Robert Fairbairn, Senior Managing Director, oversees the Strategic Partner Program responsible for the firm's largest client relationships and the Strategic Product Management Group responsible for the firm's overall product strategy and product suite. Mr. Fairbairn is a member of the Global Executive Committee, Global Operating Committee and co-chairs the Human Capital Committee. He also serves as a board member for the BlackRock Equity-Bond mutual fund family.
From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Fairbairn served as global head of the Retail and iShares businesses. Prior to that, he served as head of the Global Client Group and 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.