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MSCI Hires Jigar Thakkar as Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

MSCI Inc. (MSCI), a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics, today announced the appointment of Jigar Thakkar as Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering. Mr. Thakkar will report to Baer Pettit, President of MSCI, and will be a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He will be based in New York and is expected to start in late July 2018.

“Jigar’s extensive experience as a contemporary technology leader will be incredibly valuable in optimizing our technology strategy and enhancing our culture of technical excellence,” said Mr. Pettit. “Jigar joins MSCI at an exciting time for our firm as we continue to build on our heritage of innovation by developing world-class products and solutions to benefit the world’s most sophisticated investors.”

Mr. Thakkar joins MSCI from Microsoft where he most recently served as Corporate Vice President leading software engineering for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. During his 19-year tenure at Microsoft, Jigar built large-scale products and served in various leadership positions within the Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, Windows and MSN divisions. He holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in electronics engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India.

About MSCI

For more than 40 years, MSCI’s research-based indexes and analytics have helped the world’s leading investors build and manage better portfolios. Clients rely on our offerings for deeper insights into the drivers of performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and innovative research.

Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models, data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research.

MSCI serves 99 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the most recent P&I ranking.

For more information, visit us at www.msci.com.

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Other factors that could materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements can be found in MSCI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 26, 2018 and in quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed or furnished with the SEC. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from what MSCI projected. Any forward-looking statement in this press release reflects MSCI's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to MSCI's operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. MSCI assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

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