BlackRock is one of the largest providers of investment, advisory and risk management services in the world serving institutional and individual investors. It has assets under management of $3.345 trillion (September 2011). Size alone would make its impact on corporate governance and corporate policy significant. But BlackRock’s Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team will discuss questions such as:
- What does responsible investment mean for corporations with which BlackRock’s team engages?
- How does BlackRock view and use the proxy voting mechanism to effect change?
- What is ‘good governance’? How does it apply to emerging markets? To advanced markets?
- What’s the relation between good governance and firm performance (economic, financial, environmental and social)?
- What is BlackRock’s role in the larger responsible investment and corporate governance space?
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Saint Mary’s College of California, Soda Center, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road
6:00 P.M. - Registration
6:30 P.M. - Panel Presentation, Q&A
8:00 P.M. - Networking Reception (appetizers and drinks will be served)
Free for Current Students | $15 for SMC Alumni | $20 Friends of SMC
Michelle Edkins, Global Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment leads a team of 20 specialists based in five key regions internationally. Edkins is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. She is an active participant in the public corporate governance debate and regularly speaks and writes on the importance of good stewardship for company performance. Edkins is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network and of the Investment Committees of the Association of British Insurers and of Eumedion in the Netherlands.
Chad Spitler, Global COO of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment leads a team within the Portfolio Management Group. He is responsible for the daily operations of the team worldwide and strategic planning. Spitler is the Secretariat of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Securities Evaluation Group, and is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Shareholders Responsibility Committee, and the Broadridge Global and Domestic Steering Committees.
Rob Zivnuska, Director of Americas Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team is based in San Francisco. In this role, Zivnuska manages all aspects of the corporate governance function for North and South America: developing corporate governance policy; representing BlackRock in engagement with issuers, clients and regulators; and supporting global corporate governance efforts. The team also serves as a central resource for BlackRock’s varied responsible investment solutions.
Dr. James Hawley, Professor and Director of Saint Mary’s Elfenworks Center for the Study of Fiduciary Capitalism. Dr. Hawley is the author of two books, the first on international banks and the global monetary system, and the second on U.S. pension funds and the ownership of U.S. corporations, titled, "The Rise of Fiduciary Capitalism: How Institutional Investors can make Corporations more Democratic," published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2000. He edited (with Professors Shyam Kamath and Andrew Williams) “Corporate Governance Failures: The role of institutional investors in the global financial crisis”, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
Additionally, he is the author (or co-author) of over 20articles on a variety of topics, including corporate governance, the international monetary and financial system and environmental issues, and numerous papers and reports.
Prior to his 25 year tenure at Saint Mary’s, Dr. Hawley worked at Wells Fargo Bank as a country risk analyst, and taught at the University of California, Davis. He has also been an invited guest professor at the Universite de Paris, and at the Universite de Montpillier, in France; a guest scholar at the Judge Institute at the University of Cambridge, U.K.; and given talks in a number of countries in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.