailey is a Managing Director for Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Bailey was CCO and Head of Operations at DCI, LLC from 2014 to 2020.  Before joining DCI, Mr. Bailey was the Head of Multi-Asset and Alternatives Portfolio Analytics at BlackRock in San Francisco. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Bailey was the Head of Asset Management Operations at Countrywide Alternative Investments and worked for RBC Capital Markets in various roles including as an attorney and as a derivatives middle office manager.

Mr. Bailey is a CFA charter holder and received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware.

Frank Barbara

Frank Barbara is a Managing Director and Assistant Treasurer of Global Treasury Operations & Control. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Barbara has served as the Global Treasury Operations and Control Senior Manager and has been involved in the Treasury reengineering project including the selection and implementation of the Treasury Management System.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Barbara worked at Bank of New York Mellon in the Hedge Fund Administration area where he most recently served as a Director of Service Delivery Operations, responsible for all aspects of financial control and reengineering of operational processes. Mr. Barbara also previously served as the Vice President of iCapital Markets, the execution arm for Datek Online Holding Corporation, and had other previous finance and operations roles with UBS, Prudential, Citibank and TDwaterhouse.

Mr. Barbara received BA in Economics from Rutgers University and has previously achieved Series 7, 24, 55, 63, and 65 certifications.

Allan Barja

Allan Barja is a Managing Director with the Innovations and Infrastructure Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Barja has been involved in application development, IT support, and management of applications used by the treasury, operations, and portfolio management groups and handles the portfolio compliance testing and reporting automation for collateralized loan obligations, separately-managed accounts, and closed-end funds.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Barja was an Assistant Vice President in the Information Technology group at Credit Suisse, handling various development projects for the Product Control group.

Mr. Barja received a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Robert Barthelmes

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.

Jonny Bauer

Jonny Bauer is a Managing Director in Portfolio Operations.  He leads the brand and business strategy in Blackstone’s Brand Strategy and transformation practice for its portfolio of over 250 companies. He is responsible for ensuring a brand’s purpose, categorical positioning and values are clearly defined upstream in the sequence of value creation and are connected to all elements of the business transformation for Blackstone portfolio companies.  Over a career that has crossed four continents, Jonny has helped create some of the most innovative and influential brand transformations over the last two decades.

Prior to Blackstone, Jonny was Partner and Global Chief Strategy Officer at Droga5 (Adage’s and Adweek’s agency of the decade 2020), where he founded and led the strategic function at the agency while overseeing all strategic efforts for clients and new business, including brand and business strategy, innovation, media, data strategy and experience strategy. Recent experience includes leading the transformational thinking for JP Morgan Chase, Google, Facebook, Dyson, LVMH, Prudential, New York Times, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz, Adidas, United Rentals, among others. In 2011 he was the youngest inductee to the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement (and only strategist), and in 2020 was named Chief Strategy Officer of the Year by AdAge’s Creativity Awards.

Jonny holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS Sydney.

Sachin Bavishi

Sachin Bavishi is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Mr. Bavishi currently focuses on new investment opportunities in Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT), and since joining Blackstone in 2013, he has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Ancestry, Bumble, Catalent, Ipreo, Kronos, Liftoff, Performance Food Group, Pinnacle Foods, Refinitiv, SESAC, Tradeweb, Trilliant Food & Nutrition, Ultimate Software, and Vungle. He currently serves as a Director of Ancestry, Bumble, Liftoff, SESAC, and Vungle and previously served as a Director of Refinitiv and UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group).

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.

Anson Beard

Anson H. Beard is a Managing Director of Blackstone, focusing on business development for the Horizon platform within the Hedge Fund Solutions Group (BAAM).

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2021, Mr. Beard served as President of Cary Street Partners Financial LLC, a wealth and asset management firm. Prior to Cary Street, Mr. Beard was the President of Vollero Beach Capital Partners LLC, a fundamental long/short equity hedge fund in New York. Prior to Vollero Beach, Mr. Beard served in a variety of portfolio management and equity research roles, including at BlackRock, Tiger Management LLC and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he began his career.

Mr. Beard received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Beard serves as a Trustee for Prep for Prep in New York and is a member of the Investment Committee for Middlesex School in Concord, MA.

Erik Belz

Erik Belz is a Managing Director 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, Permian Highway, Guidon, Swallowtail, Waterfield, 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, Swallowtail and Waterfield.

Anthony Beovich

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 is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group at Blackstone. Mr. Bernstein oversees two of Blackstone’s US Core+ vehicles, as the Head of Blackstone Property Partners U.S. and Blackstone Property Partners Life Sciences. Since joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Bernstein has played a key role in the asset management and oversight of several investments, including BioMed Realty and International Market Centers.

Prior to joining Blackstone, 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.

Mark Bhupathi

Mark A. Bhupathi is a Managing Director, 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.

Eric Bilmes

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 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 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.

Richard Blair

Richard Blair, a Managing Director, is the firm's General Counsel for Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Blair was a partner at the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he focused on private equity and cross-border M&A transactions for a wide range of global financial and corporate clients, including Blackstone Real Estate and Private Equity. During his career to date he has worked in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Mr. Blair received a Bachelor of Laws with European Legal Studies from King’s College London and a Diploma in European Legal Studies from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales.

Amy Blake

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.

Bradley Boggess

Brad Boggess is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit and leads Asset Management for Blackstone’s Credit platform. Since joining Blackstone in 2018, Mr. Boggess has been focused driving operational improvements by bringing Blackstone’s broad set of capabilities to bear for Blackstone Credit’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.

Toula Bougiamas

Panayiota (Toula) K. Bougiamas is a Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Credit. Before joining Blackstone Credit, Toula served for 18 years in the SEC's Division of Enforcement in the New York Regional Office, conducting all facets of complex investigations and litigation involving the federal securities laws. For the last seven years, Toula served as an Assistant Regional Director of the Asset Management Unit, supervising a group of attorneys and industry experts on matters pertaining to the asset management industry. Before joining the SEC, Toula served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. Court of International Trade. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and Editor of the Second Circuit Review.

Heidi Boyd

Heidi Boyd is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Group, where she focuses primarily on investments in utilities and transportation sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2018, Ms. Boyd has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments, including Carrix and FirstEnergy, and serves on the Board of Directors of Carrix.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Boyd was at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where she was involved with numerous transactions in the utility, energy, waste, 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 Common Denominator, a not-for-profit, mathematics tutoring program for middle school students, on the Investment Committee of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, and on the Board of Stanford Professionals In Investing & Finance.

Matt Brest

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

Before joining Blackstone in 2020, Mr. Brest was a Partner at Governors Lane where he focused on event-driven and special situations investing. Prior to Governors Lane, Mr. Brest was a Partner at SeaStone Capital, a fundamental long/short equity manager. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brest was an Associate at Reservoir Capital and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Brest graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy.

Ari Brettman

Ari Brettman is a Managing Director 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

Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks is a Managing Director and the Head of Private Equity Finance, as well as the Head of the Finance Middle Office (“FMO”) Team overseeing Portfolio Valuations and Analytics (“PV&A”); Institutional Client Reporting (“ICRR”), and Financial Planning and Analysis (“FP&A”) for a number of businesses including Private Equity.

Previously, 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. 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.

Bonnie Brookshaw

Bonnie Brookshaw is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager for Blackstone Credit’s U.S. loan separately managed accounts, commingled funds and exchange-traded fund. Previously, Ms. Brookshaw was responsible for the management and implementation of the day-to-day investment strategy for the U.S. CLOs.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Ms. Brookshaw worked at CIBC World Markets and was responsible for the transaction logistics and settlement functions for the structured investment vehicles managed by Trimaran Advisors, L.L.C.

Ms. Brookshaw received a BA from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Tao Bu

Tao Bu is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit. Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Marion Buten

Marion Buten is a Managing Director and COO of BXC’s alternatives business in Europe. In this role, she focuses on portfolio and team management, and leverage for European direct lending strategies. In her prior roles within BXC she was involved in the origination, structuring and monitoring of various European direct lending deals and was also a member of the European and US CLO franchise.

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, she worked at UBS as an Associate Director within the Leveraged Finance and Corporate Finance teams in Zurich, London and New York.

Ms Buten received a Master’s Degree with distinction from the European School of Management, where she completed a three year master’s program in Paris, Oxford and Berlin.

Jimmy Byun

Jimmy Byun is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit, and is principally involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring private credit and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as 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.

Roberto Caccia

Roberto Caccia is a Managing Director and Senior Enterprise Risk Officer for the Hedge Funds Solutions Group (BAAM).

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Caccia worked as Faculty Director of the Burridge Center for Finance at the University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business. Mr. Caccia founded High Peaks Advisors, a risk management consulting firm. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, with experience in commodities, credit derivatives and risk management; while at Goldman, he created and led the counterparty risk management team for the firm’s global trading business. Before Goldman, Mr. Caccia was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co, after beginning his career as a Lieutenant in the Italian Air Force. 

Mr. Caccia completed his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management with an emphasis in Financial Engineering, and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Bob Carroll

Bob Carroll is a Managing Director and Head of Distressed Trading with Blackstone Credit. He oversees all trading activity relating to Blackstone Credit’s expansive public distressed efforts. Mr. Carroll joined Blackstone 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.

Joshua Carson

Josh Carson is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and 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.

Kendra Cartwright

Kendra Cartwright is a Managing Director and is the HR Business Partner dedicated to the Global Real Estate business.  In this role, Kendra partners with the business to develop the people and talent management strategy for Real Estate.

Kendra brings nearly 20 years of international human resources experience to the firm.  Prior to joining Blackstone, she spent 10 years in Asia, most recently as HR Business Partner for the Asia ETF and Distribution businesses at Blackrock.   She also spent 13 years at Barclays Investment Bank in HR roles across geographies and functions, including HR Business Partner for Global Research (New York) and Head of HR for Asia Pacific Front Office (Tokyo and Singapore).

Kendra earned a BA in Russian and French from Indiana University, an MA in Slavic Linguistics from Florida State University, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Luigi Caruso

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 is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he serves as a portfolio manager for BAAM’s daily liquid funds. 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.

Katherine Chan

Katherine Chan is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions group and a member of its Special Situations Investing Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2020, Ms. Chan was a Portfolio Manager at Millennium Management focused on event driven cross capital structure investments. Prior to Millennium, she invested in a similar strategy as a Partner at Anandar Capital Management. Ms. Chan began her investment career as an Analyst at HG Vora Capital and then as Senior Investment Analyst at Magnetar Capital. Prior to that, she worked in the Global Energy Group of the Credit Suisse Investment Banking Division.

Ms. Chan received an AB in Linguistics and Mind, Brain, Behavior from Harvard College.

Julie Ameria Chang

Julie Chang is a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions Group.  She is involved with capital raising efforts for Hedge Fund Solutions (BAAM).

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Chang was a Managing Director and COO, Asia for Balyasny Asset Management where she was involved in managing Balyasny's key investor relationships in Asia and overseeing the firm's Asia offices.  She was also a member of Balyasny's Management Committee and Women's Leadership Committee.  Prior to Balyasny, she was an Executive Director at PAG and Head of Investor Relations at Azentus Capital in Hong Kong.  Prior to Azentus, she worked in Investor Relations Business Affairs at D.E. Shaw in New York.  She was also an attorney at Davis Polk and Wardwell and an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Chang received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University.  She is on the advisory council for the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at the National University of Singapore.  

Cliff Chen

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 is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit.  Ms. Chen heads up the tax compliance and reporting function for all Blackstone Credit's 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 is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Institutional Client Solutions Group. Ms. Chen is involved in raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds and maintaining relationships with the Firm’s Limited Partners.

 

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Chen has performed various roles across the firm, most recently within the Insurance Solutions group, where she was involved in the development, distribution and portfolio management of alternative solutions for insurance companies and prior to that she executed M&A and strategic initiatives within the asset management industry on behalf of Blackstone. Before joining Blackstone, 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. She currently serves on the Associates Council of Prep for Prep, a New York City based education non-profit.

Athena Cheng

Athena Cheng is a Managing Director in the Chief Legal Office and Blackstone’s Head of Litigation and Investigations.
 
Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Cheng practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP where she focused on litigation, investigations and antitrust matters. Prior to joining Cravath, Ms. Cheng served as a law clerk to the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 
 
Ms. Cheng received a BA in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD, summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.

Ashish Chhaparwal

Ashish Chhaparwal is a Managing Director of Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.  Mr. Chhaparwal is the Head of Strategy Implementation and is involved in model management, portfolio construction, and alpha research on systematic credit strategies.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Chhaparwal was Head of Strategy Implementation at DCI, LLC. Before joining DCI, Mr. Chhaparwal was a portfolio co-manager and researcher for global equity long-short strategies at Incapture Investments. Prior to that he was Senior Researcher at Charles Schwab Investment Management (CSIM) focusing on Schwab Active Equity Funds. Prior to CSIM, he was at BlackRock (previously Barclays Global Investors), where he began his career in the Scientific Active Equity group (SAE).

Mr. Chhaparwal is a CFA charter holder and received a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

Charmaine Chin

Charmaine Chin is a Managing Director in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group (BAAM) and the Head of Asia Manager Selection. Ms. Chin is based in Singapore and leads BAAM’s investment activities across Asia.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Chin worked at Fullerton Fund Management in Singapore where she was involved in managing a global portfolio of hedge funds, private equity and private credit funds. She also led due diligence for co-investments and late-stage growth investments. Prior to Fullerton, Ms. Chin spent 12 years as a Partner and Managing Director at K2 Advisors in New York, part of Franklin Templeton’s Alternatives division. There she oversaw all of K2’s investments in Asia, as well as all investments globally in credit and event-driven strategies. Prior to K2, Ms. Chin worked at Goldman Sachs in the Special Situations Group, focused on opportunistic investing across equities and credit. Ms. Chin began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong.

Ms. Chin received a BA from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mark Cho

Mark Cho is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in Shanghai. He is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s real estate investments in China. Mr. Cho joined Blackstone in 2019 and has been involved with Westlink China and other commercial and multifamily real estate assets across China.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cho worked at LimeTree Capital China as a Senior Partner & CEO of China responsible for capital strategy, investments, asset management and overall operations for the firm. Prior to that, Mr. Cho worked at Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management (RREEF) group in Hong Kong as Head of China and COO for the Asia Pacific Region. 

Mr. Cho received an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University and also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Byung Ug Choi

Byung Ug Choi is a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions Group 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 is a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions group and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Choi has focused on capital raising and new investor relation development for Blackstone’s private funds. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Choi was an Associate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Private Equity group where she was involved in real estate investment and asset management in Seoul. Ms. Choi received a B.Arch from Syracuse University.

Jonathan Cohen

Mr. Cohen is a Managing Director and is responsible for trading U.S. high yield and leveraged loan assets for Blackstone Credit.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 is a Managing Director 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 is a Managing Director 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.

Sean Cort

Sean Cort is a Managing Director with Blackstone and is the Head of Middle Office and Risk Management for Credit, BREDS Liquids and BIS. Before joining Blackstone, 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. 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.

Mathieu Cransac

Mathieu Cransac is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Cransac has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Center Parcs, United Biscuits, Tangerine, Intertrust, ATC, Elian, Alliance Automotive Group, and Averys. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 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.

David Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager of the European CLOs in Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies (“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 Blackstone Credit, then GSO Capital Partners, during their 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

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

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 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.

Joe DeFalco

Joe DeFalco is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and leads the Business Strategy and Operations team.  Prior to that, Mr. DeFalco served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Special Situations Investing Group within Hedge Fund Solutions and was involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on 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. He also received a MS in Accounting from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and is a Certified Public Accountant.

John DePalma

John DePalma is a Managing Director and U.S. Credit Research analyst involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments.

Prior to joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Anthony DeRose

Anthony DeRose is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Securities Partners L.P. In addition, Mr. DeRose oversees the Central Compliance and Conflicts Clearance teams.

Before joining Blackstone in 2020, Mr. DeRose was a Managing Director in Compliance at Deustche Bank and before that he served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at Och-Ziff Capital Management. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. DeRose was a member of Compliance at Goldman Sachs and was named a Managing Director in 2013.  From 2004 to 2008, Mr. DeRose was a Senior Vice President in Legal & Compliance at Lehman Brothers, and he began his career as a Corporate Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft.

He received his BS magna cum laude from Binghamton University School of Management and his JD from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy and the Moot Court Honor Society.

Ravi Desai

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.

Shomit Dey

Shomit Dey is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Mr. Dey is involved in tax advisory and compliance matters for the European investments of the Blackstone Real Estate funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Dey worked in the Real Estate team at Deloitte and specialized in the tax advisory of international real estate funds and investments. Prior to that, Mr. Dey worked in the Structured Capital Markets team at Barclays Capital. Mr. Dey received an MA in Mathematics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Michael Diverio

Michael Diverio is a Managing Director in Infrastructure. He joined Blackstone in 2020 and focuses on investments in the transportation and communications sectors. 

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Diverio spent 11 years in private equity, most recently at Apollo Global Management, where he was involved in the investments in Direct ChassisLink (DCLI), Blume Global, and Qdoba Mexican Eats, and served on the Board of Directors of DCLI, Blume Global, Qdoba, and CEC Entertainment. Mr. Diverio began his career at Morgan Stanley in the investment banking division. 

Mr. Diverio received a BS in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University where he graduated magna cum laude, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Andrea Drasites

Andrea Drasites is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, and sheis 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 also 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.

Josh Drazen

Josh Drazen is a Managing Director at Blackstone, involved in the Product Strategy Group in Private Wealth Solutions.

 

Before joining the firm he was Head of Credit Product Strategy at BlackRock.  In this role, he was chair of the Credit Product Committee, and was a member of the Credit Executive Committee, Alternatives Product Committee, and Alternatives Distribution Committee.

 

Previously, Mr. Drazen was a partner at BlueMountain Capital, a diversified alternative investment firm, serving as Head of Product Strategy. Before assuming that role, he was Head of Investor Relations and Client Service. He was a member of the Risk Committee, Valuation Committee, and Fund Management Group. 

 

Mr. Drazen began his career at McKinsey & Company, followed by corporate strategy roles at Citigroup and JP Morgan. He graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Finance.

Jean-Christophe Dubois

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.

Eric Duchon

Eric Duchon is a Managing Director and the Global Head of ESG for Blackstone Real Estate. As part of the Real Estate Asset Management team, he partners with the firm’s central ESG team and Portfolio Operations to initiate, manage, implement and report ESG initiatives across the global Real Estate portfolio.

Prior to joining Blackstone in November 2020, Mr. Duchon was at LaSalle Investment Management where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability. Prior to LaSalle, Mr. Duchon spent over 9 years at Cushman & Wakefield as the Director of Sustainability Strategies.

Mr. Duchon received a BBA from Emory University – Goizueta Business School and a Masters in Real Estate Development Degree from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Michael J Dupuis

Michael Dupuis is a Managing Director 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 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.

Adam Dwinells

Adam Dwinells is a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit.
 
Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Dwinells was Head of Portfolio Management at DCI, LLC where he was involved with portfolio management, strategy execution and investment technology. Prior to that, Mr. Dwinells was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan.
 
Mr. Dwinells received a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Oran Ebel

Oran Ebel is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit. Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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 Blackstone Credit, 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 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

Mr. Elliot Eisenberger is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit.  Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2007 Elliot has been involved in tax planning and consulting for Blackstone Credit and its affiliated entities. His responsibilities include the implementation of efficient tax investment and entity structures as well as managing Blackstone Credit's tax compliance and reporting obligations. Before joining Blackstone Credit, 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.

Mary Lynn Eubanks

Mary Lynn Eubanks is a Managing Director and Head of Institutional Client Solutions for Blackstone Infrastructure Partners.   She focuses on capital raising and limited partner relationships. Before joining Infrastructure, Ms. Eubanks spent fourteen years at GSO Capital, focused on fundraising and building client relationships. Prior to GSO, Ms. Eubanks was an investment banker at CSFB,  Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo, focusing on financing and M&A transactions in the Media and Telecom industry.   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 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.

Jonathan Feiler

Jonathan Feiler is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he leads the legal team for the Special Situations Investing Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Feiler was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Arosa Capital Management LP, where he was responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance matters. Before joining Arosa, Mr. Feiler worked in the Investment Management group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP from 2007 until 2015. While at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP,  Mr. Feiler represented private investment fund managers (both hedge fund and private equity) in connection with structuring, investor negotiation and ongoing legal issues, as well as regulatory and compliance matters. 

Mr. Feiler received a JD from Boston University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and a BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. 

Andrew Fenet

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.

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick is a Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Alternative Asset Management Technology at Blackstone. He handles all aspects of technology across Blackstone’s Real Estate and Private Equity businesses and assists our portfolio companies with managing their technology programs and strategy. He is also involved in the firm’s balance sheet investments in targeted, early stage, technology-related opportunities.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fitzpatrick oversaw various initiatives across the entire Technology and Innovations group. Before 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.

He received a BS in Finance from St. John’s University and currently serves on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Leadership Council.

Jillian Fitzpatrick

Jillian Fitzpatrick is Managing Director of Government Affairs for Blackstone. She helps navigate political, legislative, and regulatory risk for the firm and its portfolio companies.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Fitzpatrick was Head of Global Policy for S&P Global. She previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Minority Staff Director for the Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance. She also served as Policy Director and Transition Director for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and as Economic Policy Advisor for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). During the development and passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Jillian worked for Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY-25) on the House Financial Services Committee.

Jillian is currently co-chair of the Duke University Politics and Policy Network and a board member of the Purple Campaign Foundation. She holds a B.A. from Duke University in Durham, NC and an M.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Adam Fletcher

Adam Fletcher is a Managing Director in the Technology and Innovations group and Blackstone’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of cyber and physical security across Blackstone as well as managing a small portfolio of investments in leading early-stage cybersecurity companies.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fletcher was Blackstone’s Deputy CISO and helped lead an engaged community of cybersecurity professionals across Blackstone’s portfolio of companies. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Fletcher led the International Security organization for Equifax, coordinating a global security program across 14 countries, each with different business, regulatory, and privacy requirements.

Mr. Fletcher received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He currently serves as a director on the board of Pentera, is an observer on the boards of ShiftLeft, CyberGRX and Mitiga, and has been a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) since 2011.

Julie Flynn

Julie Flynn is a Managing Director with Blackstone in the Global Fund Finance group where she oversees the accounting, financial reporting and fund administration for Blackstone’s open-ended products including the BPP Core Plus Real Estate Funds and the Infrastructure Funds.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Flynn worked at J.P. Morgan, where she was an Executive Director in the Global Real Assets Group as a Fund, Separate Account and Sector Controller during her 13 year tenure.  Prior to that, she was an auditor at Arthur Andersen in its Technology, Media & Communications Division providing assurance services to a wide range of clients. 

Ms. Flynn received a B.S. in Accounting from The State University at Albany, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mike Forman

Mike Forman is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group where he currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the data center, digital infrastructure, and retail sectors.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Forman has been involved in investments across several asset classes, including the privatization of QTS Data Centers, Sunset Studios, International Market Centers, Juniper, ShopCore, and the creation and eventual IPO of Invitation Homes.

Mr. Forman received a BA in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors. He received a certificate in Financial Economics from Kellogg.

David Fox

David R. Fox is a Managing Director, 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.

Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman is a Managing Director and Deputy Head of Blackstone Public Affairs. She helps oversee Blackstone’s public relations function, serves as a media spokesperson for the firm, and advises senior leaders and business groups on communications issues.

Ms. Friedman has more than 15 years of experience across corporate, political, government and consulting work. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Friedman served as Senior Director for Corporate Reputation at General Electric, part of the communications leadership team working across GE businesses and regions. Before joining GE, Ms. Friedman held a variety of positions in the Obama Administration, including White House Deputy Press Secretary, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor for the National Economic Council, and senior communications roles at the Departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Homeland Security. Previously, Ms. Friedman was Vice President and Director of Communications for Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she oversaw communications activities for the firm, its clients, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She also managed campaign and media strategy for state and local legislative battles at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Violence Policy Center.

Ms. Friedman received her BA in political science, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University.

Christine Harrington Gallaudet

Christine Harrington joined Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2019 as a Managing Director of the Private Origination investment team.

Prior to Blackstone Credit, Ms. Harrington worked at Apollo Global Management as a Managing Director and a member of the firm’s Direct Origination’s investment team.  She was actively involved in sourcing credit opportunities for the Apollo platform, as well as underwriting investments.  She was also the portfolio manager for several Apollo middle market credit funds. Prior to joining Apollo in 2007, Ms. Harrington worked in Leveraged Finance Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. 

Ms. Harrington graduated from Fairfield University.

Vikram Garg

Vikram Garg is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in Mumbai. Mr. Garg is currently involved with asset management of Blackstone’s investments in India.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Garg was a Director with Religare’s asset management business and prior to that worked with Deutsche Bank and The Chatterjee Group on pan- India real estate investments and asset management.

Mr. Garg received a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, is a qualified accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has received an Honours Degree in Commerce from the University of Kolkata.

Amy Garges

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

Ms. Garges leads the Risks Controls Testing Team for Blackstone, which 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 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 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 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.

Natasha Gopaul

Natasha Gopaul is a Managing Director in the Chief Legal Office and Private Equity General Counsel, US.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Ms. Gopaul worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in the Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York.  Prior to that, she worked at an international auction house and a research and policy institute at Princeton University.

Ms. Gopaul received a BA, summa cum laude, from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nicholas Gopnik-Lewinski

Nicholas Gopnik-Lewinski is a Managing Director for Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit where he is involved with credit research.

Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Gopnik-Lewinski worked in strategy development, credit analytics and performance decomposition at DCI, LLC.

Mr. Gopnik-Lewinski received a M.S. in Financial Mathematics from the University of York and a B.S. in Mathematics and Philosophy from McGill University.

Todd Gorsche

Todd Gorsche is a Managing Director within BAAM. Mr. Gorsche oversees trade execution for BAAM’s Horizon platform and is involved with the day to day investing activities for Horizon.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2021, Mr. Gorsche was the Head of Trading for Valinor Management.  Prior to Valinor Management, Mr. Gorsche was a Partner at Pennant Capital serving in a variety of roles.  Prior to Pennant Capital, Mr. Gorsche was a Managing Director, Head of Trading, at SAB Capital Management.

Mr. Gorsche received a BA in Economics and English from Duke University where he graduated cum laude.  Mr. Gorsche holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Chris (LA) Graham

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 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.

Yan Gu

Yan Gu is a Managing Director and Head of Quant Research of the Hedge Funds Solutions Group, and he 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.

Anna Guerin

Anna Guerin is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Legal and Compliance Department, is the Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone's Private Wealth Solutions business and covers compliance matters for Blackstone Insurance Solutions.  Her previous roles at Blackstone included covering the Treasury Solutions business and Strategic Partners from a compliance perspective

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Guerin was the Compliance Officer for New Mountain Capital’s private equity funds. From 2004 to 2013, Ms. Guerin worked at Advent International Corporation in Boston, where she held a number of different Compliance roles. Ms. Guerin began her career working in Compliance at Sovereign Bank. 

Ms. Guerin received a BA in Psychology from Hamilton College and an MBA from Boston University.

Hala Haenisch-Zeine

Hala Zeine is a Managing Director in Portfolio Operations, where she is involved with Blackstone’s technology portfolio companies on accelerating growth and innovation as well as advising the firm’s investment teams in identifying and evaluating opportunities in the technology sector, with a particular focus on the European market.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Zeine served as Chief Product Officer for Celonis, a Germany-based global software firm. Prior to Celonis, Ms. Zeine spent almost two decades at SAP, working in corporate executive roles ranging from business development to leading their Digital Supply Chain product business.

Ms. Zeine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) from Bentley University.

Florian Hager

Florian Hager is a Managing Director at Blackstone Credit based in London. He focuses on public and private investment opportunities with a specific emphasis on special situations. Before joining Blackstone Credit, 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 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 is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit.  Since joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2007 Mr. Hall has been involved in analyzing, evaluating, and executing private investments across various industries. Before joining Blackstone Credit, 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 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 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 is a Managing Director in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Asim Hamid

Asim Hamid is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, and he currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the multifamily sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Hamid has been involved in the acquisition of over 60,000 multifamily units.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Hamid was a Managing Director at The Praedium Group and involved in acquisitions on the west coast. Mr. Hamid received a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in Sydney. Mr. Harrison is involved with acquisitions of real estate investments throughout Australia and New Zeland. 

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Harrison was the Head of Capital Transactions for Charter Hall where he led and was responsible for the acquisition and divestment of real estate assets primarily across the Office, Retail and Logistics sectors.  Prior to this, Mr. Harrison was a Divisional Director at Knight Frank Valuations with over 10 years of valuation experience.  

Mr. Harrison received a Bachelor of Property Economics from the University of Technology Sydney and is an Associate member of the Australian Property Institute.

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a Managing Director for Blackstone Credit’s Systematic Strategies unit, where he is involved in investment strategy and the assessment of credit risk in Systematic Strategies’ portfolios.
 
Prior to Blackstone’s acquisition of DCI in 2020, Mr. Harrison was the Chief Investment Officer for DCI, LLC.  Prior to that Mr. Harrison was a Managing Director at BlackRock, Inc., a position he formerly held at Barclays Global Investors before its acquisition by Blackrock in 2009.  At Blackrock, he served as the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research for the firm’s systematic Global Macro team and held a variety of firm-wide leadership roles. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Harrison ran the Capital Markets research team at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he helped lead the analysis and communication of market and financial conditions to the Board.
 
Mr. Harrison received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University and B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Damien Hart

Damien Hart is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Hart has been involved in the Finance Re-engineering team, working on systems implementations, notably Investran, and workflow improvements across the firm's Finance departments. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Hart worked at Merrill Lynch for 8 years as a Vice President in Support Finance, Corporate Planning, and Finance Re-engineering.

Ron Hartman

Ron Hartman is a Managing Director and Head of Global Procurement. 

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Hartman worked at Credit Suisse where he held a variety of finance and operational roles over the course of eleven years, and 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.

Tammy Hayashi

Tammy Hayashi is a Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance Group and is based in Tokyo.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Ms. Hayashi spent close to 12 years at Goldman Sachs in Compliance and Internal Audit departments in Tokyo and NY where she was most recently a Vice President in Central Compliance managing teams that handled regulatory compliance and employee services.

Previously Ms. Hayashi worked at Merrill Lynch and KPMG in Tokyo and NY as a US CPA. Ms. Hayashi received a BA from Sophia University in Japan where she graduated cum laude.

Adam Hermida

Adam Hermida is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit. As a member of Blackstone Credit'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 Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Matthew Higbee

Matthew Higbee 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. Higbee worked in the Credit Group of KKR. Prior to KKR, Mr. Higbee worked at Arrowgrass Capital Partners and CarVal Investors, and started his career at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Higbee received a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bristol and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill is a Managing Director and Head of ESG for Blackstone Real Estate in Europe. She is responsible for ensuring Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are fully integrated across Blackstone’s European real estate portfolio. Her prior roles included the Head of Responsible Business for Lloyds Banking Group and the Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Landsec plc., developing one of the United Kingdom’s leading real estate sustainability programs and establishing Landsec’s net zero carbon strategy. She also held roles working on corporate responsibility and sustainability at PwC and Whitbread.

Ms. Hill holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Daigo Hirai

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.

Clarke Hitch

Clarke Hitch is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, where he is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring senior loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity and other debt investments across all asset types and geographies throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Hitch worked at Morgan Stanley in the Commercial Real Estate Lending Group.

Mr. Hitch graduated from Duke University with an AB in Public Policy.

Bill Hobbs

William Hobbs is a Managing Director with Blackstone Credit,  and is focused on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring private investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, Mr. Hobbs was a Director at Blackstone Securities 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 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.

George Holding

George Holding is a Managing Director and European Head of Government Relations for Blackstone, based in London.

As a former Member of Congress, United States Attorney, counsel to a United States Senator, federal judge’s clerk and lawyer at a top 100 firm, he has handled a wide variety of issues on tax, trade, healthcare, foreign affairs, national security and intellectual property.

In the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Holding was Chairman of the British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG), the U.K. Caucus and the India Caucus.  He served as a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, Judiciary Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Budget Committee and Ethics Committee.  He has participated in the World Economic Forum, the European Parliament Transatlantic Dialogue and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr. Holding has degrees in classical studies and law from Wake Forest University and attended The Groton School.

Haide Hong

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 and 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 is a Managing Director at Blackstone Credit based in London. He evaluates corporate credit investments in loans, bonds and CDS across a variety of industries, and he focuses on distressed and special situations including restructurings. Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as 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.

Hilary Hung

Hilary Hung is a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Ek Indharameesup

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 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 sectors. Mr. Ingle currently leads asset management for Blackstone’s U.S. industrial portfolio which spans more than 400 million square feet. Mr. Ingle has been involved in other notable investments including 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 is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Insurance Solutions. Previously, Mr. Iverson served in a number of Legal & Compliance roles across Blackstone. He is the Blackstone designated Director of Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Ltd.

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.

Jonathan Jacoby

Jonathan A. Jacoby is a Managing Director in the Strategic Partners Finance department, having joined in 2020.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Jacoby was an Executive Director at GCM Grosvenor, where he was responsible for managing investment operations and shared responsibility for managing fund finance for the firm’s private equity, real estate and infrastructure investments. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Jacoby was the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse’s Customized Fund Investment Group.  Mr. Jacoby previously worked as an auditor at KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen, where he focused on auditing mutual and private equity funds.

Mr. Jacoby received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

Sarita Jairath

Sarita Jairath is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Institutional Client Solutions 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.

Natacha Jamar

Natacha Jamar is a Managing Director 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, Armacell, Merlin and BME. Ms. Jamar serves on the Board of Directors of BME.

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.

Nina James

Nina James is a Managing Director and Head of Asia ESG for Blackstone Real Estate. Nina is responsible for the design and delivery of the global RE ESG strategy as it pertains to the Asia Pac region, including 15% emissions reduction programme and broader sustainability programmes across the RE Asia business. These include investor, staff, industry, and asset engagement programmes across the region.

Before joining Blackstone, Nina was the GM Responsible Investment and Corporate Sustainability for Investa Property Group.

Nina sits on the Australian UNPRI Advisory Committee, the International WELL Building Institute WELL Portfolio Advisory Group, the ULI Australia Executive Counsel, and the Oceania GRESB Advisory Committee. Nina holds a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Sustainable Finance from Columbia University, NY.

PJ Jannuzzi

PJ Jannuzzi is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. He is focused on Asset Management within the Business Services portfolio.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Jannuzzi worked at Bain & Company in their New York office. His experience spanned business transformations, corporate strategy, product strategy, G&A functional excellence and automation across multiple industries. Before joining Bain & Company he worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and corporate strategy at Tishman Speyer.

Mr. Jannuzzi received a BS from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Gadi Jay

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 and 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 is a Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Performance in the Private Equity Group, focusing on financial and operational performance monitoring across the global portfolio.

Previously, Mr. Jenkins focused on private equity investments in the energy sector, and has been involved with the firm’s investments in Beacon Offshore Energy, Brix Oil & Gas, Falcon Minerals Corp., Kosmos Energy, LLOG Bluewater, Royal Resources, Siccar Point Energy, and Vine Oil & Gas. He currently serves on the boards of Falcon Minerals Corp. and Siccar Point Energy.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Jenkins evaluated and executed investments at WL Ross & Co. He began his career at Lazard Ltd.

Mr. Jenkins received a BA, summa cum laude in Philosophy from Yale College, and a JD, magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Kristin Johnston

Kristin Johnston is a Managing Director in the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis group and is involved with management reporting, financial planning, budgeting, and earnings preparation. Previously, Ms. Johnston was in various strategic and financial roles with the firm including positions with the Strategic Incentives, Business Development, Private Equity valuations and Corporate Finance groups. She was involved with various strategic planning projects including the firm’s initial public offering, bond issuances, spin-off of PJT Partners and the conversion to a C-Corp.

Ms. Johnston received a BBA in International Business and Finance from James Madison University with distinction and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of New York. Ms. Johnston is on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Leadership Council, the Finance Women’s Network Steering Committee and Finance Integration and Training Committee.

Graham Jones

Mr. Jones is a Managing Director, U.S. credit research analyst, focused on structured credit investments, and a member of Blackstone Credit’s Liquid Credit Strategies 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 Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, 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.

Gemma Kataky

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.

Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz is a Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities group, focused on driving fund marketing initiatives as well as investor relations. Prior to joining Blackstone, 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.

Alex Katz

Alex Katz is a Managing Director of Government Relations. Mr. Katz helps navigate political, legislative, and regulatory issues for Blackstone and its portfolio companies, overseeing strategic initiatives at all levels of government.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Katz was a senior aide to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer. In the Senate, Mr. Katz served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Assistant to the Senator before helping to run Mr. Schumer’s successful re-election campaign in 2016. During the 2018 midterm elections Mr. Katz was named Senior Advisor to the Senate Majority PAC, the principal super PAC aimed at electing Democrats to the upper chamber. Prior to his time in the Senate, Mr. Katz worked for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as an advisor in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. He also worked in Chicago City Hall under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. From 2019-2020, Mr. Katz served as a member of the Biden for President National Finance Committee.

Mr. Katz holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

Brian Kaufman

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.

Jeff Kelly

Jeff Kelly is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, where he is focused on Asset Management for Blackstone Energy Partners (BEP).

Prior to  joining Blackstone, Mr. Kelly worked at Anadarko Petroleum where he served as the Ghana Asset Manager/VP Anadarko WCTP Company, as well as other E&P and Midstream leadership roles.  Before joining Anadarko Petroleum, Mr. Kelly worked with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Exterran, Accenture, and Schlumberger.

Mr. Kelly received a BS in Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Amer Khatoun

Amer Khatoun is a Managing Director 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, Superbet, HH Global and Lombard. He serves as a Director of Beauparc, HH Global and Lombard.

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.

Mike Kirkman

Mike Kirkman is a Managing Director in Blackstone Growth (BXG) where he is focused on investments in the Healthcare sector. Mr. Kirkman is based in San Francisco.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kirkman was a Director at GI Partners where he helped lead investment activity in the healthcare and software sectors. During his time at GI, he invested in and served on the boards of such companies as Netsmart, Generate Life Sciences, Clinical Ink, and MRI Software. Prior to GI, Mr. Kirkman was with JLL Partners in New York, where he began his investing career, focusing on private equity investments in North America. Mr. Kirkman currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Private Equity Network.

Mr. Kirkman holds a BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jacob Kleinberger

Jacob Kleinberger is a Managing Director and Head of Platform Solutions with Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions Group. In this role, he oversees the development of the Group’s business intelligence capabilities.Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Kleinberger worked at Merrill Lynch, where he held various corporate strategy roles and was an analyst in the investment banking division.

Mr. Kleinberger received a BS in Finance and a BS in Economics from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Matt Koskinen

Matt Koskinen is a Managing Director 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.

Joshua Krapf

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