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Martha Carter

Vice Chairman & Head of Governance Advisory

Dr. Martha L. Carter is Vice Chairman and Head of Governance Advisory with Teneo. She advises CEOs and boards on corporate governance, sustainability, activism defense, executive compensation, shareholder engagement, strategy, and other matters. Martha sits on the Advisory Council of the Harvard Corporate Governance Forum and previously sat on the Markets Advisory Council at the Council of Institutional Investors (CII). She has certifications in SASB and TCFD reporting frameworks.

Previously, Martha was the Head of Global Research at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Chair and Founder of the ISS Global Policy Board. At ISS, Martha led Global Research’s team of governance analysts in 10 offices worldwide. Martha’s team provided institutional investors with research and voting recommendations on more than 38,000 companies in 115 markets.

Martha has been quoted in media worldwide and has been a speaker at corporate governance events. She has also written articles for a number of publications, including: NYSE: Corporate Governance Guide; International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Benefits Magazine; ICGN Yearbook; and Financial Analysts Journal. In 2022, she was named one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Consulting by The Consulting Report.

Martha holds a Ph.D. in finance from George Washington University, an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and undergraduate degrees in mathematics and French from Purdue University.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Directorship 100: Most Influential People in the Boardroom Community, National Association of Corporate Directors (2008 – 2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Council of Institutional Investors
  • Harvard Governance Forum

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