GoldenTree names Hayward as partner and president

GoldenTree Asset Management, a credit manager, has appointed Christopher Hayward as partner, president and member of the executive committee. Previously, he was managing partner and co-head of JP Morgan Global Alternatives.


NEW YORK, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — GoldenTree Asset Management (“GoldenTree”), a global credit manager, announced that Christopher Hayward has been named Partner, President and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Hayward succeeds Robert Matza who is retiring.

Mr. Hayward brings more than 27 years of experience in the investment management industry to GoldenTree.  He was previously Managing Partner and Co-Head of J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives and, within this Alternatives Group, Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Highbridge Capital Management.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan/Highbridge in 2010, Mr. Hayward was Chief Operating Officer for Global Equities Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a position he assumed after holding several senior finance, treasury and risk management roles at Merrill Lynch.

“Since our founding in 2000 we have focused on building a strong partnership and deep leadership team based on a culture of collaboration, operational excellence and a focused, research-driven investment approach,” said Steven Tananbaum, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to have built a firm that attracts high quality, talented professionals who share our passion and enthusiasm every day.”

Mr. Tanabaum continued, “We welcome Chris to GoldenTree and believe the deep experience he brings to the firm will help us continue to expand and continually improve our business management infrastructure.  We thank Bob, a longtime partner and friend, for the many contributions he has made to GoldenTree over the years.  Bob played a critical role in helping GoldenTree become the firm we are today and we deeply value his continuing counsel.”

Mr. Matza’s new advisory role will include ensuring a seamless transition of responsibilities to Mr. Hayward.   Mr. Matza will remain invested in GoldenTree’s funds and maintain an office at the firm.  He will also pursue numerous charitable and business interests.

About GoldenTree Asset Management

GoldenTree is an employee owned, global asset management firm that specializes in opportunities across the credit universe in sectors such as high yield bonds, leveraged loans, distressed debt, structured products, emerging markets, private equity and credit-themed equities. GoldenTree was founded in 2000 and is one of the largest independent asset managers focused on credit. GoldenTree manages approximately $30 billion for institutional investors including leading public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.