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Rivel Research Group Launches New Business

Rivel to Measure Corporate Culture and Values Alignment Via New IncLignTM Service

Westport, Conn. – May 28, 2019 – Rivel Research Group, a global leader in investor marketing research and analytics, today announced the launch of IncLignTM – a new core competency expanding the company’s global suite of consultative services into the growing field of corporate culture research and analysis. The service, available now to any company or organization with as few as 40 employees or members, is in response to the trend of workplace culture and values alignment gaining significant traction as a bellwether of an organization’s organic health and success, and as a driver of how financial resources are deployed.

IncLign offers an efficient, effective and non-intrusive method to uncover issues in culture at every level of an organization, problems that are highly likely to be disruptive to productivity and performance, yet are not evident at the surface. Using proprietary, state-of-the-art research methodologies, IncLign helps identify these potential disruptions through consistently updating analyses of employee alignment with core company values – providing ongoing insight into where gaps may reside and remedial action is necessary.

“We are truly excited by the opportunity IncLign brings as we grow our arsenal of services designed to help clients compete more effectively in today’s volatile times,” said Brian Rivel, CEO of Rivel Research Group. “There is a natural fit in bringing expanded corporate culture insight to our traditional business-to-business and customer satisfaction research practice. In fact, our entry into this field has been prompted by the rising value survey respondents are giving corporate culture in the hundreds of studies we complete every year.”

Gene Rubin, President of Rivel, agreed, “IncLign will only deepen the richness of our analyses, which increasingly show that a sound and widely appreciated culture is the mark of a thriving, vibrant enterprise.”

Founded in 1991, Rivel Research Group is recognized as the global leader in objective, unbiased research that utilizes a mix of quantitative and qualitative data as the basis for its C-Suite/Board-level consulting. Rivel’s impressive client list includes some of the largest companies in the world in a wide variety of industries (over half of the S&P 500). In addition to IncLign, the company has grown its core strategic communications practice to include its Executive Intelligence Council and Governance and Sustainability Services, and continues to explore new initiatives to enhance the insights available to clients.

Rivel Research Group Announces Leadership Appointments

Gene Rubin Named President;
Brian Rivel Named Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Westport, Conn. – February 5, 2019 – Rivel Research Group, a global leader in investor market research and analytics, today announced new leadership appointments to support the ongoing growth of the company. Gene Rubin, who joined Rivel Research Group in 2000, has been appointed President. Mr. Rubin assumes this role from Brian Rivel who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Both appointments are effective immediately.

In his new role, Mr. Rubin will guide every aspect of Rivel’s business, including sales, marketing, and operations, and he will oversee Rivel’s Governance & Sustainability and Executive Intelligence Council divisions. Mr. Rubin will also remain committed to existing clients and will continue to provide counsel to them. As CEO and Chairman, Mr. Rivel will focus primarily on developing new business lines and leading their strategic launch, in addition to mentoring the firm’s consultants.

“We are excited for Gene to assume the responsibilities of this new role,” said Mr. Rivel. “Over the last four years, we have achieved unprecedented growth as we have moved into adjacent markets with our offerings. Gene, who has been with us for 18 years, has the right experience and skills to help us continue advancing the business as we look to accelerate our global growth. He has long been a trusted advisor to boards, management teams and investor relations executives and is well known by the community.”

Mr. Rubin added, “It will be a great opportunity to be a larger part of Rivel’s expansion. While I’ve focused primarily on the consulting side of the business, I look forward to having a more direct impact in shaping the future of the firm. We’ve grown the business by anticipating our clients’ needs and developing products and solutions to help them meet their goals. Brian and I, along with the rest of the team, have a strong vision for where this company can go and new verticals we want to build.”

Under Mr. Rivel’s leadership, Rivel Research Group has successfully introduced complementary offerings to its traditional investor perception research business, a service that its founder, Art Rivel, invented in the early 1970s. The company has recently grown to include its Executive Intelligence Council and Governance & Sustainability Services, and has several new initiatives planned.

Mr. Rivel remarked, “It has been and will continue to be an honor to lead this firm that my father founded nearly 30 years ago. We have some exciting new offerings in the pipeline that build on our core franchise and reflect direct feedback from our clients and the market broadly. We are eager to introduce these services and believe these solutions can be applied not only to public companies, but within any organization.”

Founded in 1991, Rivel Research Group is recognized as the global leader in objective, unbiased research that utilizes a mix of quantitative and qualitative data as the basis for its C-Suite/Board-level consulting. Rivel’s impressive client list includes some of the largest companies in the world in a wide variety of industries (half of the S&P 500).

US Midterm Election Expectations

Over the last two weeks, Rivel Research Group surveyed 86 US buy-side and sell-side investment professionals regarding their expectations for the upcoming midterm congressional elections.

There appear to be two foregone conclusions – a) that a dual Republican win in both houses of Congress would be the best result for the equity markets and that b) this outcome is unlikely. The prevailing view is that control of Congress will be split between a Republican Senate and a Democratic House of Representatives.

Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a major Republican victory would push the markets higher while a dual Democratic win would push them lower.

Interestingly, a sizeable minority (28%) believes a split Congress would be the most favorable scenario for equities reflecting long-held views among some that power-sharing helps one party rein in the excesses of another – ultimately benefitting economic policy and business conditions. Final results are presented below:

Q1. Which of the following election results do you believe would be best for the equity markets?

Q2. Which result do you believe is most likely to occur?


Rivel Prism Webinar – Activism 2.0

On November 1st, Dave Bobker was joined by Jim Woolery, Head of M&A and Corporate Governance, King & Spalding, and Steve Frankel, Partner, Joele Frank, for a discussion on the latest developments on shareholder activism.

Activism 2.0: The New Paradigm

Jim and Steve provided a very insightful look at the strategy of investment funds, the evolving activism landscape and proactive steps for companies to take. We discussed the importance of open dialogue with investors on a growing number of topics, and the challenges many companies face in determining which investors to contact, how to gain an audience and how to assess relative strengths and weaknesses.

You can listen to the full presentation here: Activism 2.0: The New Paradigm

If you would like to receive a copy of the presentation, or discuss how your company can effectively engage investors on any of the issues discussed on the webinar, please contact Dave Bobker at