BlackRock has hired a new chair and head of its Asia-Pacific region, with the current person in the role to become deputy global chief operating officer from February.
Geraldine Buckingham will be heading the Asia-Pacific region, while predecessor Ryan Stork will take on the role of Global COO.
Mr Stork will be based in New York while Ms Buckingham will be relocating from New York.
“Asia-Pacific is one of BlackRock’s most critical priorities. Consistent with our approach around the world, we aim to have a truly local presence in Asia so we can respond to the unique needs, objectives, and cultures of our clients in each market,” Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock said.
“Ryan and Geraldine have been two key architects of our strategy in the region.”
Mr Fink added that Mr Stork had helped deepened the company’s presence in the region by tailoring BlackRock’s global capabilities to local needs.
He said Ms Buckingham has earned respect internationally and of BlackRock’s clients’ needs, particularly in the Asia-Pacific. She had helped to develop the firm’s long-term growth strategy for China along with being a key voice in its strategy for retirement, wealth, alternatives and sustainable living, Mr Fink noted.
“BlackRock’s business in Asia-Pacific is extremely well positioned to meet our clients’ retirement and wealth needs, thanks to Ryan and his team,” Ms Buckingham said.
“I am thrilled to be taking on this new challenge and will maintain a sharp focus on current priorities, while capitalizing on major growth opportunities to deliver the right mix of investment strategies for our clients.”
“I feel privileged to have led such a strong team to deepen our penetration in this high-growth region, particularly in terms of onshore access to the China market,” Mr Stork said.
“I am now looking forward to taking on my new role to focus on how we can improve our global operating model, innovation and use of technology. As such, I take pleasure in the knowledge I will be continuing to contribute to the APAC growth story.”
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