Russell Investments

Office address: 100 King Street West, Suite 5715, Toronto, ON M5X 1E4 
Year established: 1936 
Company type: asset management 
Employees: 1,300 
Expertise: multi-asset solutions, investment management, consulting and investment advice 
Parent company: N/A 
CEO and key people: Zach Buchwald, CEO and Kate El-Hillow, President 
Financing status:

Russell Investments is a leading global investment management firm with $396 billion in assets under management as of September 2023. The company supports individual investors, institutional investors, and financial advisers in 30 countries. 

History of Russell Investments 

Russell Investments was established in Tacoma, Washington USA in 1936; in 1985, it opened an office in Toronto. The firm’s operations in Canada expanded in 2006 with the opening of a satellite office in Vancouver. Offices in Calgary and Montreal followed soon after.  

Over the years, Russell Investments has evolved into a trusted investment partner, known for its strategic insights and commitment to delivering value.  


Products and Services of Russell Investments 

Russell Investments offers a diverse portfolio of products and services, such as: 

  • mutual funds: offering a range of mutual funds, Russell Investments caters to various investment preferences and risk tolerances 
  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): their ETF offerings provide flexibility and diversification for investors seeking market exposure 
  • fixed income solutions: tailored fixed income strategies are available for those seeking stability and income generation 
  • customized investment solutions: recognizing the unique needs of each client, the company offers customized investment solutions 


Culture at Russell Investments 

Russell Investments values diversity, innovation, and a commitment to ethical practices, creating a dynamic and inclusive workplace. It places an emphasis on corporate responsibility through community engagement, DEI initiatives, and sustainable work practices.  

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles are a major pillar of Russell Investments’ responsible investing strategy. In a recent study they released, ESG factors were now part of the decision-making process in the investment industry. 

Russell Investments follows through on its ESG initiatives by setting up a Global Sustainable Work Practices Council. One of the Council’s objectives is to help support the company’s goal of reaching net zero status by 2030. 


About Russell Investments CEO Zach Buchwald and President Kate El-Hillow 

Zach Buchwald is the Chair and CEO of Russell Investments. He joined the company in May 2023, bringing a wealth of experience from his previous role as head of Institutional Business at BlackRock.   

Buchwald is known for his expertise in financial security and retirement, and he has been featured in publications like Newsweek and Fortune. He is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Seattle with his family. 

Kate El-Hillow is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Russell Investments. She is based in New York and manages the company's investment division. El-Hillow joined Russell Investments in 2021 with over 25 years of experience in managing investments. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, where she held leadership roles in various investment teams. 


Future at Russell Investments 

Russell Investments remains steadfast in its goal of improving the financial security of its clients. The company is focused on adapting to market changes, enhancing its product offerings, and staying true to its commitment to responsible investing.  



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