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Faculty Profile: Robert R. Reitano

Robert R. Reitano

Senior Director, Academics and Professor of the Practice of Finance in the Brandeis International Business School

Financial derivatives modeling, pricing and hedging applications. Quantitative finance and financial risk management.

Robert R. Reitano is Senior Director, Academics, and Professor of the Practice in Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where he specializes in Risk Management and Quantitative Finance, and is Principal of Strategic Investment Risk Management, a consulting practice specializing in the development and implementation of strategic investment responses to asset/liability risk management objectives. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University School of Business and as Adjunct Professor in Boston University's Masters Degree 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 published in 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), the Committee on Financial Research of the Society of Actuaries, and 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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
U Mass Amherst, M.A.


Awards & Honors:
  • (2008) Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) credential awarded by the Society of Actuaries as recognition as a "Thought Leader" in the field.
  • (2007) Excellence in Teaching Award for Full Time Faculty: 2006-2007, International Business School.
  • (1996) Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries1994-95 F.M. Redington Prize for "Multivariate Stochastic Immunization Theory", Transactions of the Society of Actuaries, XLV, 1994.
  • (1994) Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries1991-93 F.M. Redington Prize for "Multivariate Duration Analysis", TSA, XLIII, 1991.
  • (1992) Society of Actuaries1991 Annual Prize for "Multivariate Duration Analysis", TSA, XLIII, 1991.