Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 6, 2018



The Blackstone Group L.P.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-33551   20-8875684

(State or other jurisdiction of




File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

345 Park Avenue

New York, New York

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(212) 583-5000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On June 6, 2018, Kathleen Skero, Principal Accounting Officer of Blackstone Group Management L.L.C., the general partner (the “General Partner”) of The Blackstone Group L.P. (the “Partnership” and, together with the General Partner, “Blackstone”), provided notice of her retirement effective June 30, 2018.

Christopher Striano, age 43, will be appointed Principal Accounting Officer of the General Partner upon Ms. Skero’s retirement. Mr. Striano is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and is responsible for Blackstone’s Global Fund Accounting group, corporate accounting and accounting policy. He also provides supervisory oversight for Blackstone’s Private Equity segment, which includes operations, portfolio company valuations, tax and financial reporting for Blackstone’s Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Infrastructure funds. Mr. Striano also runs Blackstone’s Portfolio Management Program. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Striano has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s strategic planning projects, including the firm’s IPO, and has served as Head of the firm’s Financial Planning and Analysis group, where his responsibilities included the firm’s global forecast process, business unit and firm-wide strategic planning, managing ratings agency relationships, new business initiatives and various special projects. Mr. Striano received a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Finance from St. John’s University.

Like other Blackstone personnel, Mr. Striano invests in and alongside Blackstone’s funds as described in Blackstone’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: June 8, 2018


The Blackstone Group L.P.



Blackstone Group Management L.L.C.,

its General Partner


/s/ John G. Finley

  John G. Finley
  Chief Legal Officer