Geoffrey Mazullo

    Geoffrey Mazullo possesses global corporate governance experience. For more than 15 years, he has analyzed governance practices of listed companies in Canada, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), several European Union (EU) member states, other non-EU Western European countries, Japan, Russia and the United States. He has been directly engaged in corporate governance developments in a number of transition economies in CEE, South Eastern Europe (SEE) and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS).    

    While Senior Analyst with Institutional Shareholder Services in 1992/93, Mr. Mazullo studied the governance practices of Canadian and Western European listed companies. This included detailed analysis of: capital market institutions and systems; company law and securities regulations; corporate governance practices and structures; shareholders’ rights; and issues presented for vote at the annual general meeting of shareholders and at extraordinary general meetings of shareholders. This research culminated in his Proxy Voting Guidelines on Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, published in 1993. His tenure at the Investor Responsibility Research Center resulted in the publication of Proxy Voting / Corporate Governance Guides on Austria, Finland, Norway and Sweden in 1994.

     Mr. Mazullo’s familiarity with CEE dates to 1985-86, when he pursued graduate studies at Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland. Over the past 16 years, he has conducted research and training on corporate governance and other financial sector issues in transition economies from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Vladivostok, Russia and from Tallinn, Estonia to Tirana, Albania.

     Mr. Mazullo has been Director of the Partners for Financial Stability (PFS - www.pfsprogram.org) Program since 2001. Under his tenure, the Program has published 14 semi-annual Surveys of Online Investor Relations and nine semi-annual Surveys of Reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the Largest Listed Companies in 11 CEE countries. Since autumn 2005, each edition of the survey includes a comparison with peers in other (largely emerging) markets, including: Greece and Turkey (autumn 2005); Portugal and Spain (spring 2006); and BRIC and Ukraine (autumn 2006, spring and autumn 2007 as well as spring 2007). Since 2001, the PFS Program has organized a series of 13 investor relations seminars in cooperation with ten CEE stock exchanges, attracting over 680 participants. Since 2003, the PFS Program is engaged in a regional corporate governance initiative that includes advisory work on corporate governance codes implemented by several stock exchanges, including Ljubljana, Slovenia; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania and Zagreb, Croatia.

     Mr. Mazullo teaches a corporate governance course as part of the Course on American Law offered at the Faculty of Law, University of Gdansk, Poland. Students who complete the course may apply for an internship with the PFS Program. Student/interns conduct the data collection for the abovementioned surveys. Since 2006, Mr. Mazullo is Chairman of the Baltic Market Awards, a joint initiative of the stock exchanges in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to recognize achievement in investor relations. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

     In 1983, Mr. Mazullo received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree from Georgetown University. Thereafter, he completed a two-year training program at DG Bank in Frankfurt am Main and Berliner Volksbank in West Berlin. He received a Diploma from Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow for graduate studies undertaken in 1985-86. While continuing graduate studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin from 1986-88, he worked as a student research assistant at Aspen Institute Berlin. In 1989, he received a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks French, German, Polish and Serbo-Croatian and is proficient in Italian and Russian.