Lynn Baranski

Lynn Baranski

Global Co-Head of Private Equity Partners

Lynn Baranski, Managing Director, is Global Co-Head of Private Equity Partners (PEP) within BlackRock's Equity Private Markets (EPM) group. Ms. Baranski chairs PEP's Internal Investment Committee and is a member of PEP's Executive Investment Committee and Valuation Committee. Ms. Baranski is also a member of the BlackRock Investment Conflicts Committee and EPM Executive Committee.


Ms. Baranski's service with the firm dates back to 1997, including her years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. Prior to her current leadership role, Ms. Baranski was PEP's Global Head of Investments with primary responsibility for all aspects of PEP's investment process including investment sourcing, due diligence, monitoring as well as portfolio construction and strategy. Before joining PEP in 2001, she worked for four years as a high yield portfolio manager and research analyst in the fixed income division. She joined MLIM from Bank of America Securities, Inc. (formerly NationsBank), where she was a member of the Financial Sponsor Advisory group. In this position, she advised clients on optimal capital structures for leveraged buyouts and reviewed several private equity fund commitments on behalf of the bank.


Ms. Baranski currently serves on the advisory boards of certain funds managed by Certares LLC, Black Diamond, Tailwind Capital Partners, 1315 Capital and Z Capital Partners. Additionally, she is on the board of directors of Juweel Holdings, Travel Leaders Group and Guardian Alarm. She previously participated on the boards of TowerCo, Canbriam Energy, and Evenflo. She was also an observer to the board of directors of American Express GBT.


Ms. Baranski earned a BA degree in history and art history from Wake Forest University and an MBA degree in finance from Vanderbilt University.