KKR & Co. Inc., a global investment firm, has appointed Ryan Stork as partner and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining KKR, Stork served at BlackRock where he held multiple leadership posiitons over his 20 years at the firm. Most recently, Stork served as deputy chief operating officer while also serving as chairman of Asia Pacific, global head of Aladdin – BlackRock’s investment and risk management technology platform, head of the Institutional Client Business in Continental Europe, and co-head of the Financial Institutions Group.

“I am thrilled to be joining KKR at such an exciting time for the organization and look forward to partnering with colleagues globally to support the investment, technology and operating needs that will enable us to serve our clients even better,” commented Stork.

“As our investment activities continue to scale globally, so too must our operational functions that make them all possible and allow us to continue to best perform for our investors,” added Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall, co-chief executive officers of KKR. “As COO, Ryan will provide dedicated leadership support across our Human Capital, Technology and Operations functions, leveraging his global experience and expertise to help us deliver on our key strategic priorities across the Firm.”