Managing Director | BlackRock
Ryan O’Keeffe joined BlackRock in October 2018 as a Managing Director in the London office, overseeing the firm’s communications activities in the EMEA region. He is a member of the EMEA Executive Committee.
Mr O’Keeffe joined BlackRock from Enel, Europe’s largest power company, where he was Director of Communications with responsibility for media relations, brand strategy, advertising, internal communications and digital communications at Group level. He was a member of the Group’s Strategy Committee, and ran a team of 350 Communications professionals in over 40 markets around the world. During his tenure at Enel, he directed a full repositioning of the Group, as well as the development and implementation of a new brand architecture, with a modernised visual identity and a completely overhauled digital architecture. In 2018, Mr O’Keeffe was nominated by a jury of his peers as Italy’s most influential corporate communications leader.
Prior to Enel, Mr O’Keeffe was a Partner at Finsbury, the leading strategic communications consultancy, where he spent 8 years in both the London and New York offices. He started his career in investment banking at UBS, based first in Johannesburg and then in London.
He is a proud South African, a keen sportsman and passionate about his family, about education and nature conservation in Africa.