Gary Retelny is President and CEO of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. Since 2011, he has held responsibility for overall leadership of the business which includes more than 2,600 financial industry professionals spread across 29 global offices and spanning five discrete business lines: Governance Solutions, ESG, Corporate Solutions, Market Intelligence, and Media.
Gary directs client-driven innovation across all facets of the business. He also leads initiatives to enhance and expand ISS’ industry leading research, ratings, and suite of analytical offerings through investment in staff around the globe and, separately, investment in technology to ensure that ISS platforms, infrastructure, and security protocols are the industry’s gold standard.
With more than 35 years of experience in senior roles at investment firms, Gary is also responsible for expanding ISS’ offerings through global acquisitions that are a strong cultural fit. These include: Incentive Lab (2014); Ethix SRI Advisors (2015); iiWisdom (2016); IW Financial and the Investment Climate Data Division of South Pole Group (2017); EVA Dimensions and oekom research AG (2018); Strategic Insight, EVA Institutional, and CAER (2019); Flowspring and FICO® Cyber Risk Score Business (2020); and ACRe Data, Genesys Research, Nordic Investor Services, Rainmaker Information, and Discovery Data (2021).
Prior to leading ISS, Gary was Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Strategy and Business Development at MSCI Inc. where he led strategic initiatives including the IPO of MSCI on the NYSE in 2007, the acquisition of Barra in 2004, and the acquisition and financing of RiskMetrics Group in 2010.
As a speaker on matters of import to the financial community, Gary has appeared before corporate board members, investor bodies, and other audiences seeking ISS’ perspective on the state of, and shifts in, the global responsible investment and corporate governance landscape. He is also a member of ISS’ Global Policy Board, which is responsible for formulating ISS’ benchmark voting policies.
A native of Nicaragua and fluent Spanish speaker, Gary holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University as well as an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.