May 4, 2010

MSCI Forms Relationship with the Brookings Institution

May 04, 2010

MSCI Forms Relationship with the Brookings Institution

BOCA RATON, Florida, May 4, 2010 – The Metals Service Center Institute, kicking off an executive information series unique in the metals industry, will offer the inaugural MSCI Executive Forum at the Brookings Institution in September. The MSCI-Brookings relationship was announced at the 2010 MSCI Annual Meeting here.

The forum will be the first of a long-term series of executive information and education opportunities offered by MSCI with Brookings and its executive education partner, Washington University in St. Louis. Topics to be addressed by Brookings experts during the two-day event include trade, climate change, U.S.-Canadian relations, and the Washington, D.C. policy environment, all with an emphasis on their impact on the metals industry.

“MSCI’s paramount goal is to provide the intellectual capital and expert analysis that can help any of our member companies to do business better,” said M. Robert Weidner, III, the institute’s president and CEO. “We are proud to offer senior executives this unique opportunity to gather insight from Brookings experts in each of these important subject areas. More important than this particular program, however, will be the long-term benefits that our members will derive from access to the Brookings Institution, its remarkable people and its intellectual firepower.”

Washington University, which partners with MSCI to provide the Strategic Metals Management course of study for future senior executives, is the Brookings Institution’s executive education program facilitator. The Brookings Institution was founded by Robert S. Brookings, a 19th Century industrialist and former Washington University board president.

Weidner said details of the September forum will be announced by June 1. “It is my hope that metals industry executives will maximize the opportunity to access Brookings via this and other programs in the coming years,” said Weidner. “The talent base is extraordinarily rich, and the information and insights will be of lasting benefit.”

About the Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. For more than 90 years, Brookings has analyzed current and emerging issues and produced new ideas that matter-for the nation and the world.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University is a medium-sized, independent university dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The university is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society. MSCI’s relationship is with the university’s Olin Business School.

About MSCI

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 375 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere in the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals distributors in North America, amounting each year to more than 55 million tons of steel, aluminum, and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. MSCI’s membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Metals service centers inventory and distribute metals and provide first-stage fabrication services.


Jon Kalkwarf, vice president, administration and CFO, MSCI

847-485-3007 (office) or 773-835-6108 (mobile). jkalkwarf@msci.org

Ann Zastrow, vice president, education

847-485-3012 (office) or 312-485-5595 (mobile). azastrow@msci.org