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David Villa

David Villa is the Chief Investment Officer and the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). He is responsible for implementing the investment policy and developing the architecture to manage fund level returns and risk for over $110 billion in assets. He was named Large Public Funds CIO of the year by Institutional Investor Magazine in 2010 and 2016 for his leadership and commitment to innovation. In 2017, Mr. Villa received the Institutional Investor Allocators’ Choice Award for Team of the Year for making SWIB a home for top talent in American public fund investing. Mr. Villa joined the State of Wisconsin Investment Board in June 2006. Prior to joining SWIB, Mr. Villa served for two and a half years as the Chief Investment Officer for the State Board of Administration of Florida and twelve years with UBS Global Asset Management, previously Brinson Partners. Mr. Villa began his career with First Chicago and Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Villa is a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation which is the parent organization of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Mr. Villa is also a board member and Treasurer of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. He is a member of the 300 Club, a group of leading investment professionals from across the globe who have joined together to respond to a need to raise uncomfortable and fundamental questions about the investment industry and investing.

Mr. Villa has a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and an MBA, in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.