S&P Global promotes Guarino to CCO; combines internal, external comms teams

Guarino previously led external communications at the financial information company.

NEW YORK: S&P Global has promoted head of external communications Dave Guarino to chief communications officer.

The financial information company, owner of the research and analysis operation Standard & Poor’s and stock indexes, is combining external and internal communications functions into a single team with Guarino overseeing all comms aspects, the company said in a statement.

Previously, Guarino was VP of external comms, where he was in charge of S&P Global’s reputation, growth story, thought leadership, and products targeting influencers and members of the media. Prior, Guarino was comms head for S&P Dow Jones Indices, home of the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. He was also assistant VP at PaineWebber, an investment bank and stock brokerage firm acquired by UBS in 2000, and an associate at New York Life, according to his LinkedIn account.

Christine Elliott served as chief communications officer of S&P Global until she left the company in December 2016 for the top comms position at Mastercard.

Formerly known as McGraw Hill Financial, S&P Global rebranded in mid-2016 to move away from its publishing legacy and toward a global data analytics business. At the time, it hired Kwittken as its global AOR, supported by Landor, with a focus on the rebranding.

S&P Global’s Q3 earnings beat analysts’ estimates, but it missed expectations on revenue. Revenue was up 2.2% year-over-year to $1.5 billion, $37 million less than analysts’ expectations.

Guarino wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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