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Apollo Global Management Names Scott Kleinman and James Zelter Co-Presidents

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Apollo") (NYSE:APO) today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the elevation of Scott Kleinman and James Zelter to serve as Co-Presidents.

In connection with these appointments, the current roles of Leon Black, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Josh Harris, Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder, and Marc Rowan, Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder, will continue with respect to Apollo’s strategic leadership and investment committee decision-making.

The appointments of Mr. Kleinman and Mr. Zelter to the newly created positions of Co-President will be effective as of January 1, 2018, and they will report to Mr. Harris.

In their new capacities, Mr. Kleinman and Mr. Zelter will have full responsibility for all of Apollo’s revenue-generating and investing businesses. Mr. Kleinman will focus on Apollo’s equity and opportunistic businesses, and Mr. Zelter will focus on Apollo’s credit and yield businesses. They both will continue to serve on the investment committees in their respective areas of focus.

“Scott and Jim are two of the most talented investors and managers in the industry, and their promotions reflect a natural progression of their distinguished careers,” said Mr. Black. “This new leadership structure affirms and strengthens the inherent power of our integrated global investment platform with $242 billion of total assets under management across Credit, Private Equity and Real Assets and a deep bench of world-class talent that we continue to develop and promote at Apollo.”

Mr. Harris said, “Scott has been with Apollo for more than two decades, and he has played a critical role in driving the growth of our private equity business while maintaining a best-in-class investment track record. Jim joined Apollo more than a decade ago, and he has done an extraordinary job overseeing the growth of our credit business into one of the world’s largest alternative credit platforms.”

Mr. Kleinman and Mr. Zelter said, “We are honored to be given the opportunity to take on this new role. We look forward to jointly leading Apollo’s revenue-generating and investing businesses, and working closely with the founders and the members of the Management Committee to continue to deliver value to investors and drive Apollo forward as one of the world’s leading alternative investment managers.”

In addition to Messrs. Harris, Kleinman, and Zelter, the other members of the Management Committee include: Gary Parr, Senior Managing Director; Joseph Azelby, Global Head of Real Assets; Lisa Bernstein, Global Head of Human Capital; Anthony Civale, Lead Partner and Chief Operating Officer - Credit; Stephanie Drescher, Global Head of Business Development and Investor Relationship Management; Martin Kelly, Chief Financial Officer; Gernot Lohr, Senior Partner; Sanjay Patel, Head of Europe; and John Suydam, Chief Legal Officer.

About Scott Kleinman

Scott Kleinman, 44, is the Lead Partner for Private Equity and a member of Apollo’s Management Committee. Mr. Kleinman joined Apollo in 1996, and in 2009 he was named Lead Partner for Private Equity.

Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Kleinman was a member of the Investment Banking division at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Kleinman serves on the board of directors of Constellis Holdings, CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd., Hexion Holdings, LLC, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings, Inc., and Vectra Co.

In 2014, Mr. Kleinman founded the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Mr. Kleinman received a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, respectively, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

About James Zelter

James Zelter, 55, is the Managing Director of Apollo's Credit business, a member of Apollo’s Management Committee, and Chief Executive Officer and director of Apollo Investment Corporation.

Prior to joining Apollo in 2006, Mr. Zelter was with Citigroup Inc. and its predecessor companies from 1994 to 2006. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Zelter was Chief Investment Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, and prior to that he was responsible for the firm’s Global High Yield franchise. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1994, Mr. Zelter was a High Yield Trader at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Zelter is a board member of DUMAC, the investment management company that oversees the Duke University Endowment and Duke University Foundation. Mr. Zelter has a degree in Economics from Duke University.

About Apollo Global Management

Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Bethesda, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Apollo had assets under management (AUM) of approximately $242 billion as of September 30, 2017 in Private Equity ($70 billion of AUM), Credit ($158 billion of AUM) and Real Assets ($13 billion of AUM) funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources. For more information about Apollo, please visit

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For investor inquiries regarding Apollo:
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Gary M. Stein, 212-822-0467
Head of Corporate Communications
Noah Gunn, 212-822-0540
Investor Relations Manager
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Source: Apollo Global Management, LLC