Robert R. Reitano is Professor of the Practice in Finance at Brandeis International Business School where he specializes in Risk Management and Quantitative Finance. He is Principal of Strategic Investment Risk Management, a consulting practice specializing in strategic investment approaches to asset/liability risk management objectives. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University School of Business and as Adjunct Professor in Wuhan University of Technology’s graduate program in finance, and Boston University’s graduate program in mathematical finance.
Dr. Reitano was Chief Investment Officer of Controlled Risk Insurance Company (CRICO), and previously had a 29 year career at John Hancock/Manulife in asset/liability risk management and investment strategy. He advanced to Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist where he was responsible for developing investment and risk management strategies for all John Hancock insurance, annuity, pension and investment products, and for managing the 50+ staff of the Global Investment Strategy Group with teams in Boston and Toronto. At John Hancock/Manulife, he served as Chairman of the investment committees responsible for the Company’s Pension Plans and 401(k) Plans, and for the investment manager oversight committee of the John Hancock Variable Series Trust. He also served on several Company Boards and as the Company’s Derivatives Supervisory Officer under the New York approved Derivative Use Plan.
His research papers have appeared in a number of journals and have won an Annual Prize of the Society of Actuaries and two biennial F.M. Redington Prizes awarded by the Investment Section of the Society of the Actuaries. His book, “Introduction to Quantitative Finance: A Math Tool Kit,” was published by The MIT Press in January, 2010, and translated to Chinese by Truth & Wisdom Press in March, 2015. He is currently writing an advanced follow-on book, “Foundations of Quantitative Finance.”
Dr. Reitano has been a member of several industry task forces and committees and has been a frequent speaker on risk management and quantitative finance topics at industry forums and events globally. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), serves on the Committee on Financial Research of the Society of Actuaries, and on a number of not-for-profit boards and investment committees. He provides editorial support for finance and actuarial journals and University presses.
Dr. Reitano has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.