Standard & Poor’s appointed Howard Esaki as managing director and head of the rating agency's new global structured finance research department.

To further strengthen Standard & Poor’s analytical work and capabilities, the new research unit will produce research and commentary that will complement the work of the structured finance ratings groups, and offer added in-depth structured finance research for the investor community.

Esaki is a veteran of the financial markets and is an accomplished author. He was most recently with Morgan Stanley, and previously led the mortgage research team at Moody’s Investors Service.  The new hire was also an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Howard’s expertise in the global structured finance markets join us,” said David Jacob, executive managing director, S&P's structured finance ratings. "He is extremely well-known by investors in structured finance for the quality of his research and breadth of knowledge. Standard & Poor’s is dedicated to raising the bar in providing the most thorough market intelligence to investors and the global community,” he added.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of a strong, analytically driven organization,”  Esaki said of his new post at the firm. “I look forward to leading this new research initiative, and believe our research in this complex area will serve as an important resource for investors and issuers.”

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