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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce Brown, Marketing Communications +1-207-553-5679 email@example.com
GMI Ratings Names New Head of Research
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