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BlackRock appoints Andrew MacKenzie as head of iShares Middle East and Africa

Andrew MacKenzie, managing director and head of iShares Middle East and Africa
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BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) has announced the appointment of Andrew MacKenzie as managing director and head of iShares Middle East and Africa (MEA). In this newly created role, he will focus on driving sales for iShares across the Middle East and Africa, supporting existing client relationships in the official institutions arena as well as researching and prospecting new clients.

“South Africa is an exciting market for us at BlackRock. We have seen significant interest in the iShares ETF range over the past few years from a variety of different investors looking to add these tools to their portfolios – whether for tactical exposure or core portfolio construction.  

"The opening of our Cape Town office last year was a major milestone in our commitment to the region and we look forward to growing our presence and offering here,” commented Barbara Vintcent, head of South Africa for BlackRock.

“With two decades of experience in the sector, we are excited to welcome Andrew to our MEA team. Andrew has advised institutional investors, central banks and sovereign wealth funds in the region and is ideally placed to help lead our iShares offering across South Africa.” said Nick Anderson, head of MEA at BlackRock.

“His long-standing relationships have earned him ‘trusted adviser’ status with a number of the largest and most sophisticated investors in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. We are confident that through his leadership and industry knowledge, Andrew will prove to be a major asset to our team.”

MacKenzie will report to Leen Meijaard, head of EMEA iShares Sales at BlackRock, with additional reporting lines to Nick Anderson, head of MEA at BlackRock and Terry Keeley, head of BlackRock’s Global Official Institutions Group.

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