BlackRock’s Rachel Lord Honored with 100WF APAC Industry Leadership Award: Recognizing Excellence in Finance and Leadership

Oct 11, 2023

Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director at BlackRock

Hong Kong – 11 October 2023 – 100 Women in Finance (100WF), a global finance industry organization, announced today that Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, will receive its 2023 APAC Industry Leadership Award. Each year, the Award acknowledges outstanding professional talent, unwavering business ethics, and a profound dedication to investing, setting new benchmarks of excellence within the industry. Ms. Lord will be honored for this achievement at the 100WF Hong Kong Gala on November 1st at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Chair and Head of Asia Pacific, as well as a member of the Global Executive Committee. She also chairs the APAC Steering and Executive Committees. Ms. Lord oversees all business activities in the region, which includes Australasia, Greater China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and South Korea. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Lord served as Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from September 2017. She led the EMEA business to serve clients across individual markets by bringing to bear a wealth of local expertise and insight. Ms. Lord was previously EMEA Head of iShares and Head of Global Clients, ETF and Index Investments. Ms. Lord joined BlackRock in November 2013 from Citigroup where she was Global Head of Corporate Equity Derivatives.

She joined Citigroup in 2009 after 13 years at Morgan Stanley, where she played a variety of senior roles in the equities and capital markets businesses in EMEA and Asia. Ms. Lord qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990, following which she worked in structured finance for five years before moving into equity derivatives. In 2020, she was named by the Financial News (UK) as one of the 100 most influential women in European Finance for the 10th year running, and was also named as the Asset Management Industry Leader of the Year for 2020.

Ms. Lord graduated in 1987 from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) First Class in International History & Politics.

“Rachel’s persistent efforts and significant contributions towards driving gender equity have not gone unnoticed, and this recognition is truly well-deserved.” said Nicole Wiley, 100WF Interim CEO, “We are excited to honor and celebrate her achievements at our upcoming Hong Kong Gala, scheduled for November 1 at the Ritz Carlton. It will be an evening dedicated to recognizing trailblazers like Rachel who are making a substantial impact in our industry.”

“I am genuinely honored to have been chosen as this year’s 100WF APAC Industry Leadership Award recipient,” commented Rachel Lord. She continued, ‘I have spent over thirty years living and working in both Asia and Europe, managing businesses in both regions. Recognition for the Asian side of my professional life is deeply humbling. Throughout my journey, I have always been supported by my fellow women in achieving my career goals, and I have tried to do the same for others in turn. The community of women in finance around the world is a powerful movement and force for good. I applaud the work of 100WF in giving that community a voice in the wider industry, and in creating so many opportunities for women to achieve their potential.”

To view past 100WF Industry Leadership Award honorees, please see here.

Funds raised at the Hong Kong Gala will benefit 100 Women in Finance Hong Kong Foundation to support the organization’s programs and initiatives as well as the efforts of our local program partners who prepare and encourage women of all backgrounds to pursue pathways into the finance industry. For more information, please visit the Hong Kong Gala page.

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