Embattled Research Firm Names New CEO

Dec 4 2006 | 11:04am ET

Independent research firm Gradient Analytics, accused of being the hatchet men for hedge funds in a pair of lawsuits, announced that Brad Forst will succeed firm founder and Chairman Carr Bettis as president and CEO. Bettis will remain chairman and also will assume the title chief scientist.

The firm denied that the lawsuits prompted the leadership change. Both pharmaceutical firm BioVail Corp. and internet retailer Overstock.com accuse the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Gradient of colluding with hedge fund short-sellers by issuing negative research reports. Gradient denies wrongdoing in both cases.

In a statement, Forst, the former CEO of safety technology firm Simula, said, “The integrity of Gradient’s research process and its impressive track record make its continuing growth an exciting prospect.”


In Depth

Exotic Assets: Investing In Rare Violins

Jan 17 2017 | 4:43pm ET

By definition, alternative investments include exotic assets far beyond your typical...

Lifestyle

'Tis the Season: Wall Street Holiday Parties Back In Fashion

Dec 22 2016 | 9:23pm ET

Spending on Wall Street holiday parties has largely returned to pre-2008 levels...

Guest Contributor

The Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for Carried Interest

Jan 19 2017 | 5:25pm ET

The arrival of the Trump administration brings the potential for a repeal of the...

 

From the current issue of

Versum Materials (VSM), with a market capitalization of $2.7 billion, enables chipmakers to achieve higher performance at lower cost with enhanced reliability. Versum is a leading global provider of electronic materials for the integrated circuit and flat-panel display markets.