The Ramp Up: Andy Gordon on being intellectually curious

Mar 25, 2024

Andy Gordon: On being intellectually curious 

This month, Andy Gordon, co-founder, former CEO, and current Executive Chair of the Board of Managers at Octagon Credit joins your host Brian Bejile, CEO of Octaura on The Ramp Up. Andy has had an illustrious career on Wall Street. From being one of the first analysts on the leveraged buyout desk at Manufacturers Hanover Trust to successfully spinning out Octagon – he did all of this while finding opportunity through two recessions and building a business that champions diversity and inclusion.  

About Andy 

Andrew Gordon is a member of Octagon’s Investment Committee and serves as the Executive Chair of Octagon’s Board of Managers. He co-founded Octagon in 1994. Andy served as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2023, prior to which he managed numerous Octagon funds. He possesses over 30 years of experience in the below investment grade leveraged loan and high yield bond asset classes, in both sell-side and buy-side capacities. He also sits on Octagon’s ESG Committee. 

Before co-founding Octagon, Andy was a Managing Director at Chemical Securities, Inc., where he focused primarily on the oil and gas industries. He advised on and arranged below investment grade loans for corporate clients, while also undertaking special projects in M&A advisory and distressed credit situations. Prior to Chemical, Andy served as Vice President in the Acquisition Finance Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.  In this capacity, he structured, syndicated and managed leveraged buyout transactions. 

From 2010 to 2015, Andy served on the Board of Directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association ("LSTA") and on the LSTA's Executive Committee.  He graduated Cum Laude with an A.B. in Economics from Duke University, and holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 Registrations. 


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