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BlueMountain Capital hires Lee Kempler as Chief Operating Officer for investments

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private absolute return investment firm with $22 billion in assets under management, announced today that Lee Kempler had joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer for Investments, effective June 12, 2017.

In this newly-created position, Mr. Kempler will focus on further developing BlueMountain's robust collaboration and knowledge sharing process among the firm's Co-CIOs, portfolio managers, and risk managers, as well as enhancing the communication of investment strategies to BlueMountain's clients.

Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Kempler was a Managing Director at BlackRock, where he was the founding Executive Director of the BlackRock Investment Institute. In his role at BlackRock, he established an industry-leading platform for collaboration among portfolio managers and communication of investment insight to clients. He was also instrumental in the firm's initiatives to establish and share best practices in investment process. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Kempler spent nearly 25 years at McKinsey & Company, where he worked with Stephen Siderow, BlueMountain's co-founder, and where he served clients in financial services and became the firm's first Director of Knowledge, with responsibility for capturing, codifying, and disseminating the firm's intellectual property.

"Lee brings more than 30 years of experience building and enhancing best practices at top financial firms," said Mr. Siderow. "His expertise and intellect will drive further collaboration and integration across our investment teams and increase the value BlueMountain delivers to our clients."

"I am excited to be joining another first-class institution where intellectual capital is at the core of the enterprise," said Mr. Kempler. "BlueMountain has a deep tradition of collaborating across disciplines, investing with analytical rigor, and building trusted relationships with clients. Bringing additional structure to our investment dialogue, both inside the firm and with clients, will help us maintain and enhance that tradition."

Mr. Kempler serves on the Board of Trustees of Corlears School and the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned BA and BS degrees in and an MBA degree, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned an MA degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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