Jim Barry

Jim Barry

Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors

Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI).  As CIO, Mr. Barry has responsibility for and oversight of all investment activities across the platform, which is comprised of the firm’s investment capabilities in Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Liquid and Private Credit.

 

As CIO, Mr. Barry oversees four strategic business pillars within BAI which cover investment performance and process; implementing a fully integrated ESG investing strategy and framework; a pan-alts strategy and research function; and BlackRock Capital Markets (BCM), BlackRock’s firmwide Capital Markets business.

 

Prior to his role as CIO, he was Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. In 2016, he created Real Assets when he took responsibility for BlackRock's Global Real Estate Investment business and integrated both Infrastructure and Real Estate to create one cohesive, scalable operating platform with a range of client orientated strategies defined by their risk positioning. Under his leadership this business grew from c. $30 billion to c. $65 billion in assets in under 5 years.

 

Mr. Barry founded BlackRock’s Infrastructure business in 2011, upon joining the firm. Prior to which he spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc. He led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.

 

Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.