TIMUR AKAZHANOV is a Principal in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Akazhanov has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Biomet and Gates Corporation. He currently serves on the board of Biomet. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Akazhanov was an investment professional at Bain Capital where he focused on industrial and healthcare sectors. Prior to Bain, Mr. Akazhanov was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Akazhanov received an AB in Economics from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar, Thomas M. and Edna E. Wolfe Scholar and Henry Ford II Scholar.