James Keenan

James E. Keenan

Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board

James E. Keenan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Global Credit within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI), and Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of the BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation.

Mr. Keenan has led BlackRock's Global Credit platform since 2006, overseeing investment strategy, processes, performance, risk management, platform strategic planning and growth initiatives, and partnerships with BlackRock's distribution channels.  Under Mr. Keenan's leadership, the platform has significantly expanded to offer clients a full range of investment strategies and solutions in leveraged finance, hedge fund and liquid alternative strategies, and private credit opportunities in middle market direct lending, opportunistic credit, and specialty finance.  Since 2004, he has managed investment portfolios at BlackRock across a range of strategies including high yield credit, opportunistic and distressed lending, and long/short hedge funds.

Mr. Keenan serves on BlackRock's Global Operating Committee, the Executive Committees of BlackRock Alternative Investors and Global Fixed Income, Investment Committees for BlackRock Private Equity Partners and BlackRock Alternative Solutions Group, and BlackRock's Infrastructure Debt Management Committee.

Mr. Keenan began his career in credit research and trading with UBS Global Asset Management and Columbia Management Group.  He earned a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1998.  He is a member of Notre Dame's Wall Street Committee, its Athletic Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Services, a service and advocacy partnership in New York City.