Viral Patel, Board Member

Viral Patel

Board Member

I am a strong believer that debate leads to better decision making and for people starting their careers you should make sure you are part of that process.”
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Viral Patel has served on Sema4’s Board of Directors since August 2019.

Currently, Viral is also a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, he has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Ai Media, Cloudreach, Cylance, Gates, Hidrovias, JDA, Milestone Equipment Corp, Penn Engineering, TITUS, and Targa Resources.

Prior to joining the Tactical Opportunities Group in 2012, Viral was a Managing Director with Blackstone Advisory Partners where he focused on structured finance transactions across several industries including financial institutions, consumer, media, and healthcare. Examples of Viral’s advisory clients include Bank of America, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, GIC, Qatar Foundation, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Kraft, and the New York Public Asset Fund.

What’s the most interesting project you ever worked on that people may not know about?

I was part of the team that advised AIG on its capital infusion from the U.S. government in 2008. Being at ground zero for the near collapse of the financial system was an eye-opening experience and shaped my views for years to come.

What advice would you provide to people who are starting their careers?

Don’t be a wallflower. It’s important to have an opinion and to share it with your team. I am a strong believer that debate leads to better decision making and for people starting their careers you should make sure you are part of that process.

What do you most like to do when you’re not working?

Spend time with my family. My job has historically involved travel and unfortunately lots of time away from home. When I’m not working, I tend to spend time with my wife and two kids as much as possible.