David Villa

SWIB Chief Investment Officer David Villa was recently presented with a 2018 Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award. Villa was recognized for having created a model for successful and aligned hedge fund investing at a U.S. public pension system.

"There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in Madison to make it look easy for the CIO," Villa said. "I was delighted to be recognized, but the achievements are really driven by almost 200 professionals who come to work every day on behalf of more than 600,000 public employees and retirees."

Villa's career in the financial industry spans more than 30 years. Before becoming SWIB's chief investment officer in 2006, Villa started his career in the private sector after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in economics. Villa stepped into public service when he was named CIO of Florida's public pension system.

Villa also holds a master's degree in economics and Latin American studies from Stanford University, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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