John Studzinski CBE is Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds responsibility for sovereign and institutional investor relationship management, as well as important and influential pools of international family capital.
Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he led for a decade. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Studzinski served as head of European Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley as well as deputy chairman of Morgan Stanley International. After 23 years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Studzinski moved to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he also has an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Studzinski is a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office of the UK Government and serves as Chair of the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee in addition to chairing the Prime Minister's “Business Against Modern Slavery” initiative. He is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, and Chairman of Create London. He is Vice-Chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch and is Co-founder and Chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks to stop human trafficking. Mr. Studzinski is also Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Studzinski serves on the U.S. boards of The J. Paul Getty Trust, Signature Theatre, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).
Mr. Studzinski holds the Papal honors of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester and in 2004 was awarded the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy. He received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless. In 2007 Mr. Studzinski was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity. In 2017, Mr. Studzinski was named Catholic of the Year by Catholic Herald magazine and received the 2017 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in recognition of his personal commitment and support of the arts.