David Blitzer

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David M. Blitzer, Ph.D
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Occupation Managing Director and Chairman
Employer Standard & Poor's

David M. Blitzer is managing director and chairman of Standard & Poor's Index Committee, with overall responsibility for index security selection, as well as index analysis and management.[1]

He was first appointed chairman of the company’s index committee in 1995. Since the 2012 purchase of Dow Jones Indices, he has also controlled the Dow Jones Industrial Average. One of his notable moves was in 2018 when the index committee removed General Electric from the Dow after more than 100 years of membership.

Blitzer will retire in August 2019 after almost four decades at the company.[2]

Dr. Blitzer won the 2012 William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of Outpacing the Pros: Using Indices to Beat Wall Street’s Savviest Money Managers, (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and What’s the Economy Trying to Tell You? Everyone’s Guide to Understanding and Profiting from the Economy, (McGraw-Hill, 1997). In the year 2000, he was ranked seventh in SmartMoney magazine’s list of the 30 most influential people in the world of investing. He was named the U.S.'s top economist in 1998, receiving the Blue Chip Economic Forecasting Award for most accurately predicting the country’s leading economic indicators for four years in a row.[3]


Before becoming chairman of the Index Committee, Dr. Blitzer was Standard & Poor's chief economist. Before joining Standard & Poor's, he was corporate economist at McGraw-Hill Companies, S&P's parent corporation.[4]

Prior to that, he was a senior economic analyst with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. and did consulting work for various government and private sector agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Commission on Materials Policy, and Natural Resources Defense Council.


A graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in engineering, Dr. Blitzer received his M.A. in economics from the George Washington University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.