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WHO WE ARE

BlackRock’s purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, our clients turn to us for the solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of September 30, 2019, the firm managed approximately $6.96 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide.

Contributors

Andre Bertolotti, CFA

Head of Global Sustainable Research and Data with BlackRock Sustainable Investing

Andre Bertolotti, CFA, is a head of Global Sustainable Research and Data with BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI). He is responsible for establishing and providing leadership to the global team in creating a platform ESG (environmental, social and governance) research capability and supporting sustainable investment solutions across the firm. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2018, Andre was Director of Research at Quotient Investors, developing and managing sustainable investment strategies. His work in quantitative research and product development spanned roles with the Industrial Bank of Japan, DLIBJ, Innovest and Barra in San Francisco, New York and London. Andre holds an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a BS from Virginia Tech. BIIM0219U-748554-1/1

Anne Ackerley

Head of BlackRock’s U.S. & Canada Defined Contribution Group

Anne Ackerley, Managing Director and head of BlackRock’s U.S. & Canada Defined Contribution Group, leads the development and distribution of strategies and services for employers sponsoring defined contribution plans and for the consultants who work with them. She writes about workplace retirement plans and broader industry trends.

Ben Powell

Chief Investment Strategist for APAC, BlackRock Investment Institute

Ben Powell, CFA, is Chief Investment Strategist for APAC within the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). Based in Singapore, Mr. Powell is responsible for delivering value added market and investment insights across asset classes in the APAC region. He is experienced in developing both a macro level framework, and tactical ideas that sit within that framework. Mr. Powell has more than 17 years of experience in capital markets. Before joining BlackRock in 2019, Mr. Powell was co-Head of UBS Investment Bank Multi-Asset APAC Sales based in Singapore. In this role he was responsible for managing a team generating insights for clients across Fixed Income, Equities, Absolute Return and Quantitative investment strategies. Mr. Powell started his career with UBS in London and has also worked for Barclays in Hong Kong. Mr. Powell is a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol. He is also a CFA Charter holder. BIIM0619U-869760-1/1

The BlackRock Blog presents perspectives from across our firm. It offers insights and research from the BlackRock Investment Institute, easy-to-understand infographics, behavioral finance tips and ETF education as well as timely reactions to market movements and economic news.

Christopher Dhanraj

Head of iShares Investment Strategy

Chris Dhanraj, Director, is the Head of iShares Investment Strategy. His team studies markets and macro trends to provide actionable market insights across asset classes. He writes about how to implement those ideas using iShares ETFs.

Elga Bartsch, PhD

Head of Macro Research of the BlackRock Investment Institute

Dr. Bartsch heads up economic and markets research of the Blackrock Investment Institute (BII). BII provides connectivity between BlackRock's portfolio managers, originates economic and market research and publishes insights. Prior to joining BlackRock, Dr. Bartsch was Global Co-Head of Economics and Chief European Economist at Morgan Stanley in London. She has more than 20 years of macro research experience and is a member of the ECB Shadow Council and a trustee of the IFO Institute for economic research. She also served on and chaired the Economic and Monetary Policy Committee of the German Banking Association. She writes about the global economy, global markets and policy. RO-631725

Holly Framsted

Head of US Factor ETFs

Holly Framsted, CFA, Managing Director, is BlackRock's Head of US Factor ETFs. In this role, Holly educates financial advisors, institutional investors, and personal investors on the benefits of factor investing, and helps clients integrate Factor ETFs into their portfolios.

Jean Boivin, PhD

Head of BlackRock Investment Institute

Jean Boivin, PhD, is the Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). The institute leverages BlackRock’s expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation – all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets. Dr. Boivin is also BII’s Global Head of Research. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, he served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and Associate Deputy Finance Minister, serving as Canada's representative at the G7, G20 and Financial Stability Board. Dr. Boivin has also taught at Columbia Business School and HEC Montreal, and has written widely on macroeconomics, monetary policy and finance. Dr. Boivin earned a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Université de Montreal in 1995, an MA in economics from Princeton University in 1997 and a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 2000.

Jeff Shen

Co-CIO of Active Equity and Co-Head of Systematic Active Equity (SAE) at BlackRock

Jeff Shen, PhD, Managing Director, is Co-Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Active Equities and Co-Head of the Systematic Active Equity (SAE) platform. He is also Head of Emerging Markets and a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee. Dr. Shen began his investment career in 1997 and has long served as an adjunct professor at NYU where he teaches an MBA class on international investment.

Jeffrey Rosenberg, CFA

BlackRock Senior Portfolio Manager

Jeffrey Rosenberg, CFA, Managing Director, is a senior portfolio manager leading our alpha-seeking long-only and factor efforts for Blackrock’s Systematic Fixed Income (“SFI”) portfolio management team. He is an active member of the SFI Investment Committee and Executive Committee and senior portfolio manager for the Alternative Capital Strategies fund. Mr. Rosenberg’s service with the firm dates back to 2011, when he joined the Fundamental fixed income group as Chief Investment Strategist for fixed income. In 2016, this role transitioned into the BlackRock Investment Institute. His responsibilities included helping to develop BlackRock's strategic and tactical views on sector allocation within fixed income, currencies and commodities. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Rosenberg spent nearly 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Chief Credit Strategist coordinating strategy across all fixed income, securitized assets, credit, FX and commodities. In addition, Mr. Rosenberg specialized in quantitative credit modeling and developed the first commercialized credit portfolio analytics system from a dealer firm. Mr. Rosenberg earned a Masters in Science degree in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon, a BA in Mathematics from the Univ. of Minnesota, and a BA in Finance from the Univ. of Wisconsin.

Karen Schenone, CFA

Fixed Income Product Strategist

Karen Schenone is a Fixed Income Product Strategist within BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income Group focusing on iShares fixed income ETFs. She concentrates on supporting iShares clients, generating content on fixed income markets and ETFs, developing new fixed income iShares ETF strategies, and partnering with the iShares team on product delivery. She writes about fixed income ETFs and trends in that sector.

Kate Moore

Chief Equity Strategist

Kate Moore, Managing Director, is Chief Equity Strategist for BlackRock and is a member of the BlackRock Investment Institute. She is responsible for developing equity market insights and actionable investment advice, as well as for representing BlackRock’s market views to clients.

Kurt Reiman

Senior Strategist for North America

Kurt Reiman, Managing Director, is a member of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) and Senior Strategist for North America. In this role, Kurt contributes to the formation of BII’s tactical investment views and delivers the team’s macroeconomic and financial market outlook to investment professionals and the media throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kurt joined BlackRock in 2013 as a Global Investment Strategist based in New York within the firm’s Multi-Asset Strategies group, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in investment research and strategy. In 2016, Kurt was appointed as the Chief Investment Strategist for Canada based in Toronto where he generated investment insights on Canadian financials, and communicated them to clients, as well as BlackRock investors and client-facing professionals. He also appeared regularly in the financial news media, including BNN Bloomberg, the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail. Prior to joining BlackRock, Kurt was the Head of Thematic Research at UBS Wealth Management in New York and Zurich. Kurt began his career at the G7 Group in Washington, DC and Reuters in Stamford, CT. Mr. Reiman earned his B.S. degree in Business and Economics from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, and his M.S. degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Martin Small

Head of U.S. Wealth Advisory at BlackRock

Martin Small, Managing Director, is Head of BlackRock's U.S. Wealth Advisory business. He is responsible for leading BlackRock's relationships with wealth management firms and platforms, distributing BlackRock's alpha-seeking and iShares investment capabilities, and adoption of the firm’s portfolio construction and digital wealth technologies to financial advisors.

Matthew Tucker, CFA

Global Head of Systematic Fixed Income Strategy

Matt is the Global Head of Systematic Fixed Income Strategy. He leads fixed income product strategy for BlackRock’s systematic active, smart beta, hedge fund, index and ETF businesses. Matt has been with the firm since 1996, and was the portfolio manager on the first U.S. fixed income ETFs launched in 2002. A CFA charter holder, he writes about bond markets and portfolio construction.

Mike Pyle

Global Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock

Mike Pyle, CFA, Managing Director, is Global Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock, leading the Investment Strategy function within the BlackRock Investment Institute. He is responsible for developing and delivering thought leadership on asset allocation, including actionable views across asset classes based on the insights of our investment community. Mr. Pyle represents BlackRock’s views on assets and the investment outlook across client channels and in the media.

Patrick Nolan, CFA

Portfolio Strategist, BlackRock Portfolio Solutions

Patrick Nolan, Director, is the Portfolio Strategist within BlackRock’s Portfolio Solutions group. The team provides consulting on portfolio construction and risk management to assist financial advisors with asset allocation, portfolio structure and implementation decisions. He writes on topics related to portfolio construction and strategy.

Paul Mele

Head of Global Benefits

Paul Mele , Head of Global Benefits, is responsible for the strategy, governance, development and execution of BlackRock's global benefits across health, wellness and retirement programs. His team's mission is to help our employees thrive in every aspect of their lives and experience financial, physical and emotional well-being.

Rick Rieder

BlackRock Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income

Rick is BlackRock’s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income and a member of the company’s Global Operating Committee. Mr. Rieder is the lead portfolio manager of BlackRock’s Multi-sector funds including Strategic Income Opportunities Fund (BSIIX), Total Return Fund (MAHQX), Core Bond Fund (BFMCX) and also the Strategic Global Bond Fund (MAWIX).

Russ Koesterich, CFA

Portfolio Manager for BlackRock’s Global Allocation Fund

Russ is a Portfolio Manager for BlackRock’s Global Allocation Fund. He works with portfolio managers to establish macro-level views and also develops systematic strategies to augment the team’s security-selection process and risk management. He is the author of two books, including “The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble,” on positioning portfolios for the growing U.S. deficit.

Scott Thiel

Chief Fixed Income Strategist

Scott Thiel, Managing Director, is Chief Fixed Income Strategist for BlackRock and a member of the BlackRock Investment Institute. He is responsible for developing and delivering thought leadership on asset allocation, including actionable global fixed income market views based on the insights of our investment community. Mr. Thiel represents BlackRock’s market views for fixed income to clients and in the media.

Thomas E. Donilon is the Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute. Previously, he served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. In that capacity, he coordinated the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts, and served as the President’s emissary to a number of world leaders. Mr. Donilon chaired the Obama-Biden transition at the U.S. State Department and National Security Council. In 2016, he chaired the Presidential Commission to Enhance National Cybersecurity. Mr. Donilon has advised three U.S. presidents and received numerous awards for his distinguished public service. He writes about geopolitical topics for the blog. BIIM0719U-889758

Tony DeSpirito

Managing Director

Tony DeSpirito, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equities within BlackRock’s Fundamental Active Equity business. He is also Head of the U.S. Income and Value team. Mr. DeSpirito has been managing value equity assets since 1996 and is lead Portfolio Manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend portfolios.

Vivek Paul

Senior Portfolio Strategist, BlackRock Investment Institute

Vivek Paul, FIA, Director, is Senior Portfolio Strategist for the Portfolio Research Group within the Blackrock Investment Institute (BII). The BII leverages BlackRock’s expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation – all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets. Within the BII, the Portfolio Research group is responsible for developing the core principles and intellectual property that underpin BlackRock's approach to portfolio design, such as capital market assumptions and optimization tools. Vivek plays a leading role in both the creation of and external dissemination of the group’s core intellectual property. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Mr. Paul worked at Towers Watson as an investment consultant, where he specialized in advising pension funds and corporate clients on liability hedging derivative arrangements, financial modelling and investment strategy. He began his career at Hewitt Associates in 2005. Mr. Paul earned an MMath degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 2005, with first class honours. He earned an MSc in Actuarial Finance from Imperial College, London, in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.