Who We Are

Our investments are designed to preserve and grow our limited partners’ capital, provide financial security for millions of retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional and individual investors, and contribute to overall economic growth.

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. The firm was founded in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Peter G. Peterson, who retired as Senior Chairman in 2008.

Thirty years later, we are a firm of over 2,500 employees in 24 offices worldwide. Our portfolio companies employ over 360,000 people across the globe.


Securing Futures

At Blackstone, we apply our capabilities as a leading global investment firm to deliver solutions, unlock value and propel growth. The capital we deploy on behalf of our investors fuels the development of businesses and communities. The investments we make are the wellsprings of future opportunity. Through this work, we seek to ensure a secure retirement for millions.



The solutions we provide reflect insights generated by our diverse, global business platform, which encompasses private equity and real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, and credit funds. We have built the firm on a strong foundation of intellectual and financial capital. We focus on attracting exceptionally talented people and on creating an atmosphere that rewards initiative, independent thinking, and integrity. Our solid financial base, including strong capital, ensures our capacity to deliver on our commitments.

Our People
The deep expertise of the Blackstone team gives us a base of intellectual capital on which to draw.
Our Scope
Our businesses are diversified across a wide spectrum of regions, industries, and asset classes, giving us the expertise, access to resources and critical mass to take advantage of investment opportunities on a global scale.
Our Performance
Our performance is characterized by a record of superior risk-adjusted returns across a broad and expanding range of asset classes and through all types of economic conditions.
Assets Under Management
*As of September 30, 2019
Blackstone has always been managed with a perspective of achieving successful growth over the long-term… Our management has consistently sought to focus on the best outcomes for our businesses and investments over a period of years rather than on the short-term impact.
- Blackstone Prospectus,
June 2007
In 1985 Blackstone opened its doors with a staff of four, including the two founders, Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and a balance sheet of $400,000. From these early beginnings, besides big dreams, the founders have held these core beliefs:

    In an environment of ever larger firms, the most gifted would desire a more personal setting and would join Blackstone to create exciting new businesses in their fields of expertise.


    In a world of giant organizations with a broad array of services, there was room for a specialized firm with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity, and senior-level attention to clients and relationships.


    In contrast to the prevailing philosophy of “other people’s money,” the firm would always put significant amounts of its own money in the investments it made.


    We will consistently strive to achieve superior performance through innovation, uniqueness and excellence.


    Above all else our people — their creativity, imagination, dedication, teamwork and integrity — will be our key assets.

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Assets Under Management

Real Estate
One of the world’s largest real estate investors with a dominant platform in both equity and debt

Private Equity
A global leader in traditional buyout, growth equity, special situations and secondary investing

Hedge Fund Solutions
The world’s largest discretionary hedge fund investor

Leading manager with a diverse credit portfolio spanning CLOs, leveraged lending, senior debt, mezzanine and rescue financing
Today, over 30 years since the founding of the firm, we still run the firm in the same way.

That means thinking about the implications of every decision – from investments to growth initiatives, risk management to team building – in terms of years and decades rather than just months or quarters.

Stephen A. Schwarzman*

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms with $554 billion Assets Under Management (as of September 30, 2019). Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of Blackstone’s development since its founding in 1985. The firm has established leading investing businesses across asset classes, including private equity, where it is a global leader in traditional buyout, growth equity, special situations and secondary investing; real estate, where it is currently the largest owner of property in the world; hedge fund solutions, where it is the world’s largest discretionary hedge fund investor; and credit, where it is a global leader and major provider of credit for small, middle-market and other companies. Blackstone has also recently launched major new businesses dedicated to infrastructure investing and delivering the firm’s investment management expertise and products to insurance companies.

Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education, as well as culture and the arts, among other things. In both business and philanthropy, Mr. Schwarzman has dedicated himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. In October 2018, he announced a foundational $350 million gift to establish the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, an interdisciplinary hub which will reorient MIT to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the rise of artificial intelligence, including critical ethical and policy considerations to ensure that the technologies are employed for the common good. In 2015, Mr. Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University to establish the Schwarzman Center, a first-of-its-kind campus center in Yale’s historic “Commons” building, and also gave a founding gift of $40 million to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to underprivileged children attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At over $575 million, the program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history coming largely from international donors. Mr. Schwarzman currently maintains his position as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Schwarzman Scholars. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library on whose board he serves.

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

Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is a former co-chair of the Partnership for New York City and serves on the boards of The Asia Society and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as on The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is a Trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman was included in TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” In 2016, he topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the most influential people in finance and in 2018 was ranked in the Top 50 on Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.” The Republic of France has awarded Mr. Schwarzman both the Légion d'Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Letters at the Commandeur level. Mr. Schwarzman is one of the only Americans to receive both awards recognizing significant contributions to France.

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

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

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Jonathan Gray*

President and Chief Operating Officer

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

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

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


Hamilton E. James*

Executive Vice Chairman

Hamilton (“Tony”) E. James is Executive Vice Chairman of Blackstone, and a member of Blackstone’s board of directors. He is also a member of Blackstone’s Management Committee and sits on the firm’s various investment committees. Mr. James previously served as the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

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

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

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

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


John McCormick

President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

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

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

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

Joseph Baratta

Global Head of Private Equity

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

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

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

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


David S. Blitzer

Senior Managing Director & Head of Tactical Opportunities

David S. Blitzer is a Senior Managing Director & Head of the Tactical Opportunities group.  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.

David Calhoun

Senior Managing Director, Private Equity

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

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Kenneth A. Caplan is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone has the largest real estate platform in the world with $159 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is the industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the US, Europe and Asia.

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

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

Michael Chae

Senior Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Michael S. Chae is Blackstone’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Chae has management responsibility over the firm’s global finance, treasury, technology and corporate development functions.

Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Chae has served in a broad range of leadership roles including Head of International Private Equity, from 2012 through 2015, Head of Private Equity for Asia/Pacific, from 2011 through 2015, and overseeing Private Equity investments in various sectors and the investment process for Tactical Opportunities. Mr. Chae led or was involved in numerous Blackstone investments over that time period.

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

Mr. Chae received an AB from Harvard College, an MPhil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a JD from Yale Law School. He has served on numerous boards of private and publicly traded portfolio companies.

Mr. Chae is President of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrenceville School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society and the St. Bernard’s School.

Bennett Goodman*

Senior Managing Director & Co-founder of GSO Capital Partners

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 $98.1 billion of assets under management in various direct lending strategies, leveraged loan vehicles and distressed investment funds.

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

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


John G. Finley

Senior Managing Director & Chief Legal Officer

John G. Finley, a Senior Managing Director, is the firm’s Chief Legal Officer.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Finley had been a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for 22 years where he was most recently a member of that law firm's Executive Committee and Head of Global M&A.

Mr. Finley is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and a Trustee of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. He is also a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School. He has served on the Committee of Securities Regulation of the New York State Bar Association and the Board of Advisors of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. He has also served as Chairman of the Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference of the International Bar Association.

Mr. Finley has a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1978), a BA in History, summa cum laude, from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania (1978), and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1981).

Kathleen McCarthy

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Kathleen McCarthy is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone is one of the largest real estate private equity investment managers in the world with $140 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is an industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Ms. McCarthy previously served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

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

Joan Solotar

Senior Managing Director & Head of Private Wealth Solutions and External Relations

Joan Solotar is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, Head of its Global Private Wealth Solutions business, and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. Blackstone’s Private Wealth Solutions business delivers institutional quality funds across the broad spectrum of alternative asset classes to high net worth clients. Ms. Solotar also serves on the board of directors of First Eagle Investment Management.

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

Ms. Solotar is Chair of the Board of Trustees of East Harlem Tutorial Program and East Harlem Scholars Academies. She wrote a Harvard Business Review article entitled, “Truths for our Daughters,” as well as “Truths from My Daughter.”

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

James W. Breyer*

Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital

James W. Breyer is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone.  Mr. Breyer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Breyer Capital, a global venture capital fund. Mr. Breyer has been an investor in over 30 public and private consumer internet, media and technology companies, many of which have completed public offerings or successful mergers. He served as Partner at Accel Partners from 1990 to 2016 and Managing Partner from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Breyer has been an active investor in China for over a decade and is lead outside sponsor, partner and investor in IDG China Capital Funds.

Mr. Breyer currently serves on the board of directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and Circle Internet Financial, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Facebook, Inc. from 2005 to 2013, Dell, Inc. from 2009 to 2013, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from 2001 to 2013, as well as a number of other prominent technology and media companies.

Mr. Breyer has been ranked #1 on Forbes’ Midas List of top technology investors multiple times and is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. Mr. Breyer is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, member of the Advisory Board of Stanford University School of Engineering, Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, and in 2005 was named an Honorary Professor at the 1,000 year-old Yuelu Academy at Hunan University.

Mr. Breyer graduated from Stanford University with a BS degree and from Harvard University with an MBA, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

Sir John Hood

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

Sir John Hood is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. Sir John Hood is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. He also serves as a director of WPP plc and Aurora Energy Research and as Chairman of BMT Group and Study Group Limited. In addition to these appointments, Sir John serves on the boards of the Fletcher Trust, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Said Business School Foundation, and he also serves on the advisory board for the African Leadership Academy.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He served as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004. Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Auckland. Upon completing his doctorate, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. There he read for an MPhil in Management Studies and was a member of Worcester College. 

Sir John has been appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Rochelle B. Lazarus*

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

Rochelle B. Lazarus is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. Ms. Lazarus is Chairman Emeritus and former Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, a global marketing communications company.

She joined Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in 1971, becoming president of its U.S. direct marketing business in 1989. She then became president of Ogilvy & Mather New York and president of Ogilvy & Mather North America before becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of the worldwide agency in 1995; Chief Executive Officer in 1996, which position she held to 2008; and Chairman from 1997 until her retirement in June 2012.

Ms. Lazarus also serves on the boards of Merck & Co., Inc., General Electric (where she chairs the Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Responsibility Committee), the World Wildlife Fund, Partnership for New York City and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; is a trustee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital; and is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, and Women's Forum, Inc.

A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Lazarus also holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Jay O. Light*

Dean Emeritus, Harvard Business School

Jay O. Light is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone.

As Dean of Harvard Business School, Mr. Light is currently leading innovations in the School’s core educational programs and plays an active role in the University’s planning for Allston. Prior to becoming Dean, Professor Light was Senior Associate Dean, Chairman of the Finance Area, and a Professor teaching Investment Management, Capital Markets, and Entrepreneurial Finance for 30 years.

Mr. Light is a director of the Harvard Management Company, a director of Partners HealthCare (the Mass General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals) and chairman of its Investment Committee, a member of the Investment Committee of several endowments, a director of several private firms, and an advisor/trustee to several corporate and institutional pools of capital.

The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney*

Former Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honerable Brian Mulroney is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. Mr. Mulroney is a senior partner and international business consultant for the Montreal law firm, Ogilvy Renault LLP/ S.E.N.C.R.C., s.r.l.

Prior to joining Ogilvy Renault, Mr. Mulroney was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993 and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 and 1993. He served as the Executive Vice President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada and President beginning in 1977. Prior to that, Mr. Mulroney served on the Clich'e Commission of Inquiry in 1974.

Mr. Mulroney is a member of the Board of Directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, Barrick Gold Corporation, Quebecor Inc., Quebecor World Inc., the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation.

William G. Parrett*

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

William G. Parrett is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone.

Until May 31, 2007, Mr. Parrett served as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Certain of the member firms of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu or their subsidiaries and affiliates provide professional services to The Blackstone Group L.P. or its affiliates. Mr. Parrett co-founded the Global Financial Services Industry practice of Deloitte and served as its first Chairman.

Currently, Mr. Parrett is Senior Trustee of the United States Council for International Business. Mr. Parrett is a member of the board of directors of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Eastman Kodak Company and UBS AG, and is Chairman of the audit committee of each of these companies as well as the Corporate Responsibility Committee of UBS and the Strategy and Finance Committee of Thermo Fisher. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Conduent. Mr. Parrett is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall and a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide. Mr. Parrett is a Certified Public Accountant with an active license.

Senator Kelly A. Ayotte*

Former United States Senator from New Hampshire

Senator Kelly A. Ayotte is a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. Senator Kelly Ayotte represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 2011-2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She also served on the Budget, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging Committees. Senator Ayotte served as the "Sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch, leading the effort to secure his confirmation to the United States Supreme Court.

From 2004-2009, Senator Ayotte served as New Hampshire's first female Attorney General having been appointed to that position by Republican Governor Craig Benson and reappointed twice by Democratic Governor John Lynch. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Attorney General, Chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit and as Legal Counsel to Governor Craig Benson. She began her career as a law clerk to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and as an associate at the Mclane Middleton law firm.

Senator Ayotte serves on the public company boards of Caterpillar, News Corp, Boston Properties and Bloom Energy and the private boards of Blink Health and BAE Systems Inc. She also serves on the advisory boards of Microsoft, Chubb Insurance, and Cirtronics. She is a Senior Advisor to United Against Nuclear Iran and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. She also serves on the non-profit boards of the One Campaign, the International Republican Institute, the McCain Institute, Winning for Women, NH Veteran's Count and NH Swim with a Mission.

Senator Ayotte co-chairs the Commission on Health Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is member of the Taskforce on Extremism in Fragile States at the United States Institute of Peace. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Aspen lnstitute's Homeland Security and Economic Strategy Groups.

Senator Ayotte graduated with honors in 1990 from the Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from the Villanova University School of Law.

Michael Adams

Senior Advisor

Michael Adams is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Infrastructure group.

Previously Mr. Adams held a number of senior leadership positions at Bechtel including Chief Financial Officer, President of Bechtel’s global Civil business, President of Bechtel Rail, Senior Vice President of Strategic Projects and many others.  He joined Bechtel in 1989 and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2008-2016.   

Mr. Adams is a Board Member of Egis Rail, a leading light rail engineering company headquartered in Lyon, France.  He holds bachelor’s degree in Engineering and French from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

James Albaugh

Senior Advisor

Mimi Alemayehou

Executive Advisor & Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure L.P.

Mimi Alemayehou is an Executive Advisor and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure L.P. 

Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Alemayehou was the Executive Vice President of The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance agency of the U.S. government, in the Obama Administration.

During Ms. Alemayehou’s tenure from 2010 to 2014, OPIC’s portfolio grew by more than 24 percent to $18 billion. Her leadership was instrumental in tripling the corporation’s Africa portfolio to nearly $4 billion. Ms. Alemayehou was one of the architects of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access across the continent.  

Previously, Ms. Alemayehou was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Executive Director on the board of the African Development Bank (AfDB).  As the senior Treasury official in Africa, Ms. Alemayehou represented the U.S. on Treasury and development issues and was instrumental in pushing the AfDB to increase its lending to the private sector in support of infrastructure projects.   

Prior to AfDB, Ms. Alemayehou was Founder and Managing Partner of Trade Links, LLC, a development consulting firm.  Ms. Alemayehou also managed a multi-country trade project in Africa for the International Executive Service Corps, and was Director of International Regulatory Affairs for WorldSpace Corporation, a satellite telecommunications company. She started her career in the U.S. Congress, working for U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry. 

Ms. Alemayehou holds a Masters degree in International Business and International Law and Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Jarrett Appleby

Senior Advisor

Jarrett Appleby is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone Tactical Opportunities group. Mr. Appleby has been involved in evaluating investments in Global Infrastructure in the data center platform and fiber space and the emerging edge services ecosystem.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Appleby worked in the Data Center and Network Telecom Industry for over 30 years most recently as Chief Operating Officer for Digital Realty Trust, a leading REIT & global data center operator. Prior to that he had several other leadership roles including Chief Operator Officer for CoreSite Realty Corporation, Chief Marketing Officer for Equinix, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at Reliance Communications (Flag Telecom), and executive leadership positions at MCI Communications, Qwest Communications and AT&T. In addition, Mr. Appleby is currently CEO for Appleby Strategy Group LLC , CEO for Digital Infrastructure and an independent Board of Director member for Unitas Global, an enterprise IT & managed hybrid cloud services business.

Mr. Appleby received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics and MBA from Lehigh University.

Claudio Boada

Senior Advisor and Chairman of Blackstone Iberia

Claudio Boada is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone, focused on advising Blackstone on investment opportunities in Spain and Portugal.  He is also involved with facilitating introductions and performing due diligence on prospective partners, as well as helping Blackstone understand key dynamics in Spain and Portugal.

Mr. Boada is currently Honorary Chairman of Círculo de Empresarios (similar to the U.S. Business Roundtable), Chairman of Atlas Capital Private Equity, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Abantia Ticsa, Member of the Board of Directors of Abantia Empresarial and Aegon España, S.A., Member of the European Advisory Board of HSBC and Senior Advisor of HSBC for Spain & Portugal and Member of the Board of Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección “APD” (similar to the American Management Association).

Mr. Boada is the former Chairman of Holcim España, S.A., Chairman of the Advisory Board of AON Gil y Carvajal, Member of the Board of Directors of Areas, S.A., Non-Executive Chairman of Lehman Brothers Spain & Portugal, General Manager of Banco de Progreso, and was involved with international financing and mergers and acquisitions for Dillon, Read Overseas Corporation for Spain & Portugal.

Mr. Boada received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Madrid Polytechnic University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.  He was distinguished in 2005 by the Madrid Official Association of Industrial Engineers as “Engineer of the Year.”

Guy Buckley

Senior Advisor

Guy Buckley is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Infrastructure group.

Mr. Buckley’s experience in energy includes natural gas, crude, NGLs, commodities and services for the electric industry.  He is the former Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Spectra Energy where he held various executive positions at the company over the course of his career.  As CDO of Spectra Energy, Mr. Buckley oversaw financial, technical and strategic responsibilities, including project execution and management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, liquids business segment and economic evaluation.  Before joining Spectra Energy, he worked as an engineer in various capacities.

Mr. Buckley holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Boston University.  He is active in several community organizations in Houston including Theater Under the Stars (TUTS), Rebuilding Together Houston and The Avondale House.

Derek Cheng

Senior Advisor

Derek Cheng is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group focusing on investments in Greater China. He is the former Assistant CEO of China Resources Capital Holdings Co., and before that held numerous positions within the company.

Mr. Cheng received an MBA degree from University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics, China.

Roy Chestnutt

Senior Advisor

Roy Chestnutt is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group.  Mr. Chestnutt is involved in evaluating investments in the telecommunications and technology sectors.

Mr. Chestnutt was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Verizon where he was responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.  He has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, holding executive positions at Motorola Networks, Grande Communications and Sprint-Nextel.  He served on the Board of Directors, as well as was the Chairman of the Chief Strategy Group, for the GSMA, a group of global strategists from the world’s leading wireless carriers. 

Mr. Chestnutt earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BS from San Jose State University.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

Jeff Chodakewitz

Executive Advisors

Jeff Chodakewitz became an Executive Advisor to the Blackstone Life Sciences group in March, 2019.   Prior to becoming an advisor to Blackstone, Dr. Chodakewitz served as Executive Vice President, Clinical Medicine and External Innovation, at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. From January 2014 until April 2018, Dr. Chodakewitz was the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs at Vertex and was a member of the Vertex Executive Committee. He been a member of the Tetraphase Board of Directors since 2015 and the resTORbio Board of Directors since 2018.

He also spent over 20 years at Merck & Co., where he served in a number of positions including Head of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Global Development, Senior Vice President of Global Scientific Strategy (Infectious Disease, Respiratory & Immunology), Vice President of Early Stage Development and Senior Vice President of Late Stage Development. Because joining industry, he served in academic positions at Yale University School of Medicine and New York University’s Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Chodakewitz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease). 

Dr. Chodakewitz has been involved in the global development, regulatory approval and commercialization of a number of medicines and vaccines across therapeutic areas.

Mary Anne Citrino

Senior Advisor

Mary Anne Citrino is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone.

Ms. Citrino is a former Senior Managing Director in the Blackstone Advisory Partners group and advised a broad range of clients in the consumer products industry including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Nestlé. Notable transactions include advising P&G on numerous assignments, including the split-off of Folger's Coffee in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction to Smuckers, the purchase of Ambi-Pur from Sara Lee, the sale of its European tissue/towel business (Bounty, Charmin and Tempo) to SCA, its minority investment in MDVIP and the acquisition of Doctor's Dermatologic Formula. She advised Kraft on its Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Ralcorp of Kraft's Post cereal business, Stiefel on the sale of the company to GSK, Albertson's on the sale of the company, Nestlé on the purchase of Kraft’s frozen pizza business, Coty on its acquisition of philosophy, North Castle on the sale of Avalon Natural Products to Hain Celestial, and the board of Atkins Nutritionals on the sale of the company.

Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Citrino was Global Head of Consumer Products Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley. Prior to running the Consumer Products group, Ms. Citrino was Co-Head of Health Care Services Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Citrino spent more than 20 years advising clients at Morgan Stanley. Notable transactions at Morgan Stanley include advising Unilever on its acquisitions of Ben & Jerry's, Slim-Fast and Helene Curtis as well as selling its Diversey Lever business to SC Johnson. She also advised Pfizer on its sale of Schick to Energizer, Hershey Trust on its attempted sale of Hershey to Wrigley, and structured and advised on Heinz's Reverse Morris Trust spin-off assets to Del Monte. In December 2009, the Blackstone consumer advisory team was recognized by the M&A Advisor with the awards for Deal of the Year in the Americas” (P&G’s divestiture of its Folgers coffee business to J.M. Smucker) and “Dealmaker of the Year” (Mary Anne Citrino).

Ms. Citrino received a BA in Economics from Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School as a George F. Baker scholar. She is a Director of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Health Net, Inc., and Hewlett Packard, Inc., and serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University.

Ian Clark

Senior Advisor

Ian Clark is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Life Sciences group. Prior to joining Blackstone, he served as an Operating Partner for Clarus.

Prior to joining Clarus, Mr. Clark served as Chief Executive Officer of Genentech and as Head of Roche’s North American Commercial Operations for over 7 years. Mr. Clark began his career at Genentech in 2003, serving 12 of his 14 years on the Executive Committee, holding positions such as, Senior Vice President Bio-oncology, Executive Vice President Commercial Operations and Head of Global Product Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer. During his tenure at Genentech Mr. Clark led and executed the launch of over 14 novel FDA approved new molecular entities, including Avastin® and Tecentriq®. Prior to Genentech Mr. Clark worked for 20 years in the Bio-Pharma industry in positions of increasing seniority in Canada, the UK, France and Eastern Europe.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves on the boards of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGIO), Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRVS), Kite Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KITE) and Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG). He also serves on the boards of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Gladstone Foundation, and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council. Mr. Clark received a BS degree and an honorary doctorate in Biological Sciences from Southampton University in the United Kingdom.

General Wesley K. Clark

Senior Advisor

General Wesley K. Clark is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone with a focus on the firm’s private equity activities in the energy sector.

General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Co-Chairman of Growth Energy; senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Director of International Crisis Group; Chairman of City Year Little Rock; as well as numerous corporate boards. General Clark has authored three books and serves as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and ACORE's Advisory Board.

General Clark retired a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar.

His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). 

William Coates

Senior Advisor

William Coates is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group focusing on investment opportunities in the energy sector.

Mr. Coates was previously the Chief Executive Officer of OneLNG.  Prior to that, he held executive positions at Schlumberger for 30 years including President of North America, Europe and Africa and Global Head of Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Coates was chairman of the Petroleum Equipment and Suppliers Association and has served on the Board of the Houston Grand Opera, the New Orleans Ballet Association and on the Board of Trustees for the American School of Paris.

Mr. Coates holds a BS with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Scott Cochran

Senior Advisor

Scott Cochran is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group focusing on the insurance industry.

Mr. Cochran is the former Executive Vice President at RGA, where he built and led a global acquisitions business focused on the life runoff market.  He also led the development of RGA’s first third party capital joint venture focused on the life runoff market, and served as RGA’s CRO and Corporate Actuary amongst other responsibilities over a 13 year period.  Mr. Cochran served on RGA’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2018.  Prior to RGA, Mr. Cochran worked at Swiss Re and various primary life insurance companies.

Mr. Cochran received an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Actuarial Science from Ball State University.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.  Mr. Cochran serves as Treasurer and Director at Guardian Angel Settlement Association in St. Louis, and previously served on the United Way Board of Greater St Louis.

Philippe Costeletos

Senior Advisor

Philippe Costeletos is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group in Europe.

Mr. Costeletos has over 25 years of private investing experience. Mr. Costeletos is currently Chairman of Stemar Capital Partners, a non-executive Board Director of RIT Capital Partners, Chairman and Board director of Mistral Fertility, Board Director of Digital Care and Board Director of Poniente Capital Ventures. Mr. Costeletos was formerly Chairman of International of Colony Capital, a global real estate investment firm. Previously he was Head of Europe and a member of the Global Management Committee for TPG Capital, a leading global investment firm.  Prior to that he was a Member of the Management Committee of Investcorp and worked at JP Morgan Capital and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Costeletos graduated magna cum laude with distinction in Mathematics from Yale and received an MBA Beta Gamma Sigma from Columbia Business School.

Arthur W. Coviello, Jr.

Senior Advisor

Arthur W. Coviello, Jr. is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group focusing on investment opportunities in the cybersecurity sector.

Mr. Coviello is a Venture Partner at Rally Ventures, an early stage investor in business technologies, and an adviser to Clear Sky Security.  He also serves as a Senior Adviser to McKinsey’s Cyber Security practice.  Previously, he was the CEO of RSA and prior to that, held executive management positions in several technology companies.

Mr. Coviello graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a BBA.

Theodore Craver Jr.

Senior Advisor

Theodore (Ted) Craver, Jr., is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Infrastructure group.

Previously, Mr. Craver was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities companies, since 2008. Before joining Edison in 1996, Mr. Craver served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of First Interstate Bancorp, where he led the integration of this multi-bank company’s funding, risk management, investment, and insurance activities. Throughout much of his 23 years in banking, he served in various capital markets sales and trading positions at Security Pacific National Bank, Bankers Trust Company of New York, and First Interstate Bancorp.

Mr. Craver is currently a non-executive director at Duke Energy. He is also a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank’s 12th District, and serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and is the Vice Chair of the Autry Museum of the American West. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Health Net and Edison International.

Mr. Craver earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from the University of Southern California.

Robert DeBenedetto

Venture Partner

Robert DeBenedetto is a Venture Partner to the Blackstone Life Sciences group.

Mr. DeBenedetto brings over 25 years of global pharmaceutical and life sciences experience. He is CEO of SFJ Pharmaceuticals, which he founded in January 2009, that was involved in bringing many life-saving drugs to patients in need, such as “Besponsa” for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, “Lenvima” for thryoid cancer, “Dacomitinib” for lung cancer and “Mylotarg” for acute myeloid leukemia. Prior to founding SFJ, Mr. DeBenedetto was Vice President of Global Business Development at Quintiles Pharmaceuticals investment unit and served as Executive Committee Member, CFO, Vice President of Corporate Development and Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Boston Scientific’s Japan subsidiary. Mr. DeBenedetto started his professional career as a CPA with Ernest & Young, where he advised some of the world’s largest companies, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Wentworth University.

Mr. DeBenedetto earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Master’s degree from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

John Dionne

Senior Advisor

John D. Dionne is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and a Lecturer in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School.

Until he retired from his position as a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Dionne was most recently its Global Head of the Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations Groups, and also served as a member of its Private Equity Investment and Valuation Committees. During his tenure in this position, Mr. Dionne led global fundraising efforts of over $25 billion for three new private equity investment vehicles in the period immediately following the financial crisis.

Mr. Dionne originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund, the firm's initial entry into the single-manager hedge fund business, with peak assets under management of over $2 billion. During this period, he also served on the Investment Committees of Blackstone’s GSO and Kalix investment businesses.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Dionne was for several years a Partner and Portfolio Manager for Bennett Restructuring Funds, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund specializing in financially troubled companies, during which time he also served on several official and ad-hoc creditor committees.

Previously, Mr. Dionne was a Partner at Saugatuck Capital where he invested in middle-market buyouts and restructured troubled portfolio companies. From 1991 through 1996, he was Director of Corporate Development for a predecessor of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Mr. Dionne began his career at Price Waterhouse as a public accountant.

Mr. Dionne has served on the board of directors of many companies and not-for-profit institutions. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Mr. Dionne received academic honors while earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton, where he is a past Chair of its' Board of Trustees.

Gerard Errera

Senior Advisor & Chairman of Blackstone France

Ambassador Gérard Errera is Chairman of Blackstone in France.

Prior to this, Mr. Errera, a career diplomat, was Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009), Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2002-2007), to NATO (1995-1998) and Director General for Political Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-2002). He also served as Director for International Affairs at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Governor for France at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He was on the Board of AREVA and EDF. Mr. Errera is a regular contributor to the Financial Times. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He is Officier of the Légion d’Honneur and Commander of the Victorian Order (C.V.O.).

Chris Finlayson

Senior Advisor

Chris Finlayson is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Private Equity Energy Group. Mr. Finlayson is the former CEO of BG Group plc and serves on the board of Siccar Point Energy as Chairman. Prior to his appointment as CEO of BG Group, Mr. Finlayson was the Managing Director of BG Advance, in which capacity he was responsible for BG Group’s exploration team, major capital projects program, procurement, and technology, and Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Finlayson was previously an Executive Vice President and a member of the Exploration & Production leadership team of Royal Dutch Shell plc. In his 33 years at Royal Dutch Shell, Mr. Finlayson served in various technical and commercial roles and managed major business units in Africa, southeast Asia, the North Sea, Turkey, and Russia. He is also currently a non-executive director of Hoegh LNG, Lloyd’s Register Group, and Swire Pacific Offshore. Mr. Finlayson received a B.Sc. in Physics and Geology with First Class Honours from the University of Manchester.

Jonathan Freeman

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Freeman is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Life Sciences group. He brings over 20 years of industry experience in healthcare business development, corporate development and M&A.

Dr. Freeman previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio Management and Head of Business Development and Licensing at Merck KgaA (FWB: MRK). Previously, Dr. Freeman was Head of M&A and Licensing at Baxter International (NYSE: BAX), and prior to this Director of Corporate Development at Serono (NYSE: SRA).

Dr. Freeman received a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism from the ICRF (now CRUK), an MBA jointly from the Universities of Versailles, Paris-Saclay, Webster, St Louis and both an MA and First-Class BA (Hons) from Cambridge University. Dr. Freeman was previously Vice President of the Swiss PLG, an EMBO fellow at the Swiss Institute of Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC).

Bob Friedman

Senior Advisor

Robert L. Friedman is a Senior Advisor of Blackstone.

Mr. Friedman joined Blackstone in 1999 as a Senior Managing Director, working primarily in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and also participating in the work of its Financial Advisory Group.  He served as Chief Legal Officer of the firm from 2003 through 2010, continuing for most of that period to also participate in some of the work of the firm’s Private Equity Group and its Financial Advisory Group.  He also served as the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer from 2003 through 2007. In 2012 he retired as a Senior Managing Director and became a Senior Advisor of the firm.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Friedman had been a partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for 25 years, where he was a senior member of that New York City law firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. 

Mr. Friedman has served on 12 different boards of directors of public and private companies over the past 20 years. He currently serves as a director of Axis Capital Holdings Limited and YRC Worldwide Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. He is also a member of the boards of directors of three charitable organizations - United Way of New York City, Nantucket Land Council and New Alternatives for Children.

Mr. Friedman graduated from Columbia College in 1964 and received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1967.

Dan Gillerman

Senior Advisor

Ambassador Dan Gillerman is Senior Advisor to Blackstone Israel and is a member of Blackstone's International Advisory Board. 

Ambassador Gillerman is chairman of Gillerman Global Ltd, a global strategic consulting firm. He served as Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations from 2003-2008 and was elected Vice President of the General Assembly in 2005.

Prior to his appointment to the UN, Ambassador Gillerman was Chairman of the Israel Chamber of Commerce from 1985 till 2002. He served on the Boards of several Israeli companies and major banks,including Bank Leumi,The First International Bank,and Israel's Central Bank.

Ambassador Gillerman is Chairman of the Board of the Israel Opera, Co-Chairman of the AIFL (the America-Israel Friendship League), a member of the Executive Board of the Weizman Institute of Science, and a member of the Boards of Governors of The Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and the Jewish Agency. He is a trustee of The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Cameri theater.

Ambassador Gillerman studied Political Science and Economics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Law at Tel Aviv University. He received Honorary Doctorates (Honorus Causa) from Bar Ilan University and the Academic College, Netanya.

Bill Gray

Senior Advisor

Jill Greenthal

Senior Advisor

Jill A. Greenthal is a Senior Advisor in the Private Equity Group. Prior to September 2007, Ms. Greenthal was a Senior Managing Director in the Advisory Group. She is based in Boston. 

Before joining Blackstone in 2003, Ms. Greenthal was Co-Head of the Global Media Group, Co-Head of the Boston Office and a member of the Executive Board of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. Ms. Greenthal was also Co-Head of the Boston office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, before its acquisition by CSFB. Prior to joining DLJ, she was Head of the Media Group at Lehman Brothers.  

Ms. Greenthal has advised and financed media companies for over 30 years, having worked in all sectors of the business. As a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group, MsGreenthal works closely with the global media and technology teams to assist in investments in those sectors.  

Ms. Greenthal graduated as a member of The Academy from Simmons College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Greenthal is on the Board of Directors of Akamai Technologies, Michaels Stores, Inc., The Weather Channel Companies and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  MsGreenthal is also a Trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The James Beard Foundation, Simmons College and is an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Arthur Higgins

Senior Advisor

David Johnson

Senior Advisor

David Johnson advises all Blackstone business units  on their technology investments. 

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Johnson was Senior Vice President of Strategy at Dell Corporation, where he was responsible for software, corporate strategy, corporate development, and acquisition integration.  Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Johnson held a number of positions at International Business Machines, including Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for the company’s acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments, and acquisition integration.  Dave serves as a Blackstone member of the Optiv and Pactera Board of Directors.

Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in English and an M.B.A. from Boston College.

Kemal Kaya

Senior Advisor

Kemal Kaya is a Senior Advisor based in Turkey. Mr. Kaya focuses on developing business initiatives and advising Blackstone on potential transactions as well as helping to identify potential advisory opportunities in the region. Mr Kaya also serves as Chairman of the Board of Multi Turkey.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Kaya was the CEO of Yapi Kredi Bank, one of the leading financial groups in Turkey. He assumed this position after leading Turkey’s first privately owned bank merger, the combination of Yapi Kredi Bank and Kocbank. Before the merger of the two banks, Mr. Kaya served as General Manager of Kocbank and CEO of Koc Financial Services, a financial holding company owned by Koc Holding, and UniCredit. Mr. Kaya played a leading role in the formation of the Koc Holding -UniCredit partnership in 2002. Earlier in his career, he also held various senior positions in financial institutions and investor relations management at Yapi Kredi Bank.

Mr. Kaya was educated in the United States and received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.

John A. Magliano

Senior Advisor

John A. Magliano is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone. Prior to his retirement at the end of 2016, Mr. Magliano was most recently a Managing Director and head of Blackstone’s Tax Group.

Mr. Magliano joined Blackstone in 2002 and held a number of key leadership positions in the firm’s Finance group including responsibility 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 other 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.

Philippe Meyer

Senior Advisor

Philippe Meyer is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group, focused primarily on the industrials sector.  

Before becoming a Senior Advisor for Blackstone, Mr. Meyer was President of Tyco Flow Control, a manufacturing and distribution business with over 13,000 employees, operating in 130 locations worldwide.  During his tenure, Tyco Flow Control grew from $40 million to an over $3 billion global business, which is considered a world leader in its industry.  Prior to joining Tyco in 1991, Mr. Meyer held various management positions, the most recent being Directeur de Marché, at Pont-A-Mousson S.A., a division of the Saint-Gobain group in France.  

Mr. Meyer has served on the boards of several current and former Blackstone portfolio companies, including Gerresheimer and Klöckner Pentaplast.  He also serves as Executive Chairman of Cala Capital, a small-cap private equity firm based in Belgium.

Pontus Noren

Senior Advisor

Pontus Noren is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group focused on the technology sector including cloud-based technologies and technology growth companies.

He is the founder, current Vice Chairman and former CEO of Cloudreach.  His previous IT industry experience includes positions at Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia.

Mr. Noren received an MBA from Cass Business School in London and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Royal University of Technology in Sweden.

Kjell-Erik Østdahl

Senior Advisor

Kjell-Erik Østdahl is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Private Equity Energy Group. Mr. Østdahl is the former Executive Vice President Operations of Schlumberger Ltd, in which capacity he was responsible for Schlumberger’s global field organization and, among other initiatives, led the creation of OneSubsea, Schlumberger’s major growth initiative in the subsea segment of the oilfield value chain. In his 23 years at Schlumberger, Mr. Østdahl held a variety of other management roles spanning diverse business lines, functional responsibilities, and geographies, including Norway, the U.S., U.K., and southeast Asia. In addition, Mr. Østdahl has previously served as the Chief Procurement Officer of Statoil ASA and a Senior Partner of HitecVision AS. He is currently a non-executive director of Archer Limited, Nordic Unmanned AS, Seadrill Limited, and Sekal AS. Mr. Østdahl received an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Dennis Paul

Senior Advisor

Dennis Paul is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group focused on the technology, consumer and energy sectors.

Mr. Paul is the Founder and Managing Member of Thyra Global, a venture capital and private equity firm that invests in income-producing assets in the real estate and music publishing sectors. Prior to Thyra, Mr. Paul held senior roles in asset management at Hightower Advisors, UBS, and Citigroup, where he co-managed funds in excess of $800mil.  Prior to asset management, he was part of the energy investment banking team at Schroders Plc.

Mr. Paul is the co-founder and chair of React to Film, and a long-time Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image where he serves on the Executive Committee.  He holds a BA from Columbia University.

James A. Quella

Senior Advisor

James Quella serves as an advisor focusing on strategy and operational performance of Blackstone’s private equity portfolio companies. Mr. Quella currently serves on the boards of Catalent, DJO, Freescale and Michaels Stores.

Previously, Mr. Quella was a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Portfolio Operations at Blackstone between 2004 and 2013, where he led the performance improvement initiatives across all businesses and functions at the portfolio companies. Prior to that, Mr. Quella was a Managing Director and Senior Operating Partner with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Merchant Banking Partners-CSFB Private Equity.

Before that, Mr. Quella worked at Mercer Management Consulting and Strategic Planning Associates, its predecessor firm, where he served as a Senior Consultant to Chief Executive Officers and senior management teams and was Co-Vice Chairman. He is also the co-author of “Profit Patterns: 30 Ways to Anticipate and Profit from the Strategic Forces Reshaping Your Business”.

Mr. Quella received a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago & University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA with dean’s honors from the University of Chicago.

Kiran Reddy

Venture Partner

Kiran Reddy is a Venture Partner to the Blackstone Life Sciences group. Mr. Reddy is currently President & CEO of Praxis Precision Medicines, which he founded in November 2016.

Previously, Mr. Reddy was an Associate Partner at Third Rock Ventures. He supported and managed various portfolio companies in addition to focusing on new company formation and new investments. He was part of the founding team and interim Chief Business Officer for SAGE Therapeutics through its IPO. Mr. Reddy was part of the team that launched Foundation Medicine, and he has served as a Board Observer for Alnara pharmaceuticals, Rhythm pharmaceuticals and PanOptica pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Reddy holds MD and MBA degrees from Georgetown University. He completed his internship in medicine and his neurology residency at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Reddy was previously a Howard Hughes science fellow and has authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers in the field of epilepsy, neuroimmunology and neurodegenerative diseases.

Scott Requadt

Venture Partner

Scott Requadt is a Venture Partner to the Blackstone Life Sciences group. He currently serves as CEO of Regenerex, Inc., a Blackstone portfolio company.  Prior to joining Regenerex, Mr. Requadt was a Managing Director at Clarus.

Prior to joining Clarus, Mr. Requadt was Director of Business Development of TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Inc until it was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Prior to TransForm, Mr. Requadt practiced for several years as an M&A attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Before that, he was a law clerk for a senior judge at the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Requadt is a member of the Board of Directors of ESSA Pharma (NASDAQ: EPIX).

Mr. Requadt holds a BCom (Economics & Finance) from McGill University (First Class Honors), a JD from University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Peter Rose

Senior Advisor

Peter Rose is a Senior Advisor for Public Affairs.

Prior to becoming a Senior Advisor, Mr. Rose was a Senior Managing Director, heading Blackstone’s Public Affairs Group. Mr. Rose was responsible for media relations and government relations, as well as communications to a broad range of public and other constituencies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Rose was at Goldman Sachs for 20 years. He was a lobbyist and political analyst in their Washington office and in 1996 moved to New York to open Goldman Sachs first ever media relations office as it began the transition from a private to a public company. In 1998 he moved to Asia to set up a corporate communications function for Goldman Sachs there, returning in 2003 to head the media relations function for the firm in the Americas. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was Chief of Staff for Congressman Mike Synar (D Okla) and a partner with a Washington DC law firm. Mr. Rose has a BA from the George Washington University and received a JD from Yale Law School. He is a member of the national board of the NAACP.

Steven Saslow

Senior Advisor

Steven Saslow serves as a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Alternatives Asset Management Group (BAAM).  In this capacity, Mr. Saslow advises the company’s investment committee, mentors and trains analysts and associates, and maintains relationships with hedge funds.

Prior to his appointment as Senior Advisor, Mr. Saslow served as  the Chief Investment Officer of the Blackstone Relative Value Fund from 2002-2005, a Managing Director in BAAM from 2006-2007, and most recently as a consultant to the firm from 2007 -2016.

Mr. Saslow began his career at the Bank of New York after receiving a BA from Rutgers College. He later became a Partner and Senior Executive for Carroll McEntee & McGinley, Senior Executive and Trading Desk Manager for Marine Midland Bank, and Executive Managing Director at HSBC.

Mr. Saslow also serves as a mentor for Rutgers University Road to Wall Street Program, designed to boost the preparation skills for a select group of students who demonstrate strong interest in and knowledge of financial markets.

Timothy Schifter

Senior Advisor

Timothy Schifter is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone, focusing on the apparel, accessories, beauty, and footwear industries globally.

Prior to his appointment as a Senior Advisor, Mr. Schifter was a consultant to the firm from May 2012 to May 2013 and has participated in the firm’s analysis of a number of investment opportunities in the fashion, apparel and luxury industries and was involved in the execution of the firm's investment in Simone. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Schifter was Chief Executive Officer of Schifter + Partners LLC and prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of LeSportsac, Inc.

Mr. Schifter graduated with a BA degree from Pitzer College. Mr. Schifter serves as a member of the Board of Directors of J.W. Hulme Co, Serena & Lily, Cuyana, R.G. Barry as well as Simone.

Kathleen Skero

Senior Advisor

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

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

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

Edward Scolnick

Senior Advisor

Edward Scolnick is a Senior Advisor to the  Blackstone Life Sciences group. Dr. Scolnick had been Senior Advisor to Clarus since 2007 prior to its acquisition by Blackstone.

Dr. Scolnick earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and received two years of Internal Medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He spent fifteen years at the National Institute of Health where he made seminal discoveries on the nature of genes that cause cancer in humans. He then spent twenty two years at the Merck Research Labs where he was head of Research from 1985 to 2002. Since then he has been at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, which is directed at understanding the causes of Schizophrenia and Bipolar illness and finding new ways to treat these illnesses. Dr. Scolnick is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Praxis Medicines, advisor to several Blackstone portfolio companies and a member of  The National Academy of Sciences and The National Academy of Medicine.

James R. Socas

Executive Advisor

James R. Socas is an Executive Advisor to Tactical Opportunities at Blackstone.  Mr. Socas has invested in, advised and financed software and technology companies for over twenty years, having worked in all sectors of the industry as a senior executive, board member, growth capital investor, and strategic advisor. 

Before joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Socas was General Partner at Updata Partners, a technology growth equity firm, and co-managed the firm.  Earlier, Mr. Socas served on the global leadership team of Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), as head of corporate development, leading Symantec’s mergers & acquisitions, corporate venture investing, and strategic, financial and technology alliances. He conceived, negotiated and executed Symantec’s highly publicized international joint venture with Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading technology companies, and drove the successful billion dollar acquisition of systems management leader Altiris, as well as several other major corporate acquisitions. Prior to Symantec, Mr. Socas was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, executing over $20 billion in M&A transactions and $15 billion in capital raising for technology industry clients.  

Mr. Socas  has served on numerous public and non-profit boards and also served two terms on Virginia’s Board of Corrections.  He  is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Business School. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and three sons. 

Peder Sondergaard

Senior Advisor

Peder Sondergaard is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Infrastructure group focused on evaluating opportunities in the ports and transportation sector.

He is the former Chief Portfolio Officer of APM Terminals with the Maersk group, overseeing 32 business units across the globe, and for the company’s investment and divestment activities.  Previously, he was the regional CEO for APM Terminals overseeing Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Sondergaard received a MA in the Merchant Marine.  He has served on the Boards of APM Terminals and Global Ports among others.

Jamie Welch

Senior Advisor

Jamie Welch is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity Group focusing on the evaluation of potential investment opportunities in the energy sector.

Mr. Welch is the former Head of the EMEA Investment Banking Department and the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse. He also served as the Group CFO and Head of Business Development for Energy Transfer Group. Mr. Welch is currently on the Board of Directors of Lonestar Generation LLC and Cheniere Energy Partners, and is a Managing Member of AW Energy Partners. He also serves on the Board of Trustees with the Washington Square Park Conservatory and Madison Square Park Conservatory.

Maggie Wilderotter

Senior Advisor

Maggie Wilderotter is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone, focused on providing due diligence on potential telecom and technology investment opportunities for Blackstone’s Private Equity group and GSO Capital Partners LP.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mrs. Wilderotter was Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications from November 2004 to April 2015 and then Executive Chairman of the company until April 2016. During her tenure with Frontier, the company grew from a regional telephone company with customer revenues of less than $1 billion to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 29 states and annualized revenues in excess of $10 billion.

Previously, Mrs. Wilderotter was Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy and ran the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. Before this, she was President and CEO of Wink Communications Inc., Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division, and a Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.

Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Dream Works Animation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Juno Therapeutics, Inc. as well as a number of private and non-profit organizations. Mrs. Wilderotter served on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). From October 2010 to October 2012 she was Vice Chairman of NSTAC, and from October 2012 to November 2014 she served as Chairman of NSTAC.  Currently Mrs. Wilderotter is a Commissioner on the Presidents Cyber Security Policy Commission.

Mrs. Wilderotter is a member of the Board of Directors of The Conference Board; a member of the Executive Committee of the Catalyst Board of Directors; a member of the Board of Women in America; and a member of the Business Council and the Committee of 200. In 2014, she chaired the Blue Ribbon Committee on Board Strategy for NACD and is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD).

Mrs. Wilderotter holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. In 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, honoris causa, from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

William Young

Senior Advisor

William Young is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Life Sciences group.

Mr. Young became a Venture Partner with Clarus in 2010.  Mr. Young previously served as CEO of Monogram Biosciences, a leader in personalized medicine, from 1999 through to the sale of the company to LabCorp in 2009. Mr. Young currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vertex (NASDAQ: VRTX) and is the lead director at Theravance (NASDAQ:TBPH). Previously he was Chairman of the Board of Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB). Prior to Monogram he was at Genentech since 1980 at positions of increasing responsibility, including COO, responsible for all of the biotechnology company's development, operations and commercial functions. Prior to Genentech Mr. Young was at Eli Lilly and Company for fourteen years.

Mr. Young received his Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, his MBA from Indiana University and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue University. In 1993 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his leadership in research, development and manufacturing of recombinant proteins using recombinant DNA technology. Mr. Young represents Blackstone on the Board of Directors of Praxis Medicine and is the Chairman of the Board of Annexon Biosciences and Nanostring (NASDAQ: NSTG).

Melford Yuan

Senior Advisor

Melford Yuan is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity group focusing on investments in Greater China. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Yuan was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley since 2007. He later became the Chief Representative of Morgan Stanley’s Beijing Office.

Mr. Yuan received a BS in Economics from the State University of New York. He also studied Accounting at the Bernard Baruch College and Business Law at the Capital University of Economics and Trade.

Mike S. Zafirovski

Executive Advisor

Mike Zafirovski is an Executive Advisor to Blackstone, and serves on the board of directors of three  of Blackstone’s portfolio companies: non-executive chairman of DJO Global and PGI and independent director of Apria Healthcare Services. Since 2004, he has also served on the board of directors of Boeing, and since  2012, on the board of Stericycle.

Mr. Zafirovski is a founder and president of The Zaf Group, a management consulting and investment firm. Previously, Mr. Zafirovski served as President and CEO of Nortel, a global communications technology company; President and COO of Motorola; and during a 25-year career at GE, served as President and CEO of five GE businesses in the consumer, industrial and financial services arenas.

Among his education, civic and philanthropic activities, he is Vice Chairman of AUSL, the organization that helps turn around the most challenged public schools in Chicago. He is a visiting lecturer at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. A Macedonia native, he is a founding director and chairman of Macedonia 2025, an organization aiming to improve the country’s economic and democracy developments. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Council of Global Affairs.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Zafirovski was a presidential appointee to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). NSTAC provides analytics and recommendations to the President on a wide range of policy and technical issues related to telecommunications, information systems, information assurance, infrastructure protection, and other national security and emergency preparedness concerns.

Mr. Zafirovski holds a B.A. in mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. 

our history
Blackstone is founded by Stephen A. Schwarzman and Peter G. Peterson.

They began with a balance sheet of $400,000 and a clear vision of an independent, conflict-free, client-focused firm whose interests would be closely aligned with those of its clients and investors.

BAAM, the firm’s Hedge Fund Solutions business, is founded.
The firm’s Real Estate group is formed.
Blackstone becomes the largest independent alternative asset manager.
The firm’s corporate debt group is formed.
The firm completes its IPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BX.
GSO Capital Partners is Acquired

GSO Capital Partners is acquired, firmly positioning itself as one of the largest credit-oriented alternative asset managers.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is established.
Blackstone establishes strategic partnership with Patria Investments in Brazil.
The firm’s Tactical Opportunities business launches.
Blackstone acquires Strategic Partners, our secondary private fund of funds business.
The firm spins off its Advisory, Restructuring, and Park Hill fund placement businesses, which are combined with PJT Capital LP to form PJT Partners.