Boston, MA – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Transparency Task Force, a collaborative, campaigning community dedicated to driving up the levels of transparency in financial services globally, has appointed Bernie Nelson, President of Style Research North America, as an Ambassador and Founding Member of its North American team.< The appointment recognizes Nelson’s experience fostering transparency in investment portfolio analysis and communications, and dedication to building trusting relationships with clients. Nelson has spent the last 15 years as a driving force in developing Style Research as the industry-standard for comprehensive and objective factor-based analysis for fund managers, asset owners, and investment consultants. Before joining Style Research, he was the Head of Portfolio Risk and Head of Quantitative Analysis at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, now Standard Life Aberdeen. “It is an honor for me to join a community that shares our goal of increasing transparency and trust in our financial markets,” said Nelson. “Through this initiative we can affect change that will benefit investors of all sizes.” Nelson has spoken at many international investment conferences on factor investing, environmental social and governance (ESG) investing, and style and risk analysis in asset management. “There can be no doubt about the profound importance of having a transparent, efficient and competitive financial services industry for the world economy, the reputation of the sector and the financial security of society as a whole,” said Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, The Transparency Task Force. “For that to be achieved there needs to be collaboration and consensus-building amongst industry leaders. Bernie’s depth of knowledge in the investment space and belief in transparency will accelerate our progress toward fairer, safer markets and trustworthiness in financial services. ”

About Style Research

Style Research is the industry standard for factor-based investment analytics and portfolio communications. Its platform specializes in holdings-based style, risk and performance analysis of portfolios, funds and markets for asset managers, owners and investment consultants worldwide. With offices in the UK, US, Canada and Asia Pacific, Style Research serves a client base of over 300 institutions in nearly 30 countries. For more information, please visit www.styleresearch.com.

About the Transparency Task Force

The Transparency Task Force is the campaigning community dedicated to driving up the levels of transparency in financial services, right around the world. We believe that higher levels of transparency are a prerequisite for fairer, safer and more efficient markets that deliver better value for money and better outcomes to consumers. Furthermore, because of the correlation between transparency, truthfulness and trust, we expect that our work will help to repair some of the self-inflicted reputational damage that the financial services sector has suffered for years.