Richard Byrne - Independent Director of MFA Financial, Inc.

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Richard Byrne

Independent Director since 2014

Total compensation: $220,000
Age: 56

Richard J. Byrne is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Byrne has been President of Benefit Street Partners LLC, the credit investment arm of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm, since April 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Byrne served as Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. from 2008 to March 2013. Prior to serving as CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., Mr. Byrne was Co-Head of Global Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Byrne was Co-Head of Global Leveraged Finance and Head of Global Credit Research at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Byrne also serves as a director of Griffin-Benefit Street Partners BDC Corp. Mr. Byrne earned an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. from Binghamton University.