David Villa joined the board of directors in April of 2008. Currently he is the Chief Investment Officer for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, overseeing the ninth largest state pension plan, with assets totaling $87 billion and approximately $6 billion in additional investment mandates. He has also held the same position for the State Board of Administration for Florida. Villa chairs the Finance and Investment Committee and serves on the Audit Committee.
Villa was recently honored by Institutional Investor Magazine with the 2010 Large Public Fund Manager of the of the Year Award. The Institute recognizes U.S. institutional investors with innovative and fiduciary savvy that yields remarkable returns.
Previously, Mr. Villa was the Executive Director for UBS Global Asset Management/Brinson Partners, a world leader in the creation and management of complex institutional investment portfolios, with more than $383 billion in assets. He began his financial career in 1979 with Arthur Andersen and later with First Chicago.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1976 with a BA in Economics and from Stanford University in 1977 with a MA in Economics and Latin American Studies. He received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1979.