L. J. Rittenhouse is president of Rittenhouse Rankings Inc, a CEO strategic and investor relations company that conducts annual benchmark surveys of CEO candor and stock price performance. Her research shows that candor drives superior performance, and companies that consistently strive to promote candor gain competitive advantage and superior valuation. She advises large-cap and mid-sized companies on how to build internal programs that improve corporate communications and valuation, and specializes in penetrating corporate blind spots to strengthen corporate culture and improve execution. Her contributions to promoting capital stewardship and candor have been recognized by Warren Buffett, Jack Bogle, Jack Welch and other respected business leaders.
In addition to Buffett's Bites, she is the author of Do Business with People You Can Tru$t, a featured selection at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. Tru$t describes how to spot CEOs who damage trust and has been recommended by Barron's, Directors & Boards Association, and the American Association of Independent Investors.
Prior to founding her firm, Rittenhouse was a senior VP in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Inc., where she advised clients on valuation and strategies, public securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. She has an MBA and an MS from Columbia University, and is a founding member of the non-profit, Families with Children from China.