Mr. Jeff Bakalar
Managing Director, Voya
Jeff Bakalar is managing director and group head of the Voya Investment Management senior loan group. He co-manages the group with Dan Norman, and he is co-chairman of the group’s investment committee. Jeff has over twenty-five years of investment and banking experience. Jeff joined the firm’s predecessor in 1998 and became part of the investment team for what is now Voya Prime Rate Trust. He became the co-head of the firm’s senior loan business in January of 2000 and, with Dan Norman, created and implemented the Voya Senior Loan Strategy in January of 2001.
Jeff is currently a member of the board of directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association. Jeff began his career as an associate with Continental Bank in 1987, serving in various credit and corporate finance roles, including establishing and managing derivatives trading lines with international bank counterparties, and structuring and monitoring various classes of asset-backed transactions. In 1994, Jeff joined the Communications Division within The First National Bank of Chicago, ultimately serving as a senior underwriter responsible for structuring and managing leveraged transactions for issuers in the broadcasting and media sectors.
Jeff received his BS degree in finance with honors from the University of Illinois Chicago in 1986, and his MBA in finance with highest distinction from DePaul University in 1992.