Investment manager Neuberger Berman has appointed former BlackRock executive Leen Meijaard as a senior adviser as of 1 November.

He will act as a consultant, Neuberger said in a statement, advising on European and Middle Eastern institutional business and working with Dik van Lomwel, head of EMEA and Latin America. 

Meijaard was previously BlackRock’s executive chairman for the Benelux region, a position he had held since 2015.

He was a member of BlackRock’s executive committee for nearly a decade and has held managing director roles at the firm, including head of BlackRock EMEA iShares as well as head of BlackRock EMEA Institutional.

Before joining BlackRock in 2002, Meijaard held positions at Robeco Group, Fidelity Investments and New Flag Asset Management.

Leen Meijaard

Leen Meijaard

Van Lomwel highlighted Meijaard’s “wealth of experience of the asset management and pension fund industries across EMEA”.

“We will look to leverage his deep knowledge of the markets, local environments and extensive networks as we broaden our institutional reach,” he added.

Meijaard said: “Neuberger Berman has established an impressive European institutional franchise, offering clients diversified investment capabilities.

“I look forward to working with the team to identify areas for amplification of its expertise and optimising the delivery of investment solutions to European clients.”

Meijaard has been a member of the board of AFC Ajax, the Netherlands’ most successful football club, since 2016.