Blackrock research head joins Axioma’s index business

Chris Woida joins Axioma after seven years with Blackrock.

The former head of smart beta product development and research at Blackrock has departed to lead Axioma’s index business in the US.

Woida will join Axioma as managing director of index solutions and will be responsible for the strategy, development and sales in Axioma’s index business.

He first joined Blackrock in 2009 and has been with the firm over seven years. He assisted with the development of Blackrock’s first fixed income ETF and its quantitative fixed income liquid alternatives mutual fund.

Sebastian Ceria, CEO at Axioma, explained Woida brings with him a combination of strategic, sales and development experience and skills.

Woida previously worked with Deutsche Bank Securities for two years, specialising in fixed income structured sales.