BlackRock says Ken Wilson joins as vice chairman

* Wilson to be member of chairman’s office

* Former Goldman banker, advised Treasury on crisis

NEW YORK, Jan 29 (BestGrowthStock) – BlackRock Inc (BLK.N: ) said on
Friday that Kendrick Wilson, a former U.S. Treasury Department
adviser and veteran investment banker, will join the world’s
biggest asset manager as vice chairman and member of the
chairman’s office.

Wilson will work with professionals throughout the
organization to support client relationships. He will also work
closely with the executive management team on organizational
and professional development efforts, BlackRock said in a
statement.

Wilson was tapped by former Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson as an adviser in August 2008, at the height of the
financial crisis.

Before then, Wilson was vice chairman, investment banking,
at Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: ), where he also served as a
member of the executive office and chairman of the financial
institutions group.

Before joining Goldman in 1998, Wilson was a vice chairman,
member of the executive committee and head of investment
banking at Lazard Freres & Co (LAZ.N: ).

“Ken brings a deep understanding of financial markets and
the financial services industry,” BlackRock Chairman Laurence
Fink said in a statement. “His unique perspective, informed by
his vast experience in the industry, will be valuable to our
clients as they consider the changing landscape and their
investment and risk management strategies.”

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(Reporting by Paritosh Bansal, editing by Gerald E.
McCormick)

BlackRock says Ken Wilson joins as vice chairman