Must-know promotions, exits, and hires at firms like Blackstone, American Express, and Citadel


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Here’s a rundown of news on hires, exits, and promotions from the past week. Are we missing anyone? Let us know.

  • Blackstone made a slew of environmental, social and governance (ESG) hires as part of its sustainable-investment push, Reuters first reported. ESG is “central to our mission of delivering strong returns for clients,” Blackstone president Jonathan Gray said in a statement.
  • Elizabeth Lewis, who formerly worked at the International Finance Corporation in climate and impact investing, will now work to implement ESG policies throughout Blackstone’s businesses.
  • Also joining is James Mandel, who will lead the firm’s emissions reduction program. Mandel previously led a carbon-free building program at non-profit group Rocky Mountain Institute.
  • Caroline Hill, who joins after a stint as head of responsible business at Lloyds Banking Group, will head real estate ESG for Europe.
  • Nina James, formerly of Australian commercial real estate company Investa Property Group, will lead real estate ESG for Asia.
  • Blackstone promoted Rita Mangalick to global ESG head for the firm’s hedge fund and credit businesses. Mangalick was previously a managing director focused on operational due diligence within the hedge fund business.In other Blackstone news, the asset manager also made two key hires in other divisions.
  • Blackstone hired Yifat Oron, previously the CEO of Israeli tech bank LeumiTech, to head its new office in Tel Aviv, according to a press release from the firm. Oron joins Blackstone as a senior managing director and will lead Israeli growth and tech investments for Blackstone’s growth equity business, BGX.
  • Jonny Bauer joined as head of portfolio brand transformation. Bauer previously served as chief strategy officer for Droga5, an NYC-based ad agency, Forbes reported on April 28.Citadel nabbed Dan Baranovsky, Citigroup‘s North America head of equity derivatives trading, as its newest portfolio manager, Insider reported this week. Baranovsky’s exit is the latest in a string of buy-side defections from Citi’s derivatives unit.25-year banking industry veteran Andrew Isaacs, who joined Bank of America