The EnTrustPermal Team has extensive investment and financial industry experience in traditional and alternative asset classes. The expertise of our professionals is applied to all aspects of investment management, including research, risk, operations, investor services and business development.
Gregg S. Hymowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Gregg S. Hymowitz is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EnTrustPermal and Chair of EnTrustPermal’s Global Investment Committee. Mr. Hymowitz was a Founder and the Managing Partner of EnTrust since its inception in April 1997 and the Chair of EnTrust’s Investment Committee. Prior to the founding of EnTrust, Mr. Hymowitz was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., which he joined in 1992. For the preceding two years, Mr. Hymowitz was an attorney in the mergers & acquisitions practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Mr. Hymowitz graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1990, and received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1987. Mr. Hymowitz was the 1985 Harry S. Truman Scholar from New York, the 1987 British Hansard Society Scholar and the 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement Award. Mr. Hymowitz is a former board member of the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Medical Center, and he served two terms as a Trustee of the Riverdale Country Day School.
François Becquaert, Chief Financial Officer
François Becquaert is Chief Financial Officer of EnTrustPermal. Mr. Becquaert was previously Executive Vice President, co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Permal Group. He served as Deputy Director of SequanaCapital (formerly known as Worms & Cie), an industrial and services group listed on the Paris Bourse and the former parent of the Permal Group.
Mr. Becquaert joined Worms & Cie in 1996 responsible for corporate development and control of Worms & Cie's investments in the financial sector (Permal Group and Pechel Industries) and the verification/certification sector (Société Générale de Surveillance). Prior to this position, he worked for Demachy Worms Investment Bank where he participated in a number of M&A deals in Europe. Before the Worms Group, Mr. Becquaert was with BNP Paribas in Dublin in its structured finance practice. François Becquaert graduated from the Université Paris Dauphine with a Masters in Corporate Finance.
Jill G. Daschle, Global Head of Business Development
Jill G. Daschle is Global Head of Business Development of EnTrustPermal, Chief Executive Officer of EnTrustPermal Securities LLC, and the Principal of EnTrustPermal Securities LLC’s Washington Office. Ms. Daschle was previously Partner and Chief Executive Officer of EnTrust Securities LLC. Ms. Daschle joined EnTrust in October 2002. Ms. Daschle has been in the business development field for 20 years spanning the financial, corporate and political sectors.
Prior to joining EnTrust, Ms. Daschle was the President of Creative Resources, Inc., a premier national strategic counseling and fundraising firm whose clients included labor unions, well-known political organizations and a Fortune 50 corporation. From 1993-2000, Ms. Daschle served on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, most recently as his Finance Director. Ms. Daschle has her Series 7, Series 24 and Series 63 licenses. She received her BA from Emory University.
Svein Engh, Managing Director
Svein Engh is Managing Director of EnTrustPermal and serves as the Portfolio Manager of the firm’s Blue Ocean Fund.
Mr. Engh has nearly thirty years of global experience in financial services, predominantly in the Shipping and Offshore/Oil Services sectors. Among his various positions, Mr. Engh previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Octavian Maritime Holdings, Inc. In 2012, Mr. Engh was selected to establish a new Shipping & Offshore business for CIT Group Inc. with a focus on growing a lending and leasing portfolio. Mr. Engh built a team of fifteen experienced shipping professionals at CIT.
Mr. Engh holds a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor’s Scholarship and graduated with Honors.
Bruce Kahne, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer U.S.
Bruce Kahne is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer U.S. of EnTrustPermal and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of EnTrustPermal Securities LLC. Mr. Kahne was previously Partner and General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer of EnTrust and EnTrust Securities LLC. Mr. Kahne joined EnTrust in September 2007, and he was also Chair of the EnTrust Compliance and Conflicts Committee, a member of the EnTrust Risk Committee, a member of the EnTrust operational due diligence team, and is responsible for reviewing the legal documents of underlying and prospective managers.
Prior to joining EnTrust, Mr. Kahne was a Partner in the Investment Management Group at K&L Gates LLP, where the focus of his practice was the formation, structure, regulation and compliance of private investment vehicles. Mr. Kahne began his investment management career as an Associate and then Counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP. Mr. Kahne received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA from Binghamton University and holds Series 7, Series 24, Series 63 licenses and has completed the Partners, Directors & Senior Officers course administered by the Canadian Securities Institute.
Christopher T. Keenan, CFA, Senior Managing Director
Christopher Keenan is Co-Head of Global Investments of EnTrustPermal and a member of the Global Investment Committee where he leads the firm's co-investment program. Mr. Keenan was previously Partner of EnTrust Capital, which he joined in 2005, and he was a member of the EnTrust Investment Committee. Prior to joining EnTrust, Mr. Keenan worked for Meketa Investment Group as an investment analyst for three years, where he was responsible for conducting hedge fund investment manager research and due diligence.
Mr. Keenan holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Suffolk University and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Anselm College. Mr. Keenan is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the CFA Institute, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Omar Kodmani, CFA, Global Head of International Business Development
Omar Kodmani, CFA, is Senior Executive Officer and Global Head of International Business Development of EnTrustPermal. Mr. Kodmani was appointed Chief Executive of The Permal Group in 2014, having previously been its President. Prior to this appointment, he was Senior Executive Officer, responsible for monitoring Permal's international investment activities as well as asset gathering initiatives. Before joining Permal in 2000, Mr. Kodmani spent seven years with Scudder Investments in London and New York where he developed the firm's international mutual fund business.
Prior to Scudder, Mr. Kodmani worked for four years at Equitable Capital (now part of Alliance Bernstein). He is a CFA® Charterholder and serves on the Advisory Board of the CFA® (UK). He holds an M.B.A. in Finance (Beta Gamma Sigma) from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a G.C. Certificate from the London School of Economics.
Michael J. McDonough, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer - International
Michael McDonough is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the international operations of EnTrustPermal. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President and the General Counsel of the Permal Group, overseeing the legal and compliance affairs of its worldwide operations in the Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Prior to joining Permal, Mr. McDonough was a Partner in the global Financial Services Group of Dechert LLP, resident in London, after practicing as an Associate in their London and Washington D.C. offices.
Mr. McDonough holds a J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he was also a Member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. He also holds an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a B.A., with honors, in International Studies and German from Bridgewater College in Virginia. Mr. McDonough is admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeals of Maryland and Washington D.C.
Sophia Park Mullen, Managing Director
Sophia Mullen is Managing Director, Investment Research at EnTrustPermal and a member of the Global Investment Committee. Prior to joining EnTrust in September 2013, Ms. Mullen was an associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Group, which she joined in 2007. While at Sidley, Ms. Mullen’s practice focused on representing both debtors and creditors in a wide variety of matters, including chapter 11, 7 and 9 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings and workouts. Ms. Mullen holds a BS from Georgetown University and a JD cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Greg Tarpinian, Head of North American Institutional Sales
Greg Tarpinian is Head of North American Institutional Sales of EnTrustPermal. Mr. Tarpinian was previously a Partner of EnTrust Securities LLC and the Principal of EnTrust Securities LLC’s New York Office. He is the Principal of EnTrustPermal Securities LLC’s New York office. Mr. Tarpinian joined EnTrust Capital in October 2008 as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Tarpinian has been a strategic and economic consultant to labor, governmental and other organizations for more than 30 years, and has served on many private and governmental economic advisory boards. Mr. Tarpinian has published numerous articles in professional journals and the business press and taught economics at several colleges and universities.
Mr. Tarpinian received his B.A., summa cum laude, an M.A. in Economics, and completed course work and comprehensive exams for a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Tarpinian holds Series 7, Series 24 and Series 63 licenses.
Jill Zelenko, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Jill Zelenko is Global Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer of EnTrustPermal. Ms. Zelenko is Chair of the EnTrustPermal Risk Committee and a member of the EnTrustPermal Audit Committee. She is the Financial and Operations Principal of EnTrustPermal Securities. Ms. Zelenko was previously a Partner and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Risk Officer of EnTrust Capital and Chair of the EnTrust Risk Committee. Prior to joining EnTrust in July 2000, Ms. Zelenko was a Managing Director/Partner of American Express Tax & Business Services Inc./Goldstein Golub Kessler LLP, which she joined in 1990. There, she served as auditor, regulatory and business advisor to her clients, which included investment advisors, broker-dealers and hedge funds.
Ms. Zelenko has a BS degree from Hofstra University, is a CPA, and holds a Series 27 license. Ms. Zelenko is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Internal Auditors Division and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund CFO Association. Additionally, Ms. Zelenko is the President of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Block Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization for mentally and developmentally disabled children and adults.
Christopher Zuehlsdorff, CFA, Senior Managing Director
Christopher Zuehlsdorff is Co-Head of Global Investments of EnTrustPermal and a member of the Global Investment Committee. Mr. Zuehlsdorff is responsible for liquid alternative strategies and certain global macro client mandates. Previously, Mr. Zuehlsdorff was Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and a lead Portfolio Manager of the Permal Group.
Mr. Zuehlsdorff joined Permal in 2003 as a Senior Financial Analyst, responsible for discovering and screening both potential and existing investment managers. Prior to that time, Mr. Zuehlsdorff was an IT consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation. Mr. Zuehlsdorff holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Carnegie Mellon University (2003). He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Saint Olaf College (1998). He is a CFA® Charterholder.