MAGI appoints global head of ETF sales and marketing
25 July 2012
News, Asia, Australia, Global, Hong Kong, Korea, North America
Mirae Asset Global Investments (MAGI) has appointed Howard J Atkinson as global head of ETF sales and marketing for its rapidly growing international ETF business.
Mr. Atkinson is currently the president of Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc (Horizons Canada), which is headquartered in Toronto and is a subsidiary of MAGI. He will remain president of Horizons Canada, but in addition to that role, will formally oversee the sales and marketing initiatives of MAGI's global ETF business.
The firm’s ETF business operates from offices in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and most recently, the United States, where regulatory filings have been made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to launch ETFs. Mr. Atkinson will be responsible for overseeing global marketing projects and rebranding efforts across all ETF product suites.
"Howard's wealth of experience will be essential as we strive to achieve our vision to create the largest independent exchange traded fund manager globally by delivering passive and active mandates in multiple asset classes across international markets - offering choice and flexibility to every investor," said Taeyong Lee, president of MAGI's global business unit and ETF business unit.
Mr. Atkinson has 25 years of investment management industry experience and is a globally recognised ETF expert and educator. He joined Horizons Canada as executive vice-president in October 2006 and has led that firm's significant growth in assets from US$100 million to approximately $3.4 billion as of June 30, 2012.
Mr. Atkinson sits on the board of directors of BetaShares Capital, which is based in Australia and is a subsidiary of Horizons Canada. Prior to joining Horizons Canada, he was responsible for the exchange traded products business at Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited (iShares Canada). Mr. Atkinson is a regular media presence in Canada and is the current Chair of the Canadian ETF Association.
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