Jason Collins has been appointed as head of iShares and index investments at BlackRock Australasia for the Australian and New Zealand region, effective immediately.
As deputy head of BlackRock Australasia, Mr Collins has been tasked with a high-level responsibility for enterprise relationships in the region, as well as working across various strategic initiatives. The expanded role will broaden his range of responsibilities, as he is also a current member of the BlackRock Australia board.
“With a near decade long track record in successfully building the local BlackRock franchise and over 20 years of investment industry experience, Jason has an in-depth understanding of the needs of all types of Australian investors from wealth advisers building model portfolios for their clients, to superannuation funds looking to build scale and access global insights,” Andrew Landman, head of BlackRock Australasia, said.
Mr Landman added that the company’s focus has always been “to offer institutional-quality, cost-effective portfolio building blocks and key thematic exposures” in response to their wealth and institutional client needs.
“As a champion of investor education, I’m delighted to see Jason lead the next phase of indexing growth in the region to help more Australian investors realise the benefits of our iShares and index investments business including convenience, affordability, transparency, and resilience,” Mr Landman said.
Peter Loehnert, head of iShares and index investments, Asia Pacific, BlackRock, added that the group is delighted to bring in a “seasoned, high-calibre individual” like Mr Collins.
“In the Asia-Pacific region, our priority is to evolve the delivery of our iShares platform to better meet client needs,” Mr Loehnert said.
“This includes using iShares ETFs for tactical asset allocation to core portfolio building blocks and whole portfolio solutions. Jason will accelerate our efforts in Australasia to democratise investing to help a broader base of investors achieve their long-term financial goals”.