Russell Investments has hired Ken O’Keeffe to support the firm’s growing index-licensing business for exchange traded funds (ETFs). Previously, O’Keeffe worked for MSCI Barra, where he most recently served as global head of client service. He is based in Russell’s office in New York City.
In his role as regional director for exchange traded funds based on Russell Indexes, O’Keeffe will oversee licensing and future development of new and additional products for ETF providers in the Americas who aim to leverage Russell’s objective methodology and comprehensive index design.
Earlier at MSCI Barra, O’Keeffe served as chief administrative officer, helping to prepare the firm for public offering, and he led several significant product initiatives as head of product management in the Americas.
In addition, Jamie Forbes has been promoted to serve as regional director for ETFs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Based in London, she oversees a dedicated programme focused on European markets, where Russell’s ETF licensing business already features five listed products.
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