BlackRock appoints Australia head

9 February 2024
| By Jasmine Siljic |
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BlackRock has promoted Jason Collins, the firm’s deputy head of Australasia, to become its next head of Australia.

Collins first joined the asset management giant in 2013 where he has since held several senior roles. He was first appointed as head of BlackRock’s Australasian institutional business, before becoming head of client business for Australasia in 2016.

He then took on the position of deputy head of Australasia in 2022, alongside being the head of iShares and index investments for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his 10-year career at BlackRock, Collins held multiple senior roles at BT Financial Group for four years and at Deutsche Bank for five years.

In his new position as head of Australia, Collins will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the Australian business and will continue serving as an executive director on the board of BlackRock Australia and New Zealand.

He will continue reporting to Andrew Landman, who was promoted to deputy head of APAC, head of Southeast Asia and Oceania, and head of APAC wealth last month.

Commenting on his appointment, Collins remarked: “I am excited to take on the role of leading a diverse and experienced Australian team and leveraging BlackRock’s global scale and expertise to the benefit of our partner firms and end investors.

“BlackRock seeks to make a meaningful impact in the markets we operate in, and we remain committed to furthering the development of the local industry in our role as a fiduciary to clients.”

Landman thanked Collins’ successful contribution to BlackRock in prior roles, and was delighted to see him manage a broader team to lead the Australian business.

He added: “BlackRock’s strong local team has enabled us to deliver consistency of leadership for our clients throughout Australia and New Zealand which supports them in achieving positive investment outcomes for their respective member and client base over the long term.”

In addition to Landman’s appointment in January, the firm announced an additional people move.

Susan Chan was appointed as head of Asia Pacific, where she will be responsible for leading the Asia-Pacific region and overseeing the full range of business, client, investment and operational platforms serving wealth and institutional investors via BlackRock’s active, index, ETFs, alternatives and technology offerings.

Her previous roles at BlackRock, where she has worked for a decade, include head of Greater China and head of ETFs and index investing in Asia Pacific.

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