Vanguard Appoints Salim Ramji as New CEO

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Salim Ramji has been named as Vanguard's new CEO.

Vanguard’s Board of Directors has appointed Salim Ramji, a longtime financial services executive, as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board, effective July 8, 2024. Ramji succeeds Tim Buckley, who, as previously announced, will retire and step down as Chairman and CEO.

Ramji is a senior financial services executive with more than 25 years of experience in investments, capital markets and wealth management, including a decade as a senior leader at BlackRock Inc., leaving in January 2024. Most recently, Ramji was Global Head of iShares & Index Investing, where he was responsible for managing a majority of the firm’s client assets and evolving the iShares platform to provide an even broader set of innovative low-cost products for investors globally.

His contributions led to expanded investment access for tens of millions of investors, a more central role for ETFs in retirement and wealth portfolios, and a more efficient bond market with ETFs as an enabling technology. At BlackRock, he led the implementation of a voting choice platform, which democratizes client access to the proxy voting process.

Prior to leading iShares, Ramji was the head of U.S. Wealth Advisory and began his BlackRock career as the Global Head of Corporate Strategy. Before joining BlackRock, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company in charge of the firm’s Asset & Wealth Management Practice. He started his career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong.

Mark Loughridge, Lead Independent Director, said, “The board welcomes Salim to the leadership team and looks forward to working closely with him as we strengthen and expand our mission and purpose, driven by serving the interests of individual investors. Vanguard’s distinctive structure and culture have helped tens of millions of our investor-owners plan for their future and families. We have significant opportunities for growth ahead, including how technology and the client experience can drive solutions and extend the benefits of wealth management to more investors. Salim is an exceptional leader who is aligned with Vanguard’s mission-driven culture, making him the ideal candidate. Vanguard has an important future, and we believe he is the best person for the job.”

On his appointment, Ramji commented, “It’s an honor to join Vanguard, an institution I have long admired and respected. I am drawn to Vanguard because of the firm’s clarity and consistency of purpose and am very excited to get to work and partner with the outstanding leadership team to lead the company into the future. The current investor landscape is changing, and that presents opportunities for Vanguard to further its mission of giving people the best chance for investment success, which is more relevant today than at any time in the firm’s five-decade history. My focus will be to mobilize Vanguard to meet the moment while staying true to that core purpose – remaining the trusted firm that takes a stand for all investors.”

Buckley said, “I have worked with Salim on the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute. He cares about advancing the interests of individual investors, has a strong fiduciary ethos, and thinks strategically about solutions. Salim understands our organization’s deep sense of purpose and commitment to put clients first, which is a hallmark of Vanguard’s leadership team and culture.”

Together with Ramji’s appointment, Vanguard also announced that Greg Davis, President and Chief Investment Officer, will be appointed to Vanguard’s Board of Directors and have expanded responsibility for regulatory and government affairs.

“Salim is a highly accomplished leader in the world of index investing, but importantly, also someone who shares Vanguard’s passion for serving clients,” said Davis. “I look forward to working together with Salim as we continue innovating and improving our capabilities while remaining focused on lowering the cost and complexity of investing for our tens of millions of investors worldwide.”

Upon the effective date of Ramji’s appointment as CEO, Buckley will step down as Chairman and CEO. Loughridge will be appointed non-executive Chairman.

Commenting on Vanguard’s Board appointments, Loughridge continued, “John and Greg will be strong additions to the Board, and we on the board look forward to working with them to serve the best interests of investors and maintain Vanguard’s culture of stewardship.”

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