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Mar 13, 2016

Who’s who in governance: Christina Maguire of BNY Mellon

With companies and investors increasingly talking about governance, IROs should add these names to their contact list

Christina Maguire, vice president of proxy voting and governance research, BNY Mellon

Christina Maguire compares governance to a three-legged stool. One leg is the skills and expertise of the board to drive the corporate strategy forward, the second is the economic alignment of management and shareholders, and the third leg is the governance transparency that allows shareholders to effect change if leadership is not living up to its responsibilities.

Christina Maguire of BNY Mellon
Christina Maguire, BNY Mellon

For Maguire, executive compensation is a key lever within governance: ‘When the company does well, we as shareholders do well and our clients see their 401k numbers rise; that’s our main goal. But when issuers perform poorly, we want management teams to share the economic pain that we as shareholders on behalf of our clients feel.’


– Maguire has a welcoming attitude toward companies: ‘If they’re traveling through Boston, we’re delighted to meet face to face.’

– After college, she was hired by Fidelity Investments to populate a database on proxy agendas that was later bought by ADP (now Broadridge).

– Outside of work, Maguire often travels to swim meets with her 16-year-old daughter, who is a competitive swimmer.