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RiskMetrics Group Introduces First-Ever Online Community for Investors, Board of Directors and Company Management
Jun 10, 2008 (10:06 AM EDT)


NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RiskMetrics Group, a leading provider of risk management and corporate governance services to the global financial community, today launched Governance Exchange, an innovative online platform designed exclusively for board members, corporate executives and institutional investors to enable interaction on corporate governance issues. An industry first, Governance Exchange bridges the communications gap between these market constituents, enhancing their understanding of various market viewpoints and ultimately helping them achieve real market solutions. To foster member dialogue, Governance Exchange also provides a wealth of content and expert analysis.

"By facilitating access and providing transparency to a range of governance perspectives, Governance Exchange represents another major step for RiskMetrics Group in delivering on our vision of being the center for the financial community," said Rich Leggett, head of RiskMetrics Governance Services Unit. "Our clients will benefit from open and candid discussions as well as the rich combination of content, data, and analytics offered by this secure online platform."

Almost every critical corporate governance concern being brought to the forefront today requires dialogue. However, market constituents lack effective means for dynamic collaboration to solve critical issues. Governance Exchange offers members a confidential environment to communicate on today's most pressing governance matters. The platform encourages trust between the groups through access to a broad range of governance perspectives, a way to better understand and align with peer practices and timely information on trends in corporate governance.

"As the issues raised this proxy season make clear, shareholders and boards are searching for enhanced ways to network with each other," said Jill Lyons, head of RiskMetrics Group's Governance Exchange. "Yet, there are few secure outlets where these groups can communicate freely on corporate governance issues. RiskMetrics Group's Governance Exchange offers such a place -- a unique venue that unites these constituents."

Governance Exchange members drive the discussion through online forums, suggest topics for further study and foster the development of new content. Members are encouraged to share their ideas, experiences and best practices. As new members join, they will add their perspectives to the discussion and enrich the dialogue for the entire community. Thus, Governance Exchange provides a unique gateway to a wealth of anecdotal information, while helping to elevate this information to systematic knowledge.

In addition to the discussion forums which are the foundation for Governance Exchange, members will have access to a wide range of rich content, including webcasts, white papers, surveys, and analysis provided by both RiskMetrics Group's internal experts and by third parties. Currently, topics being discussed in Governance Exchange include executive compensation disclosure, proxy season trends, board and succession planning, and shareholder activism and performance metrics.

To learn more Governance Exchange, or to find out how to join, please visit: http://www.riskmetrics.com/investment_research/gov_exchange.html .

About RiskMetrics Group

RiskMetrics Group http://www.riskmetrics.com is a leading provider of risk management and corporate governance products and services to financial market participants. By bringing transparency, expertise and access to the financial markets, RiskMetrics Group helps investors better understand and manage the risks inherent in their financial portfolios. Our solutions address a broad spectrum of risk across our clients' financial assets. Headquartered in New York with 19 global offices, RiskMetrics Group serves some of the most prestigious institutions and corporations worldwide. For more information, please visit: .

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