LONDON, U.K. (September 2, 2021) – Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to financial market participants, today announced two key leadership appointments in the ISS Governance Research organization in London.
Chris Osborne has been appointed as ISS Head of U.K. Research. Mr. Osborne, who holds an LLB Law Degree from University College London, has served as Deputy Head of U.K. Research at ISS for the last two years, and has over ten years of U.K. governance experience, including research roles at the U.K. Investment Association and at executive remuneration consultant, New Bridge Street (now Aon). He will report to Catherine Salmon, Managing Director, Regional Head of Research for U.K., France, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Osborne takes over in this role from Jonathan Haymon following Mr. Haymon’s departure to take up a new external position outside the U.K. In his new role as Head of U.K. Research for ISS, Mr. Osborne will also serve on the U.K. Financial Reporting Council’s Investor Advisory Group.
Georgina Marshall, ISS’ Global Head of Research said: “We are delighted to announce Chris’s appointment to this role. Chris has deep governance expertise and research skills, and has been a key contributor to our highest profile U.K. research in recent years. He has also had a leading role in the development of ISS’ voting guidelines in the U.K. market, and will continue to do so, ensuring that ISS policies reflect current and relevant market standards and evolving investor stewardship needs.”
In addition, Rachana Nirgudkar has been appointed as Deputy Head of U.K. Research, having previously served as a Senior U.K. Analyst and currently Head of South Africa Research at ISS. Ms. Nirgudkar, who holds an MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick, has extensive governance and research experience, with over five years of experience in U.K. corporate governance, as well as in a number of other key international markets and in financial services.
Catherine Salmon, Managing Director, Regional Head of Research for U.K., France, Middle East and Africa said: “Chris and Rachana’s appointments, their depth of expertise and their strong experience in working together with the rest of the ISS U.K. Research team will continue to add great value to the high-quality U.K. research and informed voting recommendations that our clients expect.”
Founded in 1985, Institutional Shareholder Services group of companies (ISS) empowers investors and companies to build for long-term and sustainable growth by providing high-quality data, analytics and insight. ISS, which is majority owned by Deutsche Börse Group, along with Genstar Capital and ISS management, is a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions, market intelligence, fund services, and events and editorial content for institutional investors and corporations, globally. ISS operates on an arm’s-length basis and Deutsche Börse has adopted Principles protecting the independence and integrity of ISS’ research offerings. ISS’ 2,000 employees operate worldwide across more than 30 global offices in 15 countries. Its more than 4,000 clients include many of the world’s leading institutional investors who rely on ISS’ objective and impartial ESG and governance research, market intelligence and fund services and data and analytics, as well as public companies focused on ESG and governance risk mitigation as a shareholder value enhancing measure. Clients rely on ISS’ expertise to help them make informed investment decisions.
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