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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 leads Teneo’s governance advisory division, 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. Dr. Carter currently 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).

Prior to joining Teneo, Dr. Carter 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, Dr. Carter 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.

Dr. Carter 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.

Dr. Carter 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
  • Council of Institutional Investors
  • Harvard Governance Forum

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