KRS Names Mark C. Blackwell as Executive Director, Office of Legal Services

Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark C. Blackwell as Executive Director, Office of Legal Services.  In this role Mr. Blackwell will be responsible for providing legal advice and representation of the Systems in all matters, with an initial focus on investments and investment management and serving as counsel to the Board of Trustees and its committees.  The appointment will be effective March 1, 2018.

“Mark brings a wealth of retirement plan experience to KRS, which has over 372,000 members and $17 billion in assets.  Since joining KRS a year ago with a focus on investment management and as counsel to the Board, he’s made a valuable contribution.  As Executive Director of Legal Services, Mark will be responsible for all aspects of our legal departments” said David Eager, Interim Executive Director of KRS.

Prior to joining the Systems in 2017 as Executive Advisor to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Blackwell was a partner in the Louisville office of Wyatt Tarrant and Combs LLP where his practice focused on executive compensation and employee benefit plan design, implementation and compliance.

Mr. Blackwell received his juris doctorate from Brigham Young University and is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, and Missouri Bar Associations; the American Bar Association; and the Louisville Employee Benefit Council.  He has been recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the area of Retirement Benefits/Pension Law by Louisville Magazine and has been honored with the Highest Professional Ratings by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  Mr. Blackwell also served as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Kentucky for many years.                                                  

Kentucky Retirement Systems is responsible for the investment of funds and administration of pension and health insurance benefits for over 372,000 active and retired state and local government employees, state police officers, and nonteaching staff of local school boards and regional universities.

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