Edwin Denson was named executive director and chief investment officer of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Madison, spokesman Chris Preisler said in an email.
He replaces David Villa, who died Feb. 13. Mr. Denson was previously SWIB's managing director, asset and risk allocation.
Mr. Preisler said Mr. Denson will determine whether to seek a replacement for his previous position as he reviews the structure of the board’s investment division.
Before joining the board in 2018, Mr. Denson was managing director and head of strategic tilting at the C$475.7 billion ($380.2 billion) Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto.
Rochelle Klaskin, SWIB’s deputy executive director and chief administrative officer, has been serving as acting executive director since Mr. Villa’s death, and three investment managing directors had been given authority to share the role of CIO on an interim basis. Mr. Villa had been CIO since 2006, and took on the additional role of executive director in 2018.
The board manages $143.9 billion in assets, including the $120.2 billion Wisconsin Retirement System.