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Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc (BXMT.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Nash

56 2013 Executive Chairman of the Board

Stephen Plavin

57 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anthony Marone

34 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Assistant Secretary

Paul Quinlan

39 2013 Former Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Secretary

Douglas Armer

42 2014 Managing Director, Treasurer & Head - Capital Markets

Weston Tucker

36 2014 Managing Director, Head - Investor Relations

Thomas Ruffing

56 2013 Managing Director, Head - Asset Management

Leon Volchyok

33 2016 Company Secretary and Head of Legal and Compliance

Jonathan Pollack

40 2016 Director

Leonard Cotton

67 2014 Independent Director

Thomas Dobrowski

73 1998 Independent Director

Martin Edelman

75 1997 Independent Director

Henry Nassau

62 2003 Independent Director

Lynne Sagalyn

69 1997 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Nash

Mr. Michael B. Nash is 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 chief investment officer of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. He is also a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee for both Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. 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. Mr. Nash graduated from State University of New York at Albany and received an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Stephen Plavin

Mr. Stephen D. Plavin is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Plavin served as chief operating officer since 1998. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Plavin was employed for 14 years with the Chase Manhattan Bank and its securities affiliate, Chase Securities Inc. Mr. Plavin held positions within the real estate finance unit of Chase, including the management of: loan origination and execution, loan syndications, portfolio management, banking services and real estate owned sales. He served as a managing director responsible for real estate client management for Chase’s real estate relationships and in 1997 he became co-head of global real estate for Chase. Mr. Plavin serves as a director of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc., a skilled nursing real estate investment trust and as non-executive Chairman of WCI Communities Inc.

Anthony Marone

Mr. Anthony F. Marone, Jr., is Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Assistant Secretary of the Compny. He 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.

Paul Quinlan

Mr. Paul D. Quinlan is Former Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Secretary of the Company. Mr. Quinlan, age 36, in his business development role, was a key member of the Blackstone deal team for the December 2012 strategic transaction with the Company, which was then known as Capital Trust, Inc. Mr. Quinlan will also serve as the Chief Financial Officer of Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies group, which encompasses all of Blackstone’s commercial real estate debt investment vehicles, including the Company. Mr. Quinlan most recently served as Blackstone’s head of Financial Planning & Business Development, with oversight of management and public reporting, and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Quinlan was also the Chief Financial Officer for Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P., encompassing Blackstone’s Advisory, Restructuring & Reorganization and Capital Markets businesses. From 2004 until joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Quinlan worked as a Director in the Global Principal Investments Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focusing on strategic corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and private equity investments. Prior to this, Mr. Quinlan worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities. Mr. Quinlan received a B.S. in Finance and English cum laude from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Douglas Armer

Mr. Douglas N. Armer is Managing Director, Treasurer & Head - Capital Markets of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Armer is also a managing director of our Manager and of BREDS. Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Armer was managing director of CTIMCO and Capital Trust. As managing director of 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 Managing Director, Head - Investor Relations of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. He is a Senior Vice President in the External Relations & Strategy Group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Tucker has been involved in Blackstone’s dealings with the investment community. Mr. Tucker’s primary focus is on Blackstone’s relationships and communications with its public shareholders and the equity analyst community. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Tucker worked in JPMorgan’s equity research department, where he analyzed telecom and cable stocks. 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 BS in Business Administration (Finance) from Ohio State University.

Thomas Ruffing

Mr. Thomas C. Ruffing is Managing Director, Head - Asset Management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Ruffing previously served as chief credit officer since July 2006. Mr. Ruffing is also a managing director of Manager and a managing director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ruffing was also chief credit officer of CTIMCO, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust and 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, 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.

Leon Volchyok

Mr. Leon Volchyok is Company Secretary and Head of Legal and Compliance of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a Principal in BREDS. Mr. Volchyok handles general legal and compliance matters for the BREDS business and also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of BREDS’ registered closed-end fund complex. Prior to joining Blackstone in October 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, general securities law and corporate governance matters, with a specific 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. Mr. Volchyok’s appointment coincides with the resignation of Randall S. Rothschild as Secretary and Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance, of the Company. Mr. Rothschild is resigning in recognition of Mr. Volchyok’s experience and strong qualifications for the position and in order to focus on his duties as Chief Operating Officer of BREDS. Mr. Rothschild’s decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the Company, the Company’s management or the Board.

Jonathan Pollack

Mr. Jonathan Lee Pollack is Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. He is a Senior Managing Director and the Global Head of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies group (“BREDS”) at The Blackstone Group L.P. (“Blackstone”). 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. Mr. Pollack received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Leonard Cotton

Mr. Leonard W. Cotton is Independent Director of the Company. 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.

Thomas Dobrowski

Mr. Thomas E. Dobrowski is Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. 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 is a director of Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. and previously served as a director of Equity Office Properties Trust until its sale in 2007.

Martin Edelman

Mr. Martin Lee Edelman is Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Edelman has been of counsel to Paul Hastings LLP, and prior thereto Battle Fowler LLP, each a law firm that has provided services. Mr. Edelman was a partner with Battle Fowler LLP from 1972 to 1993. He had been a director of Cendant Corporation and a member of the executive committee of that corporation’s board of directors from November 1993 until its deconsolidation in 2006. He currently serves as a director of Avis/Budget Group, Inc., a rental car company, and Ashford Hospitality Trust, a hospitality property focused real estate investment trust, or REIT. He is a senior advisor to Mubadala Development Company, the strategic investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, and a member of the board of Aldar Property Group, a real estate development, management and investment company, that is publicly traded in Abu Dhabi. He is on the boards of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Fisher House Foundation.

Henry Nassau

Mr. Henry N. Nassau is Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Mr. Nassau has been a partner since September 2003 and is chair of the corporate and securities group at the law firm Dechert LLP. Mr. Nassau was the chief operating officer of Internet Capital Group, Inc., 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.

Lynne Sagalyn

Dr. Lynne B. Sagalyn Ph.D., is Independent Director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. Dr. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate at Columbia Business School where she is director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the MBA Real Estate Program. This position marks a return to Columbia, where she had been a professor of finance and economics for more than twelve years, and to the MBA Real Estate Program, which she developed during that period. From 2004 until her return to Columbia in July 2008, 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). Dr. Sagalyn is the Vice Chairman and a director of UDR, Inc., a self-administered REIT in the apartment communities sector. Dr. Sagalyn also serves on the advisory board of The Goldman Family Enterprises, as a member of the audit committee of Planned Parenthood of New York City, and as a member of the board of directors of Regional Plan Association of New York. She has also served on the New York City Board of Education Chancellor’s Commission on the Capital Plan.