Hewson Baltzell leads the Product Development Team of MSCI's ESG Research Business, which acquired two leading ESG research providers - Innovest Strategic Value Advisors and KLD Research & Analytics - in 2009. Mr. Baltzell was President and co-Founder of Innovest, which was an internationally recognized investment research and advisory firm specializing in analyzing companies' performance on environmental, social and strategic governance issues.
Prior to Innovest, Mr. Baltzell developed risk management analysis and procedures in the Principal Transactions Group, the merchant bank, at Lehman Brothers. At Chase Manhattan, his responsibilities included restructuring and securitizing the bank's multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio. Previously, Mr. Baltzell managed debt and equity portfolios for a private, foreign-owned investment company and worked in Mellon Bank's international division. He holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.