Mr. Smith is a Senior Managing Director and oversees GSO’s Liquid Credit Strategies unit, which includes various commingled credit funds, permanent capital vehicles, CLOs, closed-end funds, and leveraged and unleveraged separately managed accounts. Additional responsibilities include serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the four public investment companies managed by the unit.
Prior to joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Smith was Managing Partner and Co-Head of RBC Capital Market’s Alternative Investment Unit at Royal Bank of Canada in New York. Mr. Smith joined RBC in 2001 from Indosuez Capital, a division of Crédit Agricole Indosuez, where he was a Co-Head and Managing Director overseeing the firm’s debt investments business and merchant banking activities. He began his career in investment management in 1987 at Van Kampen American Capital (f/k/a Van Kampen Merritt), a mutual fund company in Chicago where he held a variety of positions managing portfolios of bonds and stocks including overseeing the firm’s high-yield investment group.
Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.