Hon. Richard A. Bennett
From 2006 to 2010, Richard A. Bennett served as President and CEO of The Corporate Library, one of the three businesses that merged to form GMI Ratings in 2010. Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service as well as a wide range of private sector experience. He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for Lens Investment Management 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. 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. Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Mr. Bennett has been written about in Pensions & Investments, The Daily Deal and Barron’s, and has been cited in numerous publications including BusinessWeek, USA Today, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. Since 2008, he has been recognized annually by Directorship magazine in its 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”. Mr. Bennett has spoken about corporate governance issues at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Columbia University, the USC Marshall School of Business and The Conference Board, among other institutions. 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.