Blackstone promotes Asia IR COO

Blackstone’s senior managing director of investor relations Carol Kim has been promoted to chief operating officer of investor relations for Asia Pacific amid a number of changes in the firm’s management structure in the region.

Blackstone has promoted Hong Kong-based senior managing director of investor relations Carol Kim to chief operating officer of investor relations across the region.

Kim has worked at the firm since 2008. Prior to joining Blackstone, she was based in New York as a vice president in the Absolute Return Strategies Group at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for client communications.

The firm has announced a series of people moves, including the appointment of Susannah Lindenfield as general counsel for its Asia Pacific operations.

The leadership restructurings are part of the firm’s strategy to manage its increasing presence in the region, said Tony James, Blackstone’s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

Hong Kong-based Lindenfield currently serves as head of international compliance and has been promoted from her role as managing director in the firm’s legal and compliance group. She will continue to oversee compliance in the region,

Lindenfield joined the firm in 2008 after a stint as director of fund derivatives at KBC Financial Products. In this role she worked as counsel for the firm covering the Asian fund of funds, the hedge fund derivatives and convertible bonds businesses, according to Blackstone’s website.

Jan Nielson, who is head of private equity investment in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, has been promoted to chief operating officer for all Blackstone's businesses and administrative functions in Asia-Pacific, as previously reported by Private Equity International.

Nielsen joined Blackstone’s London office in 2005. During his tenure he has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments, including European entertainment company Merlin and Merlin's acquisition of theme park Legoland. Since moving to Asia, he has been involved in Blackstone’s investment in German optics manufacturer Leica Camera and restaurant chain Antares Restaurant Group. 

The firm has also appointed Christopher Heady as its new Asia Pacific chairman, as reported by PEI. Heady will continue in his role as senior managing director and head of real estate.