Chris Cernich to Join ISS as Director of M&A and
Proxy Fight Research
Cernich Brings Strategic Leadership and Deep Industry Experience to ISS Research Team
June 17, 2010 01:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ISS, the world's leading provider of proxy voting and corporate
governance services announced today that Chris Cernich has joined the firm as its Director of M&A and Proxy Fight
In this role, Cernich will oversee analyses and vote recommendations for high profile and contentious mergers and
proxy fights via its premium research solution, M&A Edge. M&A Edge clients include leading institutional investors,
hedge funds, investment banks and law firms.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris to ISS,” said Dr. Martha Carter, Head of ISS Global Research. “Chris’ deep
industry and research experience will add significant value for our clients.”
Prior to joining ISS, Cernich was Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and Quantitative Analysis at Proxy
Governance, Inc. His previous management experience includes eight years in corporate finance and strategy at the
Ford Motor Company.
Cernich is also the chief author of two notable studies sponsored by the IRRC Institute: The Effectiveness of Hybrid
Boards (2009) which examined the impact of shareholder activism on financial performance and “Compensation
Peer Groups at Companies With High Pay” (2010, forthcoming), which examines systemic bias in compensation
benchmarking processes at S&P 500 companies.
Cernich received an MBA from the University of Michigan in 2000, majoring in Finance and Strategy.
ISS, founded in 1985 as Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., is the world's leading provider of proxy advisory
and corporate governance solutions to financial market participants. ISS' services include objective proxy research
and analysis, end-to-end proxy voting and distribution solutions, turnkey securities class-action claims management,
and reliable governance data and modeling tools.