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Apollo Investment Corporation Names Widra to President’s Post

June 07, 2016, 08:04 AM

Apollo Investment Corporation announced the appointment of Howard Widra as President. Widra, who has worked at Apollo Global Management, LLC (AGM) and/or its affiliates since 2013, most recently as Co-Head of Direct Origination, replaces Edward Goldthorpe who resigned that post along with his role as the Chief Investment Officer of the Company's investment adviser, Apollo Investment Management, L.P. (AIM). The Company also announced that AIM's Deputy Chief Investment Officer Tanner Powell was named that unit's Chief Investment Officer and that Patrick Ryan, who has over 30 years of credit experience and has been with AGM since 2015, has been given the added title of AIM’s Chief Credit Officer to formalize his existing role.

Apollo Investment Corp. Chief Executive Officer, James Zelter said, “We thank Ted for his significant contributions over the last several years and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are excited about the opportunity for Howard and his team to further the Company’s strategic plan amid the pullback of traditional financial institutions and the recent credit market volatility. We believe Apollo Investment Corp. is especially well positioned to offer an even wider set of attractive investment solutions following the Security and Exchange Commission’s recent decision to grant the Company co-investment exemptive relief, which will allow it to participate in negotiated investment opportunities with other funds and vehicles managed by AGM. Howard’s successful track record in the direct origination business, supported by the strong investment team and credit oversight of Tanner and Patrick, will also help the Company capitalize on compelling risk adjusted return opportunities.”

Widra has been with Apollo Global Management, LLC and/or its affiliates since 2013, most recently serving as Co-Head of Direct Origination. Widra is a co-founder of MidCap Financial, a $6 billion specialty finance business, and was formerly its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to MidCap, Widra was the founder and President of Merrill Lynch Capital Healthcare Finance. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was President of GE Capital Healthcare Commercial Finance and held senior roles in its predecessor entities including President of Heller Healthcare Finance, and COO of Healthcare Financial Partners. Widra holds a J.D., Cum Laude, from the Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Powell joined Apollo Investment Management, L.P. in 2006, most recently serving as Deputy Chief Investment Officer. From 2004 to 2006, Powell was with Goldman Sachs' Principal Investment Area (PIA). From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Powell was in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Powell graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Political Economy.

Ryan joined Apollo Global Management, LLC in 2015, where he serves as Chief Credit Officer for the credit business. Prior to joining Apollo, he was at Citibank since 1996 in various Senior Credit Officer roles across all of Citi's asset classes and geographies, including most recently serving as Chief Credit Officer for Citi's $600 billion corporate credit portfolio and Chief Risk Officer overseeing risk governance and risk management for Citibank N.A.'s $1.3 trillion balance sheet.

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