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Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc (BXMT.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Nash

58 2013 Executive Chairman of the Board

Stephen Plavin

59 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anthony Marone

36 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Secretary

Douglas Armer

44 2019 Executive Vice President, Capital Markets and Treasurer

Weston Tucker

38 2019 Senior Managing Director, Head - Investor Relations

Leon Volchyok

35 2019 Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance and Secretary

Thomas Ruffing

58 2013 Managing Director, Head - Asset Management

Jonathan Pollack

42 2016 Director

Leonard Cotton

69 2014 Independent Director

Thomas Dobrowski

75 1998 Independent Director

Martin Edelman

78 1997 Independent Director

Henry Nassau

64 2003 Independent Director

Lynne Sagalyn

71 1997 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Nash

Mr. Michael B. Nash is an Executive Chairman of the Board of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Nash is a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group L.P. or Blackstone, and the co-founder and chairman of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, or BREDS. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for both BREDS and Blackstone Real Estate. Mr. Nash is also the chairman of the board of the Blackstone Real Estate Income Fund complex. Mr. Nash served as a member of the board of directors of Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HPP) until March 2019 and also served as a member of the board of directors of La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) until June 2015 and Landmark Apartment Trust of America, Inc. until January 2016. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Nash was with Merrill Lynch from 1997 to 2007 where he led the firm’s Real Estate Principal Investment Group — Americas. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Nash was a Senior Vice President at Barclays Bank, where he worked from 1991 to 1997 in the bank’s loan restructuring group. Prior to Barclays, he originated and structured real estate loans for Bank of Nova Scotia. Additionally, Mr. Nash worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP serving brokerage and other institutional clients. Mr. Nash graduated from State University of New York at Albany with a B.S. in Accounting and received an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. We believe Mr. Nash’s extensive experience with, and strong record of success in investing in, real estate-related assets provides our board of directors with valuable insights into developments in our industry.

Stephen Plavin

Mr. Stephen D. Plavin is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Plavin is also a senior managing director of Blackstone and a member of the Investment Committee for both BREDS and Blackstone Real Estate. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Plavin was the chief executive officer of Capital Trust, Inc., or Capital Trust, whose wholly owned manager was acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 1998, Mr. Plavin was co-head of Global Real Estate for The Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Securities Inc., or Chase. During his tenure at Chase, from 1984 to 1998, Mr. Plavin also led business units responsible for commercial real estate loan origination, syndication, structured finance, portfolio management and real estate owned sales. Mr. Plavin received a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in Finance, Accounting and Marketing from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Plavin is a member of the board of directors of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI) and served on the board of directors of WCI Communities, Inc. (NYSE: WCIC) from 2009 to 2017. Mr. Plavin’s experience and background as a senior member of our Company’s management since 1998 has provided him with valuable knowledge of and experience with our business, which we believe positions him to contribute to our board’s oversight functions.

Anthony Marone

Mr. Anthony F. Marone Jr. is the Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Secretary of Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. Mr. Marone was Principal Accounting Officer, Controller of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. He is also a senior vice president and principal accounting officer of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Mr. Marone is also a senior vice president and principal accounting officer of our Manager and BREDS. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Marone was a vice president and controller of CTIMCO. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Mr. Marone worked in the Real Estate Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he provided audit and other assurance services to various real estate companies. Mr. Marone received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Douglas Armer

Mr. Douglas N. Armer is the Executive Vice President, Capital Markets and Treasurer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Armer has served as our Executive Vice President, Capital Markets since January 2019 and has served as our Treasurer since September 2013 and as our Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets from September 2013 to January 2019. He is also a managing director of Blackstone and of BREDS and is a member of our Manager’s Investment Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Armer was a managing director of Capital Trust, whose wholly owned investment management business was acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. As a managing director at Capital Trust, Mr. Armer was responsible for the firm’s capital markets and finance activities encompassing equity, debt and strategic transactions, as well as oversight of regulatory matters. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 2004, Mr. Armer was responsible for developing the India-based capital markets group of Global Realty Outsourcing. Previously Mr. Armer held positions in investment banking at Gerard Klauer Mattison and at PaineWebber Commercial Real Estate Securities. Mr. Armer holds a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Weston Tucker

Mr. Weston Tucker is the Senior Managing Director, Head - Investor Relations of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. prior to that served as our Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations from 2013 to March 2019. Mr. Tucker is also senior managing director and head of investor relations for Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker’s primary responsibility has been managing Blackstone’s interface with public shareholders and the equity analyst community. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker was an equity research analyst for JPMorgan, covering the telecom and cable sectors. He began his career at AT&T, where he worked in a variety of finance roles including investor relations and communications, as well as corporate development. Mr. Tucker graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Leon Volchyok

Mr. Leon Volchyok is the Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance and Secretary of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a Principal in BREDS. Mr. Volchyok has served as our Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance and Secretary since March 2019 and prior to that served as our Head of Legal and Compliance and Secretary since January 2016. Mr. Volchyok is a managing director of Blackstone Real Estate. Mr. Volchyok plays a key role in the structuring, launch and operations of Blackstone Real Estate’s public vehicles, handles the legal affairs for BREDS and is involved in a number of other initiatives throughout the business. Mr. Volchyok was instrumental in launching and co-leads Blackstone’s Mexican CERPI, a market leading public platform through which the Mexican pension plans (AFOREs) invest in Blackstone funds. Mr. Volchyok also serves as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and secretary for each of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. and the Blackstone Real Estate Income Fund complex. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Volchyok was a senior associate in the Real Estate Capital Markets group at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he specialized in capital markets transactions and general securities law and corporate governance matters, with a focus on REITs and other real estate companies. Mr. Volchyok received a B.B.A. from Baruch College — Zicklin School of Business and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Thomas Ruffing

Mr. Thomas C. Ruffing is the Managing Director, Head - Asset Management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Ruffing has served as our Managing Director, Head of Asset Management, since February 2013. Mr. Ruffing previously served as our chief credit officer since July 2006. Mr. Ruffing is also a managing director of Blackstone and a managing director of BREDS. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Ruffing was also chief credit officer of Capital Trust, whose wholly owned investment management business was acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Mr. Ruffing worked at JP Morgan Chase in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities included structured corporate real estate finance transactions, major asset property sales and the restructuring and workout of real estate loans. Mr. Ruffing holds a B.S. and an M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Jonathan Pollack

Mr. Jonathan Lee Pollack is the Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Pollack has served as one of our directors since January 2016. Mr. Pollack is also a senior managing director of Blackstone and the Global Head of BREDS and a member of the Investment Committee for both BREDS and Blackstone Real Estate. Mr. Pollack is also chief executive officer and president of the Blackstone Real Estate Income Fund complex. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Pollack was a managing director and Global Head of Commercial Real Estate, as well as Head of Risk for Structured Finance at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Pollack joined Deutsche Bank in 1999 from Nomura Group. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Mr. Pollack received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University. We believe Mr. Pollack’s extensive experience with, and strong record of success in investing in, real estate-related assets provides our board of directors with valuable insights into developments in our industry.

Leonard Cotton

Mr. Leonard W. Cotton is an Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. Mr. Cotton has been a director since 2014. Mr. Cotton is the former vice chairman of Centerline Capital Group (a position he held from 2006 to 2008). He was also on the executive committee of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, or CREFC, from 2001 to 2010 and was president of CREFC from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Cotton previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of ARCap REIT (a position he held from 1995 to 2006), a real estate finance company acquired by Centerline Capital Group in 2006, and chairman and chief executive officer of ARCap REIT’s predecessor, REMICap. During his tenure at ARCap REIT, Mr. Cotton was instrumental in establishing ARCap REIT as a nationally recognized CMBS investor in subordinated bonds. From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Cotton was a president and partner in Harbour Realty Advisors, a real estate-related special situation investment and commercial property management company. Prior to joining Harbour Realty Advisors, Mr. Cotton was engaged in a number of real estate related entrepreneurial endeavors, including acting as consultant on real estate workout strategies and the development of high-end residential properties. Mr. Cotton also serves on the board of trustees of Bowdoin College. He started his career in 1972 with Citibank, working in commercial real estate lending and workout business units. He also served as an independent director of FundCore Institutional Income Trust Inc., a public unlisted mortgage REIT, from 2010 to 2012 and is a former board member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Cotton received an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University and a B.A. in American History from Bowdoin College. Mr. Cotton has significant experience in various aspects of commercial real estate, including lending, equity investment and development, which we believe gives him unique insight into our investment activities.

Thomas Dobrowski

Mr. Thomas E. Dobrowski is an Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Dobrowski has been a director since 1998. Mr. Dobrowski has been retired from General Motors Asset Management, or GMAM, an investment manager for several pension funds of General Motors, its subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as for several third party clients, since October 2005. From December 1994 until his retirement, he was the managing director of real estate and alternative investments for GMAM. Mr. Dobrowski was a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS) from 1993 to 2017, and previously served as a director and member of the audit committee of Equity Office Properties Trust until its sale in 2007 and was a former director of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) and Red Roof Inns, Inc. Mr. Dobrowski had a long career as a senior investment officer for a major pension plan investor and oversaw the original investment made by GMAM into the Company, which we believe gives him unique insight into our investment activities.

Martin Edelman

Mr. Martin Lee Edelman is an Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Edelman has been a director since 1997. Mr. Edelman is Of Counsel to Paul Hastings LLP, and prior thereto, Battle Fowler LLP. He is a director of Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) and Aldar Properties PJSC (ADX: ALDAR). He also served as a director of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) from 2013 until 2017, Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) from 2014 until 2015, Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) from 1997 until 2013 and Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) from 2003 until 2014. Mr. Edelman is a senior advisor to Mubadala Development Company, the strategic investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi. He is on the boards of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Fisher House Foundation. Mr. Edelman has extensive commercial real estate industry experience and knowledge developed over his nearly 40 years of practicing law, which we believe provides us with valuable perspectives into developments in our industry.

Henry Nassau

Mr. Henry N. Nassau is an Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Nassau has been a director since 2003. Mr. Nassau has been the chief executive officer of Dechert LLP since July 2016 and a partner since September 2003 and was previously deputy chair of practice group management and the chair of the corporate and securities group for over ten years. Mr. Nassau was the chief operating officer of Internet Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICGE), an Internet holding company, from December 2002 until June 2003, having previously served as managing director, general counsel and secretary since May 1999. Mr. Nassau was previously a partner at Dechert LLP from September 1987 to May 1999 and was chair of the firm’s business department from January 1998 to May 1999. At Dechert LLP, Mr. Nassau engages in the practice of corporate law, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private equity and venture capital financing. Mr. Nassau also serves on the advisory board of RAF Industries, TL Ventures and Graham Partners. Mr. Nassau has significant professional experience as an officer of a public company and as an attorney and partner in a major law firm, which we believe allows him to make unique contributions in the area of corporate governance.

Lynne Sagalyn

Dr. Lynne B. Sagalyn Ph.D. is an Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Dr. Sagalyn has been a director since 1997. Dr. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate at Columbia Business School where she taught for more than twenty years and was the founding director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the MBA Real Estate Program. Previously, Dr. Sagalyn held appointments at the University of Pennsylvania in both the School of Design (City Planning Department) and the Wharton School (Real Estate Department) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Department of Urban Studies and Planning). Dr. Sagalyn was vice chairman from 2010 to 2018 and is a member of the compensation committee of UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), a self-administered REIT in the apartment communities sector, and on the Advisory Board of PRIME, a Morgan Stanley private equity fund. Dr. Sagalyn also serves as a member of the board of directors of Regional Plan Association of New York, as a member of the board of directors of The Skyscraper Museum, as a member of the Advisory Board of Olshan Properties and on the board of and as chair of the audit committee of the New York City Trust for Cultural Resources. She has also served on the New York City Board of Education Chancellor’s Commission on the Capital Plan. Through her prominent positions in graduate real estate programs of leading universities, we believe Dr. Sagalyn brings expertise in real estate and finance to our board and the audit committee, of which she is the chair.

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