Membership Directory - Individual

Katie Smith

Europen Head, General Counsel at Vanguard Asset Management


Bio: Katie Smith is Vanguard's European General Counsel (leading the regional Legal, Compliance, Government Relations and Investment Stewardship teams) and a Director of Vanguard's European operating companies.

Before joining Vanguard in 2017, Katie was Managing Director and Global Head of Compliance for Deutsche Bank's Asset Management Division. Prior to that, Katie was a Managing Director at BlackRock, holding a number of senior European legal leadership roles and began her career as a corporate finance lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Katie holds post-graduate qualifications in law and is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Katie is a passionate advocate for creating equality through opportunity and inclusion and is the European executive sponsor of both OPEN, Vanguard's LGBT+ employee resource group and Vanguard's European corporate philanthropy initiatives.

She comments: "It is important that everyone feels supported and treasured at work and this is why I am proud to be recognised as an executive ally in LGBT Great's Top 100 initiative."