McNamara, who has been at the company for 15 years, will now lead MSCI’s real estate product line, responsible for providing business intelligence to institutional investors and brokers worldwide.
Baskin, who has 30 years of industry experience, will report to chief client officer, Laurent Seyer, and be responsible for overseeing the group’s sales, consulting and client service teams.
Based in New York, Baskin will become part of MSCI’s executive committee. He also held positions on AXA IM Management Board.
He joins from Rosenberg Equities, AXA Investment Manager (IM) where he was most recently CEO and chief investment officer, restructuring the organisation and helping to turn the investment firm to profitability.
Seyer said: “[Jeremy Baskin’s] proven track record of portfolio management and improving investment performance through greater efficiency and reducing operational risk will have a significant contribution in attracting, engaging and supporting clients in the region.”
Also, Ken O’Brien will relocate to London from New York to lead the Europe, Middle East and Africa real estate client coverage organisation, and will be replaced by Doug Slater as head of Americas real estate client coverage.
McNamara said: “As always, we at MSCI are solely focused on providing research-enabled content, technology and insights to help our clients make more informed investment decisions. These appointments are yet another example of our commitment to continue to grow our real estate team to deliver on those principles.”