KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- American Century Investments today announced that Matt Lewis has been named vice president and head of exchange traded funds (ETF) implementation & capital markets for the $171 billion* global asset management firm. Lewis joins American Century after serving in a variety of ETF leadership roles with BlackRock. Lewis is the second senior executive position American Century has filled as it works toward an early 2018 launch of its suite of ETFs, pending regulatory approval.
"Matt's vast ETF experience and proven strategic, product development, capital markets and operational leadership skills make him a perfect fit for our ETF team," said Ed Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century. "Matt's expertise will be invaluable as we strive to create ETF solutions aligned with current and evolving client preferences."
In his new role as head of ETF implementation & capital markets, Lewis is responsible for managing American Century's relationships with the ETF liquidity providers and other external ETF participants. Working with the firm's global product development team, Lewis also will help create and launch new ETFs and communicate the benefits to potential clients.
Since announcing its ETF initiative this past spring, American Century has made steady progress hiring key personnel and laying the groundwork for future ETF launches. Rosenberg was named to the top ETF post in June, followed by the recent hiring of Lewis. In October, the firm filed registration statements for two transparent ETFs: an index-based value ETF and an actively-managed diversified corporate bond ETF. In November, American Century entered into an agreement with Precidian Investments LLC to license the firm's ActiveSharesSM methodology in support of the potential launch of actively-managed, semi-transparent ETFs, subject to regulatory approval.
Prior to joining American Century, Lewis was BlackRock's head of iShares broker dealer execution services for America. In this role, he led a cross-regional team from the United States, Canada and Latin America to establish partnerships with the various entities required to bring ETFs to market, including custodians, authorized participants, market makers, distributors and exchanges. Previously, as BlackRock's director of product development for Latin America, Lewis led the firm's product development effort to bring locally-listed iShares ETFs into Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.
Lewis started his financial services career in 1996 at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he served in a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including roles in portfolio accounting, client order management, operations, client service and product management. BlackRock acquired BGI in 2009.
Lewis graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor's degree in commerce and later received a TRIUM Global Executive MBA, a joint degree program with New York University'sLeonard N. Stern School of Business, HEC School of Management (Paris) and London School of Economics and Political Science.
American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo.Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang and David MacEwen serve as co-chief investment officers. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of nearly $1.3 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.
This press release is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell securities. American Century may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective.
*$171.4 billion in assets under management as of October 31, 2017