Columbia Threadneedle Investments has announced in a press release the appointment of Michaela Collet Jackson as Head of Distribution EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). Previously in BlackRock, she will take over her new role next March 22.
Collet will lead Columbia Threadneedle’s regional Sales and Client Service functions across Wholesale, Institutional and Insurance channels. Reporting to Nick Ring, CEO EMEA, she will join the firm’s regional leadership team and primary governance bodies.
“We look forward to Michaela joining Columbia Threadneedle to lead our UK, European and Middle East Sales teams and drive our distribution capability across client channels. Michaela is a results-focused leader who brings excellent experience in distribution strategy and execution, sales management and client relationship roles. She has an outstanding record of achieving growth through a highly effective combination of strategic direction, team leadership and client-focused organisational structure”, Ring said.
He also highlighted that Collet joins the asset manager at an “exciting time”, as they have consistently strong investment performance, a broad array of strategies across all major asset classes and experience creating bespoke solutions for their clients. “Under Michaela’s leadership we are well positioned to build deeper relationships, serve more clients and grow our EMEA franchise“, he added.
Michaela has over 18 years’ experience in the asset management industry in Europe. She joined Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in 2005 and later BlackRock in 2009 (when it acquired BGI), where she progressed through a number of distribution roles including iShares Business Development lead for international and private banks in the UK and Switzerland, Sales Director for the Nordic Institutional business, Head of Nordic Retail and Head of Solutions & Partnerships for EMEA Retail. In April 2020, she became Managing Director and Deputy COO for the EMEA Distribution business.