Tony DeSpirito

Co-Head and Co-Portfolio Manager, Equity Dividend team

Tony DeSpirito, Managing Director, is a member of the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group. He is a co-head of the BlackRock Equity Dividend team and co-portfolio manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. DeSpirito worked at Pzena Investment Management, where he served as Managing Principal, portfolio manager and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. DeSpirito was responsible for a suite of large-cap value, all-cap value and two hedge fund portfolios. Having managed value equity assets since 1996, Mr. DeSpirito served as a portfolio manager for the John Hancock Classic Value, PACE Large Company Value and Vanguard Windsor funds.

Mr. DeSpirito earned a BA degree in economics with concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993.

Tony DeSpirito

Co-Head and Co-Portfolio Manager, Equity Dividend team

Tony DeSpirito, Managing Director, is a member of the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group. He is a co-head of the BlackRock Equity Dividend team and co-portfolio manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. DeSpirito worked at Pzena Investment Management, where he served as Managing Principal, portfolio manager and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. DeSpirito was responsible for a suite of large-cap value, all-cap value and two hedge fund portfolios. Having managed value equity assets since 1996, Mr. DeSpirito served as a portfolio manager for the John Hancock Classic Value, PACE Large Company Value and Vanguard Windsor funds.

Mr. DeSpirito earned a BA degree in economics with concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993.