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American Century Investments hires former BlackRock portfolio manager for ETF initiative


American Century Investments has made two new hires to support its exchange traded funds (ETF) initiative. Rene Casis has been named portfolio manager and Sean Walker an ETF specialist.

American Century is scheduled to launch two ETF funds in the first quarter.
Casis and Walker bring substantial ETF experience from BlackRock. Most recently, Casis was a partner at 55 Institutional, where he was a member of the firm’s senior management team responsible for oversight of portfolio management and trading execution. Prior to that, he was a director for iShares at BlackRock, where he served as an investment strategist and senior portfolio manager. Casis worked at BlackRock for 19 years, including his tenure at Barclays Global Investors. Casis will be responsible for managing the index-based value equity ETF.
Walker worked at BlackRock as vice president and market leader, responsible for all active and passive product platforms for the West Coast of Florida. Prior to that, Walker managed Florida and southeast regional distribution for FlexShares ETF.  
“Rene and Sean will play a critical role as we establish American Century as an ETF destination, a company priority for 2018 and beyond,” says Peruvemba Satish, American Century’s senior vice president, portfolio manager and director of global analytics, which performs global macro and alpha research and partners with the firm’s investment teams in the design of investment strategies and client solutions. “This is an exciting time as we continue to build our ETF business.”
Casis graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Walker graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and multi-national business operations and later received his master’s degree from University of Miami School of Business.

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