Index Committee

The Index Committee maintains oversight over the process of companies to be included in the S-Network ITG Agriculture IndexSM. The Index Committee convenes quarterly to nominate companies from around the world for inclusion in AGRI and to review and approve additions, deletions and changes. The members of the Index Committee are:

Joseph LaCorte, CFA Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, S-Network Global Indexes, Inc.

Joseph is Co-Founder and CEO of S-Network Global Indexes. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business including business development, human resources, administration, public relations, operations and compliance.

Prior to S-Network, Joseph served as a Managing Director of UBS, with responsibility for all facets of the firm’s global exchange traded fund initiative. Prior to joining UBS, Joseph was a Managing Director and Senior Consultant of S-Network LLC, where he maintained responsibility for relationships with key clients, including State Street Bank & Trust, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Global Investors. Before joining S-Network, Joseph was a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the bank’s US index arbitrage and portfolio trading businesses. Joseph managed Deutsche Bank’s entry into the US ETF market, launching the first open-end 40-Act Fund to be listed on US stock exchanges. He also worked as part of the management teams at both Nomura and Kidder Peabody, with responsibility for managing those firms’ index arbitrage businesses. Joseph graduated with a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York.

Richard Phillips Co-Founder, Senior Index Analyst, and Head of Index Operations, S-Network Global Indexes, Inc.

Richard is Co-Founder, Senior Index Analyst and Head of Index Operations of S-Network Global Indexes. He is responsible for all aspects of index development and production, overseeing the creation and distribution of more than 200 stock market indexes which serve as the basis for approximately $4 billion in financial products.

Prior to S-Network, Richard worked as a Senior Consultant to UBS, with responsibility for the firm’s EUR 1 billion+ European exchange traded fund initiative. Richard also served as a Managing Director and Senior Consultant of S-Network LLC, where he advised major financial institutions on ETFs and index-based product development. He maintained primary responsibility for relationships with the American Stock Exchange, Deutsche Borse and UBS and helped facilitate iShares and Vanguard’s entry into the US ETF market Prior to joining S-Network, Richard served as Managing Director of HP Corporate Communications, Inc., a New York consulting firm specializing in strategic planning for large financial institutions. Over a fifteen-year period, Richard was responsible for overseeing long-term relationships with Deutsche Bank, UBS, Swiss Bank Corporation, Societe Generale, National Westminster Bank, Deutsche Borse, Eurex, the German Economics Ministry, the Czech State (Central) Bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the United Nations Development Program, among others. Richard attended Hunter College.

Patrick Shaddow Senior Index Analyst, S-Network Global Indexes, Inc.

Patrick is responsible for the development, production and maintenance of all S-Network indexes, including indexes that serve as the underlying for financial products holding $4 billion in AuM. He is also responsible for the oversight of product-centered company IT.

Prior to S-Network, Patrick worked as a Research Analyst for Dow Jones Indexes where he was a member of the custom index quarterly review team and managed the Calvert Social and Ardour Global Indexes. Patrick also served as a Quality Assurance Analyst at Restricted Stock Systems where he developed and implemented testing procedures for new software. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with a concentration in Management Information Systems for Rutgers University School of Business.