MSCI Inc.
MSCI Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 11/02/2017 07:05:12)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 31, 2017

 

 

MSCI Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-33812   13-4038723

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 49th Floor, New York, NY 10007

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(212) 804-3900

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

NOT APPLICABLE

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On October 31, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of MSCI Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Marcus L. Smith as a member of the Board, effective November 2, 2017. Mr. Smith, age 51, retired from MFS Investment Management (“MFS”) in April 2017 after spending over two decades with the firm. Mr. Smith joined MFS in 1994 and most recently served as the Director of Equity (Canada) and a portfolio manager until his retirement. From 2001 and 2007, respectively, until his retirement, he was responsible for managing the MFS Institutional International Equity Portfolio and the MFS International Concentrated Portfolio. He previously held a variety of positions at MFS, including Director of Equity (Asia) from 2010 to 2012, based in Boston, Director of Asian Research from 2005 to 2009, based in Singapore, and Equity Analyst from 1995 to 2000, based in London. He is currently on the board of directors of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. He is also a trustee of the University of Mount Union and has served as the chairman of the finance committee since September 2015. He also currently sits on the Boston advisory board of the Posse Foundation. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Mount Union and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Smith will serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders of the Company, or until his successor is elected and qualified or until the earlier of his death, resignation or removal, increasing the number of directors serving on the Board to thirteen. The Board has not yet appointed Mr. Smith to any standing committee of the Board. In connection with his appointment, the Board determined that Mr. Smith is independent under the Company’s Corporate Governance Policies and within the meaning of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) standards of independence for directors.

Under the non-employee director compensation program described in the Company’s annual proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 24, 2017, in connection with his service on the Board, Mr. Smith is entitled to receive an annual retainer (payable in cash or stock at his election) of $75,000 and an annual equity award in the form of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) under the MSCI Inc. 2016 Non-Employee Directors Compensation Plan having an aggregate fair market value of $140,000, based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock as reported by the NYSE on the date prior to grant. Upon his appointment to a standing committee of the Board, Mr. Smith will also be entitled to receive an annual retainer (payable in cash or stock at his election) of $10,000 for each committee on which he serves. The annual retainer and award of RSUs are prorated from the effective date of appointment. The initial RSU award is scheduled to vest on May 1, 2018.

There are no family relationships between Mr. Smith and any officer or other director of the Company or any related persons transactions (within the meaning of Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K) involving Mr. Smith and the Company and/or its subsidiaries. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Smith and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director. In addition, Mr. Smith has never been employed at the Company or any of its subsidiaries.

 

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

The press release announcing the matters described in Item 5.02 above is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.

The information furnished under Item 7.01 of this Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

Exhibit 99.1   Press Release, dated as of November 2, 2017.

 


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

   

MSCI Inc.

   

Date: November 2, 2017

   

By:

 

/s/ Henry A. Fernandez

   

Name:

  Henry A. Fernandez
   

Title:

  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

Exhibit 99.1

PRESS RELEASE

MARCUS L. SMITH APPOINTED TO MSCI INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NEW YORK, November 2, 2017— MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors, announced today that Marcus L. Smith has been appointed to MSCI’s Board of Directors (“Board”). His appointment became effective on November 2, 2017.

Mr. Smith was the Director of Equity (Canada) and a portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management (“MFS”) until his retirement in April 2017. As a portfolio manager, he was responsible for managing the MFS Institutional International Equity Portfolio and the International Concentrated Portfolio. He joined MFS in 1994 and held a variety of positions, including Director of Equity (Asia) from 2010 to 2012, based in Boston, Director of Asian Research from 2005 to 2009, based in Singapore, and Equity Analyst from 1995 to 2000, based in London.

Henry A. Fernandez, MSCI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very excited to have Marcus join the MSCI Board. With over 20 years of experience and leadership in fundamental equity investing and international portfolio management, Marcus will be an invaluable asset to MSCI and our shareholders.”

Mr. Smith is currently on the board of directors of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. He is also a trustee of the University of Mount Union and has served as the chairman of the finance committee since September 2015. He also currently sits on the Boston advisory board of the Posse Foundation. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Mount Union and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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About MSCI

For more than 45 years, MSCI’s research-based indexes and analytics have helped the world’s leading investors build and manage better portfolios. Clients rely on our offerings for deeper insights into the drivers of performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and innovative research.

Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models, data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research.

MSCI serves 99 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the most recent P&I ranking.

For more information, visit us at  www.msci.com . MSCI#IR

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond our control and that could materially affect our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.


Other factors that could materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements can be found in MSCI’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 24, 2017 and in quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed or furnished with the SEC. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from what MSCI projected. Any forward-looking statement in this press release reflects MSCI’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to MSCI’s operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. MSCI assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

CONTACT:

MSCI Inc.

Investors

Stephen Davidson, + 1 212-981-1090

stephen.davidson@msci.com

or

Media

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