Thomas McDonnell is a member of Barings’ U.S. High Yield Investments Group and the U.S. High Yield Investment Committee. His responsibilities include portfolio management for a number of high yield total return portfolios, including global loan and global multi- strategy portfolios. He is also a portfolio manager for the firm’s high yield 1940 act retail funds. Thomas has worked in the industry since 1996 and his experience has encompassed leveraged loans, distressed credit and management of total return focused strategies. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he was a Managing Director at Patriarch Partners, LLC, where he had active involvement with portfolio company management teams, crisis managers and attorneys to effectuate turn around and recovery plans. Before Patriarch, he worked at Bank of America in the Corporate Finance Group and at Bank One in various risk management and corporate finance positions, specializing in credit risk management and structuring of off balance sheet special purpose entities. Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Management, an M.B.A. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).