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BlackRock quant director leaves for hedge fund MD role

Publicly traded hedge fund Man Group is making some changes to its portfolio engineering team. While Man AHL's division is run by Eva Sanchez Martin, who joined as a graduate quant analyst in 2016, the firm's solutions division has a new leader in form of an ex-Blackrock director.

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Pedro Videira e Castro joins Man Group as an MD, and head of portfolio engineering in London. Like Sanchez, who appears to be staying at the firm, he's been a one company man up to now; he joined Blackrock in 2011 and has since risen to director of risk and quant analytics. While there, he says he developed deep expertise in "client engagement" and "talent development."

Blackrock, meanwhile, has been hiring businesspeople for its own technology platform, Aladdin. In January, it hired Katie Sessions as an MD and Americas head of Aladdin wealth tech business development. She spent the last seven years at fintech InvestCloud, but has a background in equity sales at Jefferies and HSBC.

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