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Mark McKenna

Managing Director, Founder, Global Head of Event Driven| BlackRock

Managing Director, Founder & Global Head of Event Driven, is responsible for managing BlackRock's event driven investing efforts within Active Equities (AE).

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. McKenna was a Managing Director at Harvard Management Company (HMC) and co-founder of HMC's event driven fund. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. McKenna was Portfolio Manager of the event driven strategy at Caxton Associates, LLC. Previous to Caxton, Mr. McKenna spent five years at Salomon Smith Barney as a Vice President in mergers and acquisitions where he advised on over $100 billion in corporate change.  Before graduate school, Mr. McKenna served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy's Nuclear Submarine Force, where he conducted strategic deterrent patrols onboard the USS Ohio and was a certified nuclear engineer by the Department of Naval Reactors.

Mr. McKenna earned an MBA, with distinction, from New York University and a B.E. in electrical engineering from New York Maritime College.