Alan Mason, Managing Director, is Head of Americas Portfolio Engineering for the ETF and Index Investments business. Mr. Mason's investment team is responsible for Index Equity, iShares Equity, Alternative Beta and Asset Allocation portfolios. Mr. Mason is a member of the EII Markets and Investments management committee and the Global Human Capital Committee. He is a global sponsor for OUT, the firm's LGBT employee network.
Mr. Mason's service with the firm dates back to 1991, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, Mr. Mason served as head of portfolio management and strategy for US transitions, strategist for the Global Index and Markets Group, head of US Asset Allocation, and most recently as head of Global Portfolio Management, Client Solutions. Mr. Mason has led three key growth efforts: developing the US transition capability from a service to a business, growing the key asset allocation product for the firm's US DC platform, LifePath, and building the foundation for key dimensions of the firm's rapidly growing solutions business.
Mr. Mason earned a BA degree in music from Baylor University in 1983, summa cum laude, an MA degree in musicology from the University of Louisville in 1989, with honors, and an MA degree in ethnomusicology from University of California Berkeley in 1991. In the same year that Mr. Mason became head of portfolio management for BGI's transitions business, he was advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley, having completed all coursework for the degree and comprehensive doctoral oral examinations with distinction.