Blackstone Partner Peter Rose to Retire as Public Affairs Head

  • Joined buyout firm in 2007, previously worked at Goldman
  • Christine Anderson to replace Rose from January 2016

Peter Rose, a Blackstone Group LP partner and its global head of public affairs, will retire after nine years at the alternative-asset manager.

Rose, 64, will leave New York-based Blackstone at the end of January and become a senior adviser to the firm, Chief Executive Officer Steve Schwarzman and President Tony James wrote Monday in a memo to employees. He’ll be replaced by Christine Anderson.

“He has fostered an incredibly wide network of close relations around the world, and built up a level of trust and respect that is rare,” Schwarzman and James wrote of Rose, praising the former lawyer’s “unending patience, good humor and a strong commitment to the firm.”

Rose, who was born in New Zealand and received his law degree from Yale University, joined Blackstone in 2007 after it sold shares to the public. He previously helped lead public affairs at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., where he was a lobbyist in Washington, prepared the New York-based bank for its initial public offering, and started the company’s corporate communications group in Asia.

At Blackstone he built the public affairs group globally, hiring Anderson and Paula Chirhart in New York as well as Andrew Dowler in London. Anderson previously worked for former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, UBS Group AG, the 2004 John Kerry-John Edwards presidential campaign and the White House. Her husband is Jake Siewert, Goldman Sachs’s global head of corporate communications and a former White House press secretary.

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