BlackRock Advisors, LLC announced today changes to the portfolio management teams of BlackRock Core Bond Trust (NYSE:BHK), BlackRock Income Opportunity Trust, Inc. (NYSE:BNA) and BlackRock Fixed Income Value Opportunities (XFIVX) (the “Funds”). The Funds’ portfolio management teams are as follows:
|Fund||Ticker||New Management Team|
|BlackRock Core Bond Trust||BHK||James Keenan/Matthew Marra|
|BlackRock Income Opportunity Trust, Inc.||BNA||James Keenan/Matthew Marra|
|BlackRock Fixed Income Value Opportunities||XFIVX||John Burger/James Keenan/ThomasMusmanno/John Vibert/Mark Warner|
James E. Keenan, CFA, Managing Director, is a portfolio manager in the Corporate Credit Group within BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income. He is head of Leveraged Finance Portfolios and Investments overseeing global high yield, leveraged loans, and distressed products. Mr. Keenan is also a member of the BlackRock Kelso Investment Committee.Prior to joining BlackRock in 2004, Mr. Keenan was a senior high yield trader at Columbia Management Group. Mr. Keenan began his investment career at UBS Global Asset Management where he held roles as a trader and research analyst from 1998 through 2003. Matthew Marra, Managing Director, is a portfolio manager in the Multi-Sector & Mortgages Group within BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income. He is Deputy Head of Retail and Mutual Fund Products and co-head of Mutual Fund Multi-Sector Portfolios. Mr. Marra joined BlackRock's fixed income team in 1997. He began his career at BlackRock in 1995 as an analyst in the Portfolio Analytics Group. Mr. Marra has served on the Barclays Index Advisory Council since 2001. Thomas Musmanno, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of the Multi-Sector & Mortgages Group within BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income. He is a portfolio manager on the Short Duration Portfolio Team. Mr. Musmanno's service with the firm dates back to 1991, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was a fixed income and money market portfolio manager. Mr. Musmanno joined MLIM in 1991 as an analyst and held a variety of positions, including fixed income research analyst in trust accounting in Merrill Lynch's Private Client Group. John Vibert, Managing Director, is a member of the Securitized Assets Investment Team within BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2008, Mr. Vibert was a Managing Director, head of adjustable-rate mortgage trading, and co-head of non-agency mortgage trading at Credit Suisse. From 2003 to 2005, he was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for non-agency mortgage backed securities trading. Previously, Mr. Vibert held trading and research roles at Credit Suisse and Salomon Brothers.
Mark S. Warner, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of the Securitized Assets Investment Team within BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income.Prior to joining BlackRock in 1993, Mr. Warner was a Director in the Capital Markets Unit of the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Mr. Warner joined The Prudential in 1987, and was initially responsible for asset/liability strategies for the $7 billion participating annuity segment. He moved to Prudential's Commercial Real Estate Division in 1989, where he was responsible for the sale of commercial whole loans, purchases of private placement mortgage-backed securities and securitization opportunities within the Prudential's $25 billion non-residential portfolio. He previously worked in the fixed income department at PaineWebber. About BlackRock BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At June 30, 2010, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.151 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares ® (exchange traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions ®. Headquartered in New York City, as of June 30, 2010, the firm has approximately 8,500 employees in 24 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.blackrock.com Forward-Looking Statements This press release, and other statements that BlackRock may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to BlackRock’s future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “trend,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “pipeline,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “current,” “intention,” “estimate,” “position,” “assume,” “outlook,” “continue,” “remain,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions.
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