Richard A. Bennett is President and Chief Executive Officer of ValueEdge Advisors, a firm founded in the summer of 2014 to help institutional investors engage with their portfolio companies. From 2006, Mr. Bennett served as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of GMI Ratings and its predecessor, The Corporate Library, a globally recognized investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and ESG with offices in London, New York, San Diego and Portland, Maine. In August 2014, GMI Ratings was sold to MSCI, where Mr. Bennett serves as a senior advisor. He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for LENS, an institutional activist fund, from 1997 to 2002. He is an independent director of Biddeford Internet Corporation and a non-executive director of Trucost, Plc, a U.K.-based firm offering products and services that allow companies, governments and fund managers to better understand their environmental performance. From 2009 to 2014 he served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service, as well as a wide range of private sector experience. A former president of the Maine State Senate, Mr. Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate and two terms in the state's House of Representatives. He is currently Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 2014 he served voluntarily as a member of the MainePERS ESG Integration Task Force.
Directorship magazine has recognized Mr. Bennett six times in its annual list of the 100 "most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom." In December 2010 he was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the "10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year." He serves on the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hebron Academy. He was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships from 2005 to 2009. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1986 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000.