White Oak Global Advisors appointed Darius Mozaffarian and David Hackett as co-presidents. They will oversee the day-to-day operations of White Oak’s entire investments business spanning all lending products, affiliates and investment teams from Originations to Portfolio Management.
Mozaffarian and Hackett will continue to serve as members of the firm’s investment committee and operating committee in addition to assisting with firm-wide strategic and fundraising efforts. Mozaffarian and Hackett have been acting co-presidents since the beginning of the year, with their appointments becoming effective after the promotion of John Felix and Tom Finnigan to co-heads of Originations and Underwriting, respectively.
Mozaffarian joined White Oak in May 2008, became a partner in 2010, and has been a member of the firm’s investment committee since 2011. He has had primary responsibility for originating and structuring new transaction opportunities for White Oak’s private debt funds, and has led the firm’s Originations team since 2010. Previously, Mozaffarian served at Goldman Sachs in the leveraged finance group of the investment banking division, where he worked on myriad buyouts, corporate restructurings and rescue financings within the leveraged loan and high-yield bond market. Mozaffarian is currently licensed with Series 7 and 63 designations from FINRA.
Hackett joined White Oak in January 2008, became a partner in 2010 and has been a member of the investment committee since 2011. He has had primary responsibility for structuring and underwriting new investments for White Oak’s private debt funds, and has led the firm’s Underwriting team since 2010. Hackett is also a member of the firm’s valuation committee and was responsible for the development of the firm’s Portfolio Management group. Prior to joining White Oak, Hackett served as portfolio co-manager at North Point Investors.
“I have had the privilege of working with Darius and Dave well before White Oak’s inception, and they have been invaluable to our success so far,” said Andre Hakkak, co-founder and chief executive officer of White Oak. “I am excited to have their continued leadership and guidance as White Oak expands its platform to meet the ever-evolving needs of our borrowers and investors.”
“Darius and Dave have done an outstanding job of jointly driving our investment engine over the past decade. Individually they are each creative, thorough and meticulous, but it is their teamwork, mutual respect and collegiality that make the whole much greater than the sum of their parts,” said White Oak Co-Founder Barbara McKee.