Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 11, 2015

Interview with the Chairman, CEO, President & Director: MSCI Inc. (MSCI)

Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez, MSCI Inc.’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, has led the firm for almost two decades to its position today as a premier provider of portfolio construction and risk management tools for institutional investors. MSCI is a publicly listed company with revenues of over $1 billion. Headquartered in New York, and with offices in 23 countries around the world, MSCI is a central connecting point for the global investment industry. MSCI’s clients are the world’s largest investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, mutual funds, ETF providers and hedge funds. The firm has pursued a successful growth strategy through the acquisition of market-leading brands such as Barra and RiskMetrics, and by developing an integrated set of industry-standard offerings to meet the rapidly changing needs of sophisticated global investors. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Fernandez was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for emerging markets product strategy, equity derivative sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, worldwide corporate finance and mortgage finance for U.S. financial institutions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was President of the private equity firm HispaniMedia, Inc. He also founded Ferco Partners, Inc., a private equity investment firm in Mexico and from 1976 to 1979. He was a diplomat in the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Fernandez is Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a member of the College Board of Advisors of Georgetown University and a trustee of the boards of The Browning School and the Trinity School in New York City. Mr. Fernandez has a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University, pursued doctoral studies in economics at Princeton University and received his MBA from Stanford University.     Profile
TWST: Give us a history of MSCI.

Mr. Fernandez: MSCI was a pioneer in developing the market for global equity index products and began licensing our first equity index products in 1969.