MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of mission critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today that Axel Kilian has been appointed to the role of Head of Client Coverage – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective June 1, 2020. Based in London, Mr. Kilian reports to Alvise Munari, Global Head of Client Coverage.
In this role, Mr. Kilian will oversee MSCI’s sales, client relationship management and client service teams across EMEA. He will also partner closely with global product and research teams across MSCI to implement strategies for enhanced client solutions and continued growth across the region. The EMEA Coverage leadership team will report directly to Mr. Kilian.
“Axel’s vast experience in global markets across different client segments and products, and his direct knowledge of the wealth management industry, will add tremendous value to our global coverage efforts at MSCI,” said Alvise Munari, Global Head of Client Coverage. “I am confident that Axel’s experience and leadership will prove critical to MSCI’s mission of delivering superior client service and the continued success of the EMEA region.”
“I am very excited to join an innovative and forward-thinking company like MSCI. In today’s challenging markets with elevated volatility, it is critically important for investors, asset owners, wealth managers and banks to have access to tools that help them make better investment decisions and manage risk effectively. MSCI’s leading product and research offering positions the company well to deliver an exceptional client experience today and in the future,” said Mr. Kilian.
Mr. Kilian joins MSCI with over 25 years of financial services industry experience. Over the past decade and a half, he has held various senior client management roles at leading financial institutions including JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers, Nomura and UBS across the equity, derivatives and wealth segments. Prior to joining MSCI, Mr. Kilian served as Head of Ultra High Net Worth Clients for UBS in Germany and Austria, based in Frankfurt. He also held the role of Global Head Equity Derivatives Distribution and European Head Equity Distribution at UBS in London.
Mr. Kilian holds an M.B.A. from University of Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany.
MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 45 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we power better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. We create industry-leading research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process. To learn more, please visit www.msci.com.
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