C-Suite Insights: Lynn Blake

Lynn Blake, CFA
Executive Vice President & CIO
Global Equity Beta Solutions
State Street Global Advisors

As Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equity Beta Solutions for State Street Global Advisors, Lynn Blake’s list of responsibilities is long and far-reaching. A longtime State Street employee, Blake oversees approximately $1.5 trillion in assets under management, with a team of approximately 75 portfolio managers based in five offices around the world: Boston, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. Her group is responsible for strategies in the equity space, which includes everything that SSgA does in indexing for institutional clients, i.e., commingled funds, collective vehicles, mutual funds, SPDR ETFs, and separate accounts.

Smart-beta assets are a great source of activity and growth for Blake’s group, whose smart-beta strategies include assets that it manages against third-party indexes as well as its own proprietary strategies developed by Jennifer Bender, research head on Lynn’s leadership team.  Blake also oversees SSgA’s Corporate Governance team, led by Rakhi Kumar, which is responsible for all of SSgA’s asset stewardship and proxy voting. She reports to SSgA’s Global Chief Investment Officer, Richard Lacaille, who is head quartered in London.

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“Fearless Girl”

Just before International Women’s Day on March 8, a second bronze statue appeared directly opposite the famous bronze bull on Wall Street. The four foot tall girl, hands on her hips, stands with a defiant gaze leveled at the bull. A plaque at the girl’s feet reads: “Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.” It was soon revealed that the statue had been commissioned by asset manager State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) and advertising agency McCann New York. Could this celebration of International Women’s Day be the shift towards recognizing women’s equality in business we’ve long hoped for?
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