Ellington Management Group hired Leo Huang as portfolio manager for commercial real estate (CRE) debt. Huang will report to Michael Vranos, Ellington’s founder and chief executive.

Huang joins from Starwood Capital Group, where he was head of real estate fixed income and oversaw investment activity for Starwood Property Trust, a CRE finance company.

Huang will oversee Ellington’s CRE debt business, investing in CMBS, B-notes, mezzanine debt and various other CRE-related investments.

Before Starwood, Huang spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a managing director and co-head of the CRE lending business. He began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston.

“We feel the time is right to expand this area of our business and Leo is the perfect person to lead the effort,” Vranos said in a statement.

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