Global Leadership Series with Jim Barry 2020
Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI) and Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. BAI manages over $195 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 1000. As CIO, Mr. Barry is responsible for providing oversight and leadership to the alternative investment teams globally across the Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses.
BlackRock Real Assets comprises BlackRock’s Infrastructure and Real Estate businesses, which have c. 400 professionals across 27 cities globally, and manage over $50 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. He is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, implementing the platform’s investment strategies and leading platform growth initiatives.
Mr. Barry founded BlackRock’s Infrastructure business in 2011 upon joining the firm. In 2016, he took responsibility for BlackRock’s Global Real Estate Investment business by integrating both Infrastructure and Real Estate to create one cohesive, scalable Real Asset operating platform with a range of client orientated strategies defined by their risk positioning. Under his leadership this business has grown from $34 billion to over $50 billion in assets.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Barry spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc, where he led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.