Thomas M. Fortin, Managing Director, is Head of Retail Technology in the firm's BlackRock Solutions group where he is responsible for leveraging technology to enrich what BlackRock offers retail clients. He is also responsible for using technology and data to increase the effectiveness of the firm’s retail distribution team globally. He is a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee, Human Capital Committee and Corporate Risk Management Committee.
Prior to assuming his current role in 2014, Mr. Fortin led the BlackRock Platform & Integration team where he was responsible for the enterprise integration of BlackRock's acquisitions of Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Barclays Global Investors. Mr. Fortin was formerly Chief Information Officer for the firm and led the Aladdin development team from 2002 to 2011 and technology infrastructure from 2009 to 2011. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Fortin co-led the BlackRock Solutions Client Services Group, which was responsible for implementing Aladdin at large institutional clients.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2001, Mr. Fortin spent ten years with Wall Street Systems in the development and implementation of a front-to-back integrated fixed income and FX trading system for global financial institutions. From 1988 to 1991, he traded FX and interest rate derivatives at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) in New York.
Through a joint engineering program, Mr. Fortin earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a BS degree in engineering from Providence College, and an MBA degree in Finance from New York University.