Western & Southern Financial Group has named E. Blake Moore, Jr. chief executive officer of Touchstone Investments, a member company of Western & Southern, effective June 8. He will succeed Steven M. Graziano, who has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. Moore will report directly to Jill T. McGruder, Western & Southern chief marketing officer. Upon Graziano’s retirement, Moore will assume the additional role of president, Touchstone Investments.
“Bringing nearly three decades of experience in the financial services industry, Blake is uniquely positioned to lead Touchstone,” said John F. Barrett, Western & Southern chairman, president and chief executive officer. “His tremendous leadership qualities will help Touchstone continue its success providing investors with Distinctively Active mutual funds.”
Prior to joining Western & Southern, Moore served as president of North American Asset Management at Foresters Financial, where he had responsibility for all asset management and related businesses. Before Foresters, Moore served as managing director and head of the Americas region for UBS Asset Management, a firm with over $600 billion in assets under management. He has also held senior executive positions at Mackenzie Investments, where he served as executive vice president and head of distribution, and Allianz, where he served as chief executive officer of Allianz Global Investors Fund Management.
Moore earned a bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the College of Wooster, where he currently serves on the board of trustees. He earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School after playing six seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers.
Graziano’s retirement will conclude a distinguished career and 11 years of service with Western & Southern. Under his leadership, Touchstone assets under management grew from $5.4 billion to $17.4 billion, driven by three transformative acquisitions.
“We welcome Blake to his new role and wish Steve many happy years in retirement,” Barrett said.