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Joe Baratta to head global private equity for Blackstone

Blackstone has appointed Joe Baratta as head of global private equity.

Baratta (pictured) currently heads the private equity team in Europe and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. He will also join the firm’s management committee.

Baratta will be based in New York from September.

Tony James, Blackstone’s president, says: “Joe Baratta embodies the best of Blackstone – high integrity, strong investment acumen, a focus on the needs of our limited partners and a great developer of talent. He has been a key part of the leadership team at Blackstone and I look forward to having him broaden his role within the private equity group.”

Baratta joined Blackstone in 1998 in its private equity business. In 2001, he moved to London to help open its office there and establish the European private equity business.

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