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Harlan Tufford

Harlan Tufford
Vice President, MSCI Research

About the Contributor

Harlan Tufford leads MSCI’s corporate-governance research in North America. Prior to joining MSCI, he helped clients in Canada, the United States and globally perform board evaluations, addressing issues such as board effectiveness, succession planning and director compensation. He has extensive experience conducting corporate-governance research and holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Toronto.

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  1. BLOG

    Creeping Crypto: Cryptocurrency Risk and ESG 

    Oct 13, 2021 Harlan Tufford , Nigel Fletcher , Siyu Liu , Aura Toader

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    Institutional investors may have more exposure to cryptocurrency risk than they realize. We find that cryptocurrencies were a part of business for at least 52 companies covered by MSCI ESG Research, including 26 MSCI ACWI Index constituents.

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    Exxon Mobil: Drilling Down on the Proxy Vote 

    Jun 1, 2021 Harlan Tufford , Ric Marshall

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    The historic win of at least two seats on Exxon Mobil’s board by activist shareholder Engine No. 1 signals a dramatic shift in investors’ thinking about climate change — and in their willingness to vote for climate action. But there is a deeper story.

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    CEO Compensation: Paying Up for Mediocrity 

    Mar 22, 2021 Harlan Tufford

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    Are companies aligning CEO pay with long-term performance? Or, put another way, are directors incentivizing executives to drive the long-term success of the companies they run? We found evidence that pay and performance are misaligned for many U.S. CEOs.