Executive Director, M&A and Proxy Contest Research
Chris Cernich oversees analyses and vote recommendations at ISS for high profile and contentious mergers and proxy fights. His previous management experience includes eight years in corporate finance and strategy positions with the Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining ISS, Cernich was Director of M&A and Quantitative Analysis at PROXY Governance, where he covered more than 75 contested elections and other activist campaigns. In this role he was also chief author of two 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), which examined systemic bias in compensation benchmarking processes at S&P 500 companies. Cernich holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy (2000), and a PhD in American Literature (1993), from the University of Michigan.