Jack Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. He has been a director and executive officer since inception. He has also served as Global Head of Commercial Real Estate and a member of the Investment Committee of the company’s external manager, Pine River Capital Management L.P., since November 2014. Prior to joining Pine River, Mr. Taylor served as a Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate Finance for Prudential Real Estate Investors from 2009 to November 2014, where he also was a member of the Global Management Committee and chaired the Global Investment Committee for debt and equity. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Taylor was a partner at Five Mile Capital Partners LLC. Prior to Five Mile Capital, he was co-head of real estate investment banking for the Americas and Europe at UBS. He previously led the Real Estate Group at Paine Webber and served on the firm’s Operating Committee, and was head trader and manager of the CMBS and Principal Commercial Mortgage business for Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. Mr. Taylor was a founding governor of the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (now the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council) and a member of the President’s Council of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Taylor received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a MSc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois.