Russell Investments names new head of EMEA

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Russell Investments has announced that Joseph Linhares has joined the firm as its head of EMEA.

Linhares has spent the last 16 years at BlackRock in a variety of leadership positions in EMEA and the US, the company said in a statement announcing the appointment earlier today. Based in London, he will report directly to CEO Len Brennan and serve as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Brennan said that he believes that there are “significant growth opportunities” in multi-asset investing globally, particularly in the EMEA region, which has “long embraced a multi-asset approach”.

Linhares, who has had an extensive career at BlackRock and its predecessor firm Barclays Global Investors, most recently as its Global Head of Platinum Accounts, said he looked forward to the opportunities that lay ahead as the financial services industry is undergoing a “time of rapid change”.

Part of Linhare’s tenure at BlackRock was also spent in London as the firm’s managing director and head of EMEA iShares.

He joined iShares in 2000 in the US as it began its industry advancement, ultimately becoming US head of iShares distribution. As head of EMEA iShares business, Linhares oversaw the business growth as well as acquisition of the Credit Suisse ETF business. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Citibank and JPMorgan.