Announces New Board Members and Executive Team Appointments

Industry Leaders Barnaby Grist and Blake Grossman Join Board of Directors

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -, the world's leading authority on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), announced today the expansion of its board to include veteran industry leaders Barnaby Grist and Blake Grossman, in addition to bolstering its executive team.

Blake Grossman is the former CEO of Barclays Global Investors, the institutional asset management subsidiary of Barclays PLC, which developed the iShares line of ETFs. After BlackRock, Inc. acquired Barclays Global Investors, he became a vice chairman at BlackRock, overseeing the firm's Index and Scientific Active investment business, before leaving the firm in 2011.

Barnaby Grist is the former president of Cetera Investment Management and executive vice president of Wealth Management and Marketing at Cetera Financial Group. He was responsible for investments, platform, product, partners and marketing. Cetera is a leading independent firm with 7,000 advisors and more than $150 billion in assets. Prior to Cetera, Grist led Charles Schwab's program supporting independent advisors.

Grist and Grossman join existing board members Charlie Stroller, president and CEO of Charter Financial Publishing Network (publisher of Financial Advisor Magazine), Greg Grimaldi of Credit Suisse, and Jim Wiandt, founder and CEO of

"Barnaby and Blake have truly extraordinary industry and business expertise. We are absolutely thrilled to have them join's board of directors as our growth continues to accelerate," said Wiandt. "The board includes exceptional leadership from all facets of our business--financial publishing and events, and content and services aimed at investment advisors and asset managers."

In addition to the expansion of the board, also announced changes to its executive team. Matt Hougan, who formerly led the editorial, analytics and publications teams at, has been promoted to president,, responsible for all aspects of the U.S. business. In addition, David Lichtblau has been promoted to chief operating officer. Prior to, he helped lead two venture-backed financial and technology startups, including equity analytics provider StarMine, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters.

"Our expanded leadership team for both our board of directors and executive management will help realize its full potential," said Wiandt. " will solidify its role as the leading independent source for all news, analysis and data and related to ETFs."

About − Founded in 2001, (formerly IndexUniverse) is the world's leading authority on exchange-traded funds. offers investors trusted insights through its leading publications, events, analysis and data. offers investors and advisors the only institutional-caliber research tool designed specifically for ETFs. delivers the industry's deepest and most insightful coverage online, through its newsletters and in print. also hosts the world's largest events focused on ETFs, including Inside ETFs and Inside ETFs Europe.

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