Ryan steps down as regional chief of MSCI

Australian ex-pat fund manager Chris Ryan has resigned from his position as managing director and head of Asia Pacific for MSCI Inc, based in Hong Kong. A search is underway for a replacement.

Ryan, who had been in the position since September 2012, left the firm last month. Although a long-time Hong Kong resident, he is also a former managing director of Perpetual, based in Sydney, and before that a managing director of Fidelity International and ING Investment Management.

Michael Anderson, MSCI’s Australian country head, said last week that he believed Ryan would be remaining in Hong Kong after taking a break.

MSCI has been expanding rapidly in the region over the past few years due to the take-up of smart-beta products in particular and ETFs generally. The firm has also launched an ESG index which is widely used by fund managers.