Stakeholder engagement and ESG consulting firm Morrow Sodali announced today the appointment of Barri Rafferty to the newly created role of CEO, Americas, responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations in North and South America.
Rafferty joins Morrow Sodali after serving as Head of Communications and Brand Management at Wells Fargo, responsible for the company’s reputation management, enterprise brand strategy, external and internal communications, brand advertising, sponsorships, and in-house agency. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2020, she worked for more than 25 years at global communications consultancy Ketchum, including serving as CEO and Global President. She has most recently been serving as Interim CEO at women’s business leadership organization C200, where she also serves on the board.
The appointment follows the acquisition last year by TPG’s middle market and growth equity platform TPG Growth of a majority stake in Morrow Sodali. Morrow Sodali has also announced strategic acquisitions this year, including ESG strategy and implementation advisory HXE Partners, and ESG-focused specialty advisory firm FrameworkESG.
“I am excited to work closely with the leadership team at Morrow Sodali and our investors at TPG to continue to grow this global corporate consultancy and leverage the Firm’s recent acquisitions in ESG and sustainability advisory services. As stakeholder relations becomes more complex, corporate governance and activism more pronounced, and the need for companies to take stands on ESG topics more controversial, Morrow Sodali has a unique role to play in enhancing corporate value.”
TPG Partner Ransom Langford added:
“Barri is a proven leader with a strong track record and we are confident she will help position Morrow Sodali for further growth. We are pleased to partner with Barri as we continue building and broadening the Firm’s suite of stakeholder engagement and ESG consulting services.”