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Patrick McGurn

Patrick S. McGurn is executive vice president and special counsel at Institutional Shareholder Services, one of the world's leading providers of proxy voting services and corporate governance research. ISS serves more than 1,600 institutional investor clients. Founded in 1985, ISS recommends votes on ballot issues for more than 35,000 shareholder meetings across 115 markets around the globe. Prior to joining ISS in April 1996, McGurn was director of the Corporate Governance Service at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a not-for-profit firm that provides governance research to investors. He also served as a private attorney, a congressional staff member and a department head at the Republican National Committee. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He serves on the Advisory Board of the NACD and was a member of the NACD's 2001 Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluations.

Entries by Patrick McGurn

Proxy Season Preview

January 29, 2016

Planning a winning strategy for the 2016 proxy season may require a new role for directors: that of chess Grandmaster. Directors are well advised to see the whole game rather than just their next move.


Proxy Season Preview

February 2, 2015

A director's survival guide to the 2015 proxy season.


A Proxy Season Carol

January 13, 2014

Haunted by visions of proxy season past, present, and future, the observations on 2014 apply the lessons learned by these ghostly visitations.


The Dirty Dozen: Shareholder Issues

January 26, 2012

An analysis of the coming proxy season reveals a dozen “dirty” issues directors should expect.


Seven for Yo-leven

February 16, 2011

Directors roll the dice in 2011 proxy season craps game.


This Proxy Season: Bowling for Ballots

February 15, 2010

Possible results from the 2010 proxy season are as numerous as the outcomes in your typical ten-frame game of bowling, writes RiskMetrics' Patrick McGurn.