Christopher J. (Chris) Woods, Vice President
New York City
Chris has acted as an Inspector of Election on routine and contested elections throughout the U.S. and worldwide and has been instrumental in developing the processes and procedures allowing US shareholders of foreign corporations to have their shares represented at foreign annual general meetings. Chris began as a licensed Stockbroker at Citicorp Investment Services, and then became involved in Proxy Voting at Innisfree M&A and later served as an Account Manager at Georgeson Shareholder Communications. Most recently, as a vice president at The Bank of New York Mellon’s Depositary Receipt Division, Chris handled all contested and sensitive proxy matters.
James J. (Jim) Raitt, Founder and President
Jim has more than 25 years of experience working in the securities industry. During his career, he has acted as an Inspector (Judge, Scrutineer and Certifying Agent) at more than 600 annual meetings and more than 100 contested meetings worldwide. He also has extensive experience relating to corporate governance, reorganization, corporate actions, planning, development, problem solving, negotiations, technical, assistance, information systems and the training of staff and clients in multiple processes. Prior to founding AES, Jim worked at American Stock Transfer & Trust, The Bank of New York, ADP and IVS Associates .