Rapid Ratings, an independent ratings, research and analytics firm, has appointed Jeffrey Gibb as Senior Vice President of Strategic Relations & Head of Legal Operations.
Gibb, a former practicing attorney, in-house counsel for GE Capital and entrepreneur, will have a multi-faceted role at Rapid Ratings. He will be primarily responsible for legal affairs and business development initiatives. Gibb will also work closely with Chairman and CEO, James H Gellert, on regulatory and legislative activities in Washington DC.
“Jeff has a wealth of experience across the legal, regulatory and investment sectors that will be of material benefit to Rapid Ratings’ growth in 2012 and beyond,” says Gellert. “I look forward to working with Jeff as we continue our efforts to change the ratings industry for the better through increased competition and transparency. He’s going to be an excellent addition to the team professionally and personally.”
Gibb joins Rapid Ratings with over 25 years of experience in the financial services world as a lawyer and as a strategic business consultant. Gibb spent 12 years practicing real estate and corporate law in New York and Philadelphia, most notably as a senior transactional lawyer for GE Capital and as lead lawyer for transactions at GE Capital Mortgage, the entity that serviced GE’s residential mortgage pools and issued mortgage-based securities. Since 2001, Gibb has run his own consulting and private investment firm that focuses on financial services companies and channeling investors to companies looking to grow.
“Rapid Ratings provides a fresh perspective at a time when a new approach to risk management is much needed,” says Gibb. “I have known the principals of the company for a long time and believe Rapid Ratings is very well positioned to fill the void for objective ratings that has become obvious over the last several years.”