Suresh Bhat is Chief Financial Officer at the Hewlett Foundation, responsible for financial management and planning, including financial risk management. He leads a team of professionals who manage finance and accounting functions for the foundation, which has $9 billion in assets and awarded more than $400 million in grants in 2016.
Suresh brings more than two decades of experience in academia and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the chief financial officer of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a key member of the Haas senior management team and thought partner to the dean and advisory board. Prior to that, he headed business finance for the Institutional Client and BlackRock Solutions businesses at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, overseeing all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis.
He has held senior roles in financial management and financial planning at Barclay’s Global Investors, where he helped lead its sale to BlackRock, and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he served as division CFO for retail distribution, retirement service and international businesses. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche and served in various finance roles at Bank of America. He earned both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.