Gary Retelny is President and CEO of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS). He is responsible for overall leadership of the business spanning 30 offices in 15 countries and covering seven discrete business lines: Governance Workflow, Responsible Investment, Corporate Solutions, Asset Management Intelligence, Transaction Cost Analysis, Fund Services, and ISS Media.
Gary directs client-driven innovation across all facets of the business. He also leads initiatives to enhance and expand ISS’ industry leading research through investment in research 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 30 years of experience in senior roles at both leading investment management and private equity firms, Gary is also responsible for expanding ISS’ range of solutions through acquisitions. Most recently, these include Incentive Lab (2014), Ethix SRI Advisors (2015), iiWisdom (2016), IW Financial (2017), the Investment Climate Data Division of South Pole Group (2017), EVA Dimensions (2018), and oekom research AG (2018), Strategic Insight (2019), and CAER (2019).
Prior to leading ISS, Gary was Head of Strategy and Business Development at MSCI Inc. (ISS’ former parent) where he spearheaded major strategic initiatives including the $290 million IPO of MSCI on the NYSE in November 2007, the acquisition of Barra in 2004 for more than $800 million, and the $1.6 billion 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.
Gary received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University as well as an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.