In her more than 20 year career, Thompson has held senior positions at BlackRock, where she was responsible for growing the iShares franchise with the intermediary and institutional asset manager channels in the Americas. Prior to BlackRock, Thompson worked at Vanguard, where she held a number of positions, culminating in a senior role in developing its ETF business.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and a member of the California State Bar Association.

Thompson is also active in supporting female executives within the ETF industry, serving on the board of Women in ETFs, where she was a founding member.

SPDR manages more than $629 billion in global ETF assets under management, offering all investors access to the investment leadership of SSGA through more than 240 ETFs.

“Sue is one of the most well respected people in our industry,” said Tom Lydon, Founder of ETF Trends. “I’m so excited to see the impact she’ll have at State Street.”