Noted Financial Risk Expert Jitendra Sharma Joins Standard & Poor's as Head of its Global Risk Solutions Business

NEW YORK, September 16, 2005 - Standard & Poor's, a leading provider of
independent investment research, ratings and indices, today announced the
appointment of Jitendra Sharma as executive managing director and head of
Standard & Poor's Risk Solutions, its global risk management services business.

"Jitendra Sharma is widely known in the risk solutions field as an innovative
leader," commented Vickie Tillman, executive vice president of credit market
services at Standard & Poor's, "He has a long record of advising clients across
the financial services industry and will use his expertise to provide additional depth to our expanding Risk Solutions business."

Mr. Sharma will join Standard & Poor's on October 3, 2005 and report to Ms.
Tillman. Mr. Sharma joins S&P from Ernst & Young, where he was a senior
partner in the Financial Services Advisory Group. At Ernst & Young, he
advised banks on governance and risk management issues, including regulatory
issues associated with Basel 2 and consolidated supervision; hedge funds,
on the structure and set-up of new strategies as well as trading technology,
risk-management analytics and infrastructure; and prime brokers, on risk-
infrastructure issues.

Ms. Tillman commented: "This senior appointment underscores our commitment
to the further growth and development of Standard & Poor's global Risk Solutions business in providing sophisticated risk management tools, models and other services. Jitendra is uniquely qualified to help us leverage these services throughout all our key business areas as the complexity of the global marketsand demands for greater transparency grow daily. Standard & Poor's is well positioned to provide solutions for clients that draw on our exceptional experience and knowledge of credit risk. With Jitendra's leadership, we expect this business to expand significantly in the years ahead."

Become a bobsguide member to access the following

1. Unrestricted access to bobsguide
2. Send a proposal request
3. Insights delivered daily to your inbox
4. Career development