Jay Parekh is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh has focused on performance analytics for all private equity funds, marketing and investor relations finance, financial reporting and forecasting. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Parekh was a Director at Palladium Equity Partners, a mid-size New York based private equity firm. At Palladium, Mr. Parekh was primarily responsible for working with portfolio company CFOs on financial reporting, cash management and operational issues as well as performing accounting and other diligence on potential new investments. Prior to that, Mr. Parekh was a member of Motorola's Corporate Audit Staff assessing worldwide and cross sector business risks. Mr. Parekh began his career at Ernst & Young LLP serving as a Senior Associate in the audit practice as well as completing an internship in the firm's mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Parekh received a B.S., cum laude, in Accounting and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he was also a Dean's Scholar and Trustee Scholar. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.