Howard is Executive Director and Head of Global Business Development for GMI Ratings, the corporate governance, ESG and forensic accounting research and ratings agency. He also serves as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the IRRC Institute, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City that serves as a sponsor of environmental, social and corporate governance research.
Howard is the former chief executive of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Thomson Financial Investor Relations, now part of Thomson Reuters. He is a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets. Howard has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center as senior analyst. Before joining IRRC he worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Howard is a frequent speaker before both institutional investor and corporate audiences and is the author of numerous articles and op-ed pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments and Directors and Boards. He is the co-author of several major reports on corporate governance, including Structural Imbalances in Japanese Corporate Governance with Bruce Babcock, Conflicts of Interest in the Proxy Voting System with Jamie Heard, and The Market Impact of Corporate Governance Ratings with John Bodt.
Howard holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. He has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who since 1991 and was elected to The Directorship 100 in 2010.