Ashley Lester has joined global index provider MSCI as global head of research.
Based in London, Mr. Lester will report to Baer Pettit, president and chief operating officer of MSCI, said a Wednesday release.
In his role, Mr. Lester will be "responsible for the development of MSCI's research across the firm's product lines and client segments of asset managers, asset owners, banks, corporates, hedge funds, insurance companies, and wealth managers" the release noted.
He will also "partner closely with MSCI's product, client coverage, technology, and marketing teams to ensure the continued development of innovative research, analysis, and solutions that aim to help investors navigate a rapidly transforming investment landscape," the release added.
Mr. Lester succeeds Peter Zangari, who retired at the end of 2022, said an MSCI spokeswoman by email.
Mr. Lester most recently served as head of systematic investments at Schroders in London.
Schroders has appointed Mei Huang and Philipp Kauer to lead its Systematic Investments business, a company spokesman said by email.
"Mei and Philipp have been integral in defining and shaping SSI's investment philosophy and process. They will continue to work closely and collaboratively across research and portfolio management to meet our clients' investment needs," the spokesman added.