Antonio (Tony) DeSpirito, Managing Director, is Director of Investments, U.S. Fundamental Equities. In addition, he is head of the U.S. Income & Value Team and is the lead Portfolio Manager for the BlackRock Equity Dividend portfolios.
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 long-only value products 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 BS degree in economics with a concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and a JD degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993.
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