Avi Sharon is a Principal in the Private Wealth Management Group and is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Sharon was a Managing Director at AllianceBernstein, where he was head of product management for Asset Allocation and Head of Marketing for the firm’s Private Client business, Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also served as interim head of Investor Relations for AllianceBernstein through April of 2011. His was involved with leading product development, management and distribution for all multi-asset class services across the institutional, retail and private client channels. He also developed and led a comprehensive marketing communications effort for the Private Client business. Prior to that, Mr. Sharon was head of marketing communications and strategic planning at HSBC Investments and before that was Vice President in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Credit Suisse Asset Management, working in alternative investment strategies. Mr. Sharon received a B.A. in English and Classics from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in Classics. He has earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.