As chairman and CEO of BlackRock, Laurence D. Fink has led the firm through its entire two-decade history, keeping client-centric solutions and innovation at the forefront of his leadership. He has been named one of the world's best CEOs by Barron's each year since 2005.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Fink was a member of the management committee and a managing director of First Boston. 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, Fink was co-head of the taxable fixed-income division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities. Fink also started the financial futures and options department and headed the mortgage and real estate products group.
Fink serves as a member of the board of trustees of New York University, chairman 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 Langone Medical Center's board of trustees and serves on the development/trustee stewardship committee and the finance committee. Fink also serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art.
Fink earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1976 and a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 1974.