On June 30, 2021, BlackRock Asset Management International Inc., the member of iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”), sponsor of iShares Silver Trust (the “Trust”), appointed Trent W. Walker as the Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor and Rachel Aguirre as a Director of the Sponsor, each effective June 30, 2021.
Mr. Walker, 47, has been employed by BlackRock, Inc. or its affiliates (“BlackRock”) since September 2019 and serves as a Managing Director and Head of Americas Product Oversight and Governance in the Global Accounting and Product Services team, performing supervisory and managerial functions. In that capacity, Mr. Walker serves as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of iShares Trust, iShares, Inc. and iShares U.S. ETF T rust and Chief Financial Officer of BlackRock Funds, BlackRock Funds II, BlackRock Funds IV, BlackRock Funds V and BlackRock Funds VI. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Walker served as a Senior Vice President and a Registered Principal of Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, including in the capacity as Treasurer of PIMCO Funds, PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust, PIMCO Equity Series, PIMCO Equity Series VIT, PIMCO Managed Accounts Trust, PIMCO-Sponsored Interval Funds and PIMCO-Sponsored Closed-End Funds from January 16, 2015 to August 30, 2019.
Ms. Aguirre, 39, has been employed by BlackRock since March 2005, including her years with Barclays Global Investors, which merged with BlackRock in 2009 and serves as a Managing Director. Ms. Aguirre has served as the Head of U.S. Product Engineering since March 2021, performing managerial and supervisory functions. In that capacity, Ms. Aguirre oversees a team that designs, launches, and assesses the quality of BlackRock’s indexed ETF products and is a member of the firm’s ETF and Index Investments (“EII”) Markets and Investments Executive Committee and the EII Global Product Executive Committee. Ms. Aguirre served as Co-Head of the Americas Portfolio Engineering team within EII from January 2020 to March 2021. In that role, Ms. Aguirre oversaw teams that manage the U.S. iShares EII product ranges. Prior to that, Ms. Aguirre served as Head of Developed Markets Portfolio Engineering from May 2016 to December 2019.
Mr. Walker replaces Mary Cronin as the Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor and Ms. Aguirre replaces Ms. Cronin as a Director of the Sponsor. Ms. Cronin resigned as a Director and the Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor, effective June 30, 2021. Ms. Cronin’s decision to resign was not the result of any dispute or disagreement with the Trust on any matter relating to the Trust's operations, policies or practices.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: July 2, 2021
iShares Silver Trust*
iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC
Name: Paul Lohrey
Title: Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
* The registrant is a trust. The individual specified above is signing in his capacity as an officer and/or authorized signatory of iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC, the Sponsor of the Trust.
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