Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone and the Chairman of the board of directors of its general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He has been involved in all phases of the firm's development since its founding in 1985.
Mr. Schwarzman began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he was elected Managing Director in 1978 at the age of 31. He was engaged principally in the firm's mergers and acquisitions business from 1977 to 1984, and served as Chairman of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Committee in 1983 and 1984.
Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Business Council. He is on the board of The New York Public Library, and The Asia Society. He serves on The JP Morgan Chase National Advisory Board, The New York City Partnership Board of Directors and The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Mr. Schwarzman is a Trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also was awarded the Légion d'honneur by President Jacques Chirac.
Mr. Schwarzman holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA 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.
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 Swift River Investments, Inc., and has served on a number of other corporate Boards.
Mr. James is Vice Chairman of The Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, Trustee and member of The Executive Committee of The Second Stage Theatre, Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 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.
Jonathan D. Gray is Global Head of Real Estate and a member of the board of directors of our general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He also sits on the firm's Management and Executive Committees.
Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Mr. Gray has led the privatization of numerous public real estate companies valued at more than $100 billion including Extended Stay America, Carr America, Equity Office Properties and Hilton Hotels. Mr. Gray previously worked in the Corporate Advisory Services group and the Private Equity group at Blackstone.
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 of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He currently serves as a board member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Harlem Village Academies and Trinity School.
J. Tomilson Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Funds of Hedge Funds group, a Vice Chairman of Blackstone and a member of the board of directors of our 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 in the Funds of Hedge Funds group. 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 also serves as a member of Blackstone's Management and Executive Committees.
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. Mr. Hill serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Christie's and a member of the Board of Directors of OpenPeak Inc.
Richard H. Jenrette is a member of the board of directors of our general partner. Mr. Jenrette is the retired former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Equitable Companies Incorporated and the co-founder and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.
He is also a former Chairman of The Securities Industry Association and has served in the past as a director or trustee of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the American Stock Exchange, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Duke Endowment, the University of North Carolina, New York University and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney is a member of the board of directors of our general partner. 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 is a member of the board of directors of our general partner. Mr. Parrett was formerly a senior partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and until May 31, 2007 served as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu ("DTT"). Mr. Parrett co-founded the Global Financial Services Industry practice of Deloitte and served as its first Chairman.
Currently, Mr. Parrett is Chairman of the United States Council for International Business and on the executive committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Way of America, on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, and a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. Mr. Parrett also serves as a trustee of The Catholic University of America and of St. Francis College.
Jay Light is a member of the board of directors of our general partner. 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.