Investment Management

Senior Loans

Jeffrey A. Bakalar

Group Head and Chief Investment Officer, Senior Loans

Total Years of Experience: 31

Jeffrey A. Bakalar Photo

Jeff Bakalar is managing director, group head and chief investment officer of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He co-manages the group with Dan Norman, and he is chairman of the group’s investment committee. Jeff is currently a member of the board of directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association. Jeff received his MBA from DePaul University.

Dan Norman

Group Head and Managing Director, Senior Loans

Total Years of Experience: 32

Dan Norman Photo

Dan Norman is managing director, group head of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He co-manages the group with Jeff Bakalar, and serves as a member of the group’s investment committee. Dan is a former member of the board of directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association and the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers. Dan received his MBA from the University of Nebraska.

Joe Alston

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 4

Joe Alston is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Joe is responsible for the credit and sector analysis and monitoring of European loans. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for the performance analytics team of Henderson Global Investors. Joe received is MSc in Finance from the Lancaster University Management School.

Mallory A. Anderson

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 6

Mallory A. Anderson Photo

Mallory Anderson is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Mallory is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Mallory started her career with the firm working as a treasury analyst. Prior to joining the firm, Mallory worked at Axa Advisors as a registered financial representative. Mallory received her BS degrees in finance and marketing from Arizona State University.

Mohamed N. Basma, CFA

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 20

Mohamed N. Basma, CFA Photo

Mohamed Basma is a senior vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Mohamed is a member of the senior loan group’s investment committee. He is also portfolio manager for the senior loan group’s CLOs and is responsible for all aspects of the senior loan group’s U.S. and European CLO business. Prior to joining the firm, Mohamed was a senior auditor/consultant in the audit and business advisory group with Arthur Andersen, LLP responsible for executing corporate audits and financial consulting engagements Mohamed received his MBA from Arizona State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ralph Bucher

Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Total Years of Experience: 32

Ralph Bucher Photo

Ralph Bucher is senior vice president, chief credit officer for the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Ralph serves as a member of the group’s investment committee. Ralph also assists in the approval and monitoring of senior loan credit exposures, distressed credit management, loan valuations and risk management. Prior to joining the firm, Ralph was the North American head of special assets for Standard Chartered Bank. Ralph has also held other senior credit risk management positions with Standard Chartered and Societé Generale, as well as credit structuring and analysis positions with National Australia Bank and Commerzbank. Ralph received his masters of international management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Kelly Byrne, CFA

Vice President, Research Analyst and Team Leader

Total Years of Experience: 17

Kelly Byrne, CFA Photo

Kelly Byrne is a vice president, research analyst and team leader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He oversees a team of research analysts and is also responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Kelly worked in the business development and licensing group at Amgen, where his main responsibilities were deal analysis and financial modeling. Kelly received his MBA from Arizona State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. He is currently a member of the CFA Institute and Phoenix Society of Financial Analysts.

Romain M. Catois, CFA

Vice President, Research Analyst and Team Leader

Total Years of Experience: 17

Romain M. Catois, CFA Photo

Romain Catois is a vice president, research analyst and team leader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Romain oversees a team of research analysts and is also responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Romain worked for Agilent Technologies in San Francisco as a foreign exchange and corporate finance consultant in the company’s treasury department. Prior to that, he was a process chemical engineer at Total Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. Romain received his MBA degree from Arizona State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ambuj Chaudhary, CFA

Vice President, Structured Credit Manager

Total Years of Experience: 13

Ambuj Chaudhary is a vice president, structured credit manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for investor relations, quantitative analysis, and optimization of CLO portfolios, and is leading the team’s efforts in structured finance and alternative investments. Prior to joining the firm, Ambuj worked at Seix Investment Advisors where he was responsible for quantitative analysis, performance attribution and investment risk analysis of all portfolio strategies. Previously, he worked in financial engineering groups at PWC LLP and Duff & Phelps Corporation advising hedge funds and insurance companies in structuring, valuation and risk assessment of derivatives and securitized products. Ambuj received his masters in financial engineering from Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Colin Clingan

Vice President, Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 17

Colin Clingan Photo

Colin Clingan is a vice president, research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Colin is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Colin worked at Honeywell Capital Management LLC where his primary responsibilities were managing cash liquidity of a $16 billion master trust (defined benefit pension plan assets) and directly supporting the chief investment officer. Between 2005 and 2011, he worked in various capacities, including investment banking, active equity strategy, securities lending and underwriting at Banc of America Securities, BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) and GE Capital. Colin began his career by serving five years in the United States Air Force as an acquisitions officer. Colin earned an MS degree in finance from London Business School and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

John Cotton, CPA

Vice President, Controller

Total Years of Experience: 36

John Cotton, CPA Photo

John Cotton is a vice president and serves as controller of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Prior to joining the firm, he spent six years in Silicon Valley working for both high-technology software and hardware companies. During that time, he held progressively responsible positions in the accounting/finance area, including director of finance. John received his MBA from the University of Arizona.

Kyle Crosse

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 5

Kyle Crosse Photo

Kyle Crosse is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Kyle worked at STORE Capital where his primary responsibilities included credit underwriting and monitoring. Kyle received a BS degree in finance from Arizona State University.

Michael Donoghue, CFA

Vice President, Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 7

Michael Donoghue, CFA Photo

Michael Donoghue is a vice president, research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Michael attended the London School of economics, studying buyout valuations, mortgage backed securities and hedge fund strategies. Michael interned with Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and UBS in 2009, 2008 and 2006-2007, respectively. Michael received a BS degree in finance from Arizona State University.

Jason Esplin, CFA

Vice President, Research Analyst and Team Leader

Total Years of Experience: 15

Jason Esplin is a vice president, research analyst and team leader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He oversees a team of research analysts and is also responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked in the portfolio management group for a division of GE Commercial Finance, where his main responsibilities included monitoring the credit quality of its loan portfolio. Jason received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. He is currently a member of the CFA Institute and Phoenix Society of Financial Analysts.

Jim L. Essert

Senior Vice President, Research Analyst and Team Leader

Total Years of Experience: 23

Jim Essert is a senior vice president, research analyst and team leader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He oversees a team of research analysts and is also responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for two financial software companies: Bennett Management Services and later IPS Sendero Corporation. Both companies developed software applications that managed treasury risk for financial institutions around the world. Jim received a BS degree in finance and secondary emphasis in mathematics from Arizona State University.

James E. Grimes

Vice President, Senior Financial Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 25

James E. Grimes Photo

James Grimes is a vice president, senior financial analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. James leads the group's investment attribution and risk analysis efforts. James was also the chief architect and lead developer of the RDS System, the senior loan group’s proprietary portfolio management and trading system. Prior to joining the firm, James served as director of finance and strategic planning for NationsBanc Auto Leasing, Inc., where he managed the company’s asset-backed securitization structuring and analysis group, and as a corporate finance analyst for Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking division, where he was involved in the marketing and execution of several equity-related financings. James received a BA in economics from Yale University.

Mark F. Haak, CFA

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 23

Mark Haak is a senior vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He serves as a member of the group's investment committee. Mark also serves as the portfolio manager for institutional commingled and separate accounts. Prior to joining the firm, Mark was an assistant vice president in the corporate banking group of Norwest Bank, a lead financial analyst and portfolio manager with Bank One, and a credit manager with Norwest Financial. Mark received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Logan Hurst

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 4

Logan Hurst is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Logan worked at SVB Financial Group (Silicon Valley Bank) where his primary responsibilities included the valuation, reporting, and management of the bank’s equity derivatives portfolio. Logan received his BS degree in finance from Arizona State University.

Amanda J. Krause

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 5

Amanda J. Krause Photo

Amanda Krause is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Amanda supports the portfolio management team in credit underwriting and monitoring, portfolio analysis and reporting. Prior to joining the firm, Amanda worked at Goldman Sachs in the global investment research division as an equity research analyst on a team covering the restaurant, packaged foods and household, and personal care sectors. Her main responsibilities included financial modeling, database analysis and composing research publications to provide an investment thesis for covered stocks. Amanda received a BS degree in finance and marketing from the University of Arizona.

Joseph M. Laguna

Vice President, Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 17

Joseph M. Laguna Photo

Joseph Laguna is a vice president, research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Joseph worked at Intel Corporation in finance and served in the U.S. Air Force, working in the U.S. Department of Defense Space Flight Acquisition Division, the Military Strategic Tactical and Relay (MILSTAR) Satellite Program and in the Global Broadcast Service Satellite Program. Joseph received an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chuck E. LeMieux, CFA

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 30

Chuck LeMieux is a senior vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Chuck serves as a member of the senior loan group’s investment committee. Chuck also serves as the portfolio manager for U.S. mutual funds. Prior to joining the firm, Chuck was an assistant treasurer for a major Arizona power and water utility and also worked in a variety of business and investment positions in the chemicals and global mining industries. Chuck received his MBA from the University of Arizona and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst®.

Warren J. Miller

Vice President, Trader

Total Years of Experience: 17

Warren J. Miller Photo

Warren Miller is a vice president, trader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Prior to his current role, Warren provided analytical support and managed a portfolio of non-loan assets. Warren received his BS degree in economics from Arizona State University.

Bill F. Nutting

Senior Vice President, Head Trader

Total Years of Experience: 22

Bill F. Nutting Photo

Bill Nutting is a senior vice president, head trader of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Prior to his current role, Bill worked as an operations associate at an affiliate. Bill received his BS degree in finance from Arizona State University.

Sara Pages

Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 6

Sara Pages Photo

Sara Pages is a research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. She is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Sara interned with Avnet, Inc. and Sterling Investment Management. Sara received her BS degree in finance from University of Arizona.

Michel Prince, CFA

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 30

Michel Prince is a senior vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He serves as a member of the senior loan group's investment committee. Michel also serves as portfolio manager for offshore commingled funds and separate accounts. Prior to joining the firm, Michel was a vice president of Rabobank International and The Fuji Bank. During his tenure at Rabobank, Michel was involved in the marketing, structuring and syndication of various types of corporate transactions, including asset-based lending, cash-flow lending and off-balance sheet financing. Michel received his MBA from the University of Chicago and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Elliot Rosen

Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury and Operations

Total Years of Experience: 40

Elliot Rosen Photo

Elliot Rosen is a senior vice president, head of the treasury and operations team of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is responsible for oversight of the senior loan group’s operations and treasury teams. Prior to joining the firm, he was the president of Sendero Corporation, manager of the treasury division of the largest regional bank in Arizona, and a credit analyst for a commercial bank in Ohio. Elliot received his MBA from the University of Virginia.

Jeffrey S. Schultz

Vice President, Senior Business Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 19

Jeffrey S. Schultz Photo

Jeff Schultz is a vice president, senior business analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He is the senior programmer for the senior loan group’s proprietary portfolio management and trading system. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff served as a tax analyst for Arthur Andersen, LLP, where his primary responsibility was the preparation of individual, corporate and partnership tax returns. Jeff received a BS degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.

Olivier Struben

Senior Vice President, Regional Head Europe and Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 20

Olivier Struben is a senior vice president, regional head Europe and portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Olivier is a member of the senior loan group’s investment committee for purposes of approving European loans. Olivier works on European CLOs from the Group’s London office, manages the Group’s European investment operations, and is also responsible for credit analysis and monitoring. Olivier held various former research and management roles with the high yield and investment grade teams of ING Investment Management Europe. Prior to joining the firm in Europe, Olivier worked for the Kas Bank N.V. and the custody and settlement bank for the Dutch Stock Exchange, in the treasury and control department. Olivier received a MA in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Kristopher Trocki, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 14

Kristopher Trocki, CFA Photo

Kristopher Trocki is a vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Kristopher serves as portfolio manager for the senior loan group’s U.S. and European CLOs and is responsible for the group’s alternative credit strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Kristopher was employed by MFS Investment Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He received MBA from the University of Notre Dame and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Floris van den Berg, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 16

Floris van den Berg is a vice president, portfolio manager and research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Floris works on European CLOs from the Group’s London office and is also responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to his current role, Floris was a portfolio manager in the institutional clients department and investment manager for the asset backed securities team of ING Investment Management Europe. Floris received a MA in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Paul Weinberger, CFA

Vice President, Treasury Manager

Total Years of Experience: 29

Paul Weinberger, CFA Photo

Paul Weinberger is a vice president, treasury manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Paul is responsible for supervising the settlement of all cash-flow activities. Prior to his current role, Paul worked in the marketing department for Voya Funds Distributor, LLC (an affiliated company). Prior to joining the firm, Paul was an internal auditor at Bankers Trust Company in New York, and progressed to roles in performance measurement and the analysis of high-net-worth families’ portfolios. For ten years, Paul was a sales professional working with pension fund consultants, brokers, and high-net-worth investors. Paul received his MBA in finance from Fordham University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. He is a member of the Phoenix CFA Society and the CFA Institute.

Tamara R. Wieging

Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Specialist

Total Years of Experience: 11

Tamara R. Wieging Photo

Tamara Wieging is an assistant vice president, portfolio specialist of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. Tamara is responsible for managing the partnership of the investment team with the firm's product management, marketing, sales and client service groups. Prior to her current role, Tamara worked as a senior paralegal in the fund legal department and as a senior financial reporting analyst with the fund accounting department for Voya Funds. Tamara received her BS degree in political science from Arizona State University.

Robert Wilson

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Total Years of Experience: 30

Robert Wilson Photo

Robert Wilson is a senior vice president, portfolio manager of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He serves as a member of the senior loan group’s investment committee. Robert also serves as the portfolio manager for institutional separate accounts, Canadian closed end funds and the Voya Senior Loan Advisory Program. Prior to his current role, Robert was as an associate national bank examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal bureau that regulates national banks, a vice president of strategic planning for Bank of California, and a vice president with Union Bank of California’s Corporate Banking Group, charged with underwriting and syndicating senior debt transactions for media and telecommunications companies. Robert also served in a similar debt origination capacity with the Bank of Hawaii. Robert received his BS degree in finance from Golden Gate University.

Zhiyong (Stan) Zou, CFA

Vice President, Research Analyst

Total Years of Experience: 19

Zhiyong (Stan) Zou, CFA Photo

Stan Zou is a vice president, research analyst of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He joined the firm in 2004. He is responsible for credit and sector analysis and monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Stan worked for Synergy Research Group as a research analyst in charge of broadband and switching programs and as an assistant manager for Jiuzhou Development Co. Ltd. (formerly Zhu Kuan), Hong Kong, responsible for the treasury department. Stan earned his MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Top