Ex-Stamford CEO to lead BlackRock's consultant relations in Europe

Alexandra Haggard

Alexandra Haggard will manage the $ 4.9 billion manager’s 30-strong consultant relations team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to an internal memo seen by FN. She is based in London, reporting to John Gee-Grant, global head of consultant relations at BlackRock.

Haggard was appointed head of Stamford, whose largest contract involves advising wealth manager St James’s Place, in January 2015, working alongside its veteran investment chief Nathan Gelber. Her tenure was brief, however. She left in February 2016, with Gelber telling FN at the time that there had been strategic differences of opinion.

Before Stamford, she spent 14 years at Russell Investments, where her last job was as managing director for Emea, leading a team of 25 involved in product development, marketing and public relations.

A steering committee member of the CFA Diversity Project, Haggard has also played an active role in promoting gender diversity in fund management.

Gee-Grant said in the memo: “Whilst markets have become even more challenging in this low yield environment, our relationships and partnerships with investment consultants continue to be a critical area of focus and driver of success in bringing the appropriate products and solutions to our mutual clients.

“To this end, we have continued to invest in the team globally and Alexandra’s industry experience and leadership skills will help develop our people and consultant relationships further still, as our respective business models evolve.”

Haggard, who was named on Financial News’ annual FN100 Women in Finance list in October 2015, replaces Chris Evans, who left BlackRock in April.

An experienced horse rider, Haggard competed at national championship level in the US and UK in 1996, as well as in France, where she won a silver medal.

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