James Keenan

James Keenan

Chief Investment Officer & Global Head of Credit

James E. Keenan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Credit within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He leads the strategy for Global Fundamental Credit and is responsible for providing oversight of the investment process and performance, the partnerships with BlackRock's distribution channels, and the team's infrastructure as well as determining the strategic direction and growth initiatives of the platform. Jim oversees Leveraged Finance, Hedge Funds, and Private Credit businesses including opportunistic, middle market and specialty finance.


Jim serves on BlackRock's Global Operating Committee, BlackRock Alternative Investors Executive Committee, Global Fixed Income Executive Committee, PEP and ASG Investment Committees and the Infrastructure Debt Management Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation.


Over the last 13 years, Jim was the portfolio manager across a variety of strategies including HY, Opportunistic and distressed portfolios and long short hedge funds. He has been responsible for building the Global fundamental credit business since 2006.


Prior to joining BlackRock in 2004, Jim held roles within credit research and trading from 1998 to 2003 at UBS Global Asset Management and at Columbia Management Group. He also serves on Notre Dame's Wall Street Committee & Athletic Advisory Council and the Board of Good Shepherd.


Jim earned a BBA degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1998.