Mansueto Adds More Firepower as a Top M* Exec Heads for the Door
News summary by MFWire's editors
Joe Mansueto is making two big changes to the very upper ranks of Morningstar.
Yesterday Mansueto revealed that chief financial officer Scott Cooley, 44, will leave the Chicago-based mutual fund ratings specialists this year. Meanwhile, Mansueto also revealed the addition of James Tanner, 52, as global head of business development and sales.
Crain's Chicago Business and the Motley Fool both reported on the news. Crain's Chicago Business claimed that Cooley "in recent years … seemingly became Morningstar's No. 2 executive."
Morningstar went public in 2005, and Cooley took over as CFO in 2007. He will remain CFO until Mansueto hires a replacement. Mansueto gave some insight into Cooley's plans.
"Scott is considering several options, including going back to school to pursue a doctorate or staying with Morningstar in a research capacity," Mansueto stated. "He's going to take some time to think about the next chapter in his life, which I hope will include a role at Morningstar."
Tanner founded Wall Street on Demand. After Markit bought Wall Street on Demand two years ago, Tanner served as head of global distribution and then vice chairman of business development at UK-based Markit.
"His appointment adds even more firepower to the strong sales management team we have in place," Mansueto stated.
Company Press Release
Morningstar Announces Appointment of James Tanner as Global Head of Business Development and Sales; Scott Cooley to Step Down as CFO
CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2013—Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced two senior management changes. Scott Cooley, chief financial officer, will be stepping down from his role this year. The company expects him to remain chief financial officer until Morningstar names a replacement. Cooley, 44, has served as Morningstar’s chief financial officer since 2007. In addition, James Tanner, 52, has joined Morningstar as global head of business development and sales.
Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, said, “Scott came to Morningstar as a stock analyst 17 years ago and has held many leadership roles within the firm. He has done a superb job as CFO. I hate to see him leave this post, but I understand that he is ready for a new challenge. Scott is considering several options, including going back to school to pursue a doctorate or staying with Morningstar in a research capacity. He’s going to take some time to think about the next chapter in his life, which I hope will include a role at Morningstar.”
Mansueto added, “We’re thrilled that Jim is joining Morningstar’s senior management team. Jim founded Wall Street on Demand, a very successful company that was acquired by UK-based Markit two years ago. We’ve long admired Jim’s customer-centric approach to business. His appointment adds even more firepower to the strong sales management team we have in place.”
“For the last 25 years, I have watched as Morningstar has become a premier research and information provider,” Tanner said. “I am proud and honored to be given the opportunity to join such an amazing team.”
Tanner most recently served as Markit’s vice chairman of business development and before that its head of global distribution. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Haverford College.
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