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Henry Fernandez

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

As MSCI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez 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, Henry 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 US financial institutions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was president of 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, DC.

Mr. Fernandez currently serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University and the board of directors of Georgetown University. He also serves on the boards of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Foreign Policy Association, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the American Nicaraguan Foundation, and he is a member emeritus of the Georgetown University College Board of Advisors.  Previously, he served on the boards of directors of The Trinity School and The Browning School in New York, and MexDer (Mexican Derivatives Exchange) and was Chair of the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Henry has a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, pursued doctoral studies in economics at Princeton University, and received his M.B.A. from Stanford University.  He was born in Mexico City and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.