BlackRock names firm veteran James Raby as APAC Head of Wealth

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Asia Pacific, January 9, 2023 – BlackRock today appointed James Raby as APAC Head of Wealth. Holding more than 15 years’ experience at the firm including leadership roles across strategy, corporate development, finance and audit in London, San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong, Mr. Raby will channel his knowledge, expertise and connectivity into serving clients with the full spectrum of BlackRock’s capabilities.

Rachel Lord, BlackRock’s Chair & Head of APAC, said: “Clients are turning to BlackRock more than ever, as we expect to offer an unrivalled platform of investment and risk solutions. We believe our ability to deliver the highest quality investment strategies and client service is unparalleled in APAC’s asset management industry. Our partnerships with wealth management, retail banking and private banking clients in the region have grown significantly over the last two years, powered by our sharp focus on whole portfolios to help their end clients achieve greater resilience.”

James Raby said: “APAC wealth clients are keenly focused on partners who understand their business and the challenges they face. This is critical to ensure we are bringing our clients with the most relevant solutions. I look forward to developing closer client partnerships with an aim to meet their long-term investment goals.”

Mr. Raby most recently served as APAC Chief Financial Officer and is based in Hong Kong, where he oversees finance, corporate strategy and corporate development initiatives across the region. An Australian national, his service with the firm dates back to 2005, when he was a Director of Strategy for Barclays and later a Principal at BGI, which BlackRock acquired in 2008. He worked closely with BlackRock’s APAC business throughout his time at the firm, particularly in his capacity as a member of the global strategy team and as Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis. Mr. Raby is a graduate of Columbia Business School and holds a B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

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