Vanguard Breaks Tradition: Names BlackRock Alum as CEO

Vanguard Breaks Tradition: Names BlackRock Alum as CEO

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Salim Ramji, a veteran of BlackRock, will become the new CEO of Vanguard and board member, starting July 8. This is the first time Vanguard has hired an outsider as CEO. Every other one was an internal star and former Bogle assistant. Ramji previously led BlackRock’s global ETF business and oversaw the filing and logistics for its spot bitcoin, IBIT, and has been quoted about his interest in digital assets.

Following the news, crypto market analysts are optimistic that Ramji’s appointment will herald a new era for the 7.7 trillion dollar asset manager. This is what the well-known ETF analyst Eric Balchunas wrote,

Should credit WSJ as it looks like they had scoop. While he was on my short list of poss CEOs (bc I knew he was available and he is true believer/student in indexing) he was long shot bc i just figured they’d hire internal as usual. And yes, Salim Ramji oversaw the filing and logistics for $IBIT and he has been quoted about his interest in digital assets altho I’m not sure that’s gonna change Vanguard’s stance but hell he will be the CEO. Who knows.. Door much more open now IMO.


The change of guard is significant given how the leading asset management firm has been notoriously anti-Bitcoin. However, with a new CEO deeply involved in BlackRock’s ETF launch, only time will tell if the winds of change will blow through all of TradFi.

Vanguard: End of an Era

As reported by TronWeekly, Tim Buckley of investment management firm Vanguard stepped down from his position, ending an illustrious career spanning 33 years. Under his tenure, the leading AUM offered consultancy services to businesses with differentiated digital and hybrid solutions, digitizing and modernizing business operations and the client experience, and improving client service and satisfaction.

Davis was also known for his anti-crypto stance, restricting users from purchasing spot Bitcoin ETFs and futures BTC ETFs. Under him, the firm distanced itself from the growing trend of cryptocurrency investments. At the same time, its major competitors on Wall Street, such as BlackRock, Invesco, and Fidelity, have jumped on the bandwagon of the digital asset space with their own branded bitcoin ETFs.

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