Former BlackRock high-flyer Jonathan Howie will join global investment manager VGI Partners as its new chief executive.
Jonathan Howie most recently worked as APAC head of index equity for BlackRock in Hong Kong, prior to which he was head of iShares Australia from 2011-2018. He was chosen after a “comprehensive selection process” undertaken with the assistance of a search firm.
“We are delighted to have Jonathan join VGI at such an important time in our company’s growth. Jonathan is well suited to take our company strategy forward, with the skills and experience needed to drive long-term value for all our shareholders,” said executive chairman Robert Luciano, adding that Mr Howie’s appointment would help VGI build out its relationship with investors and its operational and risk management capabilities.
“I’m excited to work with Robert and the team to further enhance VGI’s investor communications and operational capabilities, and in due course, drive the next phase of growth as we leverage VGI’s platform to develop existing and additional strategies,” Mr Howie said.
Mr Luciano will continue in his role as executive chairman. Mr Howie will join VGI on 12 April.