Kathleen Skero, a Senior Managing Director in the Finance Group, is the firm's Finance Director and Principal Accounting Officer. She is responsible for the FSG and BAIIAR groups. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Ms. Skero worked at Merrill Lynch for 29 years in a variety of positions, including CFO of its Global Wealth Management division and Global Controller, where her responsibilities included oversight of the firm's books and records, SEC reporting, accounting policy, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Ms. Skero received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant.