Claire Robinson won a promotion to senior managing director at Moody's Investors Service, where she will oversee the rating agency's asset finance group for the Americas, as well as its U.S. public finance group.

Robinson's promotion brings her full circle to the rating agency's group analyzing structured finance deals, where she began as an analyst on credit card, auto loan and manufactured housing ABS deals. Later, she was a team managing director for ABS and ABCP. Moody's appointed her as head of its municipal finance ratings group in 2005. Robinson joined the rating agency more than 14 years ago.

Moody's also promoted Gail Sussman to managing director, overseeing its public finance group. Sussman, who joined Moody's in 1984, fills Robinson's former role. She was a team managing director for municipal structured products, where she gained extensive experience in transactions supported by letters of credit, insured floating rate debt, local structured housing deals, and other structured municipal products, said Moody's. In 2005, Sussman was named team managing director for Eastern regional ratings and the states rating team.

Bob Kurtter, who joined Moody's in 1991, was appointed managing director for the Eastern regional ratings and state teams. He has been the lead analyst for numerous states across the country and has been involved in developing Moody's analytical approach to new products, including pension bonds and tobacco securitizations. In 2005, he led Moody's analysis of state and local governments affected by Hurricane Katrina, Moody's said.

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