SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 8, 2016
Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
345 Park Avenue, 42nd Floor
New York, New York 10154
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 655-0220
(Former Name or Address, if Changed Since Last Report.)
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|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
Non-independent Director Transition
On January 8, 2016, Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. (the Company) announced that Jonathan Lee Pollack will serve as a Blackstone-designated director on the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) effective immediately.
Mr. Pollack, 39, 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.
Mr. Pollack was elected as a director in accordance with the terms of the purchase and sale agreement, dated September 27, 2012 (the Purchase Agreement), by and between the Company and Huskies Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Blackstone. In accordance with the Purchase Agreement, two members of the Board may be designated by Blackstone. Mr. Pollack will not receive compensation for his service as a director of the Company. Mr. Pollack is not a party to any transaction that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Mr. Pollacks appointment coincides with John G. Schreibers resignation from the Board. Mr. Schreiber is retiring and his decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the Company, the Companys management or the Board. The Board wishes to thank Mr. Schreiber for his service.
The other Blackstone designee to the Board is Michael Nash, Global Chairman of BREDS, who will continue as the Executive Chairman of the Board.
Chief Financial Officer Transition
On January 8, 2016, the Board appointed Anthony F. Marone, Jr., currently the Companys Principal Accounting Officer, to serve as the Companys Chief Financial Officer effective March 1, 2016.
Mr. Marone, 33, has served as the Companys Principal Accounting Officer since September 2013 and has also served as the Companys Controller from 2008 until 2015. Mr. Marone is also a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of BXMT Advisors L.L.C., the Companys external manager, and BREDS. Prior to joining the Company, 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.
The selection of Mr. Marone to serve as the Companys Chief Financial Officer was not pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with respect to any other person. There are no family relationships between Mr. Marone and any director or executive officer of the Company, and there are no transactions between Mr. Marone and the Company that would be required to be reported under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Mr. Marones appointment coincides with the resignation, also effective March 1, 2016, of Paul D. Quinlan as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Quinlan is resigning in recognition of Mr. Marones experience and strong qualifications for the position and in order to focus on his duties as Global Chief Financial Officer for the Blackstone Real Estate Group. Mr. Quinlans decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the Company, the Companys management or the Board.
Secretary and Head of Legal and Compliance Transition
On January 8, 2016, the Board appointed Leon Volchyok to serve as the Companys Secretary and Head of Legal and Compliance, effective immediately.
Mr. Volchyok, 32, 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. Volchyoks 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. Volchyoks experience and strong qualifications for the position and in order to focus on his duties as Chief Operating Officer of BREDS. Mr. Rothschilds decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the Company, the Companys management or the Board.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TRUST, INC.|
|Date: January 12, 2016||By:|
|Name:||Paul D. Quinlan|
|Chief Financial Officer|