Russell Investments names new Head of EMEA

Joseph Linhares to take the helm of EMEA business as firm looks to extend market leadership in multi-asset investing.

SEATTLE, April 25, 2017 — Global asset manager Russell Investments has announced that Joseph "Joe" Linhares joined the firm today as Head of EMEA. Joe spent the last 16 years at BlackRock in a variety of leadership positions in EMEA and the U.S. Joe will report directly to CEO Len Brennan and serve as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He will be based in London.

"There are significant growth opportunities in multi-asset investing globally, as investors look for ways to achieve their investment outcomes, while also managing risk. Nowhere is this opportunity clearer than in EMEA, which has long embraced a multi-asset approach, and where Russell Investments has a strong leadership position," said Russell Investments CEO Len Brennan. "The addition of Joe to lead this important market for us positions the firm exceptionally well for the future."

Joe has had an extensive career leading growth businesses and initiatives at BlackRock and its predecessor firm Barclays Global Investors, most recently as the Global Head of Platinum Accounts. He was also a member of BlackRock’s operating committee and retail global executive committee.

Commenting on his new role, Joe said, "At a time of rapid change for the financial services industry, Russell Investments is in a unique position to help meet evolving demands and expectations from clients large and small. I look forward to playing an instrumental role in growing the firm and helping Russell Investments solidify its global leadership position in multi-asset investing."

Part of Joe’s tenure at BlackRock was spent in London as the firm’s Managing Director and Head of EMEA iShares. He joined iShares in 2000 in the U.S. as it began its industry advancement, and subsequently helped drive significant business growth, ultimately becoming U.S. Head of iShares Distribution. This success led to the role leading the EMEA iShares business, in which he oversaw tremendous growth as well as acquisition of the Credit Suisse ETF business. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Citibank and JPMorgan.

"Joe brings a valuable combination of skills to Russell Investments, including deep industry and market expertise as well as the demonstrated ability to lead successful teams and identify and capture business growth opportunities," said Brennan. "Collectively, these qualities make him especially well-suited to champion the growth of our EMEA business. I am very excited to welcome him on board."

About Russell Investments

Russell Investments, a global asset manager, offers multi-asset portfolios and services which include advice, investments and implementation. Russell Investments stands with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals working with their advisors—using the firm’s core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures—to help each achieve their desired investment outcomes. The firm has more than $266 billion in assets under management (as of 3/31/2017).

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Russell Investments operates globally with 21 offices, providing investment services in the world’s major financial centers such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Toronto and New York. For more information about how Russell Investments helps to improve financial security for people, visit follow @Russell_Invest.

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