David Cassese is a member of the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock’s Alpha Strategies Group. He is a Portfolio Manager on the Equity Dividend/Natural Resources team, focusing on the consumer, health care and information technology sectors. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Cassese was a Portfolio Manager with Oppenheimer Capital, a subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors Capital, where he managed the firm’s Paired Alpha Fund, a fundamentally based market neutral generalist fund. He was also a Consumer Sector Analyst for a number of other diversified funds at Oppenheimer. Previously, Mr. Cassese was a Research Analyst for SAC Capital. He began his investment career as a Research Analyst for T. Rowe Price in 1998. Mr. Cassese earned a B.A. degree in economics from Duke University in 1998.