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Smith & Williamson hires BlackRock duo for charities push
by Elsa Buchanan on Nov 04, 2013 at 07:49
Smith & Williamson has hired BlackRock senior directors Willie Hartley Russell and Geraldine Wright for its charities team.
The pair will join the wealth firm, led by David Cobb (pictured) and Kevin Stopps, as partners in the charities arm.
He held previous roles at Merrill Lynch Investment Management, Mercury Asset Management and Samuel Montagu.
Wright also had a focus on armed forces, children’s and health-related charities at BlackRock. She has nearly 20 years’ industry experience, and has previously worked at Schroders and Gartmore's institutional businesses, as both fund manager and client director, after holding an equity analyst role at Dillon, Read Securities.
Patrick Smiley, investment management partner at Smith & Williamson, said in a statement: 'We are delighted to have [Russell and Wright] join the team. Both have a solid track record and an excellent reputation within the charitable sector.”
'Our charitable business has grown considerably over the last 10 years. We are keen to have further resource in this sector, and these appointments are part of our ongoing commitment to provide our charity clients with a personal service.'
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