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iShares grows senior management team in Asia


iShares, Barclays Global Investors’ exchange-traded fund business, is expanding its Asia management team.

iShares, Barclays Global Investors’ exchange-traded fund business, is expanding its Asia management team.

David Gardner has joined the iShares Asia management team as managing director and head of sales, iShares Asia-Pacific.

Gardner will lead all sales teams for iShares in the Asia Pacific region. He is relocating to Hong Kong following nine years with iShares and BGI in the US. He joined the firm in 2000 as a business development officer in the US national full service channel and has grown to become a key leader in the iShares US operation.

Joseph Cavatoni joins the Asia management team as managing director, iShares Asia capital markets.

Cavatoni will be responsible for the management of all iShares capital markets relationships across the Asia Pacific region. His primary focus will be on counterparty management including market making activities, broker-dealer education, and thought leadership with respect to ETF trading analytics. Prior to joining iShares, Cavatoni worked in UBS as managing director, head of equity finance, APAC.

iShares has also appointed Eleanor Seet as senior director of iShares private wealth distribution and Anthony Chan as iShares senior investment strategist.

Seet will provide iShares client service support for private wealth intermediaries in the Asia ex-Japan region. Prior to joining iShares, she spent 12 years with Alliance Bernstein in Singapore.

Chan will provide consulting support to clients seeking to implement asset allocation strategies and trade ideas using ETFs. Prior to joining iShares, he was a principal consultant with Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting in Hong Kong.

Nick Good, chief executive of iShares Asia Pacific, says: "The market for ETFs in Asia continues to expand at a rapid rate. To meet the growing demand, iShares has significantly strengthened its regional management team with new client service support for institutional investors, private wealth managers and our capital markets partners. We believe that this expanded base of senior-level talent will provide the highest quality service to our clients and support iShares’ position as the world’s leading provider of exchange traded funds."

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