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SWIB executive director plans retirement

by Jody Barhanovich

Michael Williamson will retire as executive director for the $96.9 billion State of Wisconsin Investment Board at the end of 2017. The board of trustees will launch a nationwide search for the next executive director and plans to have the position filled prior to Williamson’s retirement.

The board hired Williamson as executive director in June 2012. In the five years since he joined, SWIB added more than $1 billion above market returns for the funds it manages, while vastly improving the infrastructure of systems, controls and measurement used to run the organization.

Before his position at SWIB, Williamson served as deputy director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he spent 10 years serving as the director of North Carolina Retirement Systems.

Williamson has a long career of public service as well. He has held positions including chair of the board of the National Institute on Retirement Security, president of th

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