People: BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (BUI)
20 Jan 2017
Ms. Karen P. Robards serves as Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust since its inception on August 25, 2011. She is Partner of Robards & Company, LLC (financial advisory firm) since 1987; Co-founder and Director of the Cooke Center for Learning and Development (a not-for-profit organization) since 1987. Ms. Robards’ many years of experience in investment banking and the financial advisory industry where she obtained extensive knowledge of the capital markets and advised clients on corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and the issuance of debt and equity securities. Ms. Robards’ prior position as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley provides useful oversight of the Funds’ investment decisions and investment valuation processes. Additionally, Ms. Robards’ experience as a director of publicly held and private companies allows her to provide the Boards with insight into the management and governance practices of other companies. Ms. Robards’ long-standing service on the boards of the Closed-End Complex also provides her with a specific understanding of the Funds, their operations, and the business and regulatory issues facing the Funds. Ms. Robards’ knowledge of financial and accounting matters qualifies her to serve as Vice Chair of the Boards and as the Chair of each Fund’s Audit Committee. Ms. Robards’ independence from the Funds and the Funds’ investment advisor enhances her service as a member of the Performance Oversight Committee, Executive Committee, Governance Committee and Leverage Committee.
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