As State Street Global Advisors continues to grow its ETF business, ETF industry veteran Sue Thompson has been named its head of Americas Distribution for SPDR ETFs.

Thompson started in the newly created role on Monday in Boston where she will report to Rory Tobin, State Street’s Global Head of SPDR ETFs.

She will be responsible for developing and leading the SPDR ETF distribution strategy across all client channels in the Americas, including institutional, intermediary and strategic relationships.

Thompson told ETF Trends she was excited about the future for the SPDRs business. “It’s a great platform with a history of innovation,” Thompson said.

She added that Ron O’Hanley, State Street Corporation president and COO, Cyrus Taraporavela, SSGA President & CEO and Rory Tobin all share the same vision for what the SPDR business can bring to the investing public.

“I am delighted to be a part of realizing that vision,” she told ETF Trends. “The two things that have struck me most about SSGA so far is (1) the openness and warmth I have experienced; and (2) how smart and thoughtful everyone is.”