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Richard J. Byrne

Mr. Byrne has been the President of Benefit Street Partners since 2013. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Development Corporation of America and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc., since 2016. Mr. Byrne currently serves on the Boards of MFA Financial, Inc. (since 2014) and New York Road Runners (since 2009). He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kasai Elite Grappling Championships.


  • 1999 to 2013: Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. (2008-2013) He was also Global Co-Head of Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank (2006-2013) as well as a member of the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Global Markets Executive Committee (2001-2010).
  • 1985 to 1999: Global Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance Group and Global Head of Credit Research at Merrill Lynch & Co.


  • Mr. Byrne graduated with a B.A. from Binghamton University and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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