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 Lewis ETF executive at American Century Investments
“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.