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MSCI appoints Deborah Yang to lead index business in Europe


MSCI has completed a number of changes to its index business management team, with the appointment of Deborah Yang to lead the MSCI index business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

This follows the appointments last year of Diana Tidd and Theodore Niggli to head up the Americas and Asia Pacific index businesses, respectively. All three report directly to Baer Pettit, managing director and global head of the MSCI index business.

"These appointments bring an incredible depth of knowledge and expertise to the MSCI index business at a time when the industry is both growing and going through important changes," says Baer Pettit, managing director and global head of the MSCI index business. “Deborah’s first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges facing the index industry combined with her long history at MSCI will be invaluable as we continue to build our business globally.”

The new regional management structure is part of an ongoing programme of investment to support the continued growth of MSCI’s index business globally. That programme includes not only the expansion of teams in areas such as research, operations and client service, but also investment in new technology and data.

Yang joined MSCI in 2001, most recently serving as managing director and head of client coverage for MSCI Asia ex Japan, based in Hong Kong. Prior to working at MSCI, she was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette based in New York and San Francisco. Yang will be based in Paris for her new role.

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