Blackstone Announces Appointment of Kurt Summers, Former City Treasurer of Chicago, as Head of Public-Private Partnerships for Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Blackstone Inc. (NYSE: BX) today announced the appointment of Kurt Summers, Jr., former City Treasurer of Chicago, as Head of Public-Private Partnerships within Blackstone’s Infrastructure business. Kurt Summers has a more than twenty-year career spanning world-class institutions in both the private and public sectors, leveraging expertise in finance, institutional investing, complex problem-solving and market-leading innovation. In this role, Kurt will focus on investment strategies in partnership with local governments, civic and labor organizations, and broader stakeholders to help advance local infrastructure priorities, with a keen focus on advancing Blackstone Infrastructure’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts.

Commenting on the announcement, Sean Klimczak, Global Head of Infrastructure at Blackstone, said: “We’ve been pleased to have Kurt as an exceptional advisor to the firm and we are excited to welcome him to Blackstone Infrastructure Partners. His extensive experience across the public and private sectors as well as his expertise in ESG will be invaluable to us and our investors. Blackstone Infrastructure remains dedicated to partnering with local and state governments – they are vital to ensuring infrastructure projects achieve the goals of their communities and stakeholders – and we look forward to expanding on these efforts with Kurt.”

Commenting on the announcement, Kurt Summers, Jr., said: “I am excited to join Blackstone’s world class infrastructure team. Blackstone Infrastructure is an innovator in the sector, and as an investor, I look forward to partnering with government entities, asset owners, local communities, and other stewards of public assets to leverage Blackstone’s capital, experience and commitment to ESG to further develop American Infrastructure.”

Prior to joining Blackstone Infrastructure, Summers served as a Senior Advisor to Blackstone where he provided insight and strategic direction around various investment opportunities, capital strategies and existing portfolio companies. He also serves as an independent director of L&F Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: LNFA).

From 2014 to 2019, Summers served as Chicago’s City Treasurer. Summers oversaw the development of one of the most comprehensive Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) integration strategy of any major city in the world, integrating ESG into 100% of its investment decisions on corporate, agency and municipal fixed income securities. In addition, during his tenure as Treasurer, Chicago achieved a carbon-neutral investment portfolio and became a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Summers also served as both Chairman of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust and Chairman of the Chicago Community Catalyst Fund, a first-of-its-kind $100 million local investment fund focused on smaller private equity, private debt, growth equity and real estate investments in Chicago neighborhoods.

Prior to becoming Treasurer of the City of Chicago, Summers served as a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management, where he helped lead the firm’s strategy & business development efforts and served as a member of the Office of the Chairman. Summers began his career at McKinsey & Company and later worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Summers received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Management Distinction High Honors in Finance and International Business, with a minor in East Asian Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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