Global Conference 2009
President and CEO, Rapid Ratings International
James Gellert is Chairman, President and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, a ratings, research and analytics firm providing ratings of companies' financial health for portfolio and risk managers, as well as counterparty risk managers. Gellert previously ran Howland Securities LLC, a boutique investment banking firm focusing on financial technology and independent research businesses. He was also CEO of a number of small technology companies. He was a capital markets banker for Deutsche Bank (where he was Head of the Yankee Origination Group); at UBS Securities; and Barclays de Zoete Wedd (now Barclays Capital). Gellert arranged financings for corporates, banks and sovereign clients from Europe and Australasia in the global, SEC-registered, 144A and traditional private-placement markets. He is also a member of various for-profit and nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards. Gellert received a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College and attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.