Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service
Jim Hempstead heads the North American Project & Infrastructure Finance Group, managing 35 analysts who cover almost 800 issuers with $2 trillion in debt across the electric, gas and water utility sectors, municipal transportation including airports, seaports and toll roads, and all types of project financing structures. Jim acts as a rating chair across all segments of the franchise, is a member of the Infrastructure Finance Franchise Committee and a member of the Global Infrastructure Focus Editorial Board. Jim also manages the Cyber Risk Team, which seeks to raise the knowledge and awareness of the rating agency’s approximately 1,300 global financial analysts with respect to the rising cyber risks associated with credit. In this role, Jim works with internal and external strategic partners to identify, define, measure and utilize cyber-related data and metrics to help bridge the gap between cyber and credit risks. Jim joined Moody’s in December 2002 after working 12 years as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and Bear Stearns. As a banker, Jim provided financial and advisory services to electric, natural gas distribution, interstate pipeline, energy merchant, water and energy technology companies.