The 2007 John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner
Laurence D. Fink ('76)
Laurence D. Fink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, is Chairman of the Executive and Management Committees. In addition, Mr. Fink is a Trustee and President of BlackRock Funds, the firm's open-end fund family, and a Director of several of BlackRock's offshore funds.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Fink joined First Boston in 1976 and quickly became one of the first mortgage-backed securities traders on Wall Street. During his tenure at First Boston, Mr. Fink was co-head of the Taxable Fixed Income Division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities. Mr. Fink also started the Financial Futures and Options Department and headed the Mortgage and Real Estate Products Group. In 1987, Mr. Fink was featured in Investment Dealers' Digest (November 1987) as head of the mortgage-related securities group of "The Ultimate Brokerage Firm," and in 1989, he was featured in The Wall Street Journal Centennial Edition as one of 28 businessmen, all under 45 years old, "...who could be among the business leaders of tomorrow."
Mr. Fink serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, Chair of the Financial Affairs Committee and a member of the Executive Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Board Governance, and the Committee on Trustees. He is also Co-Chairman of the NYU Hospitals Center Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Development/Trustee Stewardship Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Fink is also a Trustee of The Boys' Club of New York.
Mr. Fink earned an MBA degree with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a BA degree in political science from UCLA in 1974.