Joshua Levine, a former head of the America’s institutional sales team at The Permal Group, is joining BlackRock to lead the firm’s public and corporate pension plan effort on the East Coast.

Levine, who will start in March, will have the title of managing director at BlacRock, and be part of the firm’s U.S. and Canada institutional team, reporting to managing director Edwin Conway, who joined BlackRock in March 2011 as head of the U.S. & Canada institutional business within the firm’s Global Client Group. As co-leader of the pension business, Levine will handle the group’s operations along the East Coast, developing and managing relationships with institutional clients in that region, while managing director Al Goduti will handle the business on the West Coast.

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