Nicole Degnan is a Managing Director in the Finance group and is the Chief Internal Auditor of Blackstone. In this role, she reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, leading the firm’s global internal audit practice. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Degnan worked at Merrill Lynch for over 10 years in various roles across Global Wealth Management, the Office of General Counsel and Chief Financial Office. Ms. Degnan began her career at Deloitte LLP where she was a Senior Attorney in the International Tax Practice. Ms. Degnan received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Accounting from Seton Hall University, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and a court approved mediator for the State of New Jersey.