Francis Byrd has 20 years of experience in the corporate governance and ESG fields possessing a wide perspective on the goals and motivations of institutional investors and corporate issuers. Francis has held responsible positions with top institutional investors (TIAA, the Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds and the NYC Pension Funds); assessed governance quality at North Americas largest companies on behalf of bondholders and creditors (at Moody’s Investors’ Service) and advised corporate public issuers on how to respond to and engage with activist investors, ESG advocates, shareholder proponents and proxy advisor firms (at proxy solicitation/shareholder communications firms The Altman Group and Laurel Hill Advisory). In 2014 and 2010, NACD Directorship identified Francis as a D-100 governance professional and one of a group of 30 “People To Watch”, respectively.
As Managing Partner at Alchemy Strategies Partners LLCs, Francis provides strategic advice on shareholder communications, engagement strategy and investor relations to corporate issuers and investors for publicly-traded companies. Francis also provides assessments of internal governance and strategic counsel to private equity General Partners.
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