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BlackRock Hires Former KKR, Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley Hiroyuki Shimizu as Head of Institutional Asia-Pacific & President of BlackRock Japan

26th February 2022 | Hong Kong

BlackRock has hired former KKR, Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley Hiroyuki Shimizu as Head of Institutional for Asia-Pacific and President of BlackRock Japan, and is expected to join the firm in the 2nd quarter of 2022.  Hiroyuki Shimizu was most recently Morgan Stanley Investment Management President & Representative Director of Japan and Global Co-Head of Private Credit and Equity Distribution (Head of Japan and Korea).  Prior, Hiroyuki Shimizu was CEO of KKR Capital Markets Japan and had spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs in Japan where he led distribution for Special Situations Group, Credit and Alternatives sales, Derivatives sales for Financial Institutions Group.  Based in Hong Kong, Hiroyuki Shimizu will be responsible for bringing a full range of solutions to institutional clients’ portfolios. He will partner with country leadership, investment and other business teams to oversee product and client distribution across all institutional investors. As President of BlackRock Japan, Hiroyuki Shimizu will support CEO, Representative Director, and Head of Japan Hiroyuki Arita to serve BlackRock Japan client business.

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Hiroyuki Shimizu as Head of Institutional Asia-Pacific & President of BlackRock Japan

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Rachel Lord, BlackRock’s Chair & Head of Asia Pacific:

“We have seen robust asset growth across many of the fast-growing markets in this diverse region, plus rising demand from institutions for increasingly sophisticated whole portfolio solutions that will help them address their risks and opportunities. Hiroyuki brings with him a wealth of institutional client management experience, along with a thorough understanding of local markets and strong track record in the Alternatives space. This will greatly benefit our clients, while helping us realise our own growth ambitions in APAC.”


Hiroyuki Arita, CEO & Representative Director and Head of Japan:

“Our Japan business is well-placed to progress to the next stage of growth. The appointment of Shimizu-san who brings a deep understanding of the Japan market will complement well as we capitalize on the exciting opportunities ahead to help clients address critical challenges around retirement, ESG and building better portfolios.”


Hiroyuki Shimizu,  President of BlackRock Japan& Head of Institutional for Asia Pacific: 

“Institutional clients across Asia Pacific have increasingly sophisticated investment goals – including whole portfolio solutions and alternatives through to sustainable investing. I am very excited to be joining BlackRock and look forward to partnering with the team, with an immense focus on understanding client needs and delivering the firm’s broad spectrum of investment capabilities through tailored solutions.”

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