Mr. Graves is a Partner, Co-Head of Private Equity Group, Portfolio Manager and Head of Special Opportunities. Mr. Graves serves as a member of the Ares Executive Management Committee and the Ares Private Equity Group's Corporate Opportunities, Special Opportunities, Energy Opportunities, and Extended Value Investment Committees. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Savers Value Village, Inc. and serves on the boards of Altafiber, McLaren Automotive Group and Vmo Aircraft Leasing Group, LLC. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Graves spent over 15 years in various capacities as a senior executive and investment professional for Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., serving as Oaktree's Head of Credit Strategies and Portfolio Manager of Opportunistic Credit, Private Credit and Multi-Strategy Credit. He was responsible for a substantial portion of Oaktree's credit platform, managed investment portfolios spanning the breadth of Oaktree's credit strategies and was active in Oaktree corporate management, serving on the Capital and Risk Management Board, the Senior Leadership Counsel, the Product Governance Board, and the Project Steering Committee. Mr. Graves also managed Oaktree's corporate and strategic development group, leading the firm's product step-outs into private credit, emerging market credit, value equities, infrastructure, structured credit and senior secured lending. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Graves served as a Principal in William E. Simon & Sons' private equity group and as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch & Company in the mergers and acquisitions group. Additionally, Mr. Graves worked at Price Waterhouse LLP in the audit business services division. Mr. Graves holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves on the Wharton School Graduate Executive Board. He holds a CPA license (inactive).
Partner, Co-Head of Private Equity Group, Portfolio Manager and Head of Special Opportunities