Executive Team

Richard Byrne RFT

Richard J. Byrne

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Byrne serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc. and is the President of Benefit Street Partners. Prior to joining BSP in April 2013, Mr. Byrne was Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. He was also the Global Co-Head of Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Byrne was Global Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance Group and Global Head of Credit Research at Merrill Lynch & Co. He was also a perennially top-ranked credit analyst. Mr. Byrne earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Binghamton University. Mr. Byrne is a member of the board of directors of MFA Financial, Inc. and the board of directors of New York Road Runners.
Jerry Baglien RFT

Jerry Baglien

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Mr. Baglien serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc. and is a Vice President of Benefit Street Partners, where he focuses on commercial real estate. Prior to joining BSP in 2016, Mr. Baglien was director of fund finance for GTIS Partners LP, where he oversaw all finance and operations for GTIS funds. Previously, he was an accounting manager at iStar Inc. with oversight of loans and special investments. Mr. Baglien received a Master of Business Administration from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Oregon.

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