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BlackRock appoints Christian Obrist as Head of iShares for Australia

May 28, 2018
By BlackRock

Australia – 28 May 2018 – BlackRock appoints Christian Obrist as Head of iShares, Australia, effective 1 June 2018. Based in Sydney, Christian will be responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of BlackRock’s iShares business in Australia.

Dominik Rohe, BlackRock’s Head of Australasia, said: “Christian brings a wealth of experience covering client use of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to Australia and will strengthen our capabilities in this important area for our business.”

Christian Obrist, Head of iShares Australia, said: “It is an exciting time to be joining the team as ETF use by Australian investors evolves across a variety of market segments. I look forward to building our offering of transparent and cost-effective investment solutions for our clients.”

Christian comes to the role from Hong Kong, where he has led private banking and asset manager distribution for Asia ex Japan since 2014. He joined BlackRock in 2012 in Europe where he focused on institutional clients covering pensions, insurance and asset managers. Prior to BlackRock, Christian also worked at J.P. Morgan and UBS.

Christian will report to Dominik Rohe and to Susan Chan, Head of iShares and index investing, Asia-Pacific and will also join BlackRock’s Executive Committee for Australasia.

BlackRock’s iShares business in Australia continues to grow and evolve, and is actively seeking to grow the team, with Blair Hannon recently joining as an ETF Strategist in May 2018.

Jonathan Howie, who previously led BlackRock’s iShares business in Australia, has taken on a new role as Head of Index Strategy, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong.

About iShares

iShares® is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 800 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than US$1.7 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2018, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm1.

1 Based on US$6.317 trillion in AUM as of 3/31/18

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