NEW YORK, May 29, 2013 – Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. announces the recognition and appointment of Linda M. Lowson, Esq., as a Fellow of the Institute. A leading internationally recognized expert on global financial and ESG regulation, Ms. Lowson continues as CEO and Chief Counsel of the Global ESG Regulatory Academy™ and CSR Insight™ LLC.
(Note: CSR Insight ™ is an independent, nonpartisan consultancy uniquely specializing in Global ESG Regulatory Education, global financial regulatory policy, ESG metrics and reporting frameworks, and ESG capital market issues.)
After founding CSR Insight™ in 2007, Ms. Lowson funded, designed, and implemented a five-year US$5.5 million Global ESG Regulatory Research Program to establish the content foundation for the Global ESG Regulatory Academy™, CSR Insight’s flagship enterprise.
In acknowledging Ms. Lowson as a Fellow, Governance & Accountability Institute Chairman and CEO Henry (Hank) Boerner said: “We are pleased to welcome Linda as a Fellow of the Institute, where we will distinctly benefit from her perspective both as an entrepreneur and as a long-standing “go-to” source as a legal, strategic, financial, transactional, and senior business management adviser/expert.”
Mr. Boerner said that Ms. Lowson’s clients significantly benefit from her insights on major global ESG regulatory and voluntary reporting regimes, including comprehensive drill-down legal, regulatory, accounting, and capital market analyses. “We are privileged to have her join us as a Fellow and to share her unique perspectives with us,” Mr. Boerner said.
In acknowledging her appointment as a Fellow, Ms. Lowson said: “I am thrilled and honored to be recognized as a Fellow of the Institute, as I have significant admiration for Hank Boerner and the work of the G&A Institute. I look forward to contributing my perspectives on what companies need to do in addressing the current widespread SEC corporate noncompliance on ESG issues, which is creating significant liabilities for thousands of market participants.”
Ms. Lowson added: “The ‘new world’ of ESG regulation is no longer on the horizon; it has already arrived. This brings with it a parallel ‘new universe’ of requirements and liabilities that challenge us. In continuing my own work and also as a Fellow of the Institute, together we hope to assist issuers in navigating this new world successfully through ongoing educational and editorial initiatives that we hope will be of value to those companies and institutional investors fully cognizant of their risk management mandates.”
Ms. Lowson has over 25 years experience as a legal, strategic, financial, transactional, and senior business management adviser to global financial institutions, public and private companies, institutional investors, and governmental agencies.
Previously, Ms. Lowson served as an Arthur Andersen Partner and Financial Services National Practice Leader, and had been a Member of Andersen’s North American Financial Services Executive Leadership Team and Global Financial Services Thought Leadership Team. Prior to Andersen, she practiced with Shearman and Sterling LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.
Among her industry engagements, Ms. Lowson is a member of SASB’s Financial Sector Industry Working Group, a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and a member of the ABA Environmental Disclosure Committee.
Among her civic activities, Ms. Lowson is the Founder, CEO, and a Director of The PAW Foundation, Inc., and an active participant in numerous animal welfare, conservation, sustainability, and habitat and wildlife preservation organizations and initiatives.
Ms. Lowson holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Cornell Law School and an LL.M. Degree from New York University Law School, and is a Member of the New York and California Bars.
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