California Treasurer Bill Lockyer Wednesday named Blake Fowler to head the treasurer's office's public finance division.

Fowler, 43, has been serving as the division's acting director since February, when predecessor Katie Carroll was promoted to deputy treasurer.

"Blake has the experience and management skills to be a superb leader of this crucial operation," Lockyer said in a statement. "He and Katie make a great team, and they will manage our bond program in a way that benefits taxpayers, the state budget, and California's public infrastructure."

Fowler heads a division that sells California general obligation bonds and commercial paper, as well as revenue anticipation notes. It is also charged with managing the state's overall debt portfolio and serving as liaison to credit rating agencies.

Fowler has almost 14 years of public finance experience. He was hired in 2006 as assistant director of the public finance division.

Before joining the treasurer's office, Fowler managed public finance operations at the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank.

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