Blackstone Hires CoHead from University for Hedge Fund Unit

BOSTON, Jan 11 Reuters Blackstone Group, the worlds biggest hedge fund investor, is bringing in a former endowment chief at Brown University as the cohead of its Blackstone Alternative Asset Management BAAM unit.

The company has hired Joe Dowling to join John McCormick who has run the 78 billion hedge fund unit since early 2018, the company confirmed on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

Blackstones hedge fund unit backs new hedge funds, invests alongside hedge funds, buys majority stakes in them and offers internally run hedge funds. All businesses have expanded since McCormick was promoted to head the unit.

Performance, however, has been challenged. The hedge fund unit reported an 8.2 gain in 2019, according to internal Blackstone numbers and for 2020, the gain is said to be 5.5, a person familiar with the numbers said.

The average hedge fund gained 11.6 in 2020, according to Hedge Fund Research data.

Dowling came to Brown as chief investment officer in 2013 and was named chief executive officer of the Investment Office in 2018 when Jane Dietze began overseeing the investment process. Dowlings ties to Brown run deep as his father, an ophthalmologist, graduated from the university and was a former trustee.

Browns 4.7 billion endowment returned 12.1 during the fiscal year that ended in June, handily beating the benchmark Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service which gained 2.6. Browns most recent return topped Harvard and Yales returns,…

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