GMI Ratings Names New Head of Research

  GMI Ratings Names New Head of Research

   Gary Hewitt to Build Upon GMI’s Reputation for Top-Notch Qualitative and
  Quantitative Research and Thought Leadership Across Environmental, Social,
                      Governance and Forensic Accounting

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- November 5, 2013

GMI Ratings, the leading provider of research, data and analytics on
environmental, social, governance (ESG) and accounting-related risks affecting
the performance of public companies, today announced that Gary Hewitt has been
named the firm’s Head of Research. Mr. Hewitt joins as Managing Director,
responsible for global research and thought leadership across GMI’s ESG and
forensic accounting business lines.

Mr. Hewitt joins GMI following seven years at Institutional Shareholder
Services (ISS), a division of MSCI, Inc. and the world’s largest corporate
governance advisory firm, where he served as an Executive Director and Senior
Governance Research Analyst, with a specific focus on executive compensation
analysis. While at ISS, Gary also helped to develop a number of models,
policies and processes that drove ISS’ analytical framework and governance
ratings product. Prior to this, Mr. Hewitt spent six years with Watson Wyatt
where he managed a team of researchers, overseeing methodology, technology and
client delivery components of benefits valuation and benchmarking. He earned
his B.A. from Yale University and his Masters and Ph.D. from Princeton
University.

“It’s an honor to lead research at a firm already named Best Independent
Corporate Governance Research Firm two years in a row by Thomson Extel,” said
Hewitt. “I look forward to building upon GMI’s track record for delivering
best in class research and data that support the investment process and
demonstrates the link between governance and accounting metrics and investment
performance.”

GMI Ratings’ product suite consists of its flagship GMI Analyst platform which
includes its AGR® (Accounting and Governance Risk) ratings, research and
real-time updates on 19,000 companies worldwide and its ESG ratings, research
and real-time updates on 6,000 companies globally. Earlier this year, GMI
launched its new Forensic Alpha Model (FAM), which uses governance and
accounting-related forensic risk metrics to predict equity returns.

“Gary brings to GMI a wealth of knowledge and a unique combination of
qualitative and quantitative research capabilities that will serve our clients
diverse needs and support their decision-making,” said Cheryl Gustitus, GMI’s
Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re pleased to have someone of Gary’s caliber on
the GMI team.”

About GMI Ratings

GMI Ratings is an independent provider of research and ratings on
environmental, social, governance and accounting-related risks affecting the
performance of public companies. The firm’s ESG ratings for more than 6,000
companies worldwide incorporate 150 ESG KeyMetrics™ to help investors assess
the sustainable investment value of corporations. The firm also provides
Accounting and Governance Ratings (AGR®) for approximately 19,000 public
companies worldwide. AGR metrics reflect the accuracy and reliability of a
company’s financial reporting. Clients of GMI Ratings include leading
institutional investors, banks, insurers, auditors, regulators and
corporations seeking to incorporate accounting and ESG factors into risk
assessment and decision-making. The firm’s Forensic Alpha Model (FAM) helps
investors predict stock returns using forensic accounting and
governance-related measures of issuer risk. In the 2012 and 2013 Independent
Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey conducted by Thomson Reuters
Extel and SRI-CONNECT.com, GMI Ratings was named “The Best Independent
Corporate Governance Research Provider”. For more information please visit
www.gmiratings.com.

Contact:

GMI Ratings Media Contacts
Cheryl Gustitus, Chief Marketing Officer
O: +1-212-949-1313 ext 316
M: +1-240-507-0823
cgustitus@gmiratings.com
or
Joyce Brown, Marketing Communications
+1-207-553-5679
jbrown@gmiratings.com
 
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