Mercator Advisory Group Appoints Ian Rubin Managing Director of Custom Research & Consulting

Boston, MA – June 2, 2009 - Mercator Advisory Group, the leading independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the banking and payments industry, today announced the appointment of Ian Rubin to Mercator’s senior management team as vice president and managing director of the firm’s custom research and consulting group. Rubin brings over a decade of global financial services consulting and market research experience to Mercator Advisory Group. He remains one of the leading authorities on bank technologies.

Robert Misasi, President of Mercator Advisory Group, commented, “Ian’s extensive research experience and consulting leadership will allow us to better serve our customers.  Our clients rely on us for our membership-based services and our primary research capabilities, and increasingly have been utilizing Mercator for strategic consulting and custom research assignments.  These efforts capitalize on our seasoned, focused team and ability to rapidly deliver fact-based solutions in an extremely efficient manner.  We are very fortunate in this economic climate to be able to continue adding high-caliber talent to the team.”  

Ian’s career in financial services market research and consulting began in 1996. Prior to coming to Mercator Advisory Group, Ian served as senior vice president of Financial Research Corporation’s asset management research and consulting business. Ian was responsible for overseeing research programs, bringing new services to market, and developing and managing long-term client relationships.

Prior to his position with Financial Research Corporation, Ian was a founding member of Financial Insights, a subsidiary of technology market research firm IDC, where he led its consulting practice. Prior to joining Financial Insights, Ian was the founding director of IDC’s online financial services research group.  

Ian began his career as a senior analyst at TowerGroup, where he was responsible for retail banking delivery channel research.  He has been quoted frequently by both mainstream and industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, CFO Magazine, and American Banker.Ian earned a master of business administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor of arts in economics from Brandeis University.  

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