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David Kaplan

Director, Co-Founder and Partner, Ares Management Corp.

THE LATEST: Kaplan helps oversee Ares Management Corp., a global alternative asset manager with about $131 billion in assets under management as of Dec. 31.

BACKGROUND: Kaplan is a member of the Ares Executive Management Committee, the seven-member governing group that controls the firm. He joined Ares in 2003 from Shelter Capital Partners where he was a senior principal. Prior to Shelter, he served as a senior partner of Apollo Management and its affiliates and as a member of the investment banking department at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp.

WORTH NOTING: Kaplan serves as board chairman for Neiman Marcus Group Inc. and Smart & Final Stores Inc., and as a board member for 99 Cents Only Stores, Guitar Center Holdings Inc., and the parent entity of Floor and Decor Outlets of America Inc. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Group of the University of Michigan.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 4

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