Craig Lazzara is a managing director in the Core Product Management group at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). His responsibilities focus on providing thought leadership and educational outreach for S&P DJI’s core, alternative beta and style indices globally. Prior to assuming his current role, Lazzara founded the Index Investment Strategy team, which provides research and commentary across the S&P DJI product set, with particular emphasis on the active versus passive debate, factor indices and index dynamics. He previously served as product manager for S&P DJI’s U.S. equity and real estate indices. These include the S&P 500® and the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, two of the most widely tracked benchmarks in the world.
Prior to joining S&P Indices in 2009, Lazzara was a managing director of Abacus Analytics, a quantitative consulting firm serving the brokerage and investment management communities. He previously directed marketing and client service for ETF Advisors and Salomon Smith Barney’s Global Equity Index Group, as well as for the Equity Portfolio Analysis group at Salomon Brothers. Earlier, Lazzara served as chief investment officer of Centurion Capital Management and Vantage Global Advisors, as a managing director of TSA Capital Management, and as a vice president and portfolio manager for Mellon Bank and T. Rowe Price Associates. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Lazzara is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.