Chief Executive Officer
Eric Lloyd is Head of Barings' Global Private Investments and Chief Executive Officer of Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC). He is responsible for managing all aspects of Barings' global private finance enterprise, which includes global middle market direct lending, infrastructure, private placements, private asset-backed securities, equipment finance and whole loan residential mortgage. Eric has worked in the industry since 1990 and his experience has encompassed leadership positions in investment management, investment banking, leveraged finance and risk management.
Prior to joining Barings in 2013, Eric served as Head of Market and Institutional Risk for Wells Fargo, was on Wells Fargo's Management Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Securities.
Before the acquisition of Wachovia, Eric worked in Wachovia's Global Markets Investment Banking (GMIB) division and served on the division's Operating Committee where he had various leadership positions, including Head of Wachovia's Global Leveraged Finance Group. Eric holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bock is Chief Financial Officer of Barings BDC, Inc. and a Managing Director in Barings Global Private Finance Group. Prior to joining Barings in July 2018, Mr. Bock was a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities specializing in Business Development Companies (BDCs). He has actively followed the BDC space since 2006 and was the chief author of a leading BDC quarterly research publication: the BDC Scorecard. His research is often cited by The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and other prominent financial publications.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Jonathan followed the specialty finance space at Stifel Nicolaus & Company and A.G. Edwards Inc. Prior to entering sell-side research in 2006, Jonathan was an equity portfolio manager/analyst at Busey Wealth Management in Champaign, Illinois.
Jonathan holds a BS in finance from the University of Illinois College of Business and is a CFA charterholder.
Mr. Fowler is President of Barings BDC, Inc. and Co-Head of Barings' North American Private Finance Group. He is a member of the group's North American Private Finance Investment Committee. He is responsible for leading a team that originates, underwrites and manages North American private finance investments. Mr. Fowler has worked in the industry since 1988 and his experience has encompassed middle market commercial finance, including originating, underwriting and managing senior secured loans, mezzanine and co-investment transactions.
Prior to joining Barings in 2012, he was a Senior Managing Director with Harbour Group and co-founded Freeport Financial LLC where he was a member of the Executive Credit Committee and responsible for all business development and capital market initiatives. While at Freeport, he helped build the company into one of the top five non-bank affiliated middle market Sponsor finance companies in the United States. Before Freeport, Mr. Fowler was Managing Director and Global Group Leader for GE Capital's Global Sponsor Finance Group.
Prior to GE Capital, Mr. Fowler held various leveraged finance and investment positions with NationsBank and Mellon Bank. Mr. Fowler holds a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Michael Cowart serves as Chief Compliance Officer of the Company. He serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, Barings Funds Trust, Barings Securities LLC, Barings Corporate Investors and Barings Participation Investors. Mr. Cowart is a member of Barings’ Compliance Group for which he is responsible for Barings’ Sales Practices, Fund Compliance, and Regulatory Change Management Program. . Prior to joining Barings in 2018, Mr. Cowart held positions in the compliance and legal departments at LPL Financial, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and Goldman Sachs & Co. where his duties included overseeing regulatory inquiries and examinations, overseeing trading, professional qualifications, risk management and assessment, the development and implementation of policies and regulatory rulemaking.