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Global X ETFs appoints ETF and financial services veteran Ryan O’Connor as CEO


Global X ETFs has announced the appointment of Ryan O’Connor as its Chief Executive Officer effective as of April 8, 2024. 

The firm writes that O’Connor will be responsible for driving the firm’s strategy, reinvigorating its product suite, and leading Global X’s talented, performance-driven team into a new, growth-focused era for the company.

Since launching in 2009, and the subsequent acquisition by Mirae Asset in 2018, Global X  writes that it has established its expertise in thematic investing and alternative income strategies, while expanding its diverse product line-up to feature more than 80 ETFs across several families, including Thematic Growth, Income, Risk Management, International Access and Commodities. 

Global X notes that, over the past several years, it has experienced a rapid ascent as a rising star in the ETF industry, with USD43 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of February 2024 – representing a more than four-fold increase since 2018.

Hyeon-Joo Park, Founder and Global Strategy Officer of Mirae Asset Financial Group says: “Mirae Asset continues to view Global X as an innovator and a critical part of its growth and success. It’s our desire to take Global X from a rising star to a clear-cut leader in the ETF industry. Over the past few months, we’ve kicked off a journey to strategically reposition the firm in order to jumpstart momentum and accelerate the business. By doing so, Global X has renewed agility, a re-focus on its core competencies and a clear emphasis on its client base. Now is the right time to bring in new leadership. Ryan has a notable track record of driving growth across the ETF value chain for the world’s largest asset managers. He is eager to bring his ETF industry experience and strategic, growth-oriented mindset to Global X, and we are excited to have him on board to help take the business to its next level.”

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