Speaker Bios

James Zelter

Keynote Speaker

Managing Partner & CIO, Apollo Credit

Mr. Zelter joined Apollo Management in 2006. Mr. Zelter is the Managing Partner of Apollo Capital Management. At Apollo, Mr. Zelter is CEO and Board Member of Apollo Investment Corp. and oversees the firm’s activities in a broad array of asset classes.

Prior to joining Apollo Management, Mr. Zelter was with Citigroup and its predecessor companies from 1994 to 2006. He was responsible for the global expansion and strong financial performance of the Special Situations Investment Group, a proprietary investment group he founded within Citigroup’s Fixed Income Division. As head of Citigroup’s Special Situations Investment Group, Mr. Zelter was responsible for the acquisition of approximately $5 billion of NPL portfolios and ancillary investments. While with Citigroup, Mr. Zelter also served on the Global Fixed Income Management Committee. In this role, he oversaw the firm’s High Yield Trading, Sales and Capital Market Groups. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Zelter was Chief Investment Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments. In addition, he was a standing member of the Citigroup Pension Investment Committee, the Salomon Smith Barney Capital Partners Investment Committee and the Citigroup Mezzanine Partners Investment Committee. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1994, Mr. Zelter was a High Yield Trader at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Zelter is a board member of DUMAC, the investment management company that oversees the Duke Endowment and Duke Foundation, and is on the board of the Dalton School. Mr. Zelter has a BA in Economics from Duke University.