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Martha Carter

Senior Managing Director, Head of Governance Advisory

Dr. Martha L. Carter leads Teneo’s corporate governance service offering, advising CEOs and boards of public and private companies on corporate governance best practices, activism defense, executive compensation, shareholder engagement, strategy, and other matters that come to the board.

Martha currently sits on the Advisory Council of the Harvard Corporate Governance Forum and the Markets Advisory Council at the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).

Prior to joining Teneo, Martha was the Head of Global Research at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Chair and Founder of the ISS Global Policy Board. During her 13 years at ISS, Martha led Global Research’s team of 160 corporate governance analysts in 10 offices worldwide. Under Dr. Carter’s leadership, the research team provided institutional investors with corporate governance research and proxy voting recommendations on more than 38,000 companies in 115 markets. In addition, the team produced corporate governance studies and white papers.

Martha has been quoted in media around the world and has been a speaker for numerous corporate governance events. She has also written articles for a number of well-recognized publications, including: NYSE: Corporate Governance Guide (2014 and 2015); International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Benefits Magazine (2011); ICGN Yearbook (2009); and Financial Analysts Journal (2003).

Earlier in her career, she held positions at NASDAQ, The Federal Home Loan Banks, IBM, and Touche Ross.

Marta also held numerous academic appointments teaching finance courses. She 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
  • Advisory Counsel, Harvard Corporate Governance Forum