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MSCI announces senior leadership changes
Index provider vows to deliver more innovative solutions to address client needs
The Asset 14 Jan 2022

Index provider MSCI has announced various senior leadership changes, effective immediately. The firm says the changes will ensure that it deepens its understanding of clients’ needs, delivers innovative, leading-edge solutions to address those needs, and demonstrates its growing leadership in corporate responsibility. 

From left: Remy Briand, Diana Tidd and Eric Moen.

Remy Briand, current head of ESG and climate, has been appointed chief product officer. In this newly created role, Briand will be responsible for leading and driving MSCI’s integrated product suite to meet the needs of clients looking for holistic solutions to tackle investment challenges, capitalize on opportunities and navigate industry change. He will continue to report to Baer Pettit, president and chief operating officer at MSCI.

Briand will also become head of index as Diana Tidd, current head of index and chief responsibility officer, becomes fully dedicated to the role of chief responsibility officer. As head of index, Briand will be responsible for leading the vision and business strategy for MSCI’s Index product line.

Tidd was appointed as the firm’s first chief responsibility officer in 2018. In this now fully dedicated role, Tidd will continue to guide environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies for the firm and focus on the comprehensive integration of ESG practices across MSCI’s strategy process, governance structure and business operations.

With Briand’s appointment, Eric Moen will assume the role of head of ESG and climate. Moen has been with MSCI for over two decades. Over the last 10 years, he has focused on leading the expansion of client solutions across MSCI’s ESG business, working closely with Briand. In this role, Moen will oversee the day-to-day operations of the ESG and climate team and drive collaboration and innovation across MSCI’s product lines.

From left: Alvise Munari, Jeremy Baskin, Christine Berg and Michelle Shanley.

Meanwhile, Alvise Munari, global head of client coverage, will be named chief client officer and will continue to report to Pettit.

Jeremy Baskin, head of client coverage, Americas, will take on the new global role of head of buyside client segments, including asset managers, asset owners, hedge funds and wealth. In this role, Baskin will help deepen and increase MSCI’s focus on these client segments to better serve its clients.

Christine Berg, head of Americas index client coverage, will assume the role of head of client coverage, Americas, and will oversee MSCI’s sales, consulting, and client service teams in the region. Before her current position, Berg led the exchange traded products client coverage team.

Michelle Shanley, head of strategic account management, Americas, will take on the global role of head of strategic and key accounts. In this role, Shanley will focus on programme expansion, C-suite engagement, and governance.

Henry Fernandez, chairman and chief executive officer, says: “Over the past several years, MSCI has experienced tremendous growth and change. The senior leadership changes demonstrate our ability to adapt, transform and capitalize on our momentum to drive growth, scale our business and operations, and deliver extraordinary value to our clients and shareholders.”

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