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Managing Director-U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Ratings Group, Standard and Poor’s
|Richard W. Cortright, Jr. is a managing director in Standard & Poor’s U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Ratings group, and is engaged in the analysis and communication of ratings on investor-owned utility credits. Richard is a principal spokesperson for Standard & Poor’s in the utility sector, and leads the department’s efforts in communications with state commissions, their staffs and other related entities. His responsibilities also include maintaining the quality of ratings, meeting with utility management and investors, chairing rating committees, and contributing to Standard & Poor’s publications.
For the nine years prior to his current role, he was responsible for managing several Standard & Poor’s analysts and maintaining the quality of ratings in the utility sector. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Richard was with The Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Power Group as a vice president in the public utilities division. Previously, he concentrated on utilities at Irving Trust Co. and Swiss Bank Corp.
Richard holds a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College and an M.I.A. from the Columbia University School of International Affairs.
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