Brian Beades
Brian Beades

Brian Beades, head of corporate communications for the Americas at BlackRock, is exploring “new career opportunities,” according to report by Insider.

His departure ends a 24-year run at the world’s largest investment advisory with $8.6T in assets under management.

Felicity Barber, who was communications manager for BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, left the firm earlier this month.

Prior to joining BlackRock. Barber headed CEO communications at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and is now running her own media training/thought leadership shop in Weehawken, NJ.

Fink and BlackRock are the top targets of Republicans who rail against ESG and sustainability as prime examples of corporate wokeness.

In announcing Florida’s decision to yank $2B in retirement assets from BlackRock, Jimmy Patronis, the Sunshine State’s CFO tweeted: "Using Florida’s cash to fund BlackRock’s social-engineering project isn’t something we signed up for. It’s got nothing to do with maximizing returns and is the opposite of what an asset manager is paid to do."