Leadership

HBK’s leaders include experienced professionals across diverse disciplines, but share a commitment to integrity, excellence, and teamwork. The following are some, but not all, of HBK’s leaders.

Jamiel Akhtar

Jamiel Akhtar has been associated with HBK since 1993 and is a Managing Director. Jamiel serves as Co-Chief Investment Officer of the firm. He is also primarily responsible for structured credit, developed markets fixed income and emerging markets investments and oversees the firm’s Treasury function. Jamiel received an A.B. degree cum laude in Economics in 1993 from Harvard College.

Franco Baseggio

Franco Baseggio has been associated with HBK since 2003 and is a Managing Director. Franco manages quantitative strategies, which he has overseen since 2003. Prior to joining HBK, Franco built the statistical arbitrage strategy at PCM, a quantitative hedge fund manager, and before that worked at Commerzbank and D. E. Shaw & Co. Franco received a degree in Mathematics from Harvard College in 1992.

Carol Biondo

Carol Biondo has been associated with HBK since 2005 and serves as HBK’s Chief Compliance Officer, with responsibility for all aspects of HBK’s compliance program. From 1995 to 2005, Carol worked for Electronic Data Systems Corporation, first as an attorney and later as its global ethics and compliance officer. From 1989 to 1995, Carol was an associate with Hughes & Luce L.L.P., a Texas-based law firm. Carol received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1981 and a J.D. degree cum laude in 1989 from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Richard Booth

Richard Booth has been associated with HBK since 1992 and is a Managing Director. Rich serves as co-Chief Investment Officer of the firm. He is also responsible for convertibles, quantitative strategies, merger arbitrage and volatility investments. During his tenure with the firm, Rich has been responsible for a number of business units covering a range of investment strategies, including equity, equity derivatives and volatility strategies globally. Before joining HBK, Rich was a securities trader on the American Stock Exchange and worked in the Options Arbitrage Department of E.F. Hutton & Co. Rich received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1982 from Cornell University and an M.B.A. degree in 1987 from New York University.

Beauregard Fournet

Beauregard Fournet has been associated with HBK since 2002 and is a Managing Director. Beau leads the firm’s recruiting efforts and manages strategic planning. In addition, Beau oversees the firm’s risk management and technology functions and provides related support to the co-Chief Investment Officers. Before joining HBK, Beau was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Beau received a B.S. degree summa cum laude in Finance from Louisiana State University in 1995. In 1999, he received an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

Mark Godvin

Mark Godvin has been associated with HBK since 2008 and is a Managing Director. Mark is responsible for all of the firm’s investor relations, including investor service, business development and marketing. Prior to joining HBK, Mark spent 25 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., most recently as Managing Director in charge of the firm’s sales and trading businesses throughout the central region of the United States. Mark received a B.A. in Economics in 1983 from Boston College.

Eli Griffis

Eli Griffis has been associated with HBK since 2008 and is a Managing Director. Eli is primarily responsible for corporate credit investments, specifically U.S. distressed credit investments. From 2001 to 2008, Eli was an analyst and then a vice president with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked in the Financial Institutions Group and the High Yield Distressed Investing Group. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Political Science in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with Highest Honors with Highest Distinction.

David Haley

David Haley has been associated with HBK since 1994 and is a Managing Director. David serves as President of the firm, with responsibility for all of the firm’s operations. He also serves as Chair of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Before being named President in 2007, David was responsible for the firm’s corporate credit business globally. Before joining HBK, David was an associate and then a partner with Andrews & Kurth L.L.P., a Texas-based law firm. From 2015-2017, David served as chair of the board of directors and was an executive committee member of the Managed Funds Association. David received an A.B. degree magna cum laude in Social Studies in 1983 from Harvard College. He received a J.D. degree in 1986 from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Heather Harris

Heather Harris has been associated with HBK since 2000 and is a Managing Director. Heather serves as HBK’s Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for HBK’s accounting and financial reporting functions and related controls, as well as oversight of day-to-day execution of the valuation process. From 2013 to 2015, Heather served as HBK’s Chief Accounting Officer, and from 2001 to 2013, she served as Controller. Before joining HBK, Heather was an accountant at Arthur Andersen, where she focused on the financial services industry. Heather received a B.A. degree in Business Economics in 1995 from Wheaton College.

Matt Leffers

Matt Leffers has been associated with HBK since 2004 and serves as Chief Risk Officer, with primary responsibility for HBK’s risk management function and providing related support to the firm’s co-Chief Investment Officers. From 2004 to 2018, he served first as an analyst and then as a manager on HBK’s risk management team. Prior to joining HBK, Matt was an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Matt is a CFA charterholder and received both a B.B.A. degree in Finance and a B.A. degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2003.

Ross Levinsky

Ross Levinsky has been associated with HBK since 2014 and is a Managing Director. Ross serves as HBK’s Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for software development and IT infrastructure. From 2011 to 2014, Ross was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., responsible for the electronic trading of credit. Prior to that, Ross held technical and managerial positions at Google, Bridgewater Associates and D.E. Shaw. Ross received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1989), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1992) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1995), all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matthew Luth

Matthew Luth has been associated with HBK since 2000 and is a Managing Director. Matt serves as deputy Chief Investment Officer of the firm and is also a portfolio manager primarily focusing on corporate credit investments. In 2000, he received a B.S. degree summa cum laude in Economics, with a concentration in Finance, from the Wharton School and a B.A. degree summa cum laude in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gayla Mathis

Gayla Mathis has been associated with HBK since 1996 and serves as HBK’s Treasurer, with responsibility for portfolio finance, treasury and operations. Gayla also serves as Chief Executive Officer for HBK Global Securities L.P., an HBK-affiliated broker-dealer. From 2005-2013, Gayla served as Head of Treasury, holding various responsibilities in treasury and counterparty risk management. Prior to her roles in Treasury, Gayla worked in the firm’s Operations group, serving as Head of the group from 2001-2008. Gayla graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996 with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and received a Masters of Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Southern Methodist University in 2008.

Dmitri Mirovitski

Dmitri Mirovitski has been associated with HBK since 2006 and is a Managing Director. Dmitri is primarily responsible for structured credit investments, which he has overseen since 2010. From 2004 to 2006, Dmitri worked at Financial Security Assurance in their financial products group, focusing on mortgage and asset backed securities. He received a B.S. in Economics with a minor in mathematics from Duke University in 2004.

Jon Mosle

Jon Mosle has been associated with HBK since 1999 and is a Managing Director and HBK’s General Counsel. Jon has primary responsibility for the firm’s legal, tax, and internal audit departments and oversees the firm’s compliance, accounting, operations, and human resources departments. From 1988 to 1998, Jon was an associate and then a partner with Hughes & Luce L.L.P., a Texas-based law firm. Jon received an A.B. degree magna cum laude in Economics in 1983 from Harvard College. In 1988, he received an M.B.A. and a J.D. degree, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nikos Panagiotopoulos

Nikos Panagiotopoulos has been associated with HBK since 2008 and is a Managing Director. He is primarily responsible for merger arbitrage investments. After overseeing U.S. merger arbitrage during his first five years at the firm, his responsibility expanded to include global merger arbitrage in 2013. From 2004 to 2008, Nikos was a Managing Director with Sandell Asset Management Corp., where he was the head of U.S. Risk Arbitrage Research. Before that, he worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., UBS Securities Inc. and First Fidelity Bancorporation. In 1991, Nikos received a B.A. degree in Economics and a B.S. degree in Finance with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received an M.B.A. degree in 1997 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. degree in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.

Keila Selders

Keila Selders has been associated with HBK since 2006 and serves as HBK’s Head of Human Resources, with responsibility for all human resources and employment matters at HBK. From 2000 to 2005, Keila worked as an attorney for Southwest Airlines, ultimately as Chief Counsel – Labor and Employment, serving as lead counsel and chief legal advisor to management on all employment law matters. From 1996 to 2000, Keila was an associate with Barnes and Thornburg LLP, an Indiana-based law firm. She received a B.A. degree summa cum laude in English from the University of South Carolina in 1993. In 1996, she received a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Dan Shroyer

Dan Shroyer has been associated with HBK since 2005 and serves as the firm’s Head of Information Technology, with a focus on the operations, security, and engineering of HBK’s information technology infrastructure. From 1998 to 2005, Dan worked for broadcast.com, Cisco Systems, and Merrill Lynch with a focus on network engineering and cybersecurity. Dan received a B.A. degree in Management Information Systems from Baylor University in 1998.