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




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


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Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Executive Offices — New York

Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone. Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 1985. The firm is a leading global asset manager with $344 billion Assets Under Management (as of March 31, 2016).

Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and schools. Whether in business or in philanthropy, he has always attempted to tackle big problems and find transformative solutions. In 2015, Mr. Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University to establish the Schwarzman Center, a first-of-its-kind campus center in Yale’s historic “Commons” building. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At $450 million, the program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history coming largely from international donors. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library on whose board he serves.

Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is co-chair of the Partnership for New York City and serves on the boards of The Asia Society and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as on The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is a Trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman was included in TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” Mr. Schwarzman was awarded the Légion d'Honneur of France in 2007 and promoted to Officier in 2010. In 2016, he topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the most influential people in finance.

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

Tony James

Tony James

President & Chief Operating Officer

Executive Offices — New York

Hamilton (“Tony”) E. James is President, Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and a member of the board of directors of our general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He is also a member of Blackstone’s Management and Executive Committees and sits on each of the firm’s investment committees.

Prior to joining Blackstone Mr. James was Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Executive Board. Prior to the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Mr. James was the Chairman of DLJ’s Banking Group, responsible for all the firm’s investment banking and merchant banking activities. Mr. James joined DLJ in 1975 as an Investment Banking associate. He became head of DLJ’s global M&A group in 1982, founded DLJ Merchant Banking, Inc. in 1985, and was named Chairman of the Banking Group in 1995. He is a Director of Costco Wholesale Corporation and has served on a number of other corporate Boards. Mr. James is a Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Mr. James is a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of The Boards of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System, Member of the Center for American Progress Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of Trout Unlimited’s Coldwater Conservation Fund, Trustee of Woods Hole Oceanographic, Trustee of Wildlife Conservation Society, Advisory Board member of The Montana Land Reliance, and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theatre. He is also a former member of the President’s Export Council - Subcommittee on Technology & Competitiveness.

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

J. Tomilson Hill

J. Tomilson Hill

Vice Chairman, The Blackstone Group; President & Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

BAAM — New York

J. Tomilson Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, a Vice Chairman of The Blackstone Group and a member of the Board of Directors of the general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. Mr. Hill previously served as Co-Head of the Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Group before assuming his role as CEO of the BAAM. In his current capacity, Mr. Hill is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the group, including investment management, client relationships, marketing, operations and administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Patria Investment Limited.

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

Mr. Hill is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Council's Board of Directors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center Theater, where he serves as Chairman. He serves on the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Telluride Foundation, the Advantage Testing Foundation, and of Our Lady Queen of Angels School, a parochial school (K-8th grade) in Spanish Harlem. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Christie’s and a member of the Board of Directors of OpenPeak Inc. and Advantage Testing, Inc.

Joseph Baratta

Joseph Baratta

Global Head of Private Equity

Private Equity — New York

Joseph Baratta is Global Head of Private Equity and a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Baratta has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Universal Orlando, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals, Houghton Mifflin, Spirit Group and was responsible for Blackstone's investments in First Eagle Investment Management, Seaworld Parks and Entertainment, Merlin Entertainments Group, Center Parcs, Tragus Group, Southern Cross and ICS Group. In 2001, Mr. Baratta moved to London to help establish Blackstone’s corporate private equity business in Europe.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Baratta was with Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. Mr. Baratta also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Baratta graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University where he currently serves on the University's Board of Directors. He serves as a director of Blackstone portfolio companies First Eagle Investment Management and Penn Engineering. He is also a trustee of the Tate Foundation in Britain and serves on the board of Year Up, an organization focused on youth employment.

Michael Chae

Michael Chae

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Finance — New York

Michael S. Chae is the Chief Financial Officer at Blackstone and serves on the Management Committee. Mr. Chae has management responsibility over the firm’s global finance, treasury, technology, and corporate development functions. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Chae has served in a broad range of leadership roles including Head of International Private Equity, Head of Private Equity for Asia/Pacific, and overseeing Private Equity investments in various sectors and the investment process for the Tactical Opportunities fund. Mr. Chae led or was involved in numerous Blackstone investments over that time period. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Chae worked at the Carlyle Group, L.P. and prior to that with Dillon, Read & Co. Mr. Chae graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served on numerous boards of private and publicly traded portfolio companies. Mr. Chae is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrenceville School and Chairman of its Investment Committee, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society.

Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray

Sr. Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate

Real Estate — New York

Jonathan D. Gray is Global Head of Real Estate and a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. He also sits on the firm’s Management Committee.

Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Mr. Gray has helped build the largest real estate platform in the world with $101 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone’s portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Gray currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hilton Worldwide and is a board member of Brixmor Properties. He is also Chairman of the Board of Harlem Village Academies and a board member of Trinity School. Mr. Gray and his wife, Mindy, established the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine focused on the prevention and treatment of certain genetically caused cancers.

Mr. Gray received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Joan Solotar

Joan Solotar

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Multi-Asset Investing & External Relations

Multi-Asset Investing & Ext Relations — New York

Joan Solotar is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, Head of Multi-Asset Investing and External Relations, and serves on the Management Committee. Ms. Solotar oversees the firm’s Multi-Asset Investing business, which develops and distributes products and services to meet the needs of institutional and high net worth clients. Additionally, she manages global shareholder relations, public affairs, and corporate services. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was with Bank of America Securities where she was a Managing Director and Head of Equity Research. Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a consistently highly ranked Institutional Investor “All-America Research Team” financial services analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as a Managing Director. Ms. Solotar Chairs the Board of Directors of Blackstone’s Charitable Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program and the East Harlem Scholars Academies. She is the recent author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled “Truths for our Daughters.” Ms. Solotar received a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.

Bennett Goodman

Bennett Goodman

Sr. Managing Director & Founder of GSO Capital Partners

GSO — New York

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

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Goodman focuses on the management of GSO, which is Blackstone’s credit investment platform with over $75 billion of assets under management in various direct lending strategies, leveraged loan vehicles and distressed investment funds.

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

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

Tripp Smith

Tripp Smith

Sr. Managing Director & Co-Founder of GSO Capital Partners

GSO — New York

J. Albert (Tripp) Smith is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, and a Founder of GSO Capital Partners Before co-founding GSO, Mr. Smith was Global Head of the Capital Markets Group within the Alternative Capital Division of CSFB. The Capital Markets Group had $16 billion of assets under management including CSFB's credit opportunities fund, mezzanine investment fund, CDO business and hedge fund-of-fund business. Prior to that, Mr. Smith was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of CSFB's Leveraged Finance Group. His responsibilities included the coordination of CSFB's global origination, distribution and trading activities relating to high yield securities, leveraged loans, high yield credit derivatives and distressed securities. Additionally, Mr. Smith was a member of CSFB's Investment Banking Operating Committee, Fixed Income Operating Committee and Co-Chair of the Bank/High Yield Finance Committee. He was also a member of CSFB's Management Council. Mr. Smith joined CSFB in November 2000 when it acquired DLJ, where he was Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets. Mr. Smith had been a member of DLJ's high yield team since he joined the firm in 1993. Prior to that, he worked for Smith Barney and Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Smith received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Stephen Can

Stephen Can

Sr. Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

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

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

Verdun Perry

Verdun Perry

Sr. Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

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

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

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

Angelo Acconcia

Angelo Acconcia

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Angelo Acconcia is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, based in New York, and leads Blackstone's private equity investment activities in the oil & gas sector on a global basis.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, and prior to fully dedicating his time to energy and the oil & gas sector, Mr. Acconcia has been involved in the execution of several important Blackstone investments, including Graham Packaging, Ondeo Nalco, TRW Automotive and Texas Genco. Mr. Acconcia has either led or played a critical role in every one of Blackstone’s oil and gas investments, including: Alta Energy, GeoSouthern Energy, Hunter Oil & Gas, Kosmos Energy, LLOG Exploration, OSUM Oil Sands and Royal Resources.

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

Mr. Acconcia is a member of the Investment Committee for Blackstone Energy Partners, a $2.5 billion Blackstone private equity fund dedicated exclusively to the energy sector, and also serves as a director of Alta Energy, GeoSouthern Energy, Hunter Oil & Gas, LLOG Exploration, Osum Oil Sands, and Royal Resources. Mr. Acconcia received an Honors degree in Business from Queen's University in Canada, where he graduated with First Class Honors.

A. J. Agarwal

A. J. Agarwal

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

A. J. Agarwal is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Mr. Agarwal oversees the U.S. Core+ business for the Real Estate Group. He has been directly involved in a number of the Real Estate Group's investments, including Extended Stay Hotels, Hilton Hotels, General Growth Properties, Centro Properties, and Hotel del Coronado. Mr. Agarwal joined Blackstone in 1992. Prior to joining the Real Estate Group in 2010, Mr. Agarwal was a member of Blackstone's Financial Advisory Group, leading the firm's advisory practice in a number of areas, including real estate and leisure/lodging. Mr. Agarwal graduated from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Martin Alderson Smith

Martin Alderson Smith

Sr. Managing Director

Corporate Development — New York

Martin Alderson Smith is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Corporate Development Group. Mr. Alderson Smith focuses on group strategy and evaluation of new business initiatives.

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

Before joining Blackstone in 1991, Mr. Alderson Smith was with First Boston in London and New York for eight years.

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

Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson

Sr. Managing Director

External Relations — New York

Christine Anderson is a Sr. Managing Director in the Global Public Affairs Group. She is involved in Blackstone's dealings with the press, serving as a firm spokesperson, and advises on government affairs. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Anderson served as Communications Director to the former Governor of New York. Before becoming Communications Director she served as the Governor's Press Secretary and Director of Marketing and as Communications Director on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Anderson was an Associate Director of Corporate Communications at UBS AG, supporting US media relations and specifically serving as a spokesperson for the US Wealth Management division of the company. During the 2004 Presidential election cycle, she served as a Deputy Press Secretary on the Kerry-Edwards Campaign. Prior to that Ms. Anderson worked as an Account Director at the Brunswick Group, a UK-based financial public relations firm and as a Segment Producer for ABC News' “Good Morning America.” From 1999-2001, Ms. Anderson worked in the Press Office of the Clinton White House. She received a BA from The College of the Holy Cross. She was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Blackstone Women’s Network, as well as on the board of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Lionel Assant

Lionel Assant

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

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

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Assant worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Asset Management and Private Equity divisions. Mr. Assant graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique with a Master’s degree in Economics. He serves as a Director of Tangerine, Intertrust, Armacell and Alliance Automotive Group. Mr. Assant served on the boards of Gerresheimer, Mivisa and United Biscuits. He is also a Trustee of Impetus-PEF, a charitable foundation which provides resources to improve the lives of children and young people living in poverty.

Gautam Banerjee

Gautam Banerjee

Sr. Managing Director

SG-Regional Management — Singapore

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

Gideon Berger

Gideon Berger

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Gideon L. Berger is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and is Head of Risk Management and Technology for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Berger is responsible for hedge fund manager risk analysis, as well as risk monitoring and analysis of BAAM funds.

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

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

Joshua Blaine

Joshua Blaine

Sr. Managing Director

Strategic Partners — New York

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

David Blitzer

David Blitzer

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Tactical Opportunities

Tactical Opportunities — New York

David S. Blitzer is a Senior Managing Director & Head of Tactical Opportunities. Mr. Blitzer is based in New York, having established Blackstone’s corporate private equity investment efforts in Europe. Since joining Blackstone in 1991, Mr. Blitzer has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Spirit Group, SULO, Allied Waste, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Houghton Mifflin, Universal Orlando, Centerplate, Cadillac Fairview, Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, Southern Cross, NHP, Orangina, and United Biscuits. Mr. Blitzer graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Blitzer serves as a Director of United Biscuits and Jack Wolfskin.

Brendan Boyle

Brendan Boyle

Sr. Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Brendan Boyle is a Senior Managing Director responsible for private wealth management distribution. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Boyle was an independent consultant in the financial services industry, advising some of the leading asset management, broker/dealer and insurance companies, as well as some select private equity firms, in all aspects of business development. Prior to that, Mr. Boyle spent twenty-five years in senior management positions in the private client and asset management areas at leading Wall Street firms, including Smith Barney, Prudential Securities and UBS/Paine Webber. During this time his responsibilities included heading up product areas such as mutual funds, insurance and annuities, trust services and managed accounts. In addition, he served as chief operating officer and marketing officer of proprietary asset management businesses. Mr. Boyle is a founding member and former director of the Forum for Investor Advice. Mr. Boyle received a BA degree from Marist College.

Martin Brand

Martin Brand

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Martin Brand is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Brand has been involved in the execution of the firm's investments in Kronos, Ipreo, Accuvant, Knight Capital Group, BankUnited, PBF Energy, Exeter Finance, Cine UK, Kabel BW, Performance Food Group, Lendmark, Kabelnetz NRW, New Skies, NHP, OSUM, Primacom, Sulo, Travelport, and Vistar.

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

Mr. Brand received a B.A./M.A. in Mathematics and Computation, First Class Honors, from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a director of Kronos, Ipreo, Orbitz Worldwide, Exeter Finance, and Lendmark. Mr. Brand serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Watermill Center.

Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

David L. Calhoun is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Portfolio Operations of Blackstone and a Member of Blackstone’s Management Committee.

Mr. Calhoun joined Blackstone in January of 2014 and oversees a team within the portfolio operations group focused on creating and driving added value initiatives with Blackstone portfolio company CEOs.

Since the beginning of 2014, Mr. Calhoun serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for Nielsen, a company he joined in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer, shortly after it was acquired by a consortium of private equity investors including Blackstone. Throughout his seven years’ tenure, Mr. Calhoun led Nielsen’s transformation into a leading global information and measurement company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NLSN) and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Before Nielsen, Mr. Calhoun served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Infrastructure, the company’s largest business unit. During his distinguished twenty-six year tenure at GE, Mr. Calhoun ran multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Co., GE Aircraft Engines, and GE Transportation (Aircraft and Rail). Earlier in his career at GE, he held a wide range of operating, finance, and marketing roles across the company, including within GE Plastics and GE Capital.

In addition to Nielsen, Mr. Calhoun also serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company and Caterpillar. He is the co-author with Rick Kash of the book “How Companies Win.” Mr. Calhoun is a 1979 graduate of Virginia Tech, and is a member of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Advisory Council, which advises the university on student and alumni issues.

Kenneth Caplan

Kenneth Caplan

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Real Estate — New York

Kenneth A. Caplan is a Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer of the Real Estate Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Caplan has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate acquisitions and initiatives in the United States, Europe and Asia. These include major acquisitions such as Equity Office Properties, Hilton Hotels, Trizec Properties and La Quinta. Prior to his current role, Mr. Caplan was Head of Real Estate Europe. Before joining Blackstone, he was at Lazard Frères & Co. in the real estate investment banking group.

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

James Carnegie

James Carnegie

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Sydney

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

Michael Casey

Michael Casey

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Beth Chartoff Spector

Beth Chartoff Spector

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Menes Chee

Menes Chee

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

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

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

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

Frank Cohen

Frank Cohen

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Frank Cohen is a Senior Managing Director with the Blackstone Group based in New York. He is the Global Head of Core+ Real Estate and a member of the firm’s real estate investment committee.

Since joining Blackstone in 1996, Mr. Cohen has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate transactions. He has been involved with many of the firm’s notable investments, including Equity Office, CarrAmerica Realty, Trizec and IndCor Properties.

Mr. Cohen received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated from the Honors Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, with a double major in political science. He serves as a director for Hudson Pacific Properties, as well as for several Blackstone portfolio companies, including Equity Office. He is also a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and on the WCAS Board of Visitors at Northwestern University.

Brett Condron

Brett Condron

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Giovanni Cutaia

Giovanni Cutaia

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

Mathew Cyriac

Mathew Cyriac

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Mathew Cyriac is the Co-Head of Private Equity in India. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Cyriac has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Allcargo Global Logistics, CMS Infosystems, FINO, FTIL, Gateway Rail, Gokaldas Exports, International Tractors, MCX, MTAR Technologies and Nuziveedu Seeds. Mr. Cyriac currently serves on the boards of CMS Info Systems, FINO, Gateway Rail, Gokaldas Exports, International Tractors and MTAR. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Cyriac served as Head of Corporate Development & Strategy of iGATE Corporation (NASDAQ:IGTE) and Chief Financial Officer of Quintant Services, where he led all the financing and other strategic transactions of Quintant and its eventual sale to iGATE. Prior to joining Quintant, Mr. Cyriac was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Cyriac also worked in the Private Equity Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and the Investment Banking Division of Bank of America and in the Engineering Division of Tata Motors. Mr. Cyriac received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Amit Dixit

Amit Dixit

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

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

Paulo Eapen

Paulo Eapen

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

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

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

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

Kristen Eshak Weldon

Kristen Eshak Weldon

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — London

Kristen Eshak Weldon is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group based in London.

Ms. Eshak Weldon is co-head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s London office. She is involved in portfolio management, including overseeing commodity investments. In addition, she is involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring.

Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Eshak Weldon worked at J.P. Morgan, initially in the Derivatives Structuring and Origination group, focusing on interest rate derivative strategies. She then worked on the Commodity Derivatives team where she was responsible for marketing and structuring commodity products across the metal and energy sectors.

Ms. Eshak Weldon received a BS in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University.

George Fan

George Fan

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

John Finley

John Finley

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Legal Officer

Legal & Compliance — New York

John G. Finley, a Senior Managing Director, is the firm's Chief Legal Officer. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Finley was a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he headed the global mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Finley has a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from the Harvard Law School.

David Foley

David Foley

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

Private Equity — New York

David I. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Energy Partners. Mr. Foley is based in New York and is responsible for overseeing Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy & 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 private equity energy deal that the firm has invested in, including: Premcor, Kosmos Energy, Foundation Coal, Texas Genco, Sithe Global Power, OSUM Oil Sands, PBF Energy, Global Offshore Wind, GeoSouthern, Alta Resources, Moser Baer, Cheniere and LLOG Exploration. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Foley worked with AEA Investors in the firm’s private equity business, and prior to that served as a consultant for the Monitor Company. Mr. Foley received a BA and an MA in Economics, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Brian Gavin

Brian Gavin

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

Greg Geiling

Greg Geiling

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Stuart Grant

Stuart Grant

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Stuart M. Grant is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and Head of Real Estate Asset Management for Asia/Pacific. Mr. Grant also oversees the MB Asia Real Estate Fund and has day-to-day asset management responsibility for all of the Real Estate Group's investments in Asia/Pacific. In 2000, Mr. Grant moved to London to help establish Blackstone's real estate private equity business in Europe. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Grant has been involved in the firm's investments in Broadgate, NHP, Nido, Center Parcs, Tysan, Valad, Embassy, SCPG and various other office, hotel, industrial, retail and residential investments. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Grant was an International Executive at the Jardine Matheson Group based in Asia from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Grant graduated from The University of St. Andrews and earned an MSc from New York University. He currently serves on the boards of Tysan, Valad, Embassy and SCP and previously has served on numerous boards of portfolio companies. He is a former Trustee of The Prince of Wales’ Dumfries House Trust, serves as a member of the North Asia Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute.

Gregory Hall

Gregory Hall

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Gregory Hall is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Co-Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Ventures Platform.

Mr. Hall has been a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s investment team, focused on a wide range of hedge fund strategies. In his current role, Mr. Hall leads the Strategic Alliance and Strategic Capital Holdings initiatives, in addition to his involvement in the broader Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Hall worked as a Hedge Fund Analyst covering the financial services sector. Mr. Hall began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Financial Analyst in the firm’s equity research division and later as an Associate in Goldman Sachs Ventures, a strategic new business incubator.

Mr. Hall received a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Rob Harper

Rob Harper

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Rob Harper is a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Europe for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. He is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Harper has been involved in analyzing Blackstone’s real estate equity and debt investments in all property types and has worked on transactions including Hilton Worldwide and Equity Office Properties. Mr. Harper previously worked for Blackstone in both New York and Los Angeles.

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 B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Chris Heady

Chris Heady

Sr. Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Asia

Real Estate — Hong Kong

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

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

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

Tyler Henritze

Tyler Henritze

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Tyler Henritze is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Co-head of US Acquisitions based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Henritze has been involved in over $75 billion of real estate investments across all property types. Notable transactions include the acquisition of GE Capital’s real estate business, Strategic Hotels, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Motel 6, Extended Stay Hotels, Equity Office Properties, CarrAmerica, LaQuinta and Wyndham International.

Mr. Henritze currently serves as a board member of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Motel 6 and BRE Select Hotel Corp and is a former board member of Hilton Worldwide and La Quinta.

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

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

Axel Herberg

Axel Herberg

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Düsseldorf

Axel Herberg is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Before joining The Blackstone Group in 2010, Dr. Herberg worked at Gerresheimer AG for 18 years. He spent the last ten years as Chief Executive Officer, during which time Gerresheimer was the subject of two successful LBO's (the second of which was led by Blackstone) and a public offering. Prior to that, Dr. Herberg worked at McKinsey & Company as a Consultant and at Krupp Industrietechnik as Director of Strategic Planning. Dr. Herberg received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aachen and a degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. Dr. Herberg serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gerresheimer Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Jack Wolfskin, member of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG, member of the Advisory Board of Vetter Pharma-Fertigung, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

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

Robert Horn

Robert Horn

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — Houston

Robert Horn is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners and helps oversee the firm’s activities in the energy and power sector. Prior to joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Horn worked in Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group, where he advised on high yield financings and merger and acquisition assignments for companies in the power and utilities sector. Mr. Horn received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, where he graduated with academic honors. Currently, Mr. Horn serves on the Board of Directors of companies involved in oil and gas production, oilfield services and midstream, including Compass Well Services, River Bend Oil & Gas, Mediterranean Resources, Gulftex Energy, FourPoint Energy, LLC, TapStone Energy, LLC and 3Bear Energy, LLC.

Ed Huang

Ed Huang

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

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

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

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

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

Christopher James

Christopher James

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

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

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Timothy Johnson is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and the Head of U.S. Originations BREDS, based in New York. Mr. Johnson is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Johnson was a co-founder of BroadPeak Funding, a boutique commercial real estate finance company based in Los Angeles. Prior to founding BroadPeak, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President in the Lehman Brothers Global Commercial Real Estate Group where he worked from 2002-2008. While at Lehman his responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing large structured finance transactions as well as select equity investments. Mr. Johnson received a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross where he graduated cum laude.

Bob Jordan

Bob Jordan

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Pilar Junco

Pilar Junco

Sr. Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — London

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Kahr

Julia Kahr

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Julia Kahr is Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Kahr has been involved in analyzing numerous investments in the communications and general industrial sectors.

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

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

Farhad Karim

Farhad Karim

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Farhad Karim is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Europe. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Karim has been involved in a number of real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and other initiatives throughout Europe.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Karim was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he worked on a variety of real estate transactions in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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

Alan Kerr

Alan Kerr

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Alan Kerr is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s GSO Debt Funds Group (formerly Harbourmaster Capital Management prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). He is responsible for managing the European activities of GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies Unit ("CCS"). Mr. Kerr is a member of the CCS Europe Investment Committee and the GSO CCS Management Committee. Mr. Kerr was co-head of Harbourmaster prior to its acquisition by GSO. He joined Harbourmaster at its inception in 2000. Mr. Kerr has 18 years of experience in the industry, including high yield bank loans, CLOs and bank loan funds. Formerly, Mr. Kerr was with Ernst & Young as a Financial Services Group Manager. Mr. Kerr has an honours Commerce Degree (Banking & Finance) from University College Dublin, a Master's in Accountancy from University College Dublin, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Carol Kim

Carol Kim

Sr. Managing Director

IRBD — Hong Kong

Carol Kim is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Investor Relations & Business Development Group in Asia and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Kim has been involved with investor relations and new business development in Asia. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Kim was based in New York as a Vice President in the Absolute Return Strategies Group at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for client communications and reporting to its hedge fund and fund of hedge funds clients. Prior to joining Lehman, she was Director of Marketing at Continuity Capital, LLC and a Marketing Associate at P. Schoenfeld Asset Management. Ms. Kim began her career in investor relations at LG Electronics in Korea and Allied Canadian Development Corporation 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 Hedge Funds.

Sean Klimczak

Sean Klimczak

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Sean T. Klimczak is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Klimczak has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including various Sithe Global investments (including Goreway, Bujagali, GNP Mariveles and SKS), Cheniere Energy Partners, Fisterra, PQ Energy, Utility One Source, Meerwind, Transmission Developers, American Petroleum Tankers and The Weather Channel.

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

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

Peter Koffler

Peter Koffler

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

Andrew Lax

Andrew Lax

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

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

Arthur Liao

Arthur Liao

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

He heads up the Valuation Committee for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

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

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

Joseph Lohrer

Joseph Lohrer

Sr. Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

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

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

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

Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brad Marshall is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He is the senior portfolio manager in GSO's Performing Credit Group and oversees GSO’s responsibilities with respect to FS Investment Corporation I, II, III and IV ("FSICs") and sits on the investment committees at GSO for FSICs, FS Energy and Power Fund, FS GCO and GSO’s CCS US Group- collectively representing over $50bn of capital. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Marshall worked in various roles at RBC, including fixed income research and business development within RBC's private equity funds effort. Prior to RBC, Mr. Marshall helped develop a private equity funds business for TAL Global, a Canadian asset management division of CIBC, and prior to that, he co-founded a microchip verification software company where he served as chief financial officer. Mr. Marshall received an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and a BA (Honors) in Economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

Joshua Mason

Joshua Mason

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Joshua Mason is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Mason has focused on liquid real estate debt investments, primarily in the CMBS market, focusing on all parts of the capital structure. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Mason was at UBS from 2006 to 2008, where he was a Managing Director responsible for a proprietary CMBS investing team. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Mason worked at Merrill Lynch from 1997 to 2006, where he was a Director and senior CMBS secondary trader. Mr. Mason received a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College.

Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Real Estate — New York

Kathleen McCarthy is a Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of the Blackstone Real Estate group. She is based in New York. Ms. McCarthy oversees Real Estate Investor Relations and Business Development, Human Resources, Legal & Compliance and Finance. Previously she was responsible for marketing Blackstone's real estate private investment funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Vice President focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs as an Analyst in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group within the Investment Banking Division. Ms. McCarthy received a BA with Distinction from Yale University.

John McCormick

John McCormick

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

John McCormick is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Global Business Strategy for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. McCormick has overall responsibility for BAAM’s global marketing and client services functions. He also works closely with other members of senior management to establish strategic priorities for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s business globally and to ensure that those priorities are addressed on an ongoing basis.

Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. McCormick was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he worked with clients in the financial services industry on a wide variety of strategic and operational issues. Before joining McKinsey, Mr. McCormick practiced law in Davis Polk & Wardwell’s investment management group, as Corporate Counsel at Reuters America, and as General Counsel and VP of Business Development for Norbert Technologies. Mr. McCormick also served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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

Bruce McEvoy

Bruce McEvoy

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Bruce McEvoy is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. McEvoy has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Catalent, DJ Orthopedics, GCA Services, MB Aerospace, Performance Food Group, RGIS Inventory Specialists, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Vistar, and Vivint. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. McEvoy was an investment professional at General Atlantic where he was involved in the execution of private equity investments in Europe. Prior to that, Mr. McEvoy worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. McEvoy received an A.B. in History from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. McEvoy serves as a Director of Catalent, GCA Services, MB Aerospace, Performance Food Group, RGIS Inventory Specialists, Vivint, and Vivint Solar. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Robert McMullan

Robert McMullan

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

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

Nadeem Meghji

Nadeem Meghji

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Nadeem Meghji is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Co-head of US Acquisitions based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Meghji has played a leadership role in Blackstone's investment activity in the US retail and multifamily sectors. Notable transactions include the acquisition of Brixmor Property Group, GE’s US multifamily portfolio, and Edens.

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

Mr. Meghji received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Meghji is the Co-Chair of the annual Rally Against Lupus fundraiser in New York and is actively involved in the Alliance for Lupus Research.

Seth Meisel

Seth Meisel

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

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

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

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

Prakash Melwani

Prakash Melwani

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Private Equity — New York

Prakash A. Melwani is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and is based in New York. He is Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group and chairs each of its Investment Committees.

Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Melwani has led Blackstone’s investments in Kosmos Energy, Foundation Coal, Texas Genco, Ariel Re, Pinnacle Foods, RGIS Inventory Specialists, Performance Food Group and Crocs.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Melwani was a founding partner of Vestar Capital Partners and served as its Chief Investment Officer. Prior to that, he was with the management buyout group at The First Boston Corporation and with N.M. Rothschild & Sons in Hong Kong and London.

Mr. Melwani received a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow. Mr. Melwani serves as a Director of Crocs, Kosmos Energy, Performance Food Group, RGIS Inventory Specialists and Blackstone strategic partner, Patria.

Olivier Meyohas

Olivier Meyohas

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — London

Olivier F. Meyohas is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group based in London.

Mr. Meyohas is the co-head of Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s London office. He is responsible for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's business in Europe and maintains and develops senior client relationships in the region.

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 their Capital Markets group, with his last role being Co-Head of the Pension Advisory Group. In that capacity, he advised major European corporations and pension schemes on asset-liability risk management, strategic asset allocation and portfolio construction. He also advised on pension buy-out solutions and on M&A-related pension situations. He is a member of the Investment Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford University.

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

Alan Miyasaki

Alan Miyasaki

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Singapore

Alan Miyasaki is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Asia Acquisitions, based in Singapore. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Miyasaki has been involved in transactions of over $30 billion including the privatizations of Extended Stay America, Prime Hospitality, La Quinta and Valad Property Group.

Since 2007, Mr. Miyasaki has worked to build Blackstone’s real estate business in Asia, including advising AIG on the $1.2 billion sale of the AIG Building in Tokyo and the acquisition of $3.6 billion of distressed real estate loans in Australia and Japan.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Miyasaki was with Starwood Capital Group, where he worked in acquisitions. Mr. Miyasaki received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.

Kishore Moorjani

Kishore Moorjani

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — Singapore

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

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

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

Ian Morris

Ian Morris

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Morrison

Thomas Morrison

Sr. Managing Director

Blackstone Capital Markets — New York

Thomas Morrison is a Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Capital Markets group. Mr. Morrison leads the firm’s Equity Capital Markets effort across our investment and advisory businesses. He assists Blackstone's portfolio companies and advisory clients in equity related situations, and manages the firm's relationships with public equity market investors. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Morrison was the Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Sanford Bernstein, where he was also a member of the Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Morrison was the Global Head of Equity Syndicate at Bank of America, where he was also a member of the Equities Management Team, the Equity Capital Markets Operating Committee, and the Equity Commitment Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison worked in the Equity Capital Markets groups at Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Morrison received a BA from Harvard College, majoring in Economics. He also received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with majors in Management, Finance, and Marketing. Mr. Morrison also studied at the University of London, University College.

Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy

Sr. Managing Director & Chairman of the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

Private Equity — London

Dr. Gerry Murphy is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity group and Chairman the firm's principal European entity, based in London. Dr. Murphy’s primary focus is supporting the firm's activities in Europe and Asia and he serves as a director of Jack Wolfskin (Germany), Intertrust (Netherlands) and Ideal Shopping Direct (UK). He is a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Dr. Murphy was CEO of Kingfisher, Carlton Communications, Exel in the FTSE100 and Greencore Group in Ireland. Earlier in his career, he held senior operating and corporate positions with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc) in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has served on the boards of Merlin Entertainments, Reckitt Benckiser, Abbey National and Novar and on the UK government's Asia Task Force. Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his BSc and PhD in food technology from University College Cork and MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.

William Murphy

William Murphy

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

William (Bill) Murphy is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, leading the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure team. Mr. Murphy is responsible for the firm's technology efforts.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Murphy was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ. Mr. Murphy was responsible for overseeing all product design, development, infrastructure and technology support and was involved with all operations of the business.

Before Capital IQ, Mr. Murphy led teams at Sapient, delivering solutions for large clients primarily in financial services. He received a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Myers

Anthony Myers

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Anthony Myers is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Europe, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Myers has been involved in a number of real estate investments, both in Europe and in the US, including Multi Corporation, Logicor, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Portfolio, Invitation Homes, Hilton Hotels and Equity Office Properties. 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 BSc (Honors) in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Columbia University. Mr Myers serves as a Director of Multi Corp.

Todd Myers

Todd Myers

Sr. Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Todd Myers is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Strategic Incentives for Blackstone. Mr. Myers manages the global planning, execution, financial reporting, compliance and technology related to firm's compensation programs and systems. Prior to this role, Mr. Myers was Corporate CFO with responsibility for the company's Treasury, Financial Planning and International Finance groups.

Before joining Blackstone, Todd was the Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management with leadership responsibility across the 700 U.S. offices. Mr. Myers was previously the Head of Business Development and Strategy for Global Wealth Management, leading corporate strategy and acquisitions.

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

Michael Nash

Michael Nash

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Jason New

Jason New

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

Mr. New received a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College. Mr. New is on the board of Momentive Performance Materials

Jan Nielsen

Jan Nielsen

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Jan Nielsen is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Hong Kong. Mr. Nielsen is also the Chief Operating Officer for all businesses in Asia-Pacific.

Since joining Blackstone in 2005 in London, Mr. Nielsen has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in TDC and Merlin and Merlin's acquisitions of LEGOLAND, Gardaland and The Tussauds Group. Since moving to Asia, Mr. Nielsen has been involved in Blackstone’s investment in Leica Camera, Antares Restaurant Group, Ixom and Simone. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Nielsen worked at Morgan Stanley in London and Menlo Park.

Mr. Nielsen received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics from The University of Aarhus in Denmark. Mr. Nielsen is also a CFA Charterholder. He serves as a director of Antares Restaurant Group, Ixom, LEGO and Simone.

Parag Pande

Parag Pande

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Parag C. Pande is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and heads Blackstone Senfina Advisors, a multi-manager hedge fund platform launched by Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions in 2014.Senfina aims to capitalize on longer time horizon public market investment opportunities with a deep research process focus.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Pande spent 13 years at Ziff Brothers Investments as a Managing Director overseeing public equity investments across a variety of industries. Prior to that, he was an Analyst at Lehman Brothers in its Financial Services Investment Banking group for two years and a year in its Merchant Banking group.

Mr. Pande received a BS from Duke University. He currently serves on the School Committee of Friends Seminary, a K-12 coeducational school in New York City, and on Duke University's Trinity College Board of Visitors.

Tuhin Parikh

Tuhin Parikh

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

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

Robert Petrini

Robert Petrini

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Robert Petrini is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners where he focuses on private debt and middle market private equity investing. Mr. Petrini has been involved in the firm's investments in the debt and equity of numerous private companies as well as public market investments. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Petrini was a Principal in Credit Suisse First Boston's Alternative Capital Division. Mr. Petrini joined CSFB when the firm acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Prior to the acquisition of DLJ, Mr. Petrini was a member of DLJ's Leveraged Finance Group, specializing in financial sponsor transactions. Mr. Petrini graduated magna cum laude with a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Petrini is a member of the Boards of Directors of Stolle Machinery and United Site Services and also serves as a board observer on many of GSO's investments.

Chad R. Pike

Chad R. Pike

Sr. Managing Director & Vice Chairman of Blackstone Europe

Tactical Opportunities — London

Chad R. Pike is a Senior Managing Director and is Vice Chairman of Blackstone Europe. Mr. Pike is a member of the Investment Committee for the Tactical Opportunities funds. Prior to helping launch the Tactical Opportunities business, Mr. Pike was on the Investment Committee and was the Co-Head of the Real Estate Group where he was responsible for building and managing BREP’s business outside the United States, opening and overseeing the group’s offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Pike has led the acquisition of over $20 billion of investments in the United States, Europe and Asia by Blackstone’s real estate and tactical opportunities funds. Significant purchases include the European Deutsche Bank office portfolio, Vitus Immobilien, Nido Student Housing, Center Parcs, Broadgate, Chiswick Park, Pluto Finance and Rothesay Life.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Pike was with the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, where he was involved in the purchase of non-performing loan portfolios and real estate operating companies.

Mr. Pike received a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors. He currently serves on the Boards of Rothesay Life, Pluto Finance and the Valad European Diversified Fund. Mr. Pike is also a Board Member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where he is Chairman of the Freshwater Fish Subcommittee and he is a Board Member of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.

Steve Plavin

Steve Plavin

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

Jonathan Pollack

Jonathan Pollack

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Jonathan Pollack is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Pollack has been responsible for overseeing our debt investment strategy. Prior to 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.

David Posnick

David Posnick

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

David Posnick, Senior Managing Director. Mr. Posnick has been with GSO since 2007 and is a Joint Portfolio Manager of the Blackstone / GSO Capital Solutions Fund and a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Posnick was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Mr. Posnick spent 15 years in Credit Suisse and DLJ's Los Angeles office, where he helped to build Credit Suisse's leveraged finance and sponsor coverage businesses, and also served as Head of the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group and of Credit Suisse's Los Angeles office. Mr. Posnick began his career in the investment banking division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Posnick received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA. He is currently a Director or Board Observer of American Seafoods, Motorcycle Aftermarket Group and City Ventures.

Doyle Queally

Doyle Queally

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doyle Queally is a Sr. Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2009, Mr. Queally has been involved with the marketing of all GSO public and private investment products with a geographic focus of the Midwest and West Coast of the United States, including many of the firm’s strategic partnerships. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Queally was a Senior Vice President of Institutional Sales and Relationship Management for ING Investment Management. Prior to ING, he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns Inc, where he worked for over twenty years. At Bear Stearns he was a structured mortgage product specialist with extensive experience covering banks, money managers and hedge funds. In addition, he spent three years at the International Management Group (The Mark McCormack Organization) in Cleveland, Ohio, where he helped develop the team sports division. He started his career at IBM in New York City, specializing in banking. Mr. Queally received a BA in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He also holds Series 3, 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.

Robert Ramsauer

Robert Ramsauer

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

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

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

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ramsauer worked in the Financial Sponsors Group at CSFB in London. Prior to that he worked in the M&A department and the Equity Capital Markets group at CSFB.

Mr. Ramsauer received a B.Sc. in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Ramsauer serves as a director of Leica, Mivisa, Tangerine and United Biscuits

Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Robert D. Reid is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is a member of the Firm’s European Private Equity Investment Committee. Mr. Reid worked for several years in Blackstone’s New York offices and is based currently in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Reid has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s private equity investments in Europe and in the U.S., including investments in Adelphia Communications, Centennial Communications, Charter Communications, Crowley Digital (Salmon PCS), Extended Stay America, FiberNet, Hilton Hotels, PaeTec, and The Nielsen Company. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Reid worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co.

Mr. Reid received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Reid is a Director of Scout24 and ICS.

Darren Richman

Darren Richman

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Darren Richman is a Senior Managing Director with The Blackstone Group. He focuses on distressed and special situation investments, and is a member of GSO’s Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Richman worked at DiMaio Ahmad Capital where he was a founding member and the co-head of its investment research team.Prior to joining DiMaio Ahmad Capital, Mr. Richman was a Vice President and Senior Special Situations analyst at Goldman, Sachs. Mr. Richman began his career with Deloitte & Touche, and ultimately served as a Manager in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Services Group.

Mr. Richman holds BS/BA degrees in Accounting from the University of Hartford and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was formerly a Certified Public Accountant and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Richman is a member of the Board of Sorenson Communications, Seneca Mortgage and Outward Bound USA. He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York and sits on its Strategic Planning Committee.

Paige Ross

Paige Ross

Sr. Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

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

David Roth

David Roth

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

David Roth is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Roth has been involved in sourcing and analyzing Blackstone’s real estate investments in several markets and types of property.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Roth was a Principal in the acquisitions group at Walton Street Capital where he was involved in numerous real estate transactions

Mr. Roth received a BA with a major in Government from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He also received a JD from New York University School of Law. Mr. Roth is also a Certified Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Michael Ryder

Michael Ryder

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Michael Ryder is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Ryder was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners where he was responsible for investments in the energy, chemicals and diversified industrials sectors. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker in Morgan Stanley’s Global Energy and Utilities Group. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ryder was a management consultant with Bain and Company and Marakon Associates. Mr. Ryder received a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Ryder also received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr. Ryder currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Scholarship America.

Rafic Said

Rafic Said

Sr. Managing Director

IRBD — London

Rafic Said is a Senior Managing Director responsible for overseeing the Blackstone’s activities in the Middle-East, and is based between London and Dubai. He has spent the past eleven years establishing, developing and managing relationships with governmental, institutional and private investors across the Middle East, delivering the firm’s investment and advisory services. Mr. Said is also 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.

Lou Salvatore

Lou Salvatore

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Vik Sawhney

Vik Sawhney

Sr. Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Private Equity — New York

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

Dwight Scott

Dwight Scott

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Donald (Dwight) Scott is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Head of GSO Capital Partners’ Energy Practice. Mr. Scott sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds, mezzanine funds and rescue lending funds.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Scott was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Paso Corporation. Prior to joining El Paso, Mr. Scott served as a Managing Director in the energy investment banking practice of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Scott is currently a Director of 3Bear Energy, LLC, Energy Alloys LLC, TapStone Energy, LLC, FourPoint Energy, LLC, Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC, Compass Well Services, LLC and GeoSouthern Energy Corporation.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of KIPP, Inc. and the Board of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Mr. Scott earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

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James Seppala

James Seppala

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — London

James Seppala is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Europe Acquisitions, based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Seppala has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in the United States and in Europe, including Multi Corporation, Logicor, and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Portfolio.

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.

Akshay Shah

Akshay Shah

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

Akshay Shah is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2008, Mr. Shah has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary debt investments across consumer- and service industries. Before joining GSO Capital in 2008, Mr. Shah was a Director in the high yield and distressed debt group at Lehman Brothers in London, focusing on opportunities across bank loans and bonds. Most recently, he was responsible for the analysis and evaluation of distressed credit situations, including restructurings and insolvencies. Previously, he was involved with the identification of opportunities in the high yield telecom, media and technology universe. Mr. Shah graduated with honours in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1999, and Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Neil Simpkins

Neil Simpkins

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Neil P. Simpkins is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. 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, Team Health LLC, Apria Healthcare Group, Summit Materials, Gates Corporation, and Emdeon, Inc. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpkins was a Principal at Bain Capital. While at Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was involved in the execution of investments in the consumer products, industrial, healthcare, and information industries. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was a consultant at Bain & Company in the Asia Pacific region and in London. Mr. Simpkins is also Chairman of Americans for Oxford, Inc., Oxford University’s primary charitable organization in North America. Mr. Simpkins graduated with honors from Oxford University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a Director of Gates Corporation, Apria Healthcare Group, Summit Materials and Emdeon, Inc.

Kathy Skero

Kathy Skero

Sr. Managing Director

Finance — New York

Kathleen Skero, a Senior Managing Director in the Finance Group, is the firm's Finance Director and Principal Accounting Officer. She is responsible for the FSG and BAIIAR groups. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Skero worked at Merrill Lynch for 29 years in a variety of positions, including CFO of its Global Wealth Management division and Global Controller, where her responsibilities included oversight of the firm's books and records, SEC reporting, accounting policy, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Ms. Skero received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

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

Michael Sotirhos

Michael Sotirhos

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

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

Scott Soussa

Scott Soussa

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Scott Soussa is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Co-Head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s Ventures Platform.

In his current role, Mr. Soussa leads the Strategic Alliance and Strategic Capital Holdings initiatives, in addition to his involvement in the broader Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Previously, Mr. Soussa was Head of Due Diligence in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he led a cross-functional team charged with evaluating and monitoring underlying hedge fund managers which encompassed front office, business and operational, risk management and legal due diligence.

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

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

Bill Stein

Bill Stein

Sr. Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

William J. Stein is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Asset Management 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 assets. Blackstone’s portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Stein serves on the boards of Hilton Worldwide, Brixmor and Extended Stay America. 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.

Stephen Sullens

Stephen Sullens

Sr. Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Andrea Valeri

Andrea Valeri

Sr. Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Andrea Valeri is a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group and is based in London. Mr. Valeri has led several Tac Opps investments including European NPLs, Gems Education and Versace. Prior to joining the Tactical Opportunities Group, Mr. Valeri was with Blackstone’s Private Equity Group where he was involved in a variety of private equity transactions including Jack Wolfskin, Center Parcs, Gardaland and Kabel BW. Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Valeri was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to that, Mr. Valeri worked at Bain & Co. Mr. Valeri received an MBA from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors and a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Padua, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Valeri serves as a Director of Center Parcs, Lombard, Jack Wolfskin, Gems Education and Versace.

Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace

Sr. Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Peter Wallace is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, based in New York. Mr. Wallace was based in London for several years, having helped to build Blackstone’s corporate private equity business in Europe.

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

Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. Mr. Wallace serves on the Board of Directors of AlliedBarton Security Services, GCA Services, Michaels Stores, Outerstuff, Ltd., SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Service King, Vivint, Vivint Solar, and The Weather Channel Companies.

Michael Whitman

Michael Whitman

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — London

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

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

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

Robert Zable

Robert Zable

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Robert Zable is a Sr. Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners' Customized Credit Strategies Group, a member of its Investment Committee and a Portfolio Manager. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Zable was a Vice President at FriedbergMilstein LLC, where he was responsible for credit opportunity investments and junior capital origination and execution. Prior to that, Mr. Zable was a Principal with Abacus Advisors Group, a restructuring and distressed investment firm. Mr. Zable began his career at JP Morgan Securities Inc., where he focused on leveraged finance in New York and London. Mr. Zable received a BS from Cornell University, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Zawadzki

Michael Zawadzki

Sr. Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael Zawadzki is a Senior Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, focused principally on the sourcing, execution, and management of investments in the energy sector. Mr. Zawadzki is a senior member of GSO’s energy team and sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds. Mr. Zawadzki also serves as a Portfolio Manager of GSO Community Development Capital Group LP, a fund formed to provide land acquisition and development capital in partnership with residential homebuilders. Since joining GSO in 2006, Mr. Zawadzki has led or played a critical role in transactions totaling over $3 billion of invested capital.

Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Zawadzki was with Citigroup Private Equity, where he completed numerous private equity and subordinated debt investments. Previously, Mr. Zawadzki worked in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney, focused on the media and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Zawadzki received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Zawadzki serves on the board of directors of Community Development Capital Group.

Liping Zhang

Liping Zhang

Sr. Managing Director

Greater China — Hong Kong

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

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

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

Michael Petryczenko

Michael Petryczenko

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

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

John Studzinski

John Studzinski

Vice Chairman

Multi-Asset Investing — London

John Studzinski is Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds special responsibility for a number of sovereign and international institutional relationships, as well as ultra high-net-worth families outside the United States.

Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he ran for nearly a decade.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, Mr. Studzinski also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He joined Morgan Stanley in New York in 1980 and since then has spent much of his career in London, where he served as Head of European Investment Banking and Deputy Chairman of Morgan Stanley International before moving to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division. In 2007 he was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England.

In November 2014, at St. James’s Palace in London, Mr. Studzinski received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy, which complements the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award that in 2000 recognized his philanthropic work with the homeless. Since 2001 he has been Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation he established; through partner programs it enables organizations in the fields of theatre, music and visual arts to nurture the careers of outstanding young artists, developing their talents and giving them access to influential mentors and valuable networks.

In the field of the arts he is also Chairman of Create London, which connects artists with communities through an ambitious project program, and is a driving force of the Tate Foundation, which raises and invests money for the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery.

Also Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch and President of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - which focuses on challenges facing young people, members of the armed forces, and conservation - he serves on the boards of directors of a number of organizations, including: in the US, Bowdoin College and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies; in the UK, The Passage Day Centre, American Patrons of Tate, The Royal Parks Foundation and The Royal College of Art. In addition, he is Chairman of The Benjamin Franklin House Museum in London and a member of The Atlantic Council, The Council on Foreign Relations and The Peterson Institute.

John Studzinski holds the Papal honors of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester and in 2004 was awarded the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy. In 2008, the Queen's New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity.

Byron Wien

Byron Wien

Vice Chairman - Multi-Asset Investment Group

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

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

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

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

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

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

Gregory Beutler

Gregory Beutler

Operating Partner

Private Equity — New York

Greg Beutler is an Operating Partner in the Corporate Private Equity group based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Beutler has been involved in portfolio management and 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 an M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard University.

Jeffrey Overly

Jeffrey Overly

Operating Partner

Private Equity — New York

Jeffrey Overly is an Operating Partner in the Corporate Private Equity Group, and is based in New York . Mr. Overly is involved in monitoring, advising and supporting with Lean Operational Excellence, and Supply Chain improvement, strategic opportunities in Blackstone's global portfolio company holdings. Before Joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Overly was Vice President of Global Fixture Operations at Kohler Company, where he was responsible for their global manufacturing operations including the entire supply chain from procurement to shipment of finished product through a multi warehouse Regional Distribution Center network. Prior to that, he served 25 years at General Motors Corporation and Delphi Corporation in numerous Operations and Engineering positions with global responsibilities. Mr. Overly has a BS in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati, and a Masters in Business from Central Michigan University.

Robert Galvin

Robert Galvin

Chief Executive Officer, Equity Healthcare

Private Equity — New York

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

Qasim Abbas

Qasim Abbas

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Qasim Abbas is a 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.

Glenn Alba

Glenn Alba

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Glenn Alba is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Alba has been involved in the asset management of a broad range of BREP's investments in the US and Europe including office, hotel, multi-family and industrial assets. While based in the London office from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Alba managed a diverse set of assets in London, Paris and other cities in France as well as portfolio investments across Germany.   More recently, Mr. Alba has been primarily involved in the hotel sector with management responsibility for various full-service and limited service hotels in the LXR Luxury Resorts portfolio and the La Quinta Corp investment as well as global portfolio management duties. Mr. Alba received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University.   Mr. Alba currently serves as a member of the Doubletree Hotels Owner Advisory Council and the Villanova University Real Estate Advisory Council.

Samir Amichi

Samir Amichi

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Samir Amichi is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Amichi has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions, disposals, and financings with a total investment value of more than $3 billion. Mr. Amichi has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate including office, retail, residential and non-performing loans. Previously, Mr. Amichi spent 7 years in Goldman Sachs International’s real estate private equity group focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe and 2 years at The Richemont Group overseeing the set-up and growth of its global real estate investment business. Mr. Amichi received an M.Sc. in Management from the HEC business school in Paris, where he majored in Economics.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael H. Anderson is a Managing Director with GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies group and the Head of CCS’s Investor Relations and Market Strategy Group. Before joining GSO, Mr. Anderson was the High Yield and Leveraged Loan Strategist at Citigroup. He held similar roles at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers prior to his employment at Citigroup. As a sell-side strategist, he was a ranked analyst in the Institutional Investor All America Fixed-Income Research Team. Mr. Anderson began his career at BlackRock Inc. Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Andrews

David Andrews

Managing Director

Finance — London

David Andrews is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Andrews has been involved in international financial planning and analysis and international management reporting for the firm. He is also involved with enhancing process and technology workflows within the international financial group. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Andrews was a Director in the Fixed Income Chief Operating Office at Credit Suisse, supporting the Global CFO with financial management information and re-engineering existing reporting systems and financial processes. Prior to that, he held a variety of management reporting positions at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Andrews is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Douglas Armer

Douglas Armer

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

Saif Assam

Saif Assam

Managing Director

IRBD — Dubai

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

Geoffrey Bailhache

Geoffrey Bailhache

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — London

Geoffrey Bailhache is a Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance Group, and is based in London. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Bailhache spent three years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges' London office as an associate in its corporate group, where he worked for a number of corporate and private equity clients on a broad range of leveraged buyouts, public takeovers and cross-border M&A transactions. Prior to that, he worked for four years at SJ Berwin LLP. Mr. Bailhache received an LLB in law from the University of Nottingham and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Marc Baliotti

Marc Baliotti

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Marc Baliotti is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. He joined GSO in 2005 and is a senior member of GSO’s mezzanine team, handling sourcing, due diligence, structuring, and management of investments for the funds. Prior to joining GSO Capital, Mr. Baliotti was a Principal of AIG Highstar Capital, an energy and infrastructure-focused private equity fund with over $5 billion of assets under management. His responsibilities there included sourcing investment opportunities, negotiating and structuring transactions, and managing portfolio company investments. Prior to that, Mr. Baliotti worked at Advanstar Communications Inc., a portfolio company of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (DLJMB), and as an Associate at DLJMB. Mr. Baliotti received a B.S. in Economics with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Villanova University while on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Baliotti serves on the Board of Directors of Colt Defense and Heartland Food Companies, and he previously served on the boards of American Ref-Fuel, ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, Bluewater Thermal Processing, and Heartland Automotive Holdings.

Marisa Beeney

Marisa Beeney

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Marisa Beeney is a Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2007, Ms. Beeney has been involved in leverage facilities for the GSO funds, new business initiatives for GSO Capital, fund structuring and related issues, as well as a variety of legal and compliance matters. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Beeney worked at DLA Piper, within the finance group.   Prior to that, she worked at Latham & Watkins, focusing primarily on lender representation for project finance and development transactions. Ms. Beeney received a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Anthony Beovich

Anthony Beovich

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Vijay Bharadia

Vijay Bharadia

Managing Director

Finance — London

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

Amy Blake

Amy Blake

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

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

Greg Blank

Greg Blank

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Greg Blank is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in New York where he focuses on investments in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Blank has worked in both the New York and Hong Kong offices and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments, including NCR, Kronos, Ipreo, and Optiv. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Blank was an Associate at Texas Pacific Group (TPG) in San Francisco where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions.

Prior to that, Mr. Blank worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. focused on Technology, Media and Telecommunications clients.

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

Dik Blewitt

Dik Blewitt

Managing Director

GSO — New York

J. Richard (“Dik”) Blewitt is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners and focuses on structured finance/credit investments. He also is the Senior Portfolio Manager for Carador Income Fund PLC.

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

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

Byron Blount

Byron Blount

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Robert Bosselman

Robert Bosselman

Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Robert Bosselman is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Group and is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Bosselman was a Managing Director at UBP Asset Management where he was Head of Sales and Client Service for North America. While there, he was involved with sales and relationship management for both institutional, and high net worth clients, with alternative investments in commingled, customized and advisory accounts. In addition, he sat on the Management Committee responsible for running the day to day operations of the North American business. Prior to that, Mr. Bosselman was a Vice President of Business Development at Deutsche Bank AG where he was involved with the marketing of Trust & Securities Services products covering the Healthcare and Industrials markets. Prior to that, Mr. Bosselman worked with the investment banking unit of BDO Seidman LLP, marketing and structuring management and employee-led buyouts, as well as leveraged recapitalizations for middle market companies. Mr. Bosselman received a BS in Finance and International Business from the University of Delaware.

Marc-Antoine Bouyer

Marc-Antoine Bouyer

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Marc-Antoine Bouyer is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Bouyer has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions, disposals, financings, restructurings, and asset management with a total investment value of more than $3.0bn. He has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate including hospitality, office, retail, logistics, residential, land, performing and non-performing loans. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Bouyer worked at Lehman Brothers as an analyst in the Paris-based corporate finance team for two years. Mr. Bouyer received an M.Sc. in Management from the HEC business school in Paris, where he majored in Finance. Mr. Bouyer also holds a Master in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS).

Gregorio Bravo

Gregorio Bravo

Managing Director

BAAM — London

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

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

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

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

Tia Breakley

Tia Breakley

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Tia Breakley is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Breakley is actively involved in the structuring of the group's customized multi-manager products as well as the oversight and coordination of legal and regulatory matters relating to BAAM’s multi-manager and direct trading platforms.

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

Ms. Breakley received a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Jeppe Brondum

Jeppe Brondum

Managing Director

BAAM — London

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

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

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

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

Lorna Brown

Lorna Brown

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Lorna Brown is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in London and focussed on originating, analysing and managing real estate debt investments across Europe.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012 Ms. Brown held the role of Managing Director within the Real Estate Group at RBS, where her responsibilities included the origination, underwriting and syndication of real estate debt and latterly as Head of the UK Real Estate Restructuring team.

Prior to joining RBS, Ms. Brown worked as a Chartered Surveyor. Ms. Brown received a BA (First Class Honours) in Urban Planning and Economics from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters Degree in Land Economics from the University of Aberdeen, where she graduated with Distinction. Lorna is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Stephen Buehler

Stephen Buehler

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Stephen Buehler is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Blackstone Individual Investor Solutions, a strategic initiative within the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

In this role, Mr. Buehler helps lead the Individual Investor Solutions initiative, including the development, structuring and operation of regulated investment fund solutions, and all strategic business development initiatives. Prior to his role as COO of Individual Investor Solutions, Mr. Buehler performed due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s existing and prospective underlying hedge fund investments from a business and financial perspective. In addition, Mr. Buehler assisted the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's senior management team identify and implement strategic growth plans and best practices.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Buehler worked at Merrill Lynch as a Relationship Manager for the firm’s hedge fund clients. Prior to that, Mr. Buehler was a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Assurance Practice.

Mr. Buehler received a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University where he graduated summa cum laude. He also received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Buehler is a Certified Public Accountant.

Susan Burkhardt

Susan Burkhardt

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Susan Burkhardt is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners.

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

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

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

Sharon Burley

Sharon Burley

Managing Director

Finance — New York

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

William Burt

William Burt

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

William Burt is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Burt is involved in performing operational due diligence and monitoring procedures on the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s underlying hedge fund managers.

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

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

Marion Buten

Marion Buten

Managing Director

GSO — London

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

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

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

Ruaraidh Campbell

Ruaraidh Campbell

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

Michael Carruthers

Michael Carruthers

Managing Director

GSO — London

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

John Cashwell

John Cashwell

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Ramesh Chakrapani

Ramesh Chakrapani

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ramesh Chakrapani is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing group.

Mr. Chakrapani joined Blackstone as part of the Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory group where he advised on merger transactions, restructurings, capital raises, joint ventures / partnerships and other corporate advisory engagements across a range of industries and sectors.

Before joining Blackstone in 1999, Mr. Chakrapani worked at eVolution Global Partners, a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bain & Company and TPG affiliated firm, and Credit Suisse First Boston in the M&A Group.

Mr. Chakrapani received a BA in Economics and International Studies from Yale University.

Raymond Chan

Raymond Chan

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Raymond Chan is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group based in Hong Kong. Mr. Chan is responsible to lead Blackstone Real Estate debt business in Asia.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Chan was a Managing Director at Mount Kellett from 2009 to 2015 where he led the firm’s real estate debt and equity investing in Asia. Prior to Mount Kellett, Mr. Chan was with Goldman Sachs Asian Special Situation Group and Real Estate Principal Investment Area from 2000 to 2009. While at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Chan was responsible to develop and grow the firm’s real estate business across Asia. Mr. Chan began his real estate career in 1994 at CIBC Development in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Chan received a B.A. in Actuarial Science from the Western University in Canada. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Amy Chen

Amy Chen

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Brian Chi

Brian Chi

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

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

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

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

Joe Chien

Joe Chien

Managing Director

Real Estate — Shanghai

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

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

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

Byung Ug Choi

Byung Ug Choi

Managing Director

IRBD — Hong Kong

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

Brad Colman

Brad Colman

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Brad Colman is a Managing Director with GSO. Mr. Colman focuses on originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments across a diverse range of industries for the business development companies sub-advised by GSO.

Before joining Blackstone in 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.

Sean Cort

Sean Cort

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

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

Tania Daguere Lindbäck

Tania Daguere Lindbäck

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

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

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

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

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

Simon Davies

Simon Davies

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Simon Davies is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Mr Davies is involved in the tax structuring and compliance matters for the international investments of the Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds, with particular focus on the structuring of BREP acquisitions and dispositions in 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 structuring of international real estate funds and investments.

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

Raphael de Botton

Raphael de Botton

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

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

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

Joe DeFalco

Joe DeFalco

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Nicole Degnan

Nicole Degnan

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Nicole Degnan is a Managing Director in the Finance group and is the Chief Internal Auditor of 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 joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Degnan worked at Merrill Lynch for over 10 years in various roles across Global Wealth Management, the Office of General Counsel and Chief Financial Office. Ms. Degnan began her career at Deloitte LLP where she was a Senior Attorney in the International Tax Practice. Ms. Degnan received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Accounting from Seton Hall University, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and a court approved mediator for the State of New Jersey.

Kevin Dinnie

Kevin Dinnie

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Kevin Dinnie is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York.

Mr. Dinnie is involved in the asset management of a number of investments in the residential sector including Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, Invitation Homes, LivCor and the Core+ business.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Dinnie was a Principal and Managing Director of Silverpeak Real Estate Partners and predecessor company Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners holding the position of Global Head of Asset Management. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 2001, Mr. Dinnie was a Managing Director with GE Capital Real Estate where he worked in both the U.S. and Europe from 1990.

Mr. Dinnie holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Andrew Dowler

Andrew Dowler

Managing Director

External Relations — London

Andrew Dowler is a Managing Director in the Public Affairs Group. He is involved in Blackstone’s external relations activities including media and government relations, focusing on the UK and Europe. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Dowler was a Partner of Finsbury, the UK’s leading financial and corporate communications consultancy. His clients at Finsbury included Blackstone and, over the last 20 years as a communications consultant, he has specialized in working for alternative asset management companies. He also played a major role on many of the most high-profile mergers and acquisitions (hostile and agreed), re-financings and restructurings of the European market since deregulation in the 1980s. Prior to moving into public affairs, Mr. Dowler worked in politics as a researcher and speechwriter. Mr. Dowler has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Politics from the University of Southampton.

Andrea Drasites

Andrea Drasites

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

Jean-Christophe Dubois

Jean-Christophe Dubois

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

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

Richard Dziurzynski

Richard Dziurzynski

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Michael Eglit

Michael Eglit

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Scott Eisenberg

Scott Eisenberg

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Scott Eisenberg is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners focused on both debt and equity investments primarily in the technology and media sectors. Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Eisenberg was at JPMorgan Securities where he focused on the data networking and telecom equipment sectors. Mr. Eisenberg previously worked at Lehman Brothers in its private equity division as a member of the Media and Communications Fund and as an investment banking analyst at Furman Selz. Mr. Eisenberg graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a BBA in Finance and received an MBA from The Wharton School. Mr. Eisenberg serves on the Board of Directors of The Berry Company.

Elliot Eisenberger

Elliot Eisenberger

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Mohamed El Beih

Mohamed El Beih

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Mohamed El Beih is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. El Beih is involved with institutional client coverage and managing BAAM's sovereign relationships in the Middle East. He also oversees BAAM’s multi-asset solutions and long-only businesses. He is involved in business strategy and new product development.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. El Beih was an Investment Advisor at Morgan Stanley International in the Private Wealth Management division in London, where he was responsible for Middle East client coverage and business development. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked at Goldman Sachs International in London, and spent five years as a Financial Advisor for Associated Securities Corp. in Los Angeles, California.

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

Nadim El Gabbani

Nadim El Gabbani

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Nadim El Gabbani is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group.

Mr. El Gabbani currently focuses primarily on the FIG and Retail sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. El Gabbani has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview, Exeter, First Eagle, Lendmark, Michaels Stores, Service King, Sithe Global Power, Stearns, and TeamHealth. He serves as director of Exeter Finance Corp., Lendmark Financial Services, Michaels Stores, Service King Collision Repair Centers and Stearns Lending. Mr. El Gabbani also serves as a director of the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund, a U.S. government fund seeking to encourage economic development in Egypt through investments in private companies.

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.

Pinda Eng

Pinda Eng

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Mary Lynn Eubanks

Mary Lynn Eubanks

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Michael Fabiano

Michael Fabiano

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Michael Fabiano is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Fabiano is involved with both debt and equity investments with a specific focus on stressed, distressed, and special situations.

Prior to joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Fabiano was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he was a member of the Leveraged Finance team and worked on numerous leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Mr. Fabiano holds a BS in Business Administration with honors from Georgetown University and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago.

Marcelo Fedak

Marcelo Fedak

Managing Director

Real Estate — Brazil

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

Louis-Simon Ferland

Louis-Simon Ferland

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

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

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

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

Alessandro Fiascaris

Alessandro Fiascaris

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Alessandro Fiascaris is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in London.

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

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

Patrick Fleury

Patrick Fleury

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Patrick Fleury is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2011, Mr. Fleury has been involved with public distressed, high yield and equity investments in the energy, power and commodity-related industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Fleury worked at Satellite Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining Satellite, he was a Vice President in the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Jefferies & Company, Inc. Mr. Fleury began his career in the Global Energy & Power Investment Banking Group at Banc of America Securities, LLC. Mr. Fleury received a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.

Michael Fronte

Michael Fronte

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Michael Fronte is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 1999, Mr. Fronte has been responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial reporting of the Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds and related investment entities. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Fronte worked for 11 years in Public Accounting, including as an Audit Manager in Arthur Andersen's Real Estate and Hospitality Services Group, where he provided auditing, accounting, and consulting services to global real estate companies. Mr. Fronte received a BS in Accounting from Long Island University School of Professional Accountancy.   He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Amy Garges

Amy Garges

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Jason Giordano

Jason Giordano

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Jason Giordano is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Giordano has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Pinnacle Foods, Birds Eye Foods, Wishbone, Crocs, Outerstuff, Polymer Group, Fiberweb, Providenica, and Acushnet (Titleist) and in analyzing investment opportunities across various industries, including Consumer Products, Education, Paper & Packaging, Chemicals and Industrials.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Giordano was an Associate at Bain Capital where he evaluated and executed global private equity investments in a wide range of industries. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. focused on Communications, Media and Entertainment clients.

Mr. Giordano received an AB with High Honors from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar. Mr. Giordano currently serves on the Board of Directors of Crocs, Outerstuff, and Healthmarkets.

Garrett Goldberg

Garrett Goldberg

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Garrett Goldberg is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York.

Mr. Goldberg has the overall responsibility for financial and management reporting, as well as middle office operations, for Blackstone's real estate debt strategies hedge funds. Mr. Goldberg was previously the Vice President of Finance for Blackstone Distressed Securities Advisors.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Goldberg was with Cerberus Capital Management from 1999 to 2007, where his responsibilities included managing distressed lending operations and financial reporting. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Goldberg worked at Richard A. Eisner and Company, where he provided audit and tax services primarily to hedge fund clients.

Mr. Goldberg received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Jason Gregory

Jason Gregory

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Siddhartha Gupta

Siddhartha Gupta

Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

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

Andrew Hamada

Andrew Hamada

Managing Director

BAAM — Tokyo

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

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

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

Kevin Hannon

Kevin Hannon

Managing Director

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

Kevin Hannon is a Managing Director in the Finance & Administration Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Hannon has been involved with Finance Reengineering and Implementation. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Hannon was with Merrill Lynch, serving as Director of Financial Re-engineering. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the investment Management Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Hannon also worked at Hyperion Solutions, as Lead consultant in the Accounting Technology practice, and at Merck-Medco as an Accounting Project Leader. Mr. Hannon received a BS/BA in Accounting from the University of Vermont, and an MBA in Professional Accounting from Fordham University. Mr. Hannon is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ron Hartman

Ron Hartman

Managing Director

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

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

Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Alexandra Hill is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. 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.

David Hirsh

David Hirsh

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

David Hirsh is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Hirsh has been involved in the asset management of investments in the hotel, office, retail, industrial and health-care sectors. In addition, from 2009-2012 Mr. Hirsh spent significant time restructuring and extending the debt on our investments, ultimately completing transactions totaling $16 billion (notable transactions include Equity Office, La Quinta, Carr America and Boca Resorts) and more than $1 billion of DPOs. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Hirsh worked at Citigroup for 15 years including six years in real estate asset management, where he led the hotel group, and five years in corporate finance specializing in corporate real estate and project lending. Mr. Hirsh received a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and an MS in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University. Mr. Hirsh is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York University/Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors/Treasurer of the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative.

Kathleen Hogan

Kathleen Hogan

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Kathleen G. Hogan is the Head of Operations and a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Hogan’s responsibilities include the management of the financial reporting, regulatory reporting, fund accounting, middle office management reporting and overall operational functions within BAAM. Ms. Hogan’s oversight includes operational technology and process re-engineering projects as well as the selection, contract management and performance measurement of third party relationships with directors, administrators and custodians.

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.

Daniel Hook

Daniel Hook

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Daniel Hook is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Hook has been involved in the oversight of the fund accounting team, management of key third party relationships and various technology and process initiatives.

Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Hook worked as a Fund Accountant at Ivy Asset Management Corp., a fund of hedge funds investment company, where he was responsible for NAV calculations, client reporting, and preparation of financial statements and footnotes.

Mr. Hook received a BBA in Finance and Banking from Hofstra University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Tabea Hsi

Tabea Hsi

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

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

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

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

Thomas Iannarone

Thomas Iannarone

Managing Director & COO

GSO — New York

Thomas Iannarone is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of GSO's Customized Credit Strategies business unit. Previously, Mr. Iannarone was associate general counsel at GSO responsible for new business initiatives, daily trading and transaction activities and general legal and compliance matters. Before joining GSO, Mr. Iannarone worked at Morrison & Foerster in its corporate transaction group. Prior to that, he worked at Bingham McCutchen in its private equity and corporate practice groups. Mr. Iannarone received a BA from Siena College and a JD from Villanova University School of Law.

Ek Indharameesup

Ek Indharameesup

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Jeffrey Iverson

Jeffrey Iverson

Managing Director & CCO

Legal & Compliance — New York

Jeffrey Iverson is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s Multi-Asset Investing and Treasury Solutions businesses and the Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s Strategic Partners business.

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

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

Malcolm Jackson

Malcolm Jackson

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — London

Malcolm Jackson is a Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group in London. Prior to joining the Tactical Opportunities Group, Mr. Jackson was a Managing Director in the RBS Special Opportunities Fund where he was heavily involved in the establishment of Shawbrook Bank and Arrow Global Group plc. Mr. Jackson was involved in their investments in Southern Water, Condor Ferries, Center Parcs and SF Trust. Prior to this Mr. Jackson worked in the Securitisation and CMBS team at RBS focusing on whole business securitisations. Mr. Jackson received degrees in Law and Commerce from Otago University, is a Chartered Accountant, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Amit Jain

Amit Jain

Managing Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Amit Jain is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in Mumbai. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Jain worked at McKinsey & Company focusing on infrastructure and financial projects in India. Prior to that, Mr. Jain worked at Hindustan Unilever limited ("HUL") where he worked primarily in the manufacturing and supply chain area, setting up and operating manufacturing plants in HUL. Mr. Jain received a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur where he received the "Institute Silver Medal" and a P.G.P. (equivalent to an M.B.A.) from the Indian School of Business ("ISB"), Hyderabad where he was awarded the "ISB Scholar of Excellence."

Lama Kanazeh

Lama Kanazeh

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Lama Kanazeh is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Kanazeh has focused her efforts on raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds, with a primary focus on Blackstone's real estate efforts.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Kanazeh worked at Credit Suisse in London where she was an Associate in the Real Estate Finance Group focusing on distribution of CMBS and high yield commercial real estate debt products. Prior to joining Real Estate Finance, Ms. Kanazeh was an analyst in the Consumer Products Group, where she was involved in the analysis and execution of merger transactions and equity financings.

Ms. Kanazeh received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.

Marlena Kaplan

Marlena Kaplan

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Kaufman

Jonathan Kaufman

Managing Director

Blackstone Capital Markets — New York

Jonathan Kaufman is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Mr. Kaufman leads the Private Equity Group's global debt capital markets activities, and also works across Blackstone’s investment and advisory businesses on credit and equity-related matters. Mr. Kaufman joined Blackstone in 2007 and was most recently 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 worked as a Manager of M&A at Platinum Equity, where he evaluated and executed private equity investments in a wide range of industries. Previously, he was an analyst at Triene, a Goldman Sachs Ventures-backed portfolio company. 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.

Katie Keenan

Katie Keenan

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

Randall Kessler

Randall Kessler

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

David Kestnbaum

David Kestnbaum

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

David N. Kestnbaum is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Kestnbaum has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Outerstuff, AlliedBarton Security Services, DJO Global, and AVINTIV, and in evaluating investment opportunities across multiple sectors, including Transportation & Logistics, Business Services, Leisure, Apparel, and various other industries.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kestnbaum was a Vice President of Vestar Capital Partners, where he analyzed and executed private equity investments in multiple different sectors. Prior to Vestar, Mr. Kestnbaum worked in investment banking as a member of JPMorgan’s Financial Sponsor Group, where he executed a variety of private equity-related M&A and financing transactions.

Mr. Kestnbaum holds a BA in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as a Director of Outerstuff and DJO Global and was previously a Director of AlliedBarton Security Services.

Jas Khaira

Jas Khaira

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Jasvinder Khaira is a Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group.

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

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

Anil Khera

Anil Khera

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Anil Khera is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group, based in London. Mr. Khera oversees the financing/capital markets activities of all of Blackstone’s European real estate investments. Since joining the group in 2006, Mr. Khera has been involved in over €20 billion of real estate acquisitions and financings across Europe.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Khera worked in the acquisitions team at Credit Suisse / DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Inc. in Los Angeles from 2002.

Mr. Khera received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario and is a trustee of Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage Church in London.

Brian Kim

Brian Kim

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Brian Kim is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group at Blackstone and is based in New York. Mr. Kim focuses on new investment opportunities in North America. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Kim has played a key role in the development of Blackstone’s $4 billion select service hotel platform through the acquisition of Apple REIT 6, the Clarion hotel portfolio, the OTO portfolio, the Hersha portfolio and the takeover of Eagle Hospitality REIT. In addition, Mr. Kim has helped lead investments in the Four Seasons Las Colinas, the Solana Office Campus in Dallas, the Glenborough office portfolio, the Eurohypo distressed debt portfolio and the development of the Grand Islander timeshare tower in Waikiki.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kim worked at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, a global opportunistic real estate firm that oversaw the investment of eleven real estate funds. Prior to that, Mr. Kim worked for Max Capital Management Corp. and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. Kim currently serves as a board member of BRE Select Hotels Corp. and La Quinta Holdings Inc. and received a AB in Biology from Harvard College where he graduated with honors.

Daisuke Kitta

Daisuke Kitta

Managing Director

Real Estate — Tokyo

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

Joshua Krapf

Joshua Krapf

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Valerie Kritsberg

Valerie Kritsberg

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

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

Steve Kuppenheimer

Steve Kuppenheimer

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

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

David Landgraf

David Landgraf

Managing Director

Global Corporate Services — New York

David Landgraf is a Managing Director and Head of the Conference and Event Management group. Mr. Landgraf is involved with all aspects of Corporate Conference and Event Planning for Blackstone.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Landgraf worked for Barclays Capital as Head of Global Marketing, Americas, with Goldman Sachs as Head of Events for Learning and Professional Development, with Arthur Andersen LLP, and with the National Security Agency (NSA) in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Mr. Landgraf is on the board of The Council of Protocol Executives, and a long standing member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and a member of the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). He is a former Adjunct Instructor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he taught many aspects of the conference and event industry.

Michael Lascher

Michael Lascher

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

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

Jane Lee

Jane Lee

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Jane Lee is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. She is involved in managing new capital formation activities and investor relations for the Customized Credit Strategies unit. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Lee worked at Royal Bank of Canada for four years, where she was most recently a Partner in the Debt Investments Group and was responsible for the origination of new CLO transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Lee was a Vice President at Indosuez Capital with similar responsibilities. Prior to Indosuez Capital, Ms. Lee was a Director in the Loan Products Group of Fitch IBCA, Inc., where she was involved in rating collateralized debt obligations and other credit derivative transactions. Ms. Lee began her career at Loan Pricing Corporation and was a senior portfolio analyst involved with consulting on various banks' commercial loan portfolios. Ms. Lee received a BA in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

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

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

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

Brian Lee

Brian Lee

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

Doris Lee-Silvestri

Doris Lee-Silvestri

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Alex Leonard

Alex Leonard

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Alex Leonard is a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager and Loan Trader within GSO Capital’s Customized Credit Strategies Group, part of GSO Fund Management Group Europe (which was formerly Harbourmaster Capital Management prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). Also, Mr. Leonard is a member of the CCS Europe Investment Committee and the GSO European CCS Management Committee.

Prior to 2012, Mr. Leonard was a Director and Co-Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Harbourmaster, primarily involved in fund structuring, portfolio management and trading. Before joining Harbourmaster in March 2006, Mr. Leonard was a Director at Depfa with responsibility for management of Depfa’s public sector asset CDO program. Prior to joining Depfa, Mr. Leonard worked for 5 years as a Senior Structurer and then Co-Head of Euro Capital Structures (the structuring team for the UniCredit Group). Prior to joining ECS, Mr. Leonard worked as a quantitative analyst in ING Barings and Airbus Industry’s aerospace finance team. Mr. Leonard received an M.A. in Economics from University College Dublin and an MBA with distinction from Trinity College Dublin School of Business.

Wesley LePatner

Wesley LePatner

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Wesley LePatner is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the global Core+ business as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Investor Relations & Business Development. In these roles she oversees the operations of the Core+ business, as well as global fundraising and client service initiatives for the Real Estate Group. She is based in New York. Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mrs. LePatner spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of the Real Estate Investment Group within the Asset Management Division. Prior to that, Mrs. LePatner was a Vice President in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs. Mrs. LePatner began her career as an Analyst in the Real Estate Group within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division. Mrs. LePatner received a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Eric Liaw

Eric Liaw

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Eric Liaw is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group based in New York where he is focused on Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector.

Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Liaw has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Hunter Oil & Gas and Royal Resources. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Liaw was a Principal at TPG Capital where he evaluated and executed investment opportunities in the energy sector. Prior to TPG, Mr. Liaw was an associate at Bain Capital, where he focused on private equity investments in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Liaw received his BA, with highest honors, and BBA, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. Mr. Liaw is currently a director of Hunter Oil & Gas and Royal Resources.

Gary Lin

Gary Lin

Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — Singapore

Gary Lin is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in Singapore.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Lin worked at J.P. Morgan in the Alternative Investments Group in Hong Kong and Singapore, most recently as an Executive Director where he was responsible for the Southeast Asia business. Before moving to Asia, Mr. Lin spent 9 years working for financial services firms in the US, primarily in New York. At Morgan Stanley, he developed distribution strategies for hedge funds, private equity and real estate products. Mr. Lin began his financial services career at Merrill Lynch where he covered private families and small institutions.

Mr. Lin received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science.

Susannah Lindenfield

Susannah Lindenfield

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — Hong Kong

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

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

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

Erik Lisher

Erik Lisher

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Erik Lisher is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Lisher has been involved in sourcing and executing a variety of strategic advisory, capital raising and restructuring transactions for companies across a diverse set of industries. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Lisher has also been involved in many firm wide initiatives and currently serves as a board member of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Lisher was an Associate in the Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan, where he executed various high yield, leveraged loan, equity capital and M&A assignments. Mr. Lisher graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Xinyu Liu

Xinyu Liu

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

James Lock

James Lock

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

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

Doug Logigian

Doug Logigian

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Doug Logigian is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Logigian is the Head Trader for the trading desk for all of GSO's hedge fund products. He is also a member of GSO's Hedge Fund Investment Committee. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006, Mr. Logigian has been involved in the trading of all public securities and derivatives for the GSO family of funds. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Logigian worked as an Associate at Citibank where he was responsible for managing a proprietary book of high yield cash bonds and credit default swaps on the Credit Trading Customer Flow Desk where he traded sectors including healthcare, homebuilders, chemicals, retailers, consumer products, industrials, and food. Mr. Logigian graduated with a BA with honors from Harvard University.

Colleen Longobardi

Colleen Longobardi

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Colleen Longobardi is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Longobardi has been involved with ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across the cable, telecommunications and media industries. Prior to joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Longobardi was with the Royal Bank of Canada, where she was a Vice President in the Debt Investments group. Previously, she worked at American Capital Access Corp., where she was Vice President in its Asset Management Group. Ms. Longobardi began her career in GE Capital's Financial Management Program. Upon graduation, she held various Analyst positions in the Retail Finance, Commercial Lending and Corporate Finance divisions as well as an Associate position in the Asset Securitization Group, where she was actively involved in the structuring, execution and management of related transactions. Ms. Longobardi received an MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Siena College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Vincent Lu

Vincent Lu

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Vincent Lu is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Lu has been involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring mezzanine investments across a diverse range of industries. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lu was a Vice President at J. P. Morgan and an Executive Director at Warburg Dillon Read, where he completed over 50 leveraged finance transactions. Mr. Lu received a joint BS/BA degree from Duke University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. Mr. Lu can be reached on +1 212 583 5008 or lu@blackstone. com.

Jonathan Lurie

Jonathan Lurie

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Jonathan Lurie is a Managing Director in Blackstone's Real Estate Group and is based in London. Mr. Lurie oversees the asset management of a number of the Blackstone Funds' U.K. and European real estate equity and debt investments across all sectors, including residential, commercial office, retail, and logistics. Recent investments include the acquisition of Multi Corporation, a leading owner and manager of shopping centers in Europe and in Turkey; the creation of Logicor Ltd, a pan-European real estate logistics specialist; and the sale of Blackstone’s Berlin residential holdings to Deutsche Wohnen AG. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Lurie worked in a variety of real estate investment and management positions at Goldman Sachs / Whitehall Funds, Tishman Speyer and Morgan Stanley, in both New York and in London. Mr. Lurie currently serves as a board member of Logicor Ltd and co-chair of its management committee, and on the supervisory board of Multi Corporation. Previous roles include serving on the executive committee of Songbird plc, the parent company of Canary Wharf Group, as well as on the supervisory board of listed residential company GSW AG. Mr. Lurie holds an A.B. (highest honors) in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. (honors) in Real Estate from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Patty Lynett

Patty Lynett

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Patty Lynett is a Managing Director and the global Chief Administrative Officer of the Private Equity Group. As CAO of Private Equity, Ms. Lynett is responsible for administrative management including staffing of assignments, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews and compensation, new business and expansion opportunities, and other administrative aspects of the group’s activities. Ms. Lynett is also responsible for the overall administration for Blackstone’s Private Equity investment committee process.

Prior to her role in Private Equity, Ms. Lynett was the Chief Administrative Officer of Blackstone Advisory Partners. Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Ms. Lynett was an Investment Banker in the structured finance groups at Citibank and Credit Suisse/DLJ and was responsible for transaction execution primarily in the Energy sector.

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

Rashmi Madan

Rashmi Madan

Managing Director

GSO — London

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

John Magliano

John Magliano

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Mr. Magliano is a Managing Director and head of Blackstone’s Tax Group. Mr. Magliano joined Blackstone in 2002 and has held a number of key leadership positions in the firm’s Finance group where he is currently responsible for the firm’s global tax initiatives including strategic planning, tax compliance and reporting. He previously was the CFO of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and oversaw the accounting, tax and financial reporting and administration of the Group. Prior to that, Mr. Magliano oversaw Blackstone's partnership finance and accounting team. Mr. Magliano was also involved in various strategic planning projects for the firm. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Magliano was the owner of a consulting firm, where he worked with a large state pension fund, corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals. Prior to establishing his firm, Mr. Magliano was a partner with Arthur Andersen, where he spent approximately 20 years in the firm's tax division. Mr. Magliano received a BS in Accounting from St. John's University, where he graduated cum laude. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and NYSSCPA

Matt Manewal

Matt Manewal

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Tony Marone

Tony Marone

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

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

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

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

Walter McClure

Walter McClure

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Mattia McDonough

Mattia McDonough

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Mattia McDonough is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

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

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2003, Ms. McDonough worked in Arthur Andersen’s Hedge Fund Advisory and Capital Markets group and also in the Controllers group of Morgan Stanley.

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

Patrick McKeon

Patrick McKeon

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Daniel McMullen

Daniel McMullen

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Daniel T. McMullen is a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager in GSO Customized Credit Strategies and is responsible for overseeing trading and capital markets efforts. He is responsible for the portfolio management of GSO’s separately managed accounts and commingled funds. Mr. McMullen is a member of the U.S. Investment Committee, Management Committee and Global Structured Credit Investment 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 has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received a B.A. from the University of Rochester where he graduated cum laude.

David Mehenny

David Mehenny

Managing Director

BAAM — London

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

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

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

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

Jack Melnikoff

Jack Melnikoff

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Jack Melnikoff is a Managing Director in the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Melnikoff has been involved in new business development and servicing existing client relationships.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Melnikoff served as Head of Business Development and a Management Committee member at Brownstone Investment Group, a fixed income broker dealer. Prior to this, Mr. Melnikoff worked at UBS AG as an Executive Director covering hedge funds for high yield and distressed securities. Previously, Mr. Melnikoff worked at Barclays Capital covering hedge funds for leveraged loans and also spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs in various institutional sales roles as well as head of fixed income recruiting. Mr. Melnikoff began his career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Melnikoff received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA with a Concentration in Finance from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles.

Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Managing Director

Finance — New York

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

Chaim Miller

Chaim Miller

Managing Director

Finance — New York

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

Alan Milstein

Alan Milstein

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Alan Milstein is a Managing Director on the GSO Hedge Fund team within the GSO Capital Partners Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Milstein has been responsible for trading the leveraged loan assets for both the GSO Debt Funds and the GSO Hedge Funds groups.

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

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

Asheesh Mohta

Asheesh Mohta

Managing Director

Real Estate — Mumbai

Asheesh Mohta is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is 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.

Ryan Mollett

Ryan Mollett

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Ryan Mollett is a Managing Director with GSO. Since joining GSO in 2011, Mr. Mollett has focused on distressed and special situation investing. Mr. Mollett is on the Investment Committee and serves as a Portfolio Manager of GSO Community Development Capital Group as well as GSO Hedge Fund Strategies.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Mollett was a Director at BlackRock where he served as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining BlackRock, he was a Trader at First New York Securities. Mr. Mollett began his career as a Consultant with Gemini Realty Advisors.

Mr. Mollett received a B.A. in History from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Investment Management from Yale University.

Deann Morgan

Deann Morgan

Managing Director

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Deann Morgan is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Group leading product development and structuring initiatives focused on private investors. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Morgan focused on Merrill Lynch and US Trust private clients as she headed Alternative Investments Origination & Product Management for seven years and served as the CEO of Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments. Prior to that role, she spent seven years with the Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Financial Institutions Group based in Hong Kong. Before joining Merrill Lynch, she was a strategic consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Financial Services Group based in Singapore. Ms. Morgan received a BBA from The University of Michigan, an MBA from The University of Chicago and is a CFA charter holder.

Alexander Moseley

Alexander Moseley

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

Jessica Murphy

Jessica Murphy

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Jessica Murphy is a Managing Director in Blackstone Senfina Advisors, a multi-manager hedge fund platform launched by Blackstone in 2014.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Murphy worked at Ziff Brothers Investments for 11 years, where she was the Head Trader responsible for running the trading business for ZBI’s multi portfolios across various asset classes. Prior to that, Ms. Murphy spent two years as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division.

Ms. Murphy received a BSBA in Finance from Georgetown University.

Eric Nadan

Eric Nadan

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

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

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

Sebouh Nahabedian

Sebouh Nahabedian

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Sebouh Nahabedian is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Upon joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Nahabedian was involved with administering the various general partner related investment programs including general partner reporting. More recently, he was involved with various corporate strategic planning projects and initiatives such as the firm’s initial public offering, credit ratings assessments and bond offering. Currently, Mr. Nahabedian is with GSO Capital Partners in the Finance Group focusing on strategic financial planning and analysis. Mr. Nahabedian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Kamal Naqvi

Kamal Naqvi

Managing Director

BAAM — London

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

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

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

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

Nentcho Nentchev

Nentcho Nentchev

Managing Director

IRBD — New York

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

Brett Newman

Brett Newman

Managing Director

Corporate Development — New York

Brett Newman is a Managing Director in the Corporate Development Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Newman has worked on various strategic initiatives on behalf of the firm, including acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and divestitures. As a member of Blackstone’s M&A advisory business until 2014, Mr. Newman also worked with a wide range of third-party clients on numerous transactions in the asset management, specialty finance and health insurance industries.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Newman spent six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided M&A diligence, valuation and structuring services as a member of the transaction advisory practice.

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

Grace Nicosia

Grace Nicosia

Managing Director

Global Corporate Services — New York

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

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

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

Patrick Ochs

Patrick Ochs

Managing Director

GSO — New York

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

Fiona O'Connor

Fiona O'Connor

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Fiona O’Connor is a Managing Director and Head of Credit at GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) . Also, Ms. O’Connor is a member of the CCS Europe Investment Committee and the GSO European CCS Management Committee. Prior to 2012, Ms. O’Connor was Head of Credit for Harbourmaster for five years running a team of credit analysts responsible for all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of its €7.5bn portfolio of leverage loans. Prior to joining Harbourmaster, Ms. O’Connor worked for Bank of Ireland, Dublin, as a Director in its Acquisition Finance Origination group and previously within its Project Finance division. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, Ms. O'Connor worked in Corporate Credit in Australia & New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in New York and as a credit analyst in AIB in New York. Ms. O’Connor has 22 years’ experience in Acquisition Finance, Project Finance and Structured Finance. She has a Master's in Business Studies from Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.

Sean O'Malley

Sean O'Malley

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Cecilia Ott

Cecilia Ott

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

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

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

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

Brenda Pai

Brenda Pai

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brenda Pai is a Managing Director in Blackstone Senfina Advisors, a multi-manager hedge fund platform launched by Blackstone in 2014.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Pai worked at Ziff Brothers Investments for 11 years focusing on public equity investments. Prior to that, Ms. Pai spent two years as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in its Risk Arbitrage and Investment Banking groups.

Ms. Pai received a BA in Economics from Yale University. She has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Viral Patel

Viral Patel

Managing Director

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Viral Patel is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Patel has focused on structured finance transactions across several industries including financial institutions, consumer, media, and healthcare. Select advisory clients include Bank Of America, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, Cineplex Entertainment, Empire Theatres, GIC, Qatar Foundation, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Kraft, and the New York Public Asset Fund. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Patel was a member of the Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Structured Products businesses. Mr. Patel graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Salvatore Paxia

Salvatore Paxia

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Salvatore Paxia is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Paxia is involved in the design and development of BAAM’s proprietary software systems.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Paxia worked as a Research Scientist at the NYU Center for Advanced Technology, and as a Sr. Research Scientist in the Bioinformatics Group, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Mr. Paxia received an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from New York University.

David Payne

David Payne

Managing Director

Finance — New York

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

Matthew Pedley

Matthew Pedley

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Matthew Pedley is a Managing Director in the Limited Partner Relations and Fund Placement Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Pedley has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone's private investment funds and maintaining relationships with the Firm's Limited Partners. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Pedley worked as a Vice President in the venture capital arm of AllianceBernstein, where he was responsible for venture investments in the technology sector, Limited Partner relations, fundraising and legal documentation for the fund. Prior to AllianceBernstein, Mr. Pedley was a Senior Associate at Crosslink Capital, where he was responsible for venture investments in the technology sector. He was an Observer on the boards of Evant (acquired by MANH), IM Logic (acquired by SYMC), Obopay, and Jasper Wireless; 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.

Eric Perlyn

Eric Perlyn

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Eric Perlyn is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

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

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Perlyn worked at Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in the Global Capital Markets Group and then as an Associate in the Wealth Management Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation Group.

Mr. Perlyn received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA with a Concentration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Petersen

Gabriel Petersen

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Gabriel A. Petersen is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Petersen is responsible primarily for asset management activities and oversees the firm’s hospitality investments in Europe. He is also involved in acquisitions with a focus on the hospitality sector. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Petersen worked for Westmont Hospitality Group as Director of Corporate Strategy and was involved in several aspects of the group’s business worldwide, focussing on strategic and investment matters. Prior to Westmont, Mr. Petersen was with InterContinental Hotels where he worked in a number of corporate positions in both Europe and Asia. Mr. Petersen studied economics as an undergraduate and holds a Master's degree in Real Estate from Reading University Business School. He has also studied Corporate Finance at London Business School. Mr. Petersen’s Master's degree dissertation was used to initiate further academic papers on real estate hotel investment, which have been published in European and USA industry publications.

Michael Pierog

Michael Pierog

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Michael Pierog is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Pierog has been involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection, and monitoring as well as structured and corporate credit investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Pierog was a Vice President in the Distressed and Special Situations group at Barclays Capital. Prior to working at Barclays, Mr. Pierog was an associate at Davidson Kempner Capital Management.

Mr. Pierog received a BA in Economics from Amherst College where he graduated cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marc Pillemer

Marc Pillemer

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Marc Pillemer is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group focusing on the Ventures Platform.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Pillemer was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co in the Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Banking Division. Since 2007, Mr. Pillemer focused extensively on providing strategic advisory services to leading traditional and alternative asset management firms. In his prior role, Mr. Pillemer was responsible for the coverage of the alternative asset management sector in the U.S. Mr. Pillemer joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, and prior to joining the Financial Institutions Group he worked in both the Securities Division and Investment Management Division in various roles.

Mr. Pillemer earned a BCom in Actuarial Studies and Finance from Macquarie University at Sydney, Australia.

Juergen Pinker

Juergen Pinker

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Juergen Pinker is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Pinker has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Intertrust and ATC.

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

Mr. Pinker received a master degree in economics and business from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. Mr. Pinker serves on the Board of Directors of Intertrust.

Christopher Placca

Christopher Placca

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Chris Placca is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Placca has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's private equity funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Placca was the U. S. Controller at Apax Partners, L. P., a London based private equity firm. At Apax, Mr. Placca was primarily involved in fund management, administration and financial reporting for its U. S. private equity funds and well as financial reporting and daily operations for the U. S. management Company. Prior to that, Mr. Placca was a Vice President at CCMP Capital Advisors, a New York based private equity firm. Mr. Placca was involved in deal execution, funds administration and operational issues. Mr. Placca received a BS, in Business Administration from Rider University.

Paul Quinlan

Paul Quinlan

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Paul D. Quinlan is a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Blackstone Real Estate group. Mr. Quinlan was previously the CFO for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Mortgage Trust. Prior to this, he was a member of Blackstone Finance, where he served as Head of Financial Planning & Business Development, with oversight of management and public reporting, as well as strategic acquisitions such as Capital Trust/BXMT. Mr. Quinlan also served as the CFO for Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Quinlan worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focusing on strategic corporate M&A and private equity investments. Mr. Quinlan received a BS in Finance cum laude from Georgetown University and an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Peter Rand

Peter Rand

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Peter M. Rand is a Managing Director and Head of Global Client Operations & Reporting for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Rand is involved in marketing, product development, and client service operations and reporting for BAAM.

Before joining Blackstone in 2000, Mr. Rand was a Senior Research Associate at Greenwich Associates, a consulting firm providing competitive market research and strategic consulting to senior management at leading financial institutions worldwide.

Mr. Rand received a BS in Small Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Omar Rehman

Omar Rehman

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Omar Rehman is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and is the Chief Compliance Officer for Blackstone’s private equity and tactical opportunities businesses. In addition, Mr. Rehman handles the firmwide conflicts clearance process. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Rehman was Global Head of Compliance for the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to that role, Mr. Rehman was a Vice President in Investment Banking Compliance at Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Mr. Rehman was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he specialized in capital markets transactions and corporate governance issues. Mr. Rehman received his undergraduate degree from Duke University cum laude. Mr. Rehman was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar at Columbia University School of Law, where he received a J.D., and graduated with a master’s degree in law from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.

CB Richardson

CB Richardson

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

C.B. Richardson is a Managing Director in the Legal and Compliance Department and the Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Advisory Partners. He is also responsible for many firm-wide compliance matters.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Richardson was Head of Investment Banking, Syndicate and Corporate Compliance, Americas at Barclays. He was also the Head of Compliance, Brazil, Canada and Mexico and the U.S. Institutional Broker-Dealer Branch Office Compliance Manager for Barclays. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President providing compliance coverage to the global capital markets and investment banking groups at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before that, he was Assistant General Counsel, Securities and Corporate Governance at SPX Corporation. Before SPX, Mr. Richardson was a corporate associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Mr. Richardson began his career as a captain in the JAG Corps in the US Army serving with the Third Infantry Division, Mechanized.

Mr. Richardson received a BA, cum laude, in Public Policy from Duke University, and a JD from New York University. He serves on the Duke University Chapel Advisory Board.

James Roche

James Roche

Managing Director

GSO — New York

James Roche is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Roche is a portfolio manager for FS Investment Corp, a business development company for which GSO is the investment sub-advisor. Since joining GSO, Mr. Roche has been involved in the research, analysis, and management of investments within the Firm’s collateralized debt portfolios, separate account mandates, and closed-end funds, with an emphasis on special situations investments. Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Roche was a Partner at RBC Capital Partners, where he held similar responsibilities. Mr. Roche has over 20 years of credit and related experience, including credit, structuring, and origination positions at Crédit Agricole Indosuez, Fitch IBCA, Inc., MetLife Capital Corporation, and NationsCredit Commercial Corporation (a unit of Bank of America). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and completed selected graduate coursework at the Hartford Graduate Center, an affiliate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Brad Rudner

Brad Rudner

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brad Rudner is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group, where he is involved in new business and product development, as well as servicing existing client relationships.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Rudner was a Director at Aetos Capital, where he was the Head of Global Business Development and Client Relations for Aetos’ alternative strategies. Prior to joining Aetos, Mr. Rudner was a Vice President at Lazard Asset Management where he was involved with institutional new business development and client service focusing on public and corporate pension funds and endowments and foundations. He was also a member of Lazard’s global consultant relations team.

Mr. Rudner received a BA in Economics from Duke University.

Thomas Ruffing

Thomas Ruffing

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Thomas Ruffing is a Managing Director of Blackstone's Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ruffing was Chief Credit Officer of CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios, as well as special servicing and CDO collateral management activities for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Inc., Mr. Ruffing worked at JP Morgan Chase in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities included structured corporate real estate finance transactions, major asset property sales, and the restructuring and workout of real estate loans. Mr. Ruffing holds a B.S. and an M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Joseph Russell

Joseph Russell

Managing Director

Global Corporate Services — New York

Joseph Russell is a Managing Director in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Russell has been involved in Global Expense Reporting and advancement of firm wide expense initiatives. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Russell was with Merrill Lynch, serving as Director in the Chief Operating Office for the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group. He worked in a variety of positions, including Rates CAO, managed the fixed income division's project office, and participated in an expense re-engineering effort. Prior to that, he was an Executive Director in the fixed income middle office at CIBC Oppenheimer and also worked as a Vice President at Lehman Brothers in a similar capacity. Mr. Russell also worked as an Assistant Vice President in Finance at J. P. Morgan & Co. in a variety of positions, including balance sheet management reporting and system design, and in the consolidation of the firm's annual budget. Mr. Russell began his career in audit at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he was a senior auditor in the manufacturing division. Mr. Russell received a BS in Accounting from St. John's University. He graduated Magna magna Cum cum Laude laude and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Managing Director

GSO — Dublin

Michael Ryan is a Managing Director within GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) and is based in Dublin. Mr. Ryan is involved in all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of GSO’s CDO portfolio in Europe. Prior to joining Harbourmaster, Mr. Ryan worked for Hypo Real Estate Bank and KPMG (in both Transaction Services and Financial Services). Mr. Ryan has a Master’s degree in Business Studies & Accounting and an honors degree in Accounting & Finance, both from Dublin City University. Mr. Ryan is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Diego San Jose

Diego San Jose

Managing Director

Real Estate — Madrid

Diego San Jose is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in Madrid. Since Joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. San José has been involved in a variety of real estate investments across Europe. Most recently, he has been focused on equity and debt acquisitions in Spain. Previously, Mr. San Jose worked in the leveraged finance group at BNP Paribas. Mr. San Jose received Master's degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Paris-Dauphine, with an exchange program at LMU in Munich.

Alberto Santulin

Alberto Santulin

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Alberto Santulin is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Santulin is involved in portfolio management and in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring. He is primarily focused on multi-strategy, event, arbitrage and reinsurance strategies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Santulin worked at Rasini & Co. Inc., a European fund-of-hedge-funds, where he opened and ran the New York office. Prior to joining Rasini, Mr. Santulin worked in London for Banque Paribas where he was in Fixed Income Derivatives Sales & Trading covering Italian institutions and hedge funds.

Mr. Santulin received a BA with a major in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His degree dissertation is titled "Hedge Funds: Evolution and Investment Strategies." He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Avneesh Saxena

Avneesh Saxena

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Avneesh Saxena is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group where he is involved in research and development of systematic strategies.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Saxena was a portfolio manager in the Global Asset Allocation group at AQR Capital Management. At AQR, Mr. Saxena helped develop quantitative models to trade fixed income, currencies and equities in the firm’s risk premia and other alternative fund offerings. Before AQR, Mr. Saxena worked as a quantitative researcher at Carlyle-Blue Wave Partners. Before that, he was a quantitative researcher at Amaranth Advisors. Mr. Saxena started his career as a quantitative analyst at Deephaven Capital Management.

Mr. Saxena received a BTech from IIT Guwahati, an MS from University of Virginia, and an MBA from NYU Stern. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Florian Schaefer

Florian Schaefer

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Florian Schaefer is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Schaefer has been involved in over $7 billion of real estate acquisitions, disposals, and financings across all property types in Europe and Asia. Most recently, he played a key role in various acquisitions in Australia and Singapore.

Mr. Schaefer received an MBA from the EBS University Oestrich-Winkel in Germany, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MSc in Real Estate Finance with distinction from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Paul Schlaack

Paul Schlaack

COO & Managing Director

IRBD — New York

Paul Schlaack is the COO and a Managing Director in the Investor Relations and Business Development Group. His role is to coordinate the marketing and investor relations functions for all of Blackstone's investment products globally. Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Schlaack worked in Blackstone's financial advisory business for twelve years, where he focused on several transactions in a variety of industries. Mr. Schlaack received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Craig Schortzmann

Craig Schortzmann

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Craig Schortzmann is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group focusing on the Ventures Platform.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Schortzmann was a Principal at Asset Management Finance LLC (“AMF”), a division of Credit Suisse, which focused on making principal investments in alternative and traditional asset management firms. While at AMF, Mr. Schortzmann focused on new investment origination, structuring and underwriting, and transaction execution.

Mr. Schortzmann received a BA in American History from Wesleyan University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.

Li Chian See

Li Chian See

Managing Director

Legal & Compliance — Hong Kong

Li-Chian See is a Managing Director in the Legal & Compliance Group and is based in Hong Kong. Ms. See handles regulatory and compliance matters for Blackstone in Asia. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. See spent close to 15 years at Goldman Sachs in the Compliance department where she performed a variety of roles in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York and London for the investment management division, recently as global head of the surveillance function in asset management. Previously Ms. See worked in the Stock Exchange of Singapore (renamed Singapore Exchange). Ms. See received a Bachelor degree in Economics and Statistics at the National University of Singapore and passed CFA Level III in 2000.

Ilan Sender

Ilan Sender

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Ilan Sender is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Sender has been involved in equity hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and monitoring as well as analyzing individual equity transactions.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sender worked at several hedge funds, primarily in the long-short equity and event-driven space. His most recent role was Managing Director at Claar Advisors. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Owl Creek Asset Management.

Mr. Sender received a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University, where he graduated with high distinction and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi Engineering honor societies. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Emily Sharko

Emily Sharko

Managing Director & CAO

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Emily Sharko is a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for Tactical Opportunities based in New York. As CAO of Tac Opps, Emily is involved with the administrative management including staffing of assignments, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews and compensation, business expansion opportunities, group culture and other administrative aspects of the group’s activities. Prior to joining Tac Opps in 2015, Ms. Sharko was the CAO for Park Hill Group, a division of Blackstone.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Sharko spent 13 years practicing law, most recently as an attorney in Morgan Stanley's U.S. Litigation Department and a Director in Citigroup's Regulatory Enforcement Group. Ms. Sharko began her legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Ms. Sharko received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, a Diploma in Economics from The London School of Economics, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

JT Shields

JT Shields

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

John (JT) Shields is a Managing Director in Blackstone Senfina Advisors, a multi-manager hedge fund platform launched by Blackstone in 2014.

Prior to working on Blackstone Senfina Advisors, Mr. Shields was a portfolio manager for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s offerings primarily focused on equity strategies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Shields was a Director at UBP Asset Management, a fund of hedge funds, where he focused on equity strategies. Prior to joining UBP, Mr. Shields worked as a Senior Analyst, and was actively involved in hedge manager due diligence and portfolio construction at CARE Capital, Gleacher Fund Advisors, and Rocaton Investment Advisors.

Mr. Shields received a BS from Lehigh University, where he double majored in Finance and Marketing.

Mustafa Siddiqui

Mustafa Siddiqui

Managing Director

Private Equity — London

Mustafa M. Siddiqui is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group and is based in London. Mr. Siddiqui leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Siddiqui has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Siccar Point Energy, Black Rhino Group, Royal Resources, Alta Energy, and Graham Packaging. Mr. Siddiqui currently serves as a director of Siccar Point Energy and Black Rhino Group.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Siddiqui was an investment professional at Springbok Capital Management LLC, a value-oriented equity hedge fund, and an Associate at General Atlantic LLC, where he was involved in the analysis and execution of private equity investments. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Siddiqui received an AB in Economics from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an AM in Regional Studies from Harvard University. He also received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr. Siddiqui is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Brian Siegel

Brian Siegel

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Brian Siegel is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Siegel is responsible for overseeing the operational aspects of the direct trading platforms within the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Siegel worked at Ziff Brothers Investments for 13 years, where he was the Director of Trading Operations. His oversight included ensuring the accuracy of the firm's books and records, securities lending, cash management, and swaps and other derivatives financing. Additionally, he was responsible for managing ZBI's prime broker relationships and other counterparties, such as ZBI's fund accounting system and trade order management system.

Mr. Siegel received a BA from Binghamton University with a dual degree in Economics and English.

Melissa Skidell

Melissa Skidell

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Melissa Skidell is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Ms. Skidell is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's real estate funds. Before joining the Investor Relations & Business Development Group, Ms. Skidell was a manager in Blackstone’s Finance Group, where she was involved with administering the internal investment program including General Partner reporting. She has also been involved in various strategic planning projects including the firm's initial public offering in 2007. Ms. Skidell received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Matthew Skurbe

Matthew Skurbe

Managing Director

Finance — New York

Matthew Skurbe is the Treasurer and Managing Director in Finance for Blackstone. Mr. Skurbe leads all Blackstone Treasury related initiatives, including cash and liquidity management, working capital management, bank and rating agency relationship management, and balance sheet risk management. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Skurbe was the CFO for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, a $35 billion bank housing several of Merrill Lynch's consumer lending and banking businesses. Prior to that role, Mr. Skurbe spent seven years supporting Merrill Lynch’s Treasury function and had previous roles with Amerada Hess and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Skurbe is also a board member of the Association for Financial Professionals. Mr. Skurbe received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Slattery

Michael Slattery

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Michael Slattery is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in London. Mr. Slattery is involved with portfolio, asset management and transaction activities across our European businesses.

Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Slattery was a Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners focusing on private equity and real estate acquisitions, financings and restructurings. Prior to this Mr. Slattery worked as an attorney at Clifford Chance based in London and Paris.

Mr. Slattery holds a LLB (Hons) in law from Trinity College Dublin.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Josh Smith is a Managing Director and Chief Portfolio Risk Officer of GSO Capital Partners.

Since joining GSO in 2008, Mr. Smith has been focused on the enhancement of GSO's portfolio analytics and the incorporation of those analytics into the management of GSO's hedge funds. Mr. Smith sits on GSO's Conflicts and Risk Committee and chairs GSO's Counterparty Sub-Committee. Further, he is a member of GSO's New Products Committee and Valuation Committee. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Smith worked for ten years in financial consulting.

Mr. Smith completed a Masters program in Financial Engineering at Columbia University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College. Further, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Craig Snyder

Craig Snyder

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Craig Snyder is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Snyder trades for GSO's hedge fund, specializing in the High Yield and Distressed public markets in the U.S. and Europe. In 2012, he relocated to London where he oversees daily trading activity and risk management for GSO’s European trading operations. Prior to joining GSO in 2011, Mr. Snyder worked as a Senior Distressed/High Yield trader at King Street Capital, a $20 billion credit/event-driven hedge fund. At King Street, he focused on the risk-making and trading decisions for the firm’s U.S.-based High Yield and Distressed credit book. Before King Street, Mr. Snyder worked as a Junior Trader at Caxton Associates, a $10 billion macro-based hedge fund, where he traded the macro book in rates, FX, and commodities for a Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Snyder received a B.A. from Bucknell University.

Iliana Sobczak

Iliana Sobczak

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Iliana Sobczak is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Iliana worked at FrontPoint Partners as the Co-Product Specialist for the FrontPoint Multi-Strategy Fund. Prior to FrontPoint, Iliana was a member of the U.S. Institutional Advisory Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she focused on delivering the resources and capabilities of the firm to institutional investors. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Iliana was an Investment Consultant at Mercer Investment Consulting, where she provided institutional clients with advice on overall plan strategy and structure, manager selection and evaluation, investment policy development and performance measurement.

Iliana received a BA cum laude in business and international relations from Lake Forest College and an MBA with concentrations in finance, strategic management and entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Iliana holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Peter Song

Peter Song

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners — New York

Peter Song is a Managing Director, and the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, of Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Song focuses on transactional and operational management, oversees all client reporting and all legal activities related to the secondary business. Mr. Song sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds.

Before joining Strategic Partners in 2000, Mr. Song worked in the corporate groups of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, both in New York.

Mr. Song received a B.A. with honors, in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1991 and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1995.

Nigel Spencer

Nigel Spencer

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Nigel Spencer is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Spencer is involved in the design and development of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group's proprietary software systems, which support all aspects of the group’s operations.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Spencer worked as a Senior Technical Consultant for Lab49, developing software for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Prior to joining Lab49, he worked as an independent Software Consultant for Viterra developing highly-distributed, real-time software solutions to support the company’s agricultural business. Prior to Viterra, he worked as a Development Team Leader at Infor within their Australian Public Sector Solutions Group. In that role he led a development team responsible for building key infrastructure utilized in the redevelopment of their public sector solutions software.

Mr. Spencer graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of South Australia.

Karen Sprogis

Karen Sprogis

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Karen Sprogis is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Ms. Sprogis has been involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s investments in the U.S. and Canada across various property types, and is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone’s real estate funds. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sprogis was a Vice President at Kleinwort Benson, where she was an international equity sales trader. Prior to that, Ms. Sprogis was a Portfolio Manager at JMB Institutional Realty Corporation. Ms. Sprogis received a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Hayley Stein

Hayley Stein

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Hayley A. Stein is a Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Ms. Stein is involved in a variety of compliance, regulatory and legal matters. As CCO, Ms. Stein is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the compliance responsibilities relating to the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Ms. Stein was an Associate in the Financial Services and Investment Management Group of Dechert LLP where she focused on various matters, including private investment fund formations, the private placement of securities and investment adviser compliance.

Ms. Stein received a BA in Economics from Barnard College and Columbia University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Geoff Stockwell

Geoff Stockwell

Managing Director

GSO — Singapore

Geoffrey Stockwell is a Managing Director with GSO Capital Partners, focusing on marketing, fundraising and client relationships. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Stockwell was a senior analyst at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity fund of Credit Suisse's Alternative Capital Division. Prior to that, Mr. Stockwell worked as an analyst in investment banking at Lazard. Mr. Stockwell received a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Christopher Striano

Christopher Striano

Managing Director

Private Equity — New York

Christopher Striano is a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Private Equity group and the Tactical Opportunity group.

Mr. Striano has had overall responsibility for the fund accounting, tax and financial reporting for the Blackstone private equity and tactical opportunity funds. In addition to the financial aspects, Mr. Striano focuses on portfolio company analytics including valuations, Limited Partner relations and marketing support, and Financial Planning. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Striano has worked with in various groups in Financial Services and has been involved in strategic planning projects including the firm's IPO, Ratings Process, and served as Head of the Firm's Financial Planning and Analysis Group. 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 B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Finance from St. John's University.

Allie Sweeney

Allie Sweeney

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Allie Sweeney is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Ms. Sweeney is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's private real estate funds.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Sweeney worked at Dune Real Estate Partners, where she was a Vice President for Investor Relations. Ms. Sweeney began her career in 1999 at Goldman Sachs and spent close to ten years in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area, where she was involved in acquiring and managing investments on behalf of the Whitehall family of funds. From 2000 until 2004, Ms. Sweeney was based in London where she focused on investment opportunities in Western Europe.

Ms. Sweeney received a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University. She is a member of PREA.

Daniel Sylvia

Daniel Sylvia

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Daniel Sylvia is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Sylvia is involved in hedge fund valuation analysis, performance measurement, management reporting and business process re-engineering.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sylvia worked as a Senior Fund Controller in the Fund Accounting group at Ivy Asset Management in 2010 where he was involved in NAV calculations, preparation of financial statements and footnotes, and research of technical issues. Prior to that, Mr. Sylvia was a Senior Accountant at KPMG where he supervised audits, maintained client relations, and provided other advisory services to banks and other financial services companies.

Mr. Sylvia received a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University.

Matt Tambellini

Matt Tambellini

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

Mr. Tambellini is involved in performing operational due diligence on the group’s current and prospective underlying hedge fund managers from a business/financial perspective.

Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Tambellini worked in the Hedge Fund Audit and Fraud Investigation Divisions of Ernst & Young, LLP.

Mr. Tambellini received BAs in Economics and English from Lafayette College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MS in Accounting from the University of Virginia.

Kimmo Tammela

Kimmo Tammela

Managing Director

Real Estate — Singapore

Kimmo Tammela is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Singapore. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Tammela manages the Real Estate finance team in Asia and has overall responsibility for all financial and tax-related matters of BREP’s Asian investments. In addition, he oversees the fund level operations and financial and tax matters of the MB Asia Real Estate Fund. Before joining Blackstone, he worked in real estate private equity for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in Singapore. Prior to that, Mr. Tammela spent fourteen years at Goldman Sachs in London in various principal investing roles. Mr. Tammela received a BA in Economics and International Affairs from Brown University and a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University.

Poh Heng Tan

Poh Heng Tan

Managing Director

GSO — London

Poh Heng Tan is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2008, Mr. Tan has been involved with the analysis of CLOs, including CLO managers due diligence as well as the underlying loan portfolios and the structures for each deal. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tan worked in Washington Square Investment Management as a senior portfolio manager of a London listed fund that invests largely in CLO equity. Prior to that, he worked in DBS Bank, S&P, IDEAglobal and IBJ focusing on credit and structured credit products. Mr. Tan received his Bachelor Degree with a major in Financial Analysis from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was awarded Ernst & Young Gold medal for Derivatives Securities Analysis.

Larry Tharp

Larry Tharp

Managing Director

GSO — Houston

Larry Tharp is a Managing Director and Chief Engineer with GSO Capital Partners. Prior to joining GSO in early 2013, he worked for five years at EIG Global Energy Partners, most recently as Senior Vice President, where he worked on a wide variety of transactions in the energy space totaling over $5B. For three years prior to EIG, he was a Director of NGP Capital Resources Company where he concentrated on origination, evaluation and structuring of upstream mezzanine investments. Before NGPC, Mr. Tharp worked for nine years as a Senior Vice President with Compass Bank in the Energy Group where he was responsible for all technical evaluations of the energy credits. Prior to Compass, he spent 12 years in the upstream energy industry working as a Reservoir and Production engineer for Texas Eastern, Howell Petroleum and Coastal Oil and Gas. Mr. Tharp received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Weston Tucker

Weston Tucker

Managing Director

External Relations — New York

Weston Tucker is a Managing Director in the External Relations & Strategy Group, and is Head of Investor Relations for Blackstone. Mr. Tucker also serves as Head of Investor Relations for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Blackstone's publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker's primary responsibility has been managing Blackstone’s interface with public shareholders and the equity analyst community. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker was an equity research analyst for JPMorgan, covering the telecom and cable sectors. He began his career at AT&T, where he worked in a variety of finance roles including investor relations and communications, as well as corporate development. Mr. Tucker graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration from Ohio State University.

Judy Turchin

Judy Turchin

Managing Director, General Counsel, & Chief Compliance Officer

Real Estate — New York

Judy Turchin is a Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of the Real Estate group. As GC and CCO, Ms. Turchin is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the legal affairs and compliance responsibilities relating to Blackstone's global real estate business.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Turchin was a Senior Vice President and Legal Officer at Lehman Brothers Real Estate Private Equity. Prior to that, she was with the law firm of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in the real estate department.

Ms. Turchin received a B.A. from Rutgers College, with honors, a Certificate in Government Studies from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Chris Tynan

Chris Tynan

Managing Director

Real Estate — Sydney

Christopher J. Tynan is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in Sydney.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tynan was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley where he led real estate investing activities in Australasia for Morgan Stanley's real estate funds.

Mr. Tynan received a Bachelor of Commerce (Merit) and a Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales.

David Van Vlack

David Van Vlack

Managing Director

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

David Van Vlack is a Managing Director & Director in the Finance and Administration group. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Van Vlack has been involved with all facets of the administration of the firm’s side-by-side investment program. His responsibilities have included the calculation of investment and income amounts at the fund level and the individual investor level and the handling of financing issues for individual investors, including the placement of financing, loan repayment and the analysis of financing costs. Mr. Van Vlack has helped to lead the development and implementation of enhanced computer systems and financial models to administer the side-by-side program. He has also been involved in various strategic planning projects for the firm. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Van Vlack was an Investment Manager at Fosterlane Management Corporation, where he was involved in performing financial analysis relating to the firm’s existing investments as well as potential investments. Mr. Van Vlack received a BA in History from Fordham University and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

Panayot Vasilev

Panayot Vasilev

Managing Director

Real Estate — London

Panayot Vasilev is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Real Estate Europe, based in London. He has overall responsibility for all accounting, reporting, operational and treasury activities in support of the European real estate business. Additionally, Mr. Vasilev oversees finance deal support, valuations support, and portfolio company finance coordination.

Before joining Blackstone in 2016, Mr. Vasilev served as the CFO for GE Capital Real Estate Europe where he was responsible for Accounting and Controllership, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Tax, BD Finance and Pricing, Sourcing and Operations. Prior to joining Real Estate in 2008, Mr. Vasilev served on the GE Corporate Audit Staff leading global audit teams focused on GE Capital. He is also a graduate of the GE Financial Management Program.

Mr. Vasilev received a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

Tim Wang

Tim Wang

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

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

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

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

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

Kristopher Weiner

Kristopher Weiner

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Kristopher Weiner is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and a member of the Hedge Fund Solutions Special Situations Investing group.

Mr. Weiner joined Blackstone from Waterfront Capital Partners where he was a Sector Head specializing in Consumer equities. Prior to Waterfront he was a Partner and Senior Analyst at Avesta Capital Advisors. During his time at Avesta he was responsible for leading the research efforts within the Consumer Discretionary universe. Before joining Avesta in 2002, Mr. Weiner worked at Moore Capital Management, and Putnam Investments.

Mr. Weiner received a BA cum laude, with distinction in the major in History from Yale University.

Jacob Werner

Jacob Werner

Managing Director

Real Estate — New York

Jacob Werner is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Werner has been involved in analyzing Blackstone's real estate investments in all property types and has worked on a variety of transactions, including Equity Office Properties, CarrAmerica, Trizec, 1140 Avenue of the Americas and the former New York Times Building. Before joining Blackstone's Real Estate group, Mr. Werner was an analyst in Blackstone's Restructuring and Reorganization group where he assisted in advising on a variety of restructuring transactions, including Goodyear Tire & Rubber and General Motors Corporation. Mr. Werner received a BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction.

Caroline Widman

Caroline Widman

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Caroline Widman is a Managing Director in the Human Resources Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Widman has focused on Blackstone's organizational development efforts, including the firm's performance evaluation process. She has also been involved in Human Resources systems and process development initiatives, and has managed many firm charity campaigns, diversity and training programs. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Widman worked as a Program Coordinator at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Ms. Widman received a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Becket Wolf

Becket Wolf

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

Becket Wolf is a Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group.

Mr. Wolf is involved with the Strategic Capital Holdings, Strategic Alliance and Strategic Opportunities Platforms.

Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Wolf was Head of Fundamental Credit for Citadel, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in Chicago, where he managed Citadel’s Fundamental Credit business globally. Before Citadel, Mr. Wolf managed Fundamental Credit Research for Laurel Ridge Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York. He began his career with Salomon Smith Barney in the firm’s Industrials Investment Banking division, later moving to Citigroup’s Corporate Bond Research Department covering the Media sector.

Mr. Wolf received an AB in Economics from Princeton University.

Carl Wu

Carl Wu

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Carl Wu is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group, based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Wu has been involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions including Pactera Technology, Gerresheimer, Dili Holding and China Investment Development. Mr. Wu has also been involved in the establishment of Blackstone's RMB Fund in China. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Mr. Wu previously worked at Blackstone's London office.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Wu worked at UBS in both the Energy Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Mr. Wu received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, where he graduated with First Class Honours. Mr. Wu serves on the Board of Directors of Pactera Technology.

Robin Wynn

Robin Wynn

Managing Director

Human Resources — New York

Robin Wynn is Managing Director and Global Head of Employee Relations in the Human Resources group. Ms. Wynn focuses on coaching and guiding senior business leaders on employee issues. She also oversees the “Respect at Work” program and engages in various initiatives to help mitigate and control the firm’s risk.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Wynn worked as a HR Business partner supporting the liquids businesses in the Citi Alternative Investments business at Citigroup. She also played a key role supporting the Global Private Equity business at Warburg Pincus. She has held the following positions: Vice President, Senior HR Generalist at Deutsche Bank; Divisional VP, HR Generalist/Employee Relations Officer at UBS PaineWebber; and Assistant Vice President of Technology Staffing and a variety of roles at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Wynn received a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Concordia College and a MS from Fordham University.

Ms. Wynn is also the recent author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled “When to Bring in a Professional Coach."

Go Yamashita

Go Yamashita

Managing Director

IRBD — Tokyo

Go Yamashita is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group.

Since Joining Blackstone, Mr. Yamashita has been exposed to various business development activities including real estate investment, M&A advisory and fundraising.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Yamashita worked in the Technology, Media and Telecom group at Goldman Sachs, where he was involved in several M&A transactions in Tokyo.

Mr. Yamashita received a Japanese law degree from Keio University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Alexander Zarzhevsky

Alexander Zarzhevsky

Managing Director

GSO — New York

Alexander Zarzhevsky is a Managing Director in GSO Capital. He focuses on the analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Zarzhevsky worked at Royal Bank of Canada as a Senior Associate with primary responsibility for research and analysis of investments within the collateralized debt portfolios. Previously, Mr. Zarzhevsky worked at Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd, where he was an Assistant Vice President within its leveraged finance group. At Mizuho, Mr. Zarzhevsky recommended investments across a wide range of industries on behalf of the bank's three CDO funds, in addition to underwriting exposures for the bank. Mr. Zarzhevsky received a BS in Business Administration (concentration Finance) from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business. He is also a CFA Charter holder.

Seth Zeleznik

Seth Zeleznik

Managing Director

BAAM — New York

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

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Zeleznik has been involved in sourcing and evaluating direct investment opportunities as well as hedge fund manager evaluation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Zeleznik worked at Bear Stearns as an analyst in the CDO Group and on the Fixed Income Emerging Markets Desk.

Mr. Zeleznik received a BS in Economics at the Wharton School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Operations and Information Management and a BAS from the School of Engineering with a major in Systems Engineering, at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Howard Zhang

Howard Zhang

Managing Director

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Howard Zhang is a Managing Director in the Real Estate group based in Hong Kong. As head of asset management for the greater China portfolio, he coordinates the day-to-day operations of the asset management team. He is also involved in evaluation of new acquisition opportunities.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Zhang was Chief Investment Officer at Infrared NF Investment, where he was responsible for property investment activities in China. Before Infrared NF, Howard worked for Citi Property Investors, focusing on acquisitions in the China market.

Mr. Zhang received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture at Tsinghua University in China and a Master's Degree of Real Estate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Thomas Zimmerhaeckel

Thomas Zimmerhaeckel

Managing Director

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Thomas Zimmerhaeckel is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group, based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Zimmerhaeckel has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investment in The Tussauds Group and Klöckner Pentaplast and has evaluated investments in various industries.

Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Zimmerhaeckel worked in the Utilities Group at UBS in London.

Mr. Zimmerhaeckel holds a Diploma from the European School of Business, Reutlingen (Germany), and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Européennes from Reims Management School (France).

Don Anderson

Don Anderson

Executive Director

Private Equity — New York

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

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

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

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

Amit Dalmia

Amit Dalmia

Executive Director

Private Equity — Mumbai

Amit Dalmia is an Executive Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and is based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Dalmia has primarily been involved in monitoring the performance and development of Blackstone portfolio companies in India. Before joining Blackstone, Mr.  Dalmia had diverse operational experience with Hindustan Unilever India ("HUL") in various management and business leadership roles ranging from finance and accounts to commercial and supply chain. Mr. Dalmia 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.

Amy Stursberg

Amy Stursberg

Executive Director

Charitable Foundation — New York

Amy Stursberg serves as Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, where she has overseen and led Blackstone’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, bringing four innovative programs to twenty states across the county. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Stursberg served on the transition team for Governor Eliot Spitzer. She also managed the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s award of $35 million in cultural enhancement grants and $30 million in community grants in Lower Manhattan. Previously, Ms. Stursberg served as Director of the September 11th Fund and 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. She has also served as a university administrator and foundation officer. 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. She was recently appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Paul Upchurch

Paul Upchurch

Executive Director

Private Equity — New York

Paul Upchurch is Executive Director in the Private Equity Portfolio Operations group. He is involved with driving high performance and transformational strategies through the effective implementation of enterprise systems and other operational improvements.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Upchurch worked as an Executive Vice President, Professional Services at Nielsen, where he led teams to elevate client relationships and tackle Nielsen clients’ most pressing business issues, including demand creation, pricing and trade optimization, innovation, and retail execution. Prior to that, Paul had a successful career for over 18 years in management consulting, guiding clients on wide range of enterprise technology and operational improvements in Sales and Marketing, serving as a leader on complex, multi-year, $1b+ transformations as well as rapid-turn carve-outs and integrations.

Mr. Upchurch received a BS in Information and Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Blake Vogt

Blake Vogt

Executive Director

Private Equity — New York

Blake Vogt is a Executive Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Vogt has been involved in the development and coordination of Blackstone’s eSourcing program within Private Equity’s Portfolio Operations Team. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Vogt worked at Emerson where he held various positions in the Global Supply Chain Organization including eSourcing Specialist, Global Commodity Manager, Director Strategic Sourcing, and Director eSourcing and Systems where he was responsible for administrating the eSourcing toolset and processes across the enterprise globally. Mr. Vogt received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Illinois and an M.B.A. from St. Louis University.

Kirk Adamson

Kirk Adamson

Principal

Real Estate — London

Kirk Adamson is a Principal in the Real Estate Debt Strategies group based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Adamson has been involved in sourcing, underwriting and structuring debt investments across all asset types throughout the UK and Europe.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Adamson was an Associate in Deutsche Bank's Commercial Real Estate Group. Prior to that, Mr. Adamson worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York and London. Mr. Adamson received a BS in Accounting & Business Administration from Washington & Lee University where he graduated magna cum laude.

Abhishek Agarwal

Abhishek Agarwal

Principal

Real Estate — London

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

Timur Akazhanov

Timur Akazhanov

Principal

Private Equity — New York

TIMUR AKAZHANOV is a Principal in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Akazhanov has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Biomet and Gates Corporation. He currently serves on the board of Biomet. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Akazhanov was an investment professional at Bain Capital where he focused on industrial and healthcare sectors. Prior to Bain, Mr. Akazhanov was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Akazhanov received an AB in Economics from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar, Thomas M. and Edna E. Wolfe Scholar and Henry Ford II Scholar.

John Barlow

John Barlow

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

John Barlow is a Principal in Private Wealth Management and is based in New York.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Barlow was the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development for Battery Global Advisors, a multi-family investment advisor originally established for the partners of Battery Ventures. Prior to Battery, Mr. Barlow was a Director in Bank of America’s Alternative Investment Group where he led the development and distribution of the Group’s third-party products, which included a single manager program consisting of several privately-offered funds, a registered multi-manager hedge fund of funds, and a sub-advised private multi-strategy real estate fund. Jack joined Bank of America via its acquisition of FleetBoston Financial, where he had been a Senior Manager inside FleetBoston’s Corporate Strategy and Development Group.

Mr. Barlow received a B.A. from Hobart College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

David Barry

David Barry

Principal

GSO — Dublin

David Barry is a Principal in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe , the CDO manager within the GSO Capital Partners Group (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). He is based in Dublin and is involved in the on-going analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary loan market investments across multiple industries. Prior to GSO's acquisition, Mr. Barry worked as a Director within the Investment Team at Harbourmaster for 5 years where his primary responsibilities included analyzing investment opportunities as well as representing Harbourmaster on restructurings and workouts. Mr. Barry received a B.Comm in Banking and Finance from University College Dublin.

Nathaniel Bayko

Nathaniel Bayko

Principal

GSO — New York

Nathaniel Bayko is a Principal in the GSO Debt Funds Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2000, Mr. Bayko has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Mr. Bayko received a BBA from the University of Michigan Business School, where he graduated with honors. He also received a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan

Naveen Bhatia

Naveen Bhatia

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Naveen Bhatia is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group and is based in New York. Mr. Bhatia has led the Tac Opps investments in Trimaran, PMI Group, RG Barry Corporation, and Caesars Acquisition Company. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Bhatia was with 40 North Industries LLC, a private investment firm where he focused on distressed debt and special situations equity investments, both public and private. Prior to 40 North, Mr. Bhatia was with Keffi Group, Ltd., a family office in New York. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Bhatia was with Eagle Lake Capital LLC, a private investment partnership focused on fundamental, value investing across the capital structure. He started his career as a member of the Restructuring Group at Rothschild. Mr. Bhatia received a BA in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Bhatia has served on various creditor committees, equity committees and boards, currently serving as a Director of RG Barry, PMI Group and the Chairman of the Board of Cotton Holdings, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and teaches Applied Security Analysis I & II.

Michael Biehl

Michael Biehl

Principal

Private Equity — London

Michael Biehl is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Biehl has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including Mivisa.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Biehl was an Investment Professional at Warburg Pincus, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions across Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Biehl was an Analyst in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsor groups.

Mr. Biehl received a Master’s in Economics and Business from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Singapore and France.

Anthony Borreca

Anthony Borreca

Principal

GSO — Houston

Anthony Borreca is a Vice President with GSO. Since joining GSO in 2010, Mr. Borreca has been involved in analyzing private equity, mezzanine and distressed investments in the energy industry. Before joining GSO, Mr. Borreca worked for Blue Source's Carbon Investment Fund helping invest capital in low-carbon infrastructure projects. Before Blue Source, Mr. Borreca worked for Credit Suisse's Energy Investment Banking group, where he worked on multiple M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Borreca received a B.A. in Economics from Colby College, where he graduated cum laude.

Bonnie Brookshaw

Bonnie Brookshaw

Principal

GSO — New York

Bonnie Brookshaw is a Principal of GSO and is part of the Portfolio Management Team within the Customized Credit Strategies group based in New York. Bonnie is focused on the management and implementation of the day-to-day investment strategy and compliance across the separately managed account and commingled fund business.

Upon joining Blackstone in 2002, Ms. Brookshaw's responsibilities included transaction logistics, settlement functions and preparation of information used for compliance testing and reporting. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Brookshaw worked at CIBC World Markets as an Operations Assistant for the structured investment vehicles managed by Trimaran Advisors, L.L.C.

Ms. Brookshaw received a BA from the State University of New York at Oswego where she graduated cum laude.

Mark Burton

Mark Burton

Principal

Strategic Partners — New York

Mark Burton is a Principal in Strategic Partners and is based in New York. Mr. Burton oversees the investment activities of Strategic Partners’ real estate funds and sits on the Investment Committee for each of the SP RE Funds. Prior to joining Strategic Partners in 2014, Mr. Burton was a Managing Director at H/2 Capital Partners, an institutional investment manager focused on commercial real estate credit. While at H/2, he led the sourcing, pricing, and execution of the firm’s distressed commercial mortgage opportunities in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Burton spent over 11 years at Goldman Sachs in its Global Special Situations Group (SSG) as a Vice President overseeing domestic commercial real estate investing, commercial mortgage and mezzanine lending, and distressed commercial mortgage acquisitions. Mr. Burton received a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University.

Younghee Choi

Younghee Choi

Principal

IRBD — Hong Kong

Younghee Choi is a Principal in the Investor Relations & Business Development group and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Choi has focused on new investor relations for Blackstone’s real estate business in Asia. 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 Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Syracuse University where she graduated with honors.

David Corey

David Corey

Principal

Strategic Partners — San Francisco

David Corey is a Principal in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Corey focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and sits on the Investment Committees of each of the Strategic Partners funds. Before joining Strategic Partners in 2001, Mr. Corey worked as an attorney in the mergers & acquisitions departments of Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York and Skadden Arps in Los Angeles. Mr. Corey received a B.A. in History from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Corey also earned a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review and a multiple Jurisprudence Award recipient. Mr. Corey sits on the Advisory Boards of partnerships managed by Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Co., FTV Capital and Scale Ventures. In addition, Mr. Corey serves on the Board of Directors for Juma Ventures.

Zachary Crump

Zachary Crump

Principal

GSO — London

Zachary Crump is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Crump is responsible for the management and daily trading activities for GSO’s European trading operations, focusing on the High Yield and Distressed markets, as well as Special Situations. Prior to joining GSO in 2015, Mr. Crump worked as a Senior Distressed trader at Barclays in both the US and Europe. At Barclays, he was responsible for risk-taking and trading decisions for the firm’s global Distressed and Special Situations credit portfolio. Mr. Crump received a B.S. in Finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

David Cunningham

David Cunningham

Principal

GSO — Dublin

David Cunningham is a Principal in GSO Capital’s Customized Credit Strategies Group, part of GSO Fund Management Group Europe (which was formerly Harbourmaster Capital Management prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) . At Harbourmaster, Mr. Cunningham was part of the portfolio management group where he was involved in the day-to-day investment strategy for the CLOs and was also involved in capital formation and investor relations. Prior to joining Harbourmaster in 2007, Mr. Cunningham worked as a credit analyst in WGZ Bank focusing on structured finance transactions. Mr. Cunningham received his 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 Charter Holder.

Michael J Danberg

Michael J Danberg

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Michael Danberg is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York. Mr. Danberg’s responsibilities include asset management for the investment portfolios, as well as special servicing. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Danberg was a Senior Asset Manager at CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Before joining Capital Trust, Mr. Danberg was a Director in Barclays Capital US Real Estate Capital Markets Group, where he handled the workout of a large portfolio of structured commercial real estate debt and equity positions. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Danberg was a Director in Citigroup’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group, where he was involved in negotiating, structuring, underwriting, documenting and closing fixed and floating-rate principal transactions, large loan CMBS and related subordinate debt. Mr. Danberg received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from Union College, Schenectady, NY and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Florent Danset

Florent Danset

Principal

Real Estate — London

Florent Danset is a Principal in the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Danset has been involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring real estate debt investments across all asset types in the UK and Continental Europe. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Danset was an Assistant Vice President at Partners Group responsible for originating, underwriting, and executing real estate debt and equity transactions in Europe with positions in London, Switzerland, and San Francisco. Prior to joining Partners Group, Mr. Danset was an Analyst at ANZ Investment Bank in Singapore. Mr. Danset received an M.Sc. in Management from the ESSEC business school in Paris. Mr. Danset is a CFA charterholder.

Caroline Dunbar

Caroline Dunbar

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Caroline Dunbar is a Principal in the Multi-Asset Investing group in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, she has been involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private funds, with a primary focus on covering family offices and ultra-high-net-worth private investors the United States and Latin America. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Dunbar worked at Merrill Lynch, most recently in the Private Banking and Investment Group as a Senior Financial Analyst. Ms. Dunbar earned her MBA from the University of Mississippi and holds a BS in Business Management from Presbyterian College. She also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.

Michael J Dupuis

Michael J Dupuis

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Michael Dupuis is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Pacific Northwest region. Prior to joining Blackstone in January 2012, Mr. Dupuis was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Services Division of the Trust Company of the West responsible for business development and client service of endowment, foundation and family office clients. Before joining TCW in 2002 he was a Vice President of Roxbury Capital Management. Earlier he was the Director of Marketing for Munn, Bernhard and Associate. He began his investment career in 1985 with Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham in New York as a financial advisor and was a Vice President of Kidder, Peabody & Company in a similar capacity. Mr. Dupuis holds a BS from The Ohio University.

Alia Elgazzar

Alia Elgazzar

Principal

Real Estate — London

Alia ElGazzar is a Principal in the Real Estate Group based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. ElGazzar has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. ElGazzar was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where she spent 7 years focusing on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe on behalf of Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity group.

Ms. ElGazzar received a Bachelor of Laws with honors from University of London, UK.

Donatella Fanti

Donatella Fanti

Principal

Real Estate — London

Donatella Fanti is a Principal in the Real Estate Group, based in London. Ms. Fanti is involved in Blackstone's real estate asset management activities, with a particular focus on the group's Italian real estate portfolio of office, retail, and hospitality assets.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Fanti was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, based in Milan, where she spent 7 years focused on investments and asset management on behalf of Morgan Stanley's real estate investing team.

Ms. Fanti graduated summa cum laude from the Politecnico di Milano in 2006.

Tiffany Fariole

Tiffany Fariole

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Tiffany Fariole is a Principal in the Real Estate Investor Relations & Business Development group. Ms. Fariole joined Blackstone in 2008 and is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's Real Estate funds. Previously, she was involved in legal and compliance matters primarily relating to Blackstone’s real estate business. Ms. Fariole received a BA in Political Science from American University.

Andrew Fenet

Andrew Fenet

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Andrew Fenet is a Principal in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group and is based in New York. Mr. Fenet focuses on capital raising efforts for Blackstone's Real Estate funds. Previously he was involved in evaluating real estate investments 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 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.

Mack Fuller

Mack Fuller

Principal

GSO — New York

Mack Fuller is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2010, Mr. Fuller has been involved with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Fuller worked at Callidus Capital Management, LLC as a Vice President, where he evaluated loan and high yield investment opportunities across multiple industries. Prior to that, Mr. Fuller was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase and Company where he worked on originating and structuring leveraged loans for middle market companies. Mr. Fuller began his career as a Credit Analyst in Chase Manhattan Bank's Global Credit Training Program. Mr. Fuller received a BBA with a major in Business Management and a minor in Business Law, magna mum laude from Pace University/Lubin School of Business, and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School, where he attended as a Credit Suisse First Boston Fellow.

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Barry Gallagher is a Principal in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). He is based in Dublin and is involved in the analysis and evaluation of fixed income investments across multiple industries. Prior to working at Harbourmaster, Mr. Gallagher worked as a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Gallagher received a BBS Lang. in Business Studies and French from Trinity College Dublin.

Scott Goldstein

Scott Goldstein

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Scott Goldstein is a Principal in the Real Estate Group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Goldstein worked at General Growth Properties as Senior Director of Investments and previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group. He started his career at The Related Companies in the Retail Group.

Mr. Goldstein received his BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Justin Hall

Justin Hall

Principal

GSO — New York

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

Caroline Harroch

Caroline Harroch

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — London

Caroline Harroch is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in London. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Harroch worked at Permal Investment Management Services Limited in London, most recently as a Vice President where she was responsible for covering financial intermediaries and institutional clients in Europe. Before moving to London, Ms. Harroch spent 5 years working for Gracie Capital Investment in New York. She was a Research Associate supporting the Portfolio Management team. Ms. Harroch began her financial services career at UBS where she covered private bankers. Ms. Harroch graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Mark Hempfling

Mark Hempfling

Principal

GSO — New York

Mark Hempfling is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. He works in the Debt Funds Group and is involved with credit analysis covering the Automotive and Manufacturing sectors.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mark worked at General Electric for eight years where he was a research analyst at GE Asset Management performing similar responsibilities. He began his career in GE Capital’s Financial Management Program. Upon graduation from the program, he worked as an equity analyst for GE Commercial Finance and later became an Assistant Vice President at GE’s Global Sponsor Finance business.

Mr. Hempfling received a BA in Finance, Investment & Banking from the University of Wisconsin.

Daigo Hirai

Daigo Hirai

Principal

Real Estate — Tokyo

Daigo Hirai is a Principal 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.

Ola Hixon

Ola Hixon

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Ola Hixon is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, she has been involved with the asset management of the residential portfolio including Invitation Homes. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Hixon was a Vice President at The JBG Companies and previously worked at UBS Global Asset Management as well. She began her career at Citigroup in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York. Ms. Hixon received her BBA from The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Hobbs

Bill Hobbs

Principal

GSO — New York

William Hobbs is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners and is focused on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring private investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Hobbs was a Director at Blackstone Advisory Partners where he was responsible for advising a broad range of clients on M&A transactions and related matters. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Hobbs was a Senior Associate at Arcapita and focused on private equity investments across a variety of industries, with responsibilities that involved the acquisition, divestiture and active management of portfolio companies. Prior to joining Arcapita, Mr. Hobbs was a Senior Analyst at Dubin Clark & Co., a middle market private equity firm. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Plainfield Asset Management and a Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin.

Mr. Hobbs holds a BBA in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hobbs is also a CFA Charterholder.

Haide Hong

Haide Hong

Principal

Private Equity — London

Haide Hong is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Hong has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Intertrust, Merlin/LEGOLAND and Scout24. 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

Principal

GSO — London

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

Ryan Ingle

Ryan Ingle

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Ryan Ingle is a Principal in the Real Estate Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Ingle has been involved in asset management activities across the U.S. and analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors. Mr. Ingle has been involved in various transactions including La Quinta, Extended Stay, Motel 6, IndCor and BioMed.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ingle worked in Citi's investment banking division in the Real Estate & Lodging group where he was involved in a variety of M&A, equity and debt transactions.

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.

Olivia John

Olivia John

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Olivia John is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Ms. John currently focuses on new investment opportunities in the multifamily sector.

Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. John has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors and has worked on various transactions, including the Extended Stay Hotels acquisition and the Hilton Worldwide refinancing and IPO. More recently, Ms. John has played a key role in the development of LivCor, Blackstone’s apartment platform, through various acquisitions totaling nearly 55,000 apartments. From 2010-2012, Ms. John was based in Blackstone’s London office, where she worked on the RBS U.K. loan portfolio acquisition.

Ms. John graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a BS in Economics and was also a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

Andrew Jordan

Andrew Jordan

Principal

GSO — New York

Andrew Jordan is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006 Mr. Jordan has been involved in the structuring and monitoring of leverage facilities for the GSO funds. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Jordan was a Manager at Arc Partners, Inc., a business and technology management consulting firm serving the financial services industry. While at Arc Partners, Mr. Jordan led numerous projects including, vendor evaluation, process-technology alignment, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and operations and technology training.  Prior to joining Arc Partners, Mr. Jordan held positions at a number of international investment banks. Mr. Jordan received a BA in Economics from Fordham University.

Prashant Kanodia

Prashant Kanodia

Principal

Real Estate — Singapore

Prashant Kanodia is a Principal in the Real Estate group based in Singapore with a focus on investments in the Asia Pacific region. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Kanodia has been involved in real estate transactions in Western Europe as well as the firm’s expansion efforts into India. He has worked on transactions including Chiswick Park (London), UK Logistics Platform, Center Parcs (UK), Manyata Business Park (Bangalore), and Synergy (India). Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kanodia worked as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs in London. Mr. Kanodia received an M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and a degree in Chartered Accountancy (India).

Vikas Khadloya

Vikas Khadloya

Principal

Real Estate — Mumbai

Vikas Khadloya is a Principal in the Real Estate group, based in Mumbai.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Khadloya has been involved in direct asset management for the Real Estate group’s investments in India with primary focus on its office portfolio. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Khadloya was a Vice President at INDIAREIT, a leading Indian Real Estate Fund, from 2007 to 2011 where he was a part of their investment and asset management teams.

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

Mr. Khadloya received a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from Osmania University in India.

Bilal Khan

Bilal Khan

Principal

Private Equity — New York

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

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

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

Douglas Krupa

Douglas Krupa

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Douglas Krupa is a Principal and Product Specialist for the Private Wealth Management Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Krupa has worked on the development and structuring of private and registered offerings for high net worth investors. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Krupa worked with Legg Mason, Inc., where he held a number of different roles. His most recent role was Product Manager, where he was responsible for product positioning, competitive intelligence and product development across all equity and alternative strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Krupa spent 7 years in portfolio specialist and sales roles with Legg Mason, Citi Asset Management and UBS Painewebber. Mr. Krupa received a BS in Management from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is a CFA Charterholder.

Lukas Lambach

Lukas Lambach

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Lukas Lambach is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in Hong Kong. Mr. Lambach focuses on evaluating new investment opportunities in Asia/Pacific.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Lambach has been actively involved in a variety of European and Australian real estate acquisitions with a total investment value of more than $8 billion. Mr. Lambach has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate investment including retail, office, logistics, residential, and non-performing loans. Mr. Lambach was previously based in Blackstone’s Sydney and London offices.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Lambach was an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Origination Group at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Lambach graduated with the highest honors from Warwick University in the UK, where he received a BSc in Economics and was a German National Merit Foundation Scholar.

Taylor Lauber

Taylor Lauber

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

D. Taylor Lauber is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Lauber has worked on various initiatives within corporate Finance as well as the development of Blackstone’s Private Wealth Management distribution group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Lauber worked as a Private Banker at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for advising various Fortune 500 executives on capital markets transactions.

Mr. Lauber received an Economics and Finance Degree from Bentley College in Waltham, MA. He is currently a member of the Young Leaders Society for the United Way of New York City.

Richard Law

Richard Law

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Richard Law is a Principal in the Real Estate group based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Law has worked in both the Hong Kong and New York office, where he was involved in acquisitions, asset management and dispositions initiatives in Asia and in the US.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Law worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Principal Investment Group analyzing investments in Greater China. Prior to that, Mr. Law worked at Google and CIBC World Markets in San Francisco.

Mr. Law received a MS from Stanford University and a BSE, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

Gary Levin

Gary Levin

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Gary Levin is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Levin has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alta Energy, GeoSouthern Energy, LLOG Exploration, OSUM Oil Sands, Tamarind Energy, Vine Oil & Gas and Windy Cove Energy.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Levin was a Vice President at Pine Brook Road Partners, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of numerous private equity investments into oil and gas companies. Prior to that, Mr. Levin worked for Warburg Pincus, where he focused on investments across the energy sector.

Mr. Levin received a B.S. in Economics with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the board of LLOG Exploration, OSUM Oil Sands, Tamarind Energy, Vine Oil & Gas and Windy Cove Energy.

Johan Lilliehook

Johan Lilliehook

Principal

Private Equity — Hong Kong

Johan Lilliehook is a Principal in the Private Equity group and is currently based in Hong Kong, having transferred from London in 2012.

Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Lilliehook has been involved on several transactions in various industries across Europe and Asia, including the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Pulse Healthcare, Leica Camera, Pactera Technology, Orica Chemicals (IXOM) and Simone Accessories.

Mr. Lilliehook received a Masters of Science in Business and Economics with a Major in Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. During his studies Mr Lilliehook completed an exchange at the Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Laurent Machenaud

Laurent Machenaud

Principal

Real Estate — London

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

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

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

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

Qahir Madhany

Qahir Madhany

Principal

Real Estate — New York

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

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

Mr. Madhany received a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Killian Maher

Killian Maher

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Killian Maher is a Principal within GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) and is based in Dublin. Mr. Maher works on the Portfolio Management team and is involved in assisting with investor queries, portfolio compliance testing, monitoring and assisting with forecasting. In addition he helps to identify trading opportunities, in line with the investment strategy of the funds. Mr. Maher received a BA in Economics and English from University College Dublin, and a Masters of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Jessica Mayer

Jessica Mayer

Principal

GSO — New York

Jessica Mayer is a Vice President with GSO and is involved with the structuring and marketing of new transactions, as well as monitoring performance of previously structured collateralized debt obligations. She has also been involved in general investor marketing, and has assisted with investor relations and requests. Before joining GSO in 2007, Ms. Mayer worked at Morgan Stanley, where she was involved in the warehousing of collateralized debt and loan obligations. Ms. Mayer was also a relationship manager, working with both internal and external clients to build and improve relationships. Ms. Mayer received a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University, double majoring in Finance and Marketing, with a minor in International Business.

Gordon McKemie

Gordon McKemie

Principal

GSO — New York

Gordon McKemie is a Principal with GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies group and a junior portfolio manager of CCS’s closed-end funds and exchange-traded fund. Mr. McKemie is also responsible for the evaluation and ongoing analysis of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. McKemie was an Associate in Leveraged Finance at Citigroup and an Assistant Vice President in high yield research at Barclays Capital. He began his career at Lehman Brothers. Mr. McKemie received a B.B.A. from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Mr. McKemie has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Joseph McKnight

Joseph McKnight

Principal

GSO — New York

Joseph McKnight is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners focusing on mezzanine lending and private equity investments in the energy and power sectors.

Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. McKnight served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on private equity and proprietary direct investments in power generation and renewable energy within the firm’s J. Aron commodity division. He previously worked as an Associate in the Natural Resources private equity vertical at Apollo Management.

Mr. McKnight received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with academic honors.

Duco Merkens

Duco Merkens

Principal

Real Estate — London

Duco Merkens is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Merkens has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions, disposals, financings and restructurings. He has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate including hospitality, office, retail, logistics, residential, land, performing and non-performing loans. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Merkens worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Real Estate & Leisure team for three years. Mr. Merkens received an M.Sc. in Finance and an M.Sc. in International Economics & Business from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

JP Munfa

JP Munfa

Principal

Private Equity — New York

John-Paul (JP) Munfa is a Principal 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 A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Eli Nagler

Eli Nagler

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Eli Nagler is a Principal in the Private Equity Group based in New York. Mr. Nagler worked at Blackstone from 2007 to 2010, and following the completion of an MBA, rejoined Blackstone in 2012. Mr. Nagler has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview Asset Management, Exeter Finance, Lendmark Financial Services, MB Aerospace, Vivint, Vivint Solar, and Viva Capital. He serves as a Director of Exeter Finance, Lendmark Financial Services, and Viva Capital.

Before rejoining Blackstone, 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.

Luv Parikh

Luv Parikh

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — Singapore

Luv Parikh is a Principal in The Blackstone Group’s Tactical Opportunities Group in Singapore.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Parikh has worked on transactions in the power, infrastructure, EPC, automotive and media industries. He has been an integral part of Blackstone’s energy investment initiative in India.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parikh worked as an Associate in the Investment Banking Department at Lehman Brothers in New York, where he was a part of the Financial Sponsors, Leveraged Finance and Corporate Advisory teams. At Lehman, Mr. Parikh worked on several financing and advisory transactions in the industrial and consumer sectors. Prior to Lehman, Mr. Parikh was a Director at an automobile distributorship company in India. He led a successful turnaround of the Company’s profitability. Mr. Parikh started his career at Prudential Securities as an Analyst in the Private Equity Placements Group within the firm’s Investment Banking Department.

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

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Christine Patterson is a Principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in New York. Ms. Patterson’s responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Patterson was a Senior Vice President at Trimont Real Estate Advisors, a commercial real estate services provider, where her responsibilities included asset management of a multi-client portfolio, business development, marketing and management of Trimont’s New York office. Prior to joining Trimont, Ms. Patterson held positions at Speer & Associates where she worked on finance assignments in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in NationsBank’s (Bank of America) commercial construction group. Ms. Patterson received a BS in Finance and Real Estate from The University of South Carolina.

Angelina Perkovic

Angelina Perkovic

Principal

GSO — New York

Angelina Perkovic is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital Partners in 2005, Ms. Perkovic has been involved with loan administration, par/distressed trade settlements, compliance testing, reporting and monitoring for CLOs as well as several leveraged facilities under two BDC structures. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Ms. Perkovic worked at Royal Bank of Canada as an Assistant to the Portfolio Managers and Credit Analysts. She also assisted the Operations team with loan administration and cash flow reconciliation. Prior to that, Ms Perkovic worked at Indosuez Capital, a division of Credit Agricole Indosuez, as an Administrative Assistant to the Asset Management group. Ms. Perkovic received a BBA in Finance and Investments from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.

Devin Peterson

Devin Peterson

Principal

Real Estate — Los Angeles

Devin Peterson is a Principal in the Real Estate Group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Peterson has been involved in evaluating real estate investments in several property types. Mr. Peterson has been involved in various transactions including the creation of Blackstone’s single family rental platform Invitation Homes and the acquisition of GE Capital’s U.S. real estate assets.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Peterson worked as an associate at Rockwood Capital, a $4.5 billion real estate fund focused on opportunistic investments in select urban markets across the United States. Prior to Rockwood Capital, Mr. Peterson worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, where he worked on private equity acquisitions and restructures, as well as investment banking advisory assignments. Mr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Jeanette Pieper

Jeanette Pieper

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Jeanette Pieper is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Pieper has focused her efforts on raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds, with a primary focus on the private wealth advisors in New York City. Before joining Blackstone in the Fall of 2011, Ms. Pieper was Director of Business Development for alternative investments at UBS in New York. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. Pieper worked in the asset management and consulting divisions at both Smith Barney and Prudential Investments. Ms. Pieper received a BA with Distinction from Simmons College.

Octavian Popescu

Octavian Popescu

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — London

Octavian Popescu is a Principal in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group in London. Mr. Popescu has been involved in the group’s execution of investments in Hafnia Tankers, Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT, Rothesay Life and GEMS Education. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Popescu was a senior Associate with Centre Lane Partners, a New York based private equity fund, where he focused on executing special situation private equity and distressed debt investments. Prior to that, Mr. Popescu was an Associate with Bank of America in New York. Mr. Popescu received a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Popescu currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hafnia Tankers and GEMS Education.

Helen Posner

Helen Posner

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — London

Helen Posner is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, and is based in London.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Posner was the Head of Private Equity for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in EMEA, where she was responsible for the origination, development, management and distribution of private equity investment opportunities. Ms. Posner spent seven years at HSBC prior to working at Barclays, latterly as an investment analyst within HSBC’s Principal Investment business. Here she worked in the UK Mid-Market Private Equity deal team and conducted private equity and real estate fund manager due diligence for the bank’s proprietary portfolio. Ms. Posner began her career at HSBC Asset Management where she analyzed and developed private equity investment solutions for institutional and private clients.

Ms. Posner graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Banking, Finance and Management and a Diploma in Professional Studies.

Jurij Puth

Jurij Puth

Principal

GSO — London

Jurij Puth is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. He is based in London. He is involved in various performing and distressed investments, including direct financing, secondary trading, and portfolio purchases, across various target sectors.

Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Puth was an analyst at Credit Suisse European Financial Sponsors Group in London. During this period, he focused on financing of a variety of deals including leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations, and public-to-private transactions.

Mr. Puth holds a Master of Science in International Management, specialized in Finance and Accounting from Cass Business School in London, as well as a Diplôme Grand Ecole and a Diplom Kaufmann (German and French equivalents) from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Berlin. He is fluent in English, German and French and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

Sheila Rapple

Sheila Rapple

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Sheila Rapple is a Principal and Head of the Internal Sales and Service Desk for the Private Wealth Management Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Rapple worked with Legg Mason, Inc., where she held a number of different roles. Her most recent role was Director, Separately Managed Account Product Manager in Legg Mason's retail distribution unit, where she was responsible for SMA product maintenance, product development, platform placement, sales, marketing, operations, and client service. Ms. Rapple began her career with Smith Barney Asset Management working in their sales and marketing team promoting Smith Barney mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Ms. Rapple received a B.S. in Marketing & Management from Siena College.

Jessica Rosen

Jessica Rosen

Principal

GSO — New York

Jessica Rosen is a Principal at GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Rosen has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Rosen worked at Wachovia Securities as a Director in Loan Portfolio Management with primary responsibility for managing credit relationships. Prior to that, Ms. Rosen was a Senior Credit Products Specialist responsible for leading the credit origination, underwriting and structuring function of the firm.  Ms. Rosen began her career as an Associate in SunTrust Banks' officer training program. Ms. Rosen received a BS in International Business and Finance, summa cum laude, from Auburn University and her MBA with High Distinction from Georgetown University.

Kate Rubenstein

Kate Rubenstein

Principal

GSO — New York

Kate Rubenstein is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners and involved with portfolio management and monitoring.

Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Rubenstein has been focused on the GSO Advantage program, which includes the integration of Blackstone’s Group Purchasing Organization into GSO’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Rubenstein spent ten years with GE Capital (“GE”) in corporate finance originating new senior secured loans and equipment finance opportunities. Prior to GE, Ms. Rubenstein was an Associate Brand Manager at World Kitchen.

Ms. Rubenstein received an MBA from Johnson at Cornell University, where she was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Thomas Sampson

Thomas Sampson

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — Chicago

Thomas Sampson is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Midwest region. Prior to joining Blackstone in January 2012, Mr. Sampson worked with Legg Mason, Inc. where he was a Sales Director covering the Midwest region. The products included mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed end funds, college savings plans, and alternative investment products. Mr. Sampson spent 15 years at Legg Mason, Citi Asset Management and Smith Barney Asset Management. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance.

Elmar Schoonbrood

Elmar Schoonbrood

Principal

Real Estate — London

Elmar Schoonbrood is a Principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate group and is based in London. Mr. Schoonbrood is involved in asset management activities across Europe and Turkey.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Schoonbrood headed up the European non-performing loan workout team at Sabal Financial Europe/ Oaktree Capital Management and prior to that the loan workout team at Morgan Stanley. In addition, Mr. Schoonbrood worked in a variety of real estate and structured finance positions at Credit Suisse, Fitch Ratings and IPD.

Mr. Schoonbrood holds an MA in Real Estate and a BA in Business Administration.

Brady Schuck

Brady Schuck

Principal

GSO — New York

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

Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Mr. Schuck worked as a Vice President with DLJ Investment Partners, the mezzanine fund of Credit Suisse’s Asset Management Division, where he primarily focused on evaluating and executing subordinated debt investments. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Schuck worked at Duff & Phelps, specializing in corporate finance and valuation consulting services, and at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, in their management and technology consulting division.

Mr. Schuck received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Mr. Schuck is also a CFA Charterholder.

Andrea Serra

Andrea Serra

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Andrea Serra is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group.

Mr. Serra is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing investments opportunities. He has been involved in the execution of the group’s investments in Eletson Gas, B2R, as well as portfolios of residential performing and non-performing loans, consumer loans, and life settlements. Mr. Serra serves on the Board of Directors of Eletson Gas and Viva Capital.

Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Serra was an associate in Blackstone's Private Equity Group in London and New York, where he was involved in the execution of Blackstone's investments in Southern Cross, Orangina, Klöckner Pentaplast, PBF Energy, and Vivint. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Serra worked at Goldman Sachs in its Merger & Acquisitions Department in London.

Mr. Serra received a degree in Business Management from the Bocconi University of Milan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Avi Sharon

Avi Sharon

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — New York

Avi Sharon is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group and is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sharon was a Managing Director at AllianceBernstein, where he was head of product management for Asset Allocation and Head of Marketing for the firm’s Private Client business, Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also served as interim head of Investor Relations for AllianceBernstein through April of 2011. His was involved with leading product development, management and distribution for all multi-asset class services across the institutional, retail and private client channels. He also developed and led a comprehensive marketing communications effort for the Private Client business. Prior to that, Mr. Sharon was head of marketing communications and strategic planning at HSBC Investments and before that was Vice President in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Credit Suisse Asset Management, working in alternative investment strategies. Mr. Sharon received a B.A. in English and Classics from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in Classics. He has earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

Edward Simmons

Edward Simmons

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — London

Edward Simmons is a Principal in the Multi-Asset Investment Group based in London. Mr. Simmons is responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with international family offices and ultra-high-net-worth private investors on a variety of levels.

Before joining the London office, Mr. Simmons was based in New York where he helped launch Blackstone’s Private Wealth Management Group and oversaw business development efforts. Mr. Simmons joined Blackstone in 2008 as a Research Analyst within the firm's Private Equity Group, where he sourced and evaluated late-stage venture and growth-equity investment opportunities.

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Simmons spent several years at Bernstein Global Wealth Management where he advised family offices, high-net-worth individuals, foundations and endowments on investment strategies and portfolio construction.

Tait Simpson

Tait Simpson

Principal

IRBD — London

Tait Simpson is a Principal in the Investor Relations & Business Development group, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Simpson has been involved with investor relations and capital raising for the Firm’s Private Equity, Real Estate, Tactical Opportunities, and Strategic Partners funds.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpson worked as the communications officer for the Liberal Party of Canada, as well as on investment analysis at Good Energies UK LLP and Arrowgrass Capital.

Mr. Simpson received a BA with honours from the University of Western Ontario, and a MA from the University of British Columbia where he was a resident at Green College. He received an MBA from Oxford University where he was a student at Christ Church.

Will Sirignano

Will Sirignano

Principal

GSO — New York

William Sirignano is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Sirignano focuses on sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments in the public high-yield and leveraged loan markets across a diverse range of industries for the business development companies sub-advised by GSO. Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Mr. Sirignano worked at Karsch Capital Management as a Senior Research Analyst in the fund’s high-yield and distressed credit group from 2010 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Sirignano was a Credit Research Analyst for Satellite Asset Management. Mr. Sirignano began his career at Lehman Brothers in their Leveraged Finance Division. Mr. Sirignano received a B.A. in Economics and Legal Studies from Williams College.

Robert Sitman

Robert Sitman

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Robert Sitman is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and is based in New York. Mr. Sitman is responsible for the legal aspects of originating, structuring and executing real estate debt investments. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sitman was an associate in the Real Estate group of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he worked from 2008 to 2014. At Fried Frank, Mr. Sitman represented owners, developers, private equity real estate funds, investment banks and institutional investors in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of sophisticated real estate financings, acquisitions, dispositions and development transactions. Mr. Sitman received a B.A. in Political Science from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated cum laude.

Phillip Solomond

Phillip Solomond

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Phillip Solomond is a Principal in the Real Estate Group.

Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Solomond's primary responsibilities include evaluating real estate investments in several property types. Mr. Solomond has been involved in various transactions including the acquisition of Brixmor (f.k.a. Centro) and the recapitalization of General Growth Properties.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Solomond worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate group and was involved in a variety of investment banking and private equity transactions.

Mr. Solomond received a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Louise Somers

Louise Somers

Principal

GSO — Dublin

Louise Somers is a Principal in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). Ms . Somers has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining Harbourmaster in 2005 , Ms. Somers worked in audit at Ernst & Young having trained as a Chartered Accountant. Ms. Somers received a BComm from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.

Justin Sunshine

Justin Sunshine

Principal

Private Equity — New York

Justin Sunshine is a Principal in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York, where he focuses primarily on investments across the Healthcare industry. Mr. Sunshine has worked in both the New York and London offices, and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Change Healthcare, Apria Healthcare Group, Intertrust, ATC, and Scout24.

Mr. Sunshine joined Blackstone in 2009 and was initially in Blackstone Advisory Partners where he executed a variety of transactions, primarily focused in the telecommunications sector. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Sunshine worked in the strategy practice at Accenture where he advised companies in the natural resources sector.

Mr. Sunshine holds a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business, where he graduated with high honors. Mr. Sunshine also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was the recipient of a two-year Chicago Booth merit scholarship. He serves on the Board of Directors of Apria Healthcare Group and Change Healthcare.

Zaahir Syed

Zaahir Syed

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Zaahir Syed is a Principal in the Investor Relations and Business Development group. Mr. Syed is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's Real Estate funds. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Syed worked at The Carlyle Group, where he was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Solutions group, responsible for client service and business development initiatives. Prior to that, he was a Manager at Morgan Stanley in the Securitized Product Group. Mr. Syed began his career as a management consultant in the Capital Markets group at Accenture. Mr. Syed received a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.

Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Kate Thomas is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group where she oversees all investor relations, fundraising, and client service initiatives. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Thomas spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the Alternative Investments Solutions Group within the Asset Management Division. Prior to that, Ms. Thomas was a Vice President within Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Private Equity Group. Ms. Thomas began her career as an Analyst in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Thomas graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics.

William Tugurian

William Tugurian

Principal

Multi-Asset Investing — Los Angeles

William Tugurian is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group involved in raising capital for Blackstone’s private and public funds in the Southern California region, which also includes Arizona, Utah and Southern Nevada. Prior to joining Blackstone in July, 2014, Mr. Tugurian was a Managing Director at Arcus Capital Partners, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He was responsible for business development and client service for Arcus in the Western United States. In addition, Mr. Tugurian served as Head of Arcus’ West Coast office. Previously, Mr. Tugurian was an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management business. He spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley, including 12 years as a Private Wealth Advisor in the firm’s Private Wealth Management group and was based in New York. In addition, Mr. Tugurian spent four years in various management roles throughout Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Mr. Tugurian holds a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a BA from the University of Alabama.

Elizabeth Vadasdi

Elizabeth Vadasdi

Principal

Tactical Opportunities — New York

Elizabeth Vadasdi is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities Group and is based in New York. She oversees the asset management of all investments in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Vadasdi was a Vice President at Catterton Partners, where she was responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing investment opportunities. Before joining Catterton, Ms. Vadasdi worked at Chilton Investment Company, where she focused on evaluating long and short equity investment opportunities. Prior to that, Ms. Vadasdi was a private equity investment professional at Brentwood Associates and an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Vadasdi graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics. She received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the board of LocusPoint and is Chairman of the Junior Board of CitySquash.

Marisa Virseda

Marisa Virseda

Principal

GSO — London

Maria Luisa Virseda is a Principal in GSO Capital. She is based in London. Since joining GSO Capital in 2008, Ms. Virseda has been part of the GSO Structured Debt Management team where she has been involved with structured credit investments. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Virseda worked at Washington Square Investment Management, a specialist structured credit investment manager in London where she was part of the team managing Carador plc., a diversified CDO equity vehicle listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to that Ms. Virseda worked for 10 years in Caja de ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Segovia, where she was part of the financial department team. Prior to that Ms. Virseda worked at Hispamer - Banco Santander in the Consumer Finance Division. Ms. Virseda received a B.S. in Business and Economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and a Master in Banking and Finance from Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas- Analistas Financieros Internacionales. Ms. Virseda is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute of Spain.

Leon Volchyok

Leon Volchyok

Principal

Real Estate — New York

Leon Volchyok is a Principal in Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS). Mr. Volchyok handles general legal and compliance matters for the BREDS business and also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of BREDS’ closed-end fund complex.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Volchyok was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Capital Markets group at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he specialized in capital markets transactions and general securities law and corporate governance matters, with a specific focus on REITs and other real estate companies.

Mr. Volchyok received a B.B.A. from Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Michael Vrana

Michael Vrana

Principal

Real Estate — London

Michael Vrana is a Principal in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Vrana leads Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in the UK.

Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Vrana has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe, including the acquisitions of Max Property Group and Multi Corporation.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vrana was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent eight years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in North America on behalf of Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity group.

Mr. Vrana graduated from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Justin Wai

Justin Wai

Principal

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Justin Wai is a Principal in the Real Estate group and is based in Hong Kong.

Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Wai has focused on real estate transactions across the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Wai worked as an analyst at Macquarie Bank’s Real Estate Investment Banking team in Hong Kong, primarily covering the Hong Kong real estate sector as well as the region’s various REIT and business trust markets. Mr. Wai received a BS from Cornell University, where he was a Meinig National Scholar and a member of Ye Hosts Society.

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Principal

Real Estate — London

Tim Williams is a Principal in the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and is based in London.

Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Williams has been involved in analysing, executing and managing a variety of real estate debt transactions in the UK and Europe.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Williams worked at Lloyds Banking Group in the Debt Capital Markets group. Prior to joining Lloyds in 2009, Mr Williams worked in the Real Estate Finance team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he held the role of Vice President. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2006, Mr. Williams practised law at Allen & Overy LLP.

Mr. Williams received a BA in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Bristol.

John Wrafter

John Wrafter

Principal

GSO — Dublin

John Wrafter is a Principal within GSO Capital’s Customized Credit Strategies Group, part of GSO Fund Management Group Europe (which was formerly Harbourmaster Capital Management prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012). Prior to 2012, Mr. Wrafter was Senior Analyst in the Portfolio Management Group at Harbourmaster. Mr. Wrafter was involved with guiding the day-to-day investment strategies of the Funds under management at Harbourmaster. Mr. Wrafter was also involved in investor relations, client due diligence, capital formation and fund marketing. Prior to joining Harbourmaster, Mr. Wrafter worked at Bank of New York Mellon/JP Morgan Global Corporate Trust where he was responsible for various CDO transactions. Before joining JP Morgan in 2006, Mr. Wrafter was employed as a proprietary trader for both Refco and Goldenberg & Heymeyer, with primary focus on the US Treasury and F/X Futures markets. Mr. Wrafter holds a BComm and MBS in Finance from University College Dublin. He also holds Series 7, 55, 63 and 65 licenses with FINRA.

David Yoon

David Yoon

Principal

GSO — New York

David Yoon is a Principal with GSO Capital Partners.   He is involved in the evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Yoon worked at FriedbergMilstein, LLC, where he worked on the firm's fixed income investments.   Prior to that, Mr. Yoon worked at Legacy Partners Group, LLC, a middle market M&A advisory firm, and in the Leveraged Finance Group at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was involved in leveraged transactions.   Mr. Yoon began his career as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Yoon received a BA in History from Trinity College, and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

David Zackowitz

David Zackowitz

Principal

Real Estate — New York

David Zackowitz is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Zackowitz was a Senior Vice President at C-III Capital Partners where he worked in the Principal Investments Group acquiring commercial real estate assets and non-performing loans. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Zackowitz was a Senior Vice President with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate responsible for restructuring and asset managing a portfolio of the estate’s real estate investments. Mr. Zackowitz began his career as a member of Lehman’s Global Real Estate Group in 2001 where he spent seven years underwriting, structuring and acquiring real estate investments throughout the United States. Mr. Zackowitz received a BS in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

Lindsay Antoniello

Lindsay Antoniello

Senior Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Lindsay Antoniello is a Senior Vice President in the Legal and Compliance group.

Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Antoniello has assisted with an array of legal and compliance matters across the firm. Currently, she is primarily involved in the legal and compliance matters for the Tactical Opportunities group in addition to providing support to the Private Equity group and working on various firm-wide matters. Ms. Antoniello received a BA in Communications from The University of Maryland at College Park, where she was a member of the College Park Scholars Program, and a JD from New York Law School.

Frank Barbara

Frank Barbara

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Frank Barbara is a Senior Vice President in the Treasury Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Barbara has served as the Special Projects Manager for Treasury and has been involved in the Treasury reengineering project including the selection and implementation of the Wall Street Suite Treasury Management System. Mr. Barbara is currently involved in the international expansion of the firm's Treasury function. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Barbara worked at Bank of New York Mellon in the Hedge Fund Administration area where he most recently served as a Director of Service Delivery Operations, responsible for all aspects of financial control and reengineering of operational processes. Mr. Barbara also previously served as the Vice President of iCapital Markets, the execution arm for Datek Online Holding Corporation, and had other previous finance and operations roles with UBS, Prudential, Citibank and TDwaterhouse. Mr. Barbara received BA in Economics from Rutgers University and has previously achieved Series 7, 24, 55, 63, and 65 certifications.

Allan Barja

Allan Barja

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Allan Barja is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners in the Information Technology group. Since joining GSO in 2007, Mr. Barja has been involved in application development, IT support, and management of applications used by the treasury, operations, and portfolio management groups. Mr. Barja handles the portfolio compliance testing and reporting automation for collateralized loan obligations, separately-managed accounts, and closed-end funds. Before joining GSO, Mr. Barja was an Assistant Vice President in the Information Technology group at Credit Suisse, handling various development projects for the Product Control group. Mr. Barja received a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Cindy Bombara

Cindy Bombara

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Cindy Bombara is a Senior Vice President of Benefits in the Human Resources Group, based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Bombara has been involved with the domestic and international health, welfare and retirement benefits for the firm. She also oversees international and domestic relocations, expatriate assignments and immigration matters. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Bombara was a Director of Employee Benefits at Verint Systems, where she was involved with managing cost savings, implementing new health plans and provided training support and leadership to the HR of Operations and HR Generalist. Prior to Verint, she was a Vice President of Benefits Plan Design and Compliance at TD Waterhouse Group. Ms. Bombara received a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from New York Institute of Technology College.

Lacxon Chan

Lacxon Chan

Senior Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

Lacxon Chan is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Chan has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's private equity funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Chan was a Vice President of Finance and Administration in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co., involved in the fund management, administration and financial reporting functions of its real estate private equity funds. Prior to that Mr. Chan was a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen in the Audit and Advisory group. Mr. Chan received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers College. Mr. Chan is a Certified Public Accountant.

Paula Chirhart

Paula Chirhart

Senior Vice President

External Relations — New York

Paula Chirhart is a Senior Vice President in the Global Public Affairs Group. She serves as a firm spokesperson in Blackstone's dealings with the press.

Ms. Chirhart joined Blackstone in 2015 from global financial services provider Macquarie Group where she served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications in the Americas. During her eight-year tenure at Macquarie, she served as the primary spokesperson for a number of the firm’s businesses, including the external communications initiatives for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). Prior to joining Macquarie, she was a Vice President at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading NY-based financial communications firm, where she worked on communications efforts relating to transactions, crisis management and corporate reputation-building. She started her career as a Research Associate for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Ms. Chirhart received a BA from The University of Virginia

Tim Choi

Tim Choi

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Tim Choi is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Choi has been involved with managing the firm's tax compliance and reporting functions. His ongoing responsibilities include overseeing various tax databases and developing new tax applications. Before joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Choi worked in public accounting for fives years on all aspects of tax matters. Mr. Choi received a BS in Accounting and MS in Taxation from State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Concannon

Michael Concannon

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Michael Concannon is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Concannon has been involved with global expense reporting and planning and has managed the accounting and reporting for our Registered Investment Advisors. He was also involved in the firm’s initial public offering. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Concannon worked at Deutsche Bank for 9 years, most recently as a Director in the Controlling department overseeing the regulatory reporting for their broker/dealer. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at Bear Stearns also with broker/dealer reporting responsibilities. Mr. Concannon received a BS in Accounting from Georgetown University and is a licensed Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27).

Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Michael Davis is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Davis worked at Merrill Lynch for almost 20 years where he held various senior roles across the Finance organization. His positions included: Legal Controller for the Global Wealth Management Finance division; Head of Corporate Reporting which included SEC reporting, Controller for the primary Broker Dealer, Controller for the Parent Holding Company and various other entities within the organization; Manager in Internal Audit; and Business Unit Controller for FX trading as well as Futures and Options trading within the Capital Markets Finance division. Prior to Joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Davis worked at Kidder Peabody & Co and Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Davis received a BS in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.

Joseph Desalvo

Joseph Desalvo

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Joseph DeSalvo is a Senior Vice President and Chief Physical Security Officer of Blackstone with more than 20 years of experience in corporate security and investigations. Based in New York, he oversees security for Blackstone’s facilities, employees and assets, business continuity, crisis management, duty of care and executive protection for all offices globally.

A former FBI Special Agent, Mr. DeSalvo has held similar roles at Charles Schwab & Co., Bankers Trust Company and Iron Mountain. His roles have included executive management of a broad range of corporate security functions.

Mr. DeSalvo earned his MBA from the University of Hartford and a BA from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Walter P. Dinsmore

Walter P. Dinsmore

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Walter P. Dinsmore is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Dinsmore has been involved in overseeing the accounting, tax, and financial reporting for the Affiliated Investors Investment Accounting & Reporting Group (AIIAR) Real Estate segment. Additionally, Mr. Dinsmore is involved in the Sarbanes-Oxley Internal Control Reporting Requirements for the AIIAR group. Before joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Dinsmore worked at Swiss Bank Corporation as a Senior Accountant where he planed and supervised the monthly closings of the broker dealer business. Prior to that, he worked for various Manufacturing and Financial Service organizations where he was involved in all aspects of Accounting and Financial Reporting. Mr. Dinsmore received a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Accounting & Finance from Pace University.

Christopher Duff

Christopher Duff

Senior Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Christopher Duff is a Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Duff has been involved with the management of the investment economics related to the general partner and side-by-side in the various Blackstone funds. His responsibilities include the preparation and invoicing of the general partner and side-by-side investments made by the firm's funds, the distribution of proceeds received from these components of the funds, the preparation of annual side-by-side elections projecting anticipated funding requirements for all participating Blackstone investors, the placement of financing including loan repayment and analysis of financing costs and the importing and management of all pertinent data into our accounting software for easy tracking and reporting. Mr. Duff received a BS in Finance from Villanova University.

Oran Ebel

Oran Ebel

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

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

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick

Senior Vice President

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

John Fitzpatrick is a Senior Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group. Mr. Fitzpatrick oversees various projects and initiatives across the entire Innovations and Infrastructure group. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked at Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s, for seven years where he was most recently the Head of Product Design. Before Capital IQ, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked in the Global Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch (The Sullivan Group). He received a BS in Finance from St. John’s University.

Stanley Go

Stanley Go

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Stanley Go is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Go has been involved with the firm's tax compliance and reporting functions. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Go was a Senior Tax Analyst for The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a privately-held multinational investment company. Prior to this, Mr. Go was a Senior Tax Accountant at KPMG. Mr. Go received a BS in Accounting from New York University and a Certificate in Taxation from Fordham University.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

David Goldberg is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital Partners in 2008, Mr. Goldberg has been involved with overseeing the accounting for the Blackstone and GSO Mezzanine Funds. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Goldberg was an Assistant Vice President 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 cum laude, with a major in Accounting and Information Systems and a minor in Economics. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Leanne Gonzalez

Leanne Gonzalez

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

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

Damien Hart

Damien Hart

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Damien Hart is a Senior Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group.

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

Christine Japlit

Christine Japlit

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — London

Christine Japlit is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Asset Management Group and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Ms. Japlit has worked in the Private Equity group as well as in the Real Estate Asset management group. She has been involved in the asset management of various real estate investments, primarily in the hospitality and retail sectors. In addition to direct asset management responsibilities, she has been involved in launching global initiatives and overseeing the US valuations analytics. Ms. Japlit received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University. Ms. Japlit is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kalika Jayasekera

Kalika Jayasekera

Senior Vice President

Legal & Compliance — London

Kalika Jayasekera is a Senior Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Group. Ms. Jayasekera is responsible for regulatory and compliance matters for Blackstone in the EMEA region and is Blackstone’s FCA registered Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Before joining Blackstone in August 2015, Ms. Jayasekera acted as a General Counsel and Head of Compliance in the hedge fund industry in London for over 10 years, first at RAB Capital plc and then more recently at Ivaldi Capital LLP. Ms. Jayasekera was a co-founding member of the Hedge Fund Lawyers’ Association in London. Prior to that, Ms. Jayasekera headed up the derivatives legal team for ANZ Investment Bank in Melbourne. Ms. Jayasekera received a first class Master of Laws (Corporate and Securities Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Japanese and History) from The University of Melbourne. She was a co-founder and co-editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Ms. Jayasekera is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and has also been admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Stella Shui Yan Jia

Stella Shui Yan Jia

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Stella Shui-Yan Jia is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, she has been involved in the firm's tax compliance and reporting. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Jia was a Vice President in the Tax Department responsible for merchant banking reporting at Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to that, she was a Manager in the International Tax group at Deloitte and a Senior Tax at Ernst & Young. Ms. Jia received an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, an M.S. in Taxation from the University of Tulsa, and a B.S. in Accounting from Oral Roberts University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

David Krejci

David Krejci

Senior Vice President

GSO — Dublin

David Krejci is a Senior Vice President in in the loan operations department of GSO Debt Funds Management Europe (formerly Harbourmaster Capital prior to its acquisition by GSO in early 2012) . He is involved with internal, external data reconciliations, settlement of loans in WSO, quarterly distributions, loan administration, Wall Street Office Data maintenance, and other tasks. Mr. Krejci was formerly with Allied Irish Bank, Banking Support Services as a Bank Official, 2005-2007, involved in cash reconciliations. Mr. Krejci has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Strategic Marketing and Management from Sligo Institute of Technology and a Specialist Diploma in Investment Fund Services from The Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

Vinodh Krishnamoorthy

Vinodh Krishnamoorthy

Senior Vice President

Finance — Singapore

Vinodh "Vin" Krishnamoorthy is a Senior Vice President in the Treasury Group and head of Asia Treasury, based in Singapore. Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s work has focused on centralizing the cash management of certain Asian affiliates through a single platform and managing the Firm’s corporate investment portfolio in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury Group. Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2012, Mr. Krishnamoorthy worked within the New York Treasury Group handling accounting and reporting of Treasury-related activity, including cash and investment accounting, reporting of firm-wide foreign exchange exposures, and work related to hedging those exposures. Additionally, Mr. Krishnamoorthy assisted in preparing Treasury’s balance sheet, P&L statements, P&L explain analytics, and in transferring General Ledger feed to JDE from the Treasury Management System. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Krishnamoorthy worked six years at Merrill Lynch in the Treasury Finance division, where he served as Controller for their Treasury's interest rate hedging and structured notes portfolios and, before that, as their Global FX Controller. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Krishnamoorthy was with the Capital Markets audit division at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Krishnamoorthy received a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Economics from Rutgers University.

Davida Lara

Davida Lara

Senior Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Davida Lara is a Senior Vice President of Global Payroll in the Strategic Incentives Group and is based in New York.

Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mrs. Lara has managed the global payroll function by developing our global payroll solution and streamlining processes worldwide. She is also heavily involved in the implementation of our global HRIS/Payroll system.

Before joining Blackstone, Mrs. Lara was a Director of Global HRIS and Payroll at Harman International Industries, where she managed the Global Payroll and HRIS functions and the global HR systems strategy. Prior to Harman, she was a Vice President of Global Payroll Services at SAC Capital Advisors where she was responsible for their payroll shared services as well their international assignment policies and global mobility programs. Mrs. Lara received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the Tagliatela School of Business at Albertus Magnus College.

Jay Leek

Jay Leek

Chief Information Security Officer

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

Jay Leek is a Managing Director and the Chief Information Security Officer for Blackstone. He joined the firm in May 2012.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Leek established, built, and headed up global information risk and security programs for Equifax and Nokia. Over the past 19 years, Mr. Leek has also worked as a product manager for information security vendors as well as a consultant to numerous telecommunications companies, government agencies and financial institutions, assisting them with business development, strategic planning and architectural design required to meet their information risk and security objectives.

Mr. Leek received a Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance and Security summa cum laude from Capella University, and he is a Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Song Liu

Song Liu

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Song Liu is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Liu has been involved with internal application development, IT support, and project management for various GSO business groups. Before joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Liu was a senior manager at Sungard Consulting Service and worked on trading and risk management systems for investment banks. Prior to that, Mr. Liu worked as an Assistant Vice President at the Alternative Capital Division IT of Credit Suisse Group. Mr. Liu started his career at Software House International, a software reseller/integrator. Mr. Liu received a BS of Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Frank Machado

Frank Machado

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Frank Machado is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Machado has been involved in financial reporting at the property level for the Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Machado worked for five years at W. P. Carey & Co, LLC as a Vice President and Assistant Controller, where he worked on the company's financial reporting, and SEC filings. Prior to that, Mr. Machado worked for six years in public accounting, including as an Audit Manager in Arthur Andersen's Real Estate and Hospitality Services Group, where he provided auditing and consulting services to various real estate companies. Mr. Machado received a BS in Accounting and Economics from SUNY Oneonta, and an MBA with a major in Taxation from CUNY Baruch College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Judy Marcus

Judy Marcus

Senior Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Judy Marcus is a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Ms. Marcus has focused on investor relations reporting and various finance responsibilities for the Blackstone real estate funds. Before joining Blackstone, she was a Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. where she worked eight years. She oversaw the Investor Reporting Group for their real estate private equity funds, focusing on performance reporting and investor due diligence. Prior to that, she worked in the Audit Practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she specialized in the real estate and investment company industries. Ms. Marcus received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she graduated with honors. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Nina Mattu

Nina Mattu

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Ninderpal Mattu is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group and is involved in Global Accounting Policy. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Mattu spent the majority of her career at Ernst & Young LLP, where she was a Manager in their assurance practice serving financial services clients, and at Barclays Global Investors, where she was the Director of Global Accounting Policy. Ms. Mattu also served as the Controller for Watershed Asset Management LLC, a credit based hedge fund. Ms. Mattu has also worked in the Asset Securitization Group at Barclays Capital and in the Equity Derivates Group at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Mattu holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors from the University of York with a BSin Economics. Ms. Mattu is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Sean Menon

Sean Menon

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Sean Menon is a Senior Vice President within Global Corporate Services. He provides operational and financial support to facilities, real estate, construction, office services, physical security, travel, corporate cards, research, physical records, publishing, and procurement for all offices globally. While at Blackstone, Mr. Menon has held roles within RIA Finance and Treasury and has worked on the implementation teams for several different systems associated with the firm’s expense management platform. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Menon worked at JP Morgan within the Private Equity Fund Services group. Prior to that he held similar roles at the Stryker Corporation, Instinet Group, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Mr. Menon received a BS in Accounting from Clemson University.

Anna Mignot

Anna Mignot

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — London

Anna Mignot is a Senior Vice President in the Human Resources group based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Mignot has worked as a generalist in the team and is involved with Recruiting, Employee Relations and Immigration.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Mignot worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a Senior Recruiter, and at Teach First as a Senior Graduate Recruitment Officer, overseeing the selection of graduate intake.

Ms. Mignot received a B.A. in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Peter Moeller

Peter Moeller

Senior Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Peter Moeller is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Mr. Moeller was previously a Director of Financial Analysis in the Finance Group, where he was involved in various strategic planning projects for the firm, including the firm's Initial Public Offering. Mr. Moeller received a BBA in Finance from James Madison University

Anthony Naer

Anthony Naer

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Anthony P. Naer is a Senior Vice President & Controller in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Naer has had overall responsibility for the accounting, tax, and financial reporting of Blackstone's carried interest and side-by-side investment programs. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Naer was Treasurer of Century Operating Corp., where he was responsible for the accounting, tax, and financial reporting of a large real estate portfolio. Prior to his position at Century, Mr. Naer spent twelve years in public accounting, where he was involved in all aspects of accounting and taxation for a wide range of clientele. Mr. Naer received a BS in Accounting from Long Island University School of Professional Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jay Parekh

Jay Parekh

Senior Vice President

Private Equity — New York

Jay Parekh is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh has focused on performance analytics for all private equity funds, marketing and investor relations finance, financial reporting and forecasting. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh was a Director at Palladium Equity Partners, a mid-size New York based private equity firm. At Palladium, Mr. Parekh was primarily responsible for working with portfolio company CFOs on financial reporting, cash management and operational issues as well as performing accounting and other diligence on potential new investments. Prior to that, Mr. Parekh was a member of Motorola's Corporate Audit Staff assessing worldwide and cross sector business risks. Mr. Parekh began his career at Ernst & Young LLP serving as a Senior Associate in the audit practice as well as completing an internship in the firm's mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Parekh received a B.S., cum laude, in Accounting and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he was also a Dean's Scholar and Trustee Scholar. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Kim Percy

Kim Percy

Senior Vice President

Finance — London

Kim Percy is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group and the European Controller. She is involved in the financial and regulatory reporting for Blackstone’s European corporate entities.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Percy was the Deputy Controller of BNY Mellon where she oversaw the financial reporting of its investment management business. Prior to that, Ms. Percy held various senior financial controller roles at Man Group plc, BlackRock, and Cargill, both in London and the US.

Ms. Percy received a BBA in Accounting from the University of North Dakota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Isabelle Pradel

Isabelle Pradel

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Isabelle Pradel is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Pradel has been involved in operations involving GSO's CLO activities, including trade settlement to portfolio compliance, monitoring and reporting. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Pradel worked at Royal Bank of Canada as an Operations Analyst. Ms. Pradel received a "Brevet de Technicien Supérieur" (associate degree) from Lycée Mermoz, Montpellier, France.

Anthony Riccio

Anthony Riccio

Senior Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Anthony Riccio is Senior Vice President, Facilities and Construction Management, in the Global Corporate Services department. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Riccio has been involved in construction management and architectural design services including; conceptual estimating, new construction fit outs, area alterations, infrastructure upgrades, and logistics planning. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Riccio worked with Lehr Construction Corp. as a Project Executive where he performed construction management services with an annual volume in excess of $31,000,000. He also worked with Plaza Construction Corporation as Vice President / Director of Estimating; Senior Project Manager for NICO/MDI; and Project Coordinator / Landlord Representative for Cushman & Wakefield. Mr.Riccio received a BS in Construction from Arizona State University and an AAS in Civil Engineering from Westchester Community College.

Joseph Rocco

Joseph Rocco

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Joseph Rocco is a Senior Vice President in Blackstone Treasury and is involved in credit and risk management initiatives for Blackstone’s Treasury operations, including risk assessment for the firm’s cash management and investment strategies. He works closely with counterparts from throughout the firm and its funds on funding initiatives and FX hedging and trading strategies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Rocco worked at Moody’s Investors Service covering residential mortgage and asset-backed securities where his primary responsibilities included rating surveillance, methodology development and sector commentary. Mr. Rocco holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

John Schmidt

John Schmidt

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

John Schmidt is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2006, Mr. Schmidt has been involved with bank debt trade settlement and support for the Hedge Fund department. He is also involved with portfolio evaluation and reporting for their leveraged finance vehicles. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Schmidt managed a trade settlement servicing desk in the business division of Fidelity National Financial. Before Fidelity's acquisition of ClearPar LLC, he worked on the development of the ClearPar settlement platform. In addition to trade settlement, he was responsible for a variety of customer relationships and technical support. Mr. Schmidt received a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

Ruth Sharry

Ruth Sharry

Senior Vice President

Finance — London

Ruth Sharry is a Senior Vice President in the Tax Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Sharry has been involved in the development and implementation of international tax initiatives for the firm and is responsible for the firm’s international tax compliance and reporting. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Sharry worked as a Director in the International Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Prior to that, she was a Senior Manager in the Mergers & Acquisition Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers London and specialized in the tax structuring of private equity investments throughout Europe and Asia. Ms. Sharry received a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Margaret Smith is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2005, Ms. Smith has been responsible for overseeing the Office Management function at GSO Capital. She had an integral role in the build-out at 280 Park Avenue and acted as a liaison with Architects, Engineers, Furniture, Communication, Real Estate, Benefits and Office Supply vendors. She is also responsible for the supervision of the Administrative Staff at GSO and oversees the reception and mailroom function at GSO. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Ms. Smith was an Assistant Vice President in the Fixed Income Division and Alternative Capital Division at Credit Suisse from 2000 to 2005. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Smith worked for the Head of the Fixed Income Division at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ) for 13 years.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Ryan Smith is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Smith has been involved in the development and implementation of global tax planning strategies for the firm and tax planning for the firm’s Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Smith worked as a Manager in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Mr. Smith received a LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from Carnegie Mellon University.

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Bryan Sullivan is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Sullivan has been involved in the design, development, and support for all reporting and line of business applications utilized by management, operations, risk, legal, and accounting divisions. Before joining GSO, Mr. Sullivan was an Assistant Vice President in the Alternative Capital Division at Credit Suisse responsible for performing design and analysis on the Direct Hedge Fund Analytics Platform. Prior to that, he worked at Sungard VPM as an on site development project manager for the Sungard Alternative Investments division. Before working at Sungard, Mr. Sullivan worked for Reuters as senior developer responsible for performing design, analysis and development on many of Reuter's currency trading platforms. Mr. Sullivan received a Double Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Business Management/Finance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Alice Taormina

Alice Taormina

Senior Vice President

GSO — New York

Alice Taormina is a Senior Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. Taormina has been involved with leveraged loan operations and trade settlement for the GSO and Blackstone bank debt portfolio. She handles compliance monitoring for leveraged vehicles, separately managed accounts and publicly traded closed-end funds. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. Taormina worked as an Associate at Royal Bank of Canada in the CLO operations group where she was responsible for settling bank debt trades and performing compliance monitoring for various CLOs. Ms. Taormina began her career at Credit Agricole Indosuez where she was an Analyst in CLO Operations. Ms. Taormina received a BS, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Eli Thomas

Eli Thomas

Senior Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Eli Thomas is a Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Blackstone’s offices in Europe and the Middle East. He is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, he has been involved in a wide number of projects for the HR function, including strategic acquisitions, planning and oversight of Blackstone's 360 Performance Appraisal process, employment law matters and employee relations, headcount and HRIS reporting, as well as aspects of recruiting, compensation and benefits. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Thomas was part of the compensation team for Citi Alternative Investments, focusing on cash compensation planning and administration of employee co-investment programs. He holds a BS in Theatre from the University of Evansville.

Paul White

Paul White

Senior Vice President

Finance — New York

Paul White is a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. White has been involved in a variety of matters pertaining to individual financial planning, cash management, investments, philanthropy, taxation and accounting. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. White worked as a Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte and Touche and as a Tax Principal at Arthur Andersen LLP, focusing in the areas of individual tax consulting, planning and compliance. Mr. White received a BA in English from Tufts University. An MS from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an MBA from Baruch College

Mark Bhupathi

Mark Bhupathi

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Mark Bhupathi is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Bhupathi oversees Strategic Partners’ infrastructure, energy and other real assets investing activities and sits on the Investment Committee for each of the SP Funds. Mr. Bhupathi is involved in originating, evaluating, structuring and executing secondary private equity transactions including acquisitions of portfolios of limited partnership interests and direct company positions. In addition, Mr. Bhupathi plays an active role in fund management and monitoring of existing investments.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Bhupathi spent nine years with Strategic Partners in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse.

Mr. Bhupathi received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University.

Boriana Karastoyanova

Boriana Karastoyanova

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Boriana Karastoyanova is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Ms. Karastoyanova focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various fund monitoring activities. Ms. Karastoyanova sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. In early 2006, Ms. Karastoyanova relocated to Strategic Partners’ London office to lead Strategic Partners’ European operations until her return to New York in late 2008. Before joining Strategic Partners, Ms. Karastoyanova worked in the Financial Sponsors group at Citigroup Investment Banking in New York, where her experience included equity and debt financings, and leveraged buyout transactions. Ms. Karastoyanova received a B.A. cum laude with a major degree in International Politics & Economics and a minor degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2001. Ms. Karastoyanova is fluent in English, Spanish and Bulgarian and proficient in Russian.

Brian Kolin

Brian Kolin

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Brian Kolin is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Kolin focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Kolin sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. In 2008, Mr. Kolin relocated to Strategic Partners’ London office to lead Strategic Partner’s European operations until his return to New York in 2010. Mr. Kolin received a B.B.A. with High Distinction in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan in 2002.

David Symons

David Symons

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

David Symons is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Symons focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Symons sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Symons spent nine years with Strategic Partners in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse.

Mr. Symons received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Mr. Symons is a member of the executive board of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.

Michael Addeo

Michael Addeo

Vice President

GSO — London

Michael Addeo is an Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2011, Mr. Addeo has been involved in both debt and equity investments with a specific focus on distressed situations.

Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Addeo was a Vice President in equity research at Wolfe Trahan & Co. covering the transportation sector. At Wolfe Trahan & Co., Mr. Addeo specialized in the Trucking and Rail sub-sectors, with primary focus on truckload, less-than-truckload and large-cap rail companies.

Mr. Addeo graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration and a double major in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He is a CFA® charterholder.

Cornelia Andersson

Cornelia Andersson

Vice President

Global Corporate Services — London

Cornelia Andersson is a Vice President in the Global Corporate Services group of Blackstone, managing the firm’s Research team and overseeing Market Data Services across all business units, globally. Ms. Andersson is involved in providing business intelligence and information services to deal teams, asset management teams and senior management firm wide. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Andersson has also been involved in several bilateral projects, such as the redesign of internal client facing websites and applications.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Andersson worked for Thomson Financial as a project manager overseeing European private equity fund performance. Ms. Andersson received a MS degree in Political Science from Lund University, Sweden, where her dissertation was awarded the 2004 KEFU award and subsequently published. Ms. Andersson also studied Medieval History. Ms. Andersson is a member of AIIM, an industry association for information management.

Daniel Aron

Daniel Aron

Vice President

GSO — New York

Daniel Aron is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Aron focuses on originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring credit investments across a diverse range of industries for the business development companies sub-advised by GSO. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Aron worked as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays Capital. Mr. Aron received a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Finance and minors in Accounting and Music

John Beberus

John Beberus

Vice President

GSO — New York

John Beberus is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. He joined GSO in 2010 and is principally involved in analyzing, evaluating, executing and monitoring private credit and equity investments across a diverse range of industries.

Before joining GSO, Mr. Beberus was an analyst in Blackstone’s Restructuring and Reorganization Group focusing on both in-court and out-of-court restructuring assignments. Before joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Beberus was an analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Banc of America Securities.

Mr. Beberus received a BS in Finance, with Highest Distinction, from the William A. Schreyer Honors College. Mr. Beberus serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Food Companies.

Zachary Beck

Zachary Beck

Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

Zachary Beck is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business. Since joining Strategic Partners in 2008, Mr. Beck has focused on originating, evaluating, and executing secondary private equity transactions across the LBO, real estate, venture capital and credit/mezzanine sectors. Mr. Beck also plays an active role in the monitoring of existing portfolio investments. In January 2014, Mr. Beck relocated to London from New York to help develop Strategic Partners’ European Operations. Mr. Beck received a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

Marni Blivice

Marni Blivice

Vice President

Strategic Incentives Group — New York

Marni Blivice is a Vice President of HR Technology in the Human Resources Group and based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Blivice has supported the implementation and administration of HR systems. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Blivice was the Senior HRIS Project Manager at Och-Ziff Capital Management. Ms. Blivice received an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Tao Bu

Tao Bu

Vice President

GSO — New York

Tao Bu is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2011, Ms. Bu has focused on marketing and client relations. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Bu worked as an associate in the Energy Group and subsequently the Investment Banking Executive Team at Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital. Ms. Bu received a BBA in Finance and Business Law and a minor in French Studies and graduated with High Distinction from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she was also a Woodruff Scholar.

Rick Chan

Rick Chan

Vice President

Innovations and Infrastructure — Hong Kong

Rick Chan is a Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure department. Mr. Chan is involved in IT operations, desktop support and helpdesk services for the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Chan worked at Bear Stearns Asia Limited as an Associate Director and was responsible for technology operations in Asia offices. His work experience also includes Tokai Bank Asia Limited, where he worked as System Administrator, and Standard Chartered Asia Limited. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Queen Mary University of London.

Evan Clandorf

Evan Clandorf

Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Evan Clandorf is a Vice President in the Legal & Compliance department, providing legal support to Blackstone’s business groups. Mr. Clandorf is also involved in a variety of legal and compliance matters for the firm. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Clandorf worked in the compliance departments of Barclays Capital Inc., and Macquarie Bank. Mr. Clandorf received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management, from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Clandorf received a J.D. and Master of Laws (Financial Services) from New York Law School.

Jennifer Cloherty

Jennifer Cloherty

Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

Jennifer Cloherty is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Ms. Cloherty is involved with the administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters related to Strategic Partners’ secondary private equity funds. Before joining Strategic Partners, Ms. Cloherty was a Financial Controller at Ceres Capital Partners; an investment firm specialized in structured finance, where her responsibilities included financial reporting and the development of accounting system. Prior to this, Ms. Cloherty was an accounting manager at Jennison Associates, where she oversaw investment accounting and operations of twenty mutual funds. Ms. Cloherty started her career at State Street Corporation, where she was a Client Service Officer provided accounting, custody and consulting services to institutional clients. Ms. Cloherty received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northeastern University.

Brett Crandall

Brett Crandall

Vice President

GSO — Houston

Brett Crandall is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners, and is involved in analyzing, executing and monitoring private equity and mezzanine debt investments in the energy and power sector. Before joining GSO in 2013, Mr. Crandall worked for Cerberus Capital Management where he focused on private equity investments. Prior to Cerberus, Mr. Crandall worked for Deutsche Bank’s Leveraged Finance group where he focused on underwriting high-yield bonds and leveraged loans. Mr. Crandall received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

Sanja Cvetinovic

Sanja Cvetinovic

Vice President

Strategic Partners — London

Sanja Cvetinovic is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mrs. Cvetinovic is involved with originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. In 2008, Mrs. Cvetinovic permanently relocated to London from New York.

Mrs. Cvetinovic attended University of Chicago where she received a B.S. in Mathematics with Specialization in Economics.

Edmond Darmawan

Edmond Darmawan

Vice President

GSO — London

Edmond Darmawan is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners, based in London. Before joining GSO Capital in 2010, Mr. Darmawan was as an associate in J. P. Morgan's Diversified Industrials and Transportation Group in London and prior to that was an analyst in the M&A Group in New York. Mr. Darmawan received a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, concentrating in Finance.

Melanie Endo

Melanie Endo

Vice President

Private Equity — New York

Melanie Endo is a Vice President in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Endo has been involved in raising capital for a number of Blackstone’s private equity and related investment funds and maintaining relationships with the funds’ limited partners.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Ms. Endo worked as an Associate in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, where she was involved in a number of advisory and capital markets transactions within the life sciences, medical technology and healthcare services sectors. Ms. Endo also spent three years with Merrill Lynch’s Private Equity Placement Group in New York, where she helped raise capital for a number of private equity and real estate funds.

Ms. Endo received a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors.

Kerri Ercole

Kerri Ercole

Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Kerri Ercole is a Vice President in the Human Resources Group and is based in the New York office. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, she has worked on the compensation budget and the mid-year and year-end compensation processes. Currently she is working closely with the Vice President of Benefits on health, welfare and retirement benefits for the firm as well as international and domestic relocations, expatriate assignments and immigration matters. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Ercole was a Compensation Associate at Citigroup in the Alternative Investments group. Ms. Ercole received her BS degree in Marketing from Castleton State College.

Julie Flynn

Julie Flynn

Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Julie Flynn is a Vice President in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Ms. Flynn's primary responsibilities include the accounting and financial reporting of the BPP strategy. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Flynn worked at J.P. Morgan, where she was an Executive Director in the Global Real Assets Group as a Fund, Separate Account and Sector Controller during her 13 year tenure. Prior to that, she was an auditor at Arthur Andersen in its Technology, Media & Communications Division providing assurance services to a wide range of clients. Ms. Flynn received a B.S. in Accounting from The State University at Albany, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster

Vice President

External Relations — New York

Sarah Foster is a Vice President in the External Relations Group. Ms. Foster previously worked in Blackstone Advisory Partners where she executed a variety of transactions across the financial services sector.

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

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

Anna Guerin

Anna Guerin

Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Anna Guerin is a Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department focusing on compliance matters for Blackstone’s Multi-Asset, Treasury Solutions and Strategic Partners businesses.

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

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

Melissa Herland

Melissa Herland

Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Melissa Herland is a Vice President in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Ms. Herland has worked in the financial reporting group and is involved in tax research and tax compliance for Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) international funds and properties. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Herland was a Tax Manager at Deloitte Tax LLP, where she provided tax services to real estate investment trusts and global real estate companies. Ms. Herland received a BA in French/Italian from Hofstra University, an MBA with a major in Accounting from CUNY Baruch College, and an MS in Taxation from Pace University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Adam Hermida

Adam Hermida

Vice President

GSO — New York

Adam Hermida is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. As a member of GSO's Capital Solutions Funds team, Mr. Hermida is principally involved in originating, analyzing, executing and monitoring debt and equity investments across a diverse range of industries. Before joining GSO in 2010, Mr. Hermida worked as an analyst at Moelis & Company and also as part of the Recapitalization and Restructuring Group at Jefferies & Company. Mr. Hermida received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Emily Ho

Emily Ho

Vice President

Private Equity — New York

Emily Ho is a Vice President in the Private Equity Investor Relations & Business Development group. She is involved with LP relations strategy and supporting business development and fundraising for Blackstone’s private investment funds.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Ho worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as an associate in the Private Funds Group.

Ms. Ho earned her BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan, her MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science and her JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.

Adam Hockley

Adam Hockley

Vice President

GSO — London

Adam Hockley is a Vice President in GSO Capital Partners. Joining GSO Capital in 2007, Mr. Hockley has been part of the GSO Structured Debt Management Team since early 2013 where he has been involved with structured credit investments. Prior to 2013 Mr. Hockley was part of the portfolio analysis team involved in many facets of the management of European CLO’s. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Hockley worked at the Bank Of New York Mellon/JP Morgan Chase Institutional Trust services where he was responsible for various CDO transactions taking primary responsibility and contact for investors, rating agencies, and collateral managers. Mr. Hockley received a BA in finance and financial information systems and an MSc in International Banking and Finance from the University of Greenwich.

Kenneth Ijomah Robinson

Kenneth Ijomah Robinson

Vice President

GSO — Dublin

Kenneth Ijomah is a Vice President in GSO Debt Funds Management, the CDO manager within the GSO Capital Partners Group. He is based in Dublin. Since joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Ijomah has been involved in the ongoing analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary fixed income investments across multiple industries. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ijomah spent five years working as a credit analyst with Harbourmaster Capital Management. Prior to working at Harbourmaster, Mr. Ijomah worked as a proprietary trader for Reminiscence Ltd with an equity focus on the New York and London stock exchanges. Mr. Ijomah received a BSc in Physics and French from Dublin City University in 2006.

Kelli Kahn

Kelli Kahn

Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Kelli Kahn is a Vice President in the Conference and Event Management group. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Kahn worked as an Assistant Vice President in Events for Bank of America Merrill Lynch supporting various businesses globally. Previous to that, she also worked for Condé Nast publications and with SFX Sports Management. Ms. Kahn received a B.A. in Communication, cum laude, with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Global Studies from Marist College. She also studied at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Ms. Kahn is a member of the Council of Protocol Executives and Meeting Professionals International.

Brij Kalaria

Brij Kalaria

Vice President

Private Equity — New York

Brijesh K. Kalaria is a Vice President in the Private Equity Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Kalaria has been involved in administrative, accounting and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's private equity funds. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Kalaria was a Vice President at Credit Suisse, where he was primarily involved in financial, accounting and reporting functions for its Strategic Partners Funds, a secondary fund-of-funds. Prior to that Mr. Kalaria held a number of positions, including Chief Financial Officer at Blue Capital Management, L.L.C., a small private equity firm, Senior Accountant at Blackstone, primarily working on the side-by-side funds, and Mutual Fund Accountant at Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter, Discover & Co. Mr. Kalaria received a B.S., in accounting from The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Robert Kalik

Robert Kalik

Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Robert Kalik is Vice President of Finance Reengineering & Implementation at Blackstone. Robert is involved in building and operating a variety of new business processes and systems designed to monitor and control the firm's expenses. Prior to his role in Finance, Robert was a Vice President in Blackstone’s Application Development organization, where he was involved in the design and construction of the firm’s first-ever client-facing web portal. He joined Blackstone in 2010 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Markets - Business Supervision & Control organization, where he helped design and operate the firm’s first Supervisory Controls review following ML’s merger with Bank of America. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2001 as a member of the Global Markets & Investment Banking - Electronic Marketing Communications team. He later moved to the Global Markets & Investment Banking Business Process & Control group. Robert joined Merrill Lynch from CNBC, then a unit of General Electric where he worked for NBC Cable Ad Sales, CNBC Media Relations and CNBC.com before moving into the Company’s Six Sigma Quality organization to address various commercial and operational improvement projects as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Robert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1994, and a Master of Professional Studies in Media Administration from the Newhouse School & Syracuse University School of Management in 1996.

Verena Letzerich

Verena Letzerich

Vice President

GSO — London

Verena Letzerich is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners based in London. Ms. Letzerich handles marketing and investor relations for European investors. Before joining GSO Capital in 2012, Ms. Letzerich spent six years in Credit and Structured Credit Sales at J.P. Morgan where she focused primarily on raising capital for managed structured corporate credit, hedge funds and private equity funds from European institutional investors. Ms. Letzerich received a Bachelor of Science in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Luolan Liu

Luolan Liu

Vice President

Finance — Shanghai

Violet Liu is a Vice President in the Finance Group. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Liu has been involved in accounting, tax, financial reporting and administrative matters for Blackstone's RMB Private Equity Fund and other Asian entities. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Liu was a Vice President in the Private Equity Fund Services Group at JPMorgan, involved in the fund administration and financial reporting matters for private equity funds. Prior to that, Ms. Liu was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co, involved in its internal and SEC reporting and also fund management and financial reporting for its private equity funds. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Liu worked as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche in New York and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Shanghai. Ms. Liu received a MS in Accountancy from University of Notre Dame, where she graduated cum laude and received a BS in Accounting from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Ms. Liu is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA Charterholder.

Steve Long

Steve Long

Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Steve Long is a Vice President in the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Long has focused on the financial reporting for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Funds and related investment entities. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Long was a Portfolio Controller at Paramount Group Inc. (PGI), a privately held real estate investment and management firm, where he was responsible for the financial reporting, performance reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and investor relations related to PGI’s private equity real estate funds which aggregated $11 billion in assets under management. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Long worked at Morgan Stanley as a Senior Manager in the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Group. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Long was a Manager in the Real Estate Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he provided audit and other assurance services to various public and private real estate companies. Mr. Long received a BS in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Atsuko Miyake

Atsuko Miyake

Vice President

Real Estate — Singapore

Atsuko Miyake is a Vice President in the Real Estate group and is based in Tokyo. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Miyake has been involved in administrative, accounting, tax, and financial reporting matters for Blackstone's real estate funds. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Miyake worked as a Vice President of Finance and Administration in real estate private equity for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs based in Tokyo, involved in the fund management, administration, and financial reporting functions of its real estate funds. Prior to that Ms. Miyake was an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the Audit and Assurance group based in United States. Ms. Miyake received a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a US Certified Public Accountant.

Daniel Moy

Daniel Moy

Vice President

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

Daniel Moy is a Vice President in the Innovations and Infrastructure Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Moy has been involved with many technology projects across the firm, developing solutions for Marketing, Private Equity, Real Estate, Restructuring and Finance in the areas of Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Data Warehousing, BAAM Client Reporting, BAAM Portfolio Accounting, Rolodex, Tax/K1 automation, and Staffing. Mr. Moy is currently responsible for application architecture of front-office applications. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Moy worked with as an independent information technology consultant, providing knowledge-based systems, sales force automation, enterprise resource planning, accounting and online sales applications for a diverse client base including Merck, Lenox, International Comfort Products, and Penn Detroit Diesel. Mr. Moy received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, concentrating on composite materials and has over 16 years experience in information technology.

Shannon O'Grady

Shannon O'Grady

Vice President

GSO — New York

Shannon O’Grady is a Vice President in GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies group, responsible for investor relations, marketing and business development initiatives.

Since joining GSO in 2008, Ms. O’Grady has worked within the hedge fund business as an Analyst, where she was responsible for overseeing trade settlement and producing portfolio and risk analytics. Ms. O’Grady started her career at Blackstone in 2007 as an Operations Analyst for the Blackstone Distressed Debt Securities Fund.

Ms. O'Grady has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Spanish from the University of Washington.

Julie O'Sullivan

Julie O'Sullivan

Vice President

GSO — New York

Juliann O'Sullivan is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital in 2005, Ms. O'Sullivan has been involved with the confirmation and settlement of trades done for the GSO Hedge Funds. Before joining GSO Capital, Ms. O'Sullivan was a sales assistant DLJ and then Credit Suisse. Ms. O'Sullivan received her BS from St. Peter's College.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel

Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

Priti Patel is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Ms. Patel is involved with administrative, accounting and financial reporting related to Strategic Partners’ secondary private equity funds. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Ms. Patel has worked within various groups in Financial Services in New York and London. She has been involved with managing the accounting and financial reporting responsibilities for The Blackstone Group L.P., managing projects, accounting, financial reporting and process enhancements for the international finance group. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Patel worked as an Assistant Vice President in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Delaware Investments focusing on management reporting, fund performance and forecasting. Ms. Patel received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University.

Greg Petersen

Greg Petersen

Vice President

Human Resources — New York

Greg Petersen is a Vice President in the Human Resources group and responsible for senior lateral recruitment for BAAM, BAP, Restructuring, GSO and Private Wealth Management within the firm. He is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Petersen worked at the Global Executive Search firm, CTPartners, both in London and New York within the Asset Management practice focusing on alternative asset management assignments. Previously he worked at the search firm, Armstrong International in London covering investment bank and hedge fund clients. Mr. Petersen received a Masters’ in Economics from Edinburgh University in the U.K.

Rob Pfeifer

Rob Pfeifer

Vice President

GSO — New York

Robert Pfeifer is a Vice President at GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO Capital Partners in 2008, Mr. Pfeifer has been involved with accounting for the GSO Rescue Lending Fund and other drawdown funds. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Pfeifer was an Associate at Lehman Brothers in the Real Estate Private Equity Group. Prior to that Mr. Pfeifer worked as a Senior Accountant in the joint venture group at New Plan Excel Realty Trust. Mr. Pfeifer spent the first three years of his career in public accounting. Mr. Pfeifer received a BA from Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he graduated with a major in Accounting.

Andrea Pitotti

Andrea Pitotti

Vice President

GSO — Dublin

Andrea Pitotti is a Vice President in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe, the CDO manager within the GSO Capital Partners Group. He is based in Dublin and is involved in all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of loan and bond investments.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr Pitotti worked as a fund accountant in Fidelity Investment, where he was in charge of monitoring trading activities on the $10bn Fidelity Institutional Fund, as well as executing analytical review of each client’s portfolio. Prior to moving to Fidelity, Mr. Pitotti worked in JP Morgan, Italian domestic division, where he collaborated with MDs to build and maintain relationships with Italian government agencies. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Pitotti worked as credit analyst in Banca Popolare di Milano, where he was responsible for first stage credit risk assessment.

Mr. Pitotti received a Master Degree in Business Administration from Universita’ degli Studi Roma III.

Donald Purdy

Donald Purdy

Vice President

Global Corporate Services — New York

Donald Purdy is a Vice President in Global Corporate Services. He oversees Publishing & Creative Services, Print Services, and Records Management globally and is based in New York. Mr. Purdy joined Blackstone in 2001 and received his MA with Honors in History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

William Rosener

William Rosener

Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

William Rosener is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Rosener focuses on fundraising for Strategic Partners, as well as originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary investment transactions and co-investments.

Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Rosener was a member of the Private Equity Product Specialist team with Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, where he focused on the development, structuring and distribution of Credit Suisse’s wholly-owned and joint venture private equity funds, including Strategic Partners. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2007, Mr. Rosener was an M&A legal analyst at Deutsche Bank in Paris.

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

Madeleine Russo

Madeleine Russo

Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Madeleine Russo is a Vice President in the Real Estate Legal & Compliance group and is based in New York. Ms. Russo handles legal and compliance matters, focusing on Blackstone Property Partners.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. Russo was a Senior Associate in the Private Investment Funds group at Ropes & Gray LLP where she focused her practice on the formation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, fund of funds, secondary funds and hedge funds. She also worked with institutional and other investors in connection with their private fund related investments on a primary, secondary and co-investment basis.

Ms. Russo received a BA in English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with honors, and a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

Vice President

GSO — London

Mark Rutledge is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners, based in London. Since joining GSO Capital in 2010, Mr. Rutledge has been involved with analyzing debt, mezzanine, distressed and private equity investments across a variety of industries. Before joining GSO Capital, Mr. Rutledge worked as an analyst at Credit Suisse's London Office in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Leverage Finance Origination & Restructuring teams between 2008 and 2010. Mr. Rutledge received an Honors Business Administration degree with Distinction and Deans Honors from The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

Luisa Santeli

Luisa Santeli

Vice President

GSO — New York

Luisa Santeli is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Since joining GSO in 2007, she has been involved with providing ongoing support to the Portfolio Managers, bank debt trade settlement, cash management and loan administration. She is also involved with CLO compliance monitoring, portfolio reporting, payment distributions and mark-to-market distribution to investors. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Santeli worked at Prudential Financial in the Fixed Income division as an Associate where she was responsible for settling European bank debt trades. Ms. Santeli received a BS in Accounting at Montclair State University.

Daniel Santopietro

Daniel Santopietro

Vice President

Strategic Partners — New York

Dan Santopietro is a Vice President in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Santopietro is involved in administrative, accounting, tax and financial reporting matters related to Strategic Partners’ secondary private equity funds. Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Santopietro was a Vice President in the Asset Management Group at Credit Suisse where he was responsible for the fund administration and financial reporting of its Leveraged Buyout Private Equity Funds, Venture Capital Funds and Employee Co-Investment plans during his time with the firm. Prior to that, Mr. Santopietro was an Associate with KPMG in their Financial Services group. Mr. Santopietro received a BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York.

Bryan Shelby

Bryan Shelby

Vice President

Innovations and Infrastructure — New York

Bryan Shelby is a Vice President in the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure group working primarily with BAAM, where he oversees several large implementation projects and Technology-supported efforts, coordinating with the responsible business and technology teams.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Shelby founded and operated a consulting business providing program and project management expertise to large corporations in the telecommunications, publishing, pharmaceutical, and financial industries. Prior to founding his consulting firm in 1993, he was Vice President and Group Project Manager at Bankers Trust, responsible for all applications supporting the Master Trust/Master Custody business.

Mr. Shelby received a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard, is a past Member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries, and has achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), and Project Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) credentials from the Project Management Institute.

Masako Sunada

Masako Sunada

Vice President

Finance — Tokyo

Masako Sunada is a Vice President in the Finance Group and is based in Tokyo. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Sunada has been involved in finance, administrative, and compliance matters for the Tokyo office. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Sunada was a Vice President at Société Générale in Tokyo, where she managed various finance projects such as re-engineering regulatory reporting systems and accounting processes. Prior to that, she was Accounting Manager and Project Manager at GE Real Estate in Tokyo. Ms. Sunada received a B.A. in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University. She also studied International Politics at the University of Oklahoma as an exchange student.

Tony Tolentino

Tony Tolentino

Vice President

Charitable Foundation — New York

Tony Tolentino is a VP in the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Tolentino has been involved in the implementation of the Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative and the development of Blackstone’s inaugural community service and volunteer program. He manages and oversees the programs of the Entrepreneurship Initiative portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Tolentino distributed funding and managed programs in New York City with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He oversaw and managed grants totaling over $242 million to 25 community and cultural non-profits and city agencies. Mr. Tolentino received a BA in Urban Studies and Geography from San Francisco State University and a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Francesco Vitulano

Francesco Vitulano

Vice President

GSO — Dublin

Francesco Vitulano is a Vice President in GSO Debt Funds Management Europe, the CDO manager within the GSO Capital Partners Group. He is based in Dublin and is involved in all aspects of credit origination, investment selection and ongoing monitoring of loan and bond investments.

Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Vitulano worked as a Credit Analyst within the Investment Team at Harbourmaster Capital Management for 5 years where his primary responsibilities included analyzing investment opportunities.

Mr. Vitulano received a BSc in Financial Market Management from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) in 2005.

Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker

Vice President

IRBD — Sydney

Nicole Walker is a Vice President in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. She is based in Sydney. Ms. Walker is focused on raising capital for Blackstone's funds and fostering client relationships in Australia and the Pacific Rim. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Walker was an Associate at Macquarie Capital in Hong Kong and was involved in fundraising for Macquarie's unlisted funds, with a focus on India, Australia, Singapore and China. Prior to joining Macquarie, Ms. Walker worked as a lawyer for Allens Arthur Robinson, specialising in Structured Finance and M&A. Ms. Walker received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts, both from the University of Sydney. Ms. Walker is a qualified solicitor and is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Rob Walsh

Rob Walsh

Vice President

GSO — New York

Rob Walsh is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Walsh focuses on the evaluation of public and private market investments across the energy, power, metals & mining and waste sectors.

Prior to joining GSO in 2013, Mr. Walsh served as an Associate within the Leveraged Finance Origination & Restructuring Group at Credit Suisse, where he focused on advising primarily corporate clients across multiple industries on high yield and leveraged loan financings. Mr. Walsh began his career at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on various project management and internal consulting roles within the investment bank.

Mr. Walsh graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a BA in history and received an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Gabriel Wasserman

Gabriel Wasserman

Vice President

Real Estate — New York

Gabriel Wasserman is a Vice President in the Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York.

Mr. Wasserman also serves as the Controller of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT) and is responsible for oversight of its accounting, finance and SEC reporting functions.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Wasserman was a senior manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young where he served a diverse group of real estate entities including publicly traded REITs, private equity funds and commercial owners, operators and developers.

Mr. Wasserman received a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vivian Wong

Vivian Wong

Vice President

Real Estate — Hong Kong

Vivian Wong is a Vice President in the Real Estate group and is based in Hong Kong. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Wong has been involved with the accounting, financial reporting and fund administration, for the Special Purpose Companies of the Blackstone Real Estate Partners Funds in respect of Asia and Australia investments and for the MB Asia Fund (legacy ex-Merrill Lynch Asian Real Estate Fund). Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Wong worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Real Estate Private Equity group and was responsible for the fund administration, accounting and financial reporting for its Asia Investments. Prior to that, Ms. Wong worked for over six years in audit and business advisory in public practices in Australia. Ms. Wong received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Ms. Wong is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Erin Yam

Erin Yam

Vice President

Multi-Asset Investing — Hong Kong

Erin Yam is a Vice President in the Private Wealth Management Distribution group, based in Hong Kong.

Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Yam was part of the China Sales team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management where she focused on developing sales strategies for onshore Chinese intermediaries. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Yam was involved in the equity derivatives business at Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. She started her career as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.

Ms. Yam received a Masters of Science in Financial Math from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Mathematics in Actuarial Science and Statistics from University of Waterloo. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.

Robert Young

Robert Young

Vice President

Legal & Compliance — New York

Robert Young is a Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department.

Mr. Young is involved in legal and compliance matters for Blackstone’s Strategic Partners, Treasury Solutions and Multi-Asset Investing businesses.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Young practiced in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives group at Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Young began his career as an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, specializing in hedge funds and private equity funds.

Mr. Young received a BA magna cum laude from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a JD from Harvard Law School.

David Fox

David Fox

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

David R. Fox is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Fox is involved with originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Fox relocated to London to lead Strategic Partners’ European operations from January 2011 through April 2014. Mr. Fox attended Purdue University where he graduated with Distinction with a B.S. in Management in 2005 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 2007. He was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.

Jameson Mones

Jameson Mones

Director

Strategic Partners — New York

Jameson L. Mones is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Mr. Mones is involved with originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co-investments, as well as various investment monitoring activities. Mr. Mones received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.

Victoria Portnoy

Victoria Portnoy

Director

Legal & Compliance — New York

Victoria Portnoy is a Director in the Chief Legal Office.

Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Ms. Portnoy practiced securities law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she represented public and private corporations, underwriters and private equity sponsors in a wide range of capital markets and financing transactions and corporate governance and SEC matters.

Ms. Portnoy received a BA, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Symposium Editor for the Annual Survey of American Law.

Charlotte Hunt

Charlotte Hunt

Travel Manager

Global Corporate Services — New York

Charlotte Hunt is a Travel Manager in the Global Corporate Services Group and manages Blackstone’s relationships with our global travel-related vendors (including travel agencies, airlines, black car services, hotels, car rental agencies, passport/visa agencies, travel safety and security services). Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Hunt consulted for Blackstone as the onsite Director of Travel Operations.

Ms. Hunt brings over twenty years of industry experience having performed various roles for Ultramar Travel and American Express Travel as account manager and operations supervisor servicing companies such as Neuberger Berman, Russell Reynolds Associates, Ann Taylor, CenterBridge Partners, New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Tullett Prebon (formerly Prebon Yamane) and The New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Hunt attended Cornell University and is a member of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE).

John Samuels

John Samuels

Chairman of Global Tax

Finance — New York

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 the 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, received an LLM in Taxation from NY Law School, and serves as a member of the University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee.