Our Team.

Our team of senior professionals has the expertise and the insight to help your organization meet its financing objectives.

Gail A. McDermott

Gail McDermott is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Capital Investors. Mrs. McDermott leads a team of investment professionals that manages a portfolio in excess of $40 billion. Mrs. McDermott joined the company in 2008 and has more than 25 years of investment experience. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), she was head of Private Placements and Loan Syndications for the Americas at Societe Generale and had spent many years at Prudential Financial. Mrs. McDermott earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

James Barker

James Barker is a Senior Director, based in the London office, responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Barker worked in the private placement unit at MetLife Investments Limited and in banking at Lloyds TSB Bank plc. James received a B.A. from the University of Bristol and is a CFA Charterholder. He has over 15 years of investment and banking experience.

James Belletire

James Belletire is a Managing Director and Head of the Chicago Office responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Belletire was a Senior Banker at Societe Generale, responsible for maintaining the bank’s relationships with a diverse group of Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Belletire received a B.A. and Master’s of Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has over 19 years of investment experience.

Meaghan Black

Meaghan Black is a Senior Director on the Infrastructure and Utilities team responsible for origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Ms. Black spent 16 years at Societe Generale where she structured and originated tax and accounting oriented leases—often financing power or infrastructure projects, originated and placed private debt securities, and sold and restructured bank loans. Ms. Black received a B.A. from the University of California at Davis and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell is a Senior Director on the direct origination team focused on direct private placement opportunities in the Midwest. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Campbell worked for Credit Agricole and was responsible for underwriting and managing corporate debt investments. Prior to that, he worked for Prudential Capital Group’s private placement team. Mr. Campbell received a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has over nine years of investment experience.

Chris Carey

Chris Carey is a Managing Director and Head of North American direct origination, responsible for managing the U.S. regional offices. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Carey spent the majority of his career with the private placement arm of Prudential Financial. Mr. Carey received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He has over 18 years of investment experience.

Colleen Cooney

Colleen Cooney is a Managing Director and Head of the Infrastructure and Utilities team, responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Ms. Cooney was at Société Générale for 9 years primarily working in the bank’s debt private placement group, with responsibilities for originating, structuring and distributing traditional private placement financings. Additional responsibilities while at the bank included working in loan syndications and investment grade public bonds. Ms. Cooney earned a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Pennsylvania State University. She has over 14 years of private placement market experience.

Aron Davidowitz

Aron Davidowitz is a Senior Director responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. His focus areas include real estate (REITs), sports, media and general corporate sector opportunities. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Davidowitz worked for five years in Société Générale’s debt private placement group. Mr. Davidowitz earned a B.A. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University. He has over 13 years of private placement market experience.

Andrew Donner

Andrew Donner is Senior Director on the direct origination team based in New York, focused on private placement opportunities in the Eastern U.S. Prior to joining New York Life in 2016, Mr. Donner spent the majority of his career at Morgan Stanley, with responsibility for the origination, structuring, and execution of debt private placements, and spent time on the firm's public debt syndicate desk. Mr. Donner received a B.A. from Colgate University and has over 10 years of private placement market experience.

R. Edward (“Ned”) Ferguson

Ned Ferguson is a Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer of Private Capital Investors. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Ferguson worked for Prudential Financial in one of its private placement units. Mr. Ferguson received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He has more than 25 years of investment experience in the private placement business.

Loyd Henderson

Loyd Henderson is a Managing Director and Head of the San Francisco Office responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Mr. Henderson originated, executed and managed mezzanine debt investments for Oaktree Capital Management and private placement transactions for the private placement arm of Prudential Financial. He received a B.S.B. from Wake Forest University and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has over 20 years of investment experience.

Post Howland

Post Howland is a Managing Director and Head of Agent Origination for Private Capital Investors. Mr. Howland had been with New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor) throughout his career and has over 20 years of corporate finance and investment experience. Mr. Howland received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Jessica Maizel

Jessica Maizel is Senior Director on the Infrastructure and Utilities team. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor), Ms. Maizel spent the majority of her career as an investment analyst in the Private Placement Group at Delaware Investments where she focused on the utility and energy sectors for both private placement bonds and private equity investments. She received a B.A. in Finance from Villanova University and has over 14 years of investment experience.

Neerav Malde

Neerav Malde is a Senior Director, based in the London office, responsible for investment origination and portfolio management. Prior to joining New York Life Investments (NYL Investors LLC’s predecessor) in 2014, Mr. Malde spent the majority of his career working in private placement and junior capital investment for Prudential Capital Group. Mr. Malde received an M.A. from the University of Oxford and is a CFA Charterholder. He has over 10 years of private placement market experience.

Akshay (Ash) Shah

Akshay (Ash) Shah is currently a Managing Director at New York Life Investors. He heads the London office where he oversees their Pan-European business. He leads a team of investment professionals which is responsible for assets across a range of sectors and geographies with AUM of over $10 billion. Prior to joining New York Life Investors, Akshay spent almost 20 years at Barclays Capital where he was a Managing Director and led the European Private Placement team. His work included the origination, structuring and distribution of over $45 billion of European and Asian debt Private Placements, including a number of market defining transactions. He played an integral role in Barclays becoming a consistent Global top 4 league table performer in the Private Placement market. Akshay holds a BEng (Hons) degree from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the City and Guild Institute.