Global Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment BlackRock
Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of its Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team of 20 specialists based in five key regions internationally. Michelle is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. She is an active participant in the public corporate governance debate and regularly speaks and writes on the importance of good stewardship for company performance. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network and of the Investment Committees of the Association of British Insurers and of Eumedion in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2009, Michelle was for four years Managing Director at Governance for Owners, an independent partnership offering products that support responsible long-term share ownership. She started her corporate governance career in 1997 at Hermes Pensions Management, where she spent eight years, initially as the head of the corporate governance team and thereafter as Director of Institutional Relations. An economist by training, Michelle previously worked for New Zealand’s central bank and the British High Commission in Wellington.