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S&P Global Announces Four Directors from IHS Markit will Join the Board of the Combined Company

By ET Bureau - February 19, 2021 3 Mins Read

S&P Global Announces Four Directors from IHS Markit will Join the Board of the Combined Company

Following the recent announcement of the merger agreement between S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) and IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), S&P Global announced today that Jacques EsculierGay Huey EvansRobert P. Kelly and Deborah Doyle McWhinney will become Directors of the combined company upon closing of the transaction – which is expected to occur during the second half of 2021. All four are currently independent Directors of IHS Markit and their joining is conditioned on the successful closing of the transaction.

Mr. Esculier was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WABCO Holdings until May 2020, when he announced his retirement from the company. He was also a Director of Pentair PLC until May 2020.

Prior to these roles, he served as Vice President of American Standard Companies, President of its Vehicle Control Systems business and Business Leader for Trane Commercial Systems’ EuropeMiddle EastAfricaIndia & Asia Region. He has also held leadership positions at AlliedSignal/Honeywell, based in the US and Asia.

Ms. Huey Evans is Chairman of the London Metal Exchange and serves on the Boards of Standard Chartered, ConocoPhillips, and HM Treasury. She serves as Senior Advisor to Chatham House, is a Trustee of the Benjamin Franklin House and is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Huey Evans was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to the financial service industry and diversity and previously served on the Boards of Itau BBA International, the Financial Reporting Council, Aviva, and the London Stock Exchange and held executive roles with Barclays Capital, Citi, the Financial Services Authority, and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Kelly was Chairman and CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon until 2011. Prior to that, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Mellon Bank Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Wachovia Corporation, and Vice-Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank.

He was also Chairperson of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Santander Asset Management. Mr. Kelly was a former member of the Boards of the Financial Services Forum, Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, Financial Services Roundtable, Trilateral Commission (North American Group), and Institute of International Finance. Mr. Kelly is currently IHS Markit’s lead independent director.

Ms. McWhinney worked at Citi from 2009 to 2014, including as the Chief Executive Officer of Citi’s global enterprise payments business, as the Chief Operating Officer of Citi’s global enterprise payments business, and as President of Personal Banking and Wealth Management. Ms. McWhinney has held executive roles at Charles Schwab and Visa International and worked for 17 years at Bank of America in corporate and retail banking.

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Ms. McWhinney was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in 2002 where she served until 2007. She also serves as a trustee of funds offered by Franklin Templeton, sits on the Boards of BorgWarner and LegalShield and is a former Board member of Fluor Corporation, Focus Financial Partners, Fresenius Medical Care, and Lloyds Banking Group. Ms. McWhinney is Chair of the Risk Committee of IHS Markit’s board.

“This accomplished group of Directors will bring additional diverse and international leadership experience to our established Board,” says Dick Thornburgh, Chairman of the Board of S&P Global. “Their work in the finance, commodity, and transportation industries both in the markets and in regulation will round out the skills and qualifications required for the combined company Board.”


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