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BlackRock has expanded its iShares business team in Australia with the appointment of Mr Joshua Persky to the newly created role of sales strategist – model portfolios and solutions, and the appointment of Mr Alex Zaika as director – wealth advisory sales strategist. 

Mr Persky and Mr Zaika will be based in Sydney.

Mr Jon Howie, BlackRock director and head of iShares Australia, said Mr Persky and Mr Zaika bring with them an impressive depth of financial services experience, and their appointments boost the iShares Australia team’s capabilities in assisting our clients in building better portfolios.

Mr Persky has more than 10 years’ experience in portfolio analysis, consulting and business development. He joins BlackRock from MSCI New York where he was senior relationship manager hedge fund sales and MSCI index sales. Prior to leaving Australia for the US, Josh held senior roles in relationship management and as a private wealth adviser. 

He will work closely with the distribution and marketing teams to engage clients – including institutions, dealer groups, researchers and financial advisers, Mr Howie said.

“He will be engaged across a broad range of investment disciplines including portfolio analysis and construction, security valuation, market structure, trading and execution,” Mr Howie said.

Mr Zaika has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, and joins BlackRock from Barclays Capital where he was a sales manager focusing on investor solutions. He has extensive local experience managing and building relationships with advisers for international and local wealth managers. 

In his new role, Mr Zaika will work closely with the client business distribution teams, focusing on the adviser segment.

“Alex brings a strong understanding of global investment and capital markets, including equities, fixed income, commodities and alternatives to the role,” Mr Howie said.

“We’ve seen a rapid take-up of ETFs among financial advisers in the past three years. As adoption grows, the conversations we’re having with clients are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Alex will bring a wealth of industry and market knowledge which will further deepen our relationships with clients in the important wealth channel,” Mr Howie said.

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