Hank Boerner

Chairman and Chief Strategist, Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

Henry (Hank) Boerner is Chairman and Chief Strategist of Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., a New York-based (for-profit) research, knowledge management, advisory and strategies service provider.  The company serves clients in the corporate sector, in capital markets organizations and organizations in the not-for-profit sector.

Hank leads the Institute team’s client engagements dealing with sustainability, corporate responsibility, corporate governance, issue management, crisis management, disclosure, and strategic corporate communications.

During his career he has been a business journalist, corporate manager, business strategist, issue management consultant, and senior level strategy advisor. For 30 years he has provided corporate and investment community clients with issues management strategies, advice and programs.  Hank’s current work is focused on identifying and addressing ESG issues (corporate environmental, societal, governance performance factors) and assisting corporate managements in developing their ESG strategies, organizing teams and initiatives, coaching executives, and facilitating disclosure and structured reporting on the progress of the company’s sustainability journey.

Hank was a partner in the Rowan & Blewitt management consulting organization for two decades before co-founding the Institute.  (The Rowan & Blewitt issue and crisis management practice served Fortune 100 clients,  and was acquired by Interpublic Group of Companies – NYSE:IPG.)

Hank is active in key professional organizations including: the US Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investing (US SIF); its analyst network, SIRAN; the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA – he is vice chair of the Sustainable Investing Committee); and,  the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).  He was recognized by the NACD in the prestigious Directorship 100 ranking, in 2011 and 2012 as one of “people to watch in corporate governance affairs.”

Hank has been a contributing editor for Corporate Finance Review ( a journal for CFOs and corporate finance managers) published by Thomson Reuters) since 2002, commenting on trends in corporate governance, sustainability and related issues.  He has authored commentaries for Financial Times, Bloomberg BNA, and numerous print and digital platforms.  He is co-author of “Strategic Governance – Enabling Financial, Environmental & Social Sustainability,” published in 2010.

Earlier in his career, Hank was a board-elected officer and head of communications of the New York Stock Exchange, managing NYSE communications and advising listed companies on transparency and disclosure. At the start of his corporate career, he was American Airlines’ national corporate responsibility officer; later, he was a senior communications officer of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  He served as staff advisor in New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s administration, and later, provided counsel pro bono to Governor Mario M. Cuomo.