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.
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.
Laurence Tosi, a Senior Managing Director, is the firm's Chief Financial Officer. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee.
Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Laurence Tosi was the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Finance Director responsible for Merrill Lynch's global finance organization, including worldwide accounting, regulatory reporting, budgeting and corporate development.
Laurence Tosi received a BA, a JD and an MBA from Georgetown University.
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 29 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).
Joan Solotar is a Senior Managing Director in the Public Markets group.
Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Solotar has been
responsible for managing Blackstone's relationships with
its public investors, industry analysts and the general
investment community. She also guides the firm on
analyzing strategic development opportunities and advises Blackstone fund portfolio companies on their positioning in the public equity markets.
Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was with
Banc of America Securities where she was a Managing
Director and Head of Equity Research. She started her
career in equity research at The First Boston Corporation and prior to joining Bank of America was part of the financial services team at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and later with CSFB as a Managing Director.
Ms. Solotar was ranked each year from 1995 to 2002 in the Brokers and Asset Management
category on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team, and consistently ranked highly
in the Greenwich Survey of portfolio managers. She also served as Chairperson of the Research
Committee for the Securities Industry Association in 2001-2002.
Ms. Solotar received a BS in Management Information Systems at the State University of New
York at Albany and an MBA in Finance at NYU. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the
East Harlem Tutorial Program.