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Rita Spitz, CFA, Partner

Global Research Analyst

Rita Spitz, CFA, partner, is a global equity research analyst focusing on ESG integration. She is on William Blair’s Global Inclusion Council and the ESG/Impact Investing Working Group. Previously, she was a research analyst covering U.S. and global consumer stocks across the range of market capitalizations. She served as director of research from 2001 to 2008. Rita joined William Blair in 1986 as a sell-side research analyst covering advertising and marketing firms, a role she held for 13 years. She is a member of the CFA Society Chicago, the CFA Institute, and The Economic Club of Chicago. She has also served on the advisory groups of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. She is a trustee of The Joffrey Ballet. Rita received a B.B.A. in finance and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Korea’s Path to Better Corporate Governance

Rita Spitz, CFA, Partner
Global Equity

Korea has been grappling with corporate governance issues for several decades, driven by the concentration of power and opaque business practices. But significant efforts to reform these practices have gained momentum, with government initiatives paving...

Evolving Corporate Governance in Japan

Rita Spitz, CFA, Partner
Global Equity

Japanese economic reform efforts began in earnest during the Abenomics era, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spearheaded a comprehensive agenda to address the prolonged period of deflation and corporate inefficiency that had plagued Japan for...

Plant-Based Protein: More Than a Fad?

Rita Spitz, CFA, Partner
Global Equity

Earlier this year, a major global food and agriculture company announced the launch of private-label plant-based meat products, which will help retail food and foodservice businesses more easily capture a share of the growing plant-based...

E-commerce Mega-Trends in India

Rita Spitz, CFA, Partner
Global Equity

E-commerce Mega-Trends in India As a global equity analyst, one of the most interesting aspects of my job is identifying companies with innovative technology and solutions that disrupt mature industries. But in emerging markets, sometimes...

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