Howard Sherman


Howard Sherman is President and CEO of GovernanceMetrics International (GMI), the corporate governance research and ratings agency. He is the former chief executive of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Thomson Financial Investor Relations, and a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network.

Howard has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center as senior analyst. He 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 with Bruce Babcock, Conflicts of Interest in the Proxy Voting System with Jamie Heard, and The Market Impact of Corporate Governance Ratings with John Bodt.

Howard holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University.


The current credit crisis has been an unnerving experience for everyone and will undoubtedly result in regulatory changes. I expect there will be opportunities for the NSFM to weigh in and hopefully influence key regulatory initiatives, but even more I am interested in working through the private sector – namely institutional investors. With the sheer size of assets under management and long-term horizons they are uniquely positioned to push for enhanced investment analytics, corporate governance standards and risk management processes, all of which will be necessary to create more sustainable global markets.