Aaron Bertinetti was named vice president of research and engagement, and Michael Vogele, senior director of North American research, for Glass Lewis & Co., the global proxy-voting advisory and corporate governance research company announced.
Both are new positions.
Mr. Bertinetti, who was general manager of Sydney-based subsidiary CGI Glass Lewis, will lead the company's research team, which has more than 200 members across five locations worldwide.
Mr. Bertinetti also serves as non-executive chairman of Surprise Attack Pty. Ltd., a privately held gaming company, and is an investor in dozens of technology-focused startup companies in Australia and other markets.
Mr. Bertinetti's “outside endeavors provide a diversity of experience which is valuable to Glass Lewis as head of the research organization,” said Martin Lion, director of marketing, in an e-mail. “He not only has the research and engagement credentials, but also brings relevant board, executive, technology and investor experience which provides him with a uniquely rounded perspective and practical insights into the challenges that investors and companies face today and how best to connect governance theory and best practice with pragmatic commercial outcomes that drive long-term shareholder returns. And while Mr. Bertinetti has chosen to invest in these companies and may make himself available to these companies in his own personal time, he is not involved in their day-to-day management and his activities do not interfere with his work at Glass Lewis.”
Mr. Vogele was head of analysis for IVOX GmbH, a Karlsruhe, Germany-based provider of proxy advisory and corporate governance research that Glass Lewis acquired in June.
Mr. Vogele will lead three research teams, with more than 50 staffers, responsible for engagement and analysis of ESG issues for more than 6,500 North American companies.
Mr. Bertinetti will report to John Wieck, chief operating officer. Mr. Vogele will report to Mr. Bertinetti.
“Mr. Bertinetti's successor will be announced separately in the coming weeks,” Mr. Lion said.