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Former BlackRock Figure To Be Next Vanguard CEO

Editorial Staff May 15, 2024

Former BlackRock Figure To Be Next Vanguard CEO

The new CEO is taking up the role at a firm that has been a pioneer in the world of index funds.

Vanguard, the US asset management titan with $8.6 trillion in assets, has named former BlackRock senior figure, Salim Ramji (pictured) as the new CEO, effective July 8. Ramji will be taking the helm from Tim Buckley who, as previously announced, will be retiring and stepping down as CEO and chairman.

Ramji has more than 25 years’ experience in investments, capital markets and wealth management, including a decade as a senior leader at BlackRock – he left in January 2024. Most recently, Ramji was global head of iShares and index investing.

Separately, Vanguard said Greg Davis, president and chief investment officer, will be appointed to join Vanguard’s board of directors and have expanded responsibility for regulatory and government affairs.

The move from BlackRock would seem a natural one, given that the firm is, like Vanguard, one of the world’s largest players in what is called “passive” investing. Vanguard was a pioneer in the development of index funds, based around the idea that in broadly efficient markets, trying to earn “Alpha” by stock-picking is ultimately hard to repeat if markets revert to long-term average levels. 

Prior to the iShares job, Ramji was the head of US wealth advisor. He began his BlackRock career as the global head of corporate strategy. Before joining BlackRock, he was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in charge of the firm’s asset and wealth management practice. Ramji started his career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong.

Upon the effective date of Ramji’s appointment as CEO, Buckley will step down from his posts. Mark Loughridge, Vanguard’s lead independent director, will be appointed non-executive chairman.

John Murphy, president and chief financial officer of The Coca-Cola Company, will be appointed to join the board of directors of Vanguard effective June 1, 2024.

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