Kevin Hardy becomes BlackRock’s country head of Singapore

09 August 2013   Category: News, Singapore   By Asia Asset Management

BlackRock announced on August 9 that Kevin Hardy has been appointed country head for Singapore, in conjunction with his current role as head of beta strategies for the Asia Pacific. 
Mr. Hardy will remain a member of the BlackRock Asia-Pacific Executive Committee, taking on the role from Alasdair Riach, who will remain head of the institutional client business for Singapore and Southeast Asia (SEA). 
In addition to continuing to expand the firm’s beta strategies capabilities, Mr. Hardy will be responsible for overseeing all of BlackRock’s Singapore and SEA business interests, and driving local strategy across all client groups. 
Mark McCombe, BlackRock’s chairman for the Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to announce Kevin’s appointment as country head of Singapore, which allows us to gain greater on the ground coverage for beta strategies whilst also focusing on the importance of building the entire franchise in this fast growing region. Kevin brings with him deep industry knowledge, institutional know-how and an exceptional track record.” 
Mr. Hardy has had an international career in fund management dating back to 1993 and has worked in Hong Kong, Chicago and London. Before joining BlackRock in 2012, he spent nine years in various leadership roles at Northern Trust. Mr. Hardy had previously spent a combined ten years in equity index fund management in London at State Street Global Advisors and Legal and General Investment Management.