Class of 2017
Rachel Stern serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Global Head of Strategic Resources at FactSet, the financial information and data analytics company. Her broad operational experience includes leadership of Human Resources, Investor Relations, M&A, Real Estate Strategy, Facilities Management, Data Procurement and Offshore Site Management. For over 19 years, Stern has focused on steady growth at FactSet, increasing the scope and scale of the company as it has expanded its analytics and data products. Leveraging her legal expertise and extensive operational experience, Stern has expertly partnered with the CEO and Board of Directors on legal, strategic and operational matters.
Stern joined FactSet as its first lawyer when it was a small public company and defined the role and reputation of the Legal Department and the Compliance function as she expanded them. She quickly added to her responsibilities the business management of all third-party content used in FactSet’s workstations, analytics applications and data feeds. Stern has helped develop corporate strategy and guide the company through a period of strong growth, even during economic downturns, as a member of the executive leadership team. She has managed the Global Incident Management Team, setting policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stern has made decisions regarding all company acquisitions and divestitures and played a critical role in a transformative antitrust acquisition in the wake of the Thomson Reuters merger investigation.
Her executive role expanded to include Real Estate Planning, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Investor Relations, and the administration of operations in FactSet’s offshore centers of excellence. She has managed the real estate portfolio to enable growth, collaboration and innovation, while reducing cost and driving headcount to centers of excellence. While she oversaw the Human Resources function, FactSet earned recognition as a Fortune Best Place to Work® in five consecutive years. As head of Investor Relations, Stern refined and communicated the firm’s strategy and expanded analyst coverage and engagement.
Prior to joining FactSet, Stern was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, and clerked for Chancellor William T. Allen of the Delaware Court of Chancery. In addition to M&A, corporate, and securities law, her areas of legal expertise include intellectual property and data licensing.
Stern earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the University of London, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna. She is admitted to the bar in New York and Washington, D.C. and as house counsel in Connecticut, and is FINRA certified Series 7 and 24.
Stern is a director of Baron Capital Management, Inc., a New York City-based asset management company, an advisory board member of HBR Consulting LLC, a Chicago-based legal advisory business, and a Trustee of The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.