Morningstar announced that its board of directors has appointed Kunal Kapoor, CFA, chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Kapoor, 41, who currently serves as president for Morningstar, has also been appointed to Morningstar's board of directors.
Company founder Joe Mansueto will become executive chairman effective Jan. 1, 2017 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. To limit the number of inside directors, Don Phillips has voluntarily opted to step down from the board, effective Dec. 31, 2016.
Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, said, "I can't think of a better person than Kunal to lead Morningstar as we head into the next stage of our company's innovation and growth. He's a Morningstar veteran who lives and breathes our mission of creating great products that help investors reach their financial goals."
Kapoor originally joined Morningstar as a data analyst in 1997 and has been president of the company since October 2015. In his current role, he is responsible for product development and innovation, sales and marketing, and driving execution and accountability across the company. He previously served as head of global products and client solutions and has served in a variety of other leadership roles for Morningstar, including director of mutual fund analysis, director of business strategy for international operations, president and chief investment officer of Morningstar Investment Services, and head of Morningstar.com and the company's data business.
As mentioned above, Don Phillips will step down from the board of directors, effective Dec. 31, 2016, and will be succeeded by Kapoor. He will continue in his role as a managing director for Morningstar, focusing on research innovation. Mansueto added, "Don has been an outstanding board member since we first formed a board in 1999, and his perspective on the industry is second to none. Don is a beloved leader in the Morningstar community, and I am grateful for his commitment to Morningstar's success."