Robeco has appointed Nick King, previously head of ETFs at Fidelity International, ahead of the launch of its ETF platform.
King previously spent eight years at Fidelity. Prior to this, he spent eight and-a-half years at BlackRock, during which time he was promoted to senior portfolio manager within ETFs. He will begin his role with Robeco in October.
“I am delighted to join Robeco during this pivotal moment in its journey into the ETF market. I look forward to leading the charge and leveraging my experience to drive innovation and success in this rapidly evolving space,” King said.
“Together with the talented team at Robeco, I am confident that we can make a meaningful impact on the future of ETFs.”
Robeco’s move towards the ETF market was inspired by the sector’s growing popularity over recent years, as well as the vehicles’ “versatility in the investment landscape”, according to the firm.
Robeco has presented some resistance to the popularity of ETFs in the past. In a 2021 report, the asset management team called the superior performance of ETFs ‘largely anecdotal’ with ‘little support in the data’. Robeco has now said it sees the funds as an opportunity to complement their ongoing work and as an opportunity to bundle strategies. Robeco announced the launch of an ETF platform as part of its broader 2021-2025 strategy.
Ivo Frielink, head strategic product and business development at Robeco, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Nick to Robeco as Head of ETFs. His extensive experience in ETFs and his commitment to innovation align perfectly with Robeco’s strategic vision and research-driven approach.”
“We are confident that under Nick’s leadership, Robeco can successfully wrap its investment expertise and strategies into a comprehensive ETF lineup.”
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