Hamilton (“Tony") E. James was nominated to the Board of Commissioners by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and joined the Board on June 25, 2015.
Mr. James is the President, Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and a member of the board of directors of Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He is also a member of Blackstone's Management and Executive Committees and sits on the firm's investment committees.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. James was Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Executive Board. Prior to the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Mr. James was the Chairman of DLJ's Banking Group, responsible for all the firm's investment banking and merchant banking activities. Mr. James joined DLJ in 1975 as an Investment Banking associate. He became head of DLJ's global M&A group in 1982, founded DLJ Merchant Banking, Inc. in 1985, and was named Chairman of the Banking Group in 1995. He is a Director of Costco Wholesale Corporation.
Mr. James graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College in 1973 and was a John Harvard Scholar. He earned an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1975.
Committee Assignments: Finance, Governance and Ethics