Kristen Walters is Chief Risk Officer for Natixis Investment Managers. In this role, she leads the firm’s risk management function, with a focus on evolving its risk monitoring framework and enhancing integration with the firm’s affiliated investment managers.
Ms. Walters has more than 25 years of risk management experience spanning all aspects of the financial industry and capital markets. Prior to joining Natixis in April of 2020, she served as managing director and global chief operating officer at BlackRock for the firm’s Risk and Quantitative Analysis Group. In that role, Ms. Walters oversaw market, counterparty credit, liquidity and enterprise risk on behalf of the firm and fiduciary clients and led strategic risk management technology, analytics and reporting initiatives. She also represented BlackRock as a member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Market Risk Advisory Committee.
Prior to BlackRock, Ms. Walters was a senior member of the portfolio risk management team at PIMCO reporting to the CIO and CEO. Previously, she led the firm-wide risk team at Goldman Sachs responsible for reporting risk across the trading platform before, during and after the 2008 financial crisis. She held a similar role in market risk at Barclays Capital with a focus on fixed income and structured credit. Ms. Walters started her career in banking supervision and regulation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds a BBA degree in accounting and economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA degree in finance from Babson College.