Robert Fairbairn is the Global Head of Retail and iShares® for BlackRock and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. He serves as a board member for the BlackRock Equity-Bond mutual fund family.
In 2009, Mr. Fairbairn moved to the U.S. where he served as head of the Global Client Group. Prior to that, Mr. Fairbairn was Chairman of BlackRock's International Businesses. Mr. Fairbairn's service with the firm dates back to 1993, including his years with Mercury Asset Management (Mercury) and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was Senior Vice President and head of the EMEA Pacific region and member of the MLIM Executive Committee with responsibility for all of MLIM's non-US businesses. He joined Mercury in 1993 and, following the acquisition by Merrill Lynch, became head of the EMEA Sales Division in 1999 and Chief Operating Officer of the EMEA Pacific region in 2001. From 1990 to 1993, he was with Lazard Investors' business development team. Prior to that, he spent five years with GT Management as an investment manager.
Mr. Fairbairn earned BA degrees in history, economics and Russian studies from Durham University in 1987.