Executive Director and Head of Corporate Governance Business Development
MSCI ESG Research
Howard Sherman is a co-founder and former CEO of Governance Metrics International, which merged with The Corporate Library and Audit Integrity in 2010 to form GMI Ratings. GMI was in turn acquired by MSCI in 2014. Mr. Sherman now serves as Head of Corporate Governance Business Development for MSCI ESG Research.
Mr. Sherman also serves as Treasurer and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the IRRC Institute, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City that serves as a sponsor of environmental, social and corporate governance research. He is also a member of the Council of Institutional Investors’ Markets Advisory Council and the Global Advisory Council at Cornerstone Capital Group.
Previously, Mr. Sherman served as CEO of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the proxy advisory firm, and Thomson Financial Investor Relations. He is a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
Mr. Sherman has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center as senior analyst. Before joining IRRC he worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Sherman is a frequent speaker before both institutional investor and corporate audiences and the author of numerous articles and op-ed pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments and Directors and Boards. He is the co-author of several major reports on corporate governance, including Structural Imbalances in Japanese Corporate Governance, Conflicts of Interest in the Proxy Voting System and The Market Impact of Corporate Governance Ratings.
Mr. Sherman holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. He has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who since 1991 and was elected to The Directorship 100 in 2010.