NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: ONLY) (“Annaly” or the “Company”) announced today that it has promoted Ilker Ertas to Chief Investment Officer with immediate effect. He will continue to report to David L. Finkelstein, Managing Director of Annaly and a member of the company’s board of directors, who previously served as Chief Investment Officer since 2016.

As Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Ertas will be responsible for overseeing all of Annaly’s investment strategies, including capital allocation, growth initiatives and overall portfolio operations. He will continue to serve on Annaly’s operating committee.

Mr. Ertas has demonstrated leadership in managing Annaly’s agency credit and residential credit investment strategies, most recently as Head of Securitized Products, since joining Annaly in 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in the US bond markets. Prior to joining Annaly, Mr. Ertas worked at Citigroup Inc., where he was most recently Managing Director and Head of Mortgage Derivatives Trading. Mr. Ertas has also held mortgage negotiation positions at Barclays PLC and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Mr. Ertas obtained a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and an MBA from Yale School. of Management.

David L. Finkelstein, Chief Executive Officer, said: “As we expand our presence in mortgage finance, I am pleased to announce that Ilker has been promoted to the role of Chief Investment Officer. This transition, which is part of our broader executive leadership planning, is natural as Ilker has been instrumental in shaping our current investment portfolio, leveraging his in-depth knowledge of agency MBS. , securities and whole non-agency loans, and other residential and commercial property. products, including mortgage management rights. I have worked with Ilker for over two decades and have confidence in his ability to manage our investment strategies and generate a strong return on investment for our shareholders.

Ilker Ertas, Chief Investment Officer, said: “I am honored to assume my new role as Chief Investment Officer. Annaly has been a leader in the mortgage finance industry since its inception and I am delighted to help lead the portfolio as we continue to expand into new areas such as mortgage management rights and expanded products. residential credit. With the largest capital base in the Mortgage REIT industry and a high quality investment portfolio, Annaly is well positioned to continue to provide competitive risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. I am grateful to David for his support and look forward to our continuing partnership.

About Annaly

Annaly is a leading diversified capital manager with investment strategies in mortgage finance and middle market corporate lending. Annaly’s primary business objective is to generate net income for distribution to its shareholders and to optimize its returns through prudent management of its diversified investment strategies. Annaly is managed in-house and has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for federal income tax purposes. Additional information about the company is available at

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