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Senior Managing Director
Chief Product Officer

Mr. Kushel is BlackRock's Chief Product Officer and head of the Strategic Product Management group, and a member of the Global Executive and Global Operating Committees. He also oversees the BlackRock Investment Institute and the firm’s Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment teams.

Previously, Mr. Kushel was head of BlackRock’s Portfolio Management Group where he had responsibility for the management of the firm’s portfolio teams across all asset classes, market sectors and styles. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Kushel was based in London and served as Chairman of BlackRock’s International businesses, responsible for the regional management of BlackRock’s businesses and operations outside the US and Canada. Prior to that, Mr. Kushel held several positions within the firm, including heading BlackRock’s International Institutional business and heading BlackRock’s Alternatives efforts and Wealth Management Groups, where he oversaw product development, marketing, and client servicing for alternative investments, and directed BlackRock’s activities for high net worth individuals and family offices. Prior to joining BlackRock in 1991, he was an associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Prudential Securities.

Mr. Kushel currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Council on Asset and Investment Management of the Institute for International Finance and previously served as a board member of the UK Investment Management Association. Mr. Kushel earned a BS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1988.