Yusef M. Kassim is a Partner and Managing Director at Blue Harbour Group, L.P. He shares responsibility for the global marketing and client service aspects of the fund. Prior to joining Blue Harbour, he was a senior member of the Investor Relations Group at Eton Park Capital Management, a $10 billion global multi-strategy investment firm, from 2008 to 2015. Before joining Eton Park, Mr. Kassim was a Partner and Head of Marketing & Investor Relations for R6 Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund with a focus on corporate credit and asset-based lending. Mr. Kassim has raised several billion in new capital over his career while cultivating and managing relationships with some of the leading investors in the world including sovereign wealth funds, pensions, insurance companies, consultants, endowments and foundations.
Prior to joining R6 Capital, Yusef joined a start-up, investment research firm, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), where he served in various capacities from 2001 to 2007. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in the Sales Division, where he developed and managed the firm’s key relationships with hedge funds, private equity firms, mutual funds, proprietary trading desks and global asset managers. Prior to his role in the Sales Division, Mr. Kassim served as Co-Head of the Technology, Media & Telecom research practice from 2001-2004. During this time, he broadened the firm’s research coverage to encompass private and publicly-traded technology, media and telecom companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia. As one of GLG’s first employees and throughout his tenure at GLG, he played an instrumental role in the firm’s strategic and business development efforts including growing the client base to over 400 of the leading investment institutions. Today, GLG is the world’s largest expert consulting network with over 450,000 professionals in its Council of Experts and nearly 1,000 employees in 20 offices around the world. Prior to joining GLG in 2001, Mr. Kassim worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Prime Brokerage Sales Group, specializing in Merger and Convertible Arbitrage focused hedge funds.
Mr. Kassim has exhibited professional excellence throughout his 18 year Wall Street career. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a minor in Mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Kassim serves as Vice Chairman on the Penn Fund Executive Board helping support and advise the fundraising activities to grow the University of Pennsylvania’s endowment. He is also a strong advocate of mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth, and serves as a founding Board Member of America Needs You (ANY), a nonprofit whose mission is to fight for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students through transformative mentorship and intensive career development. In 2012, Mr. Kassim was one of 25 Americans selected to be a delegate to Germany and serve as a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany whose mission is to address current international challenges and strengthen German-American relations. Mr. Kassim was selected for The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards in 2015. In 2016, he was selected as one of Institutional Investor’s Hedge Fund Rising Stars and Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.
Mr. Kassim resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.