US - BlackRock has appointed Lee Kempler to head its new Investment Institute.
Kempler will act as managing director and executive director of the Institute, which has been established to generate thought leadership from across the markets, asset classes and investor segments it specialises in.
Kempler comes to BlackRock from McKinsey & Co., where he was a principal and director of Knowledge for the global management consulting firm. In this role, he led McKinsey's knowledge function globally and served as part of a small team running the administrative side of the firm.
In the new position, he will report to Richard Kushel, head of BlackRock‟s Portfolio Management Group.
Our clients are increasingly demanding industry-leading intelligence-and they expect us to apply that high level of thinking to their most complex investment challenges," said Kushel. "Through the BlackRock Investment Institute, we will seek to standardise the process of connecting the dots of innovative investment ideas across the organisation, and leverage that knowledge within clients' portfolios."
BlackRock also announced the appointment of Ewen Cameron Watt as chief investment strategist for the Institute. He will lead the Institute's events and debates and will continue to chair the firm's Central Strategy Group.
Cameron joined the firm in 1985 and is a managing director and a portfolio manager in BlackRock‟s Multi-Asset Client Solutions group (BMACS). He will retain certain portfolio management responsibilities in BMACS.
The BlackRock Investment Institute's first thought-leadership publication explores the major themes that emerged from its inaugural Forum, which was held in New York last month and focused on "Sovereign Bonds; Assessing the Risk, Identifying the Opportunities."
It can be downloaded here.
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