IHS Names Douglas Handler Chief U.S. Economist

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IHS Names Douglas Handler Chief U.S. Economist

Accomplished industry economist and researcher will lead North America economic forecasting efforts

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IHS (NYS: IHS) , a leading global source of critical information and insight, has named Douglas P. Handler, an accomplished industry economist and experienced researcher, its chief U.S. economist.


Handler will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of IHS macroeconomic forecasts and analyses for the U.S. and for leading the North American Macroeconomic group of economists which includes consumer and retail expert, Chris Christopher; international trade expert, Gregory Daco; Federal Reserve and financial services expert, Paul Edelstein; housing and construction expert, Patrick Newport; and Canadian economists, Arlene Kish and Jillian Kohut.

Handler will also contribute to development of IHS global forecasts, working closely with IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh and other regional economists. He will also engage in extensive customer support, business development and media interaction throughout the region. He will be based in the IHS office in Lexington, Mass., and assume his new duties in July.

His areas of expertise amassed over a career spanning more than 20 years include macroeconomic and microeconomic forecasting, econometric and financial modeling, and consulting project management.

Before joining IHS, Handler was chief economist for Cisco Consulting Services at Cisco Systems, and before that, program director for industry economics for IBM. Prior to that, he directed research at A.C. Nielsen and econometric analysis at Dun & Bradstreet. Early on, he served as director of U.S. short-term forecasting at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates which later became part of IHS Global Insight. He also was an economist in the special studies section for the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve System.

"Doug's ideal mixture of real-world economic forecasting experience combined with first-rate econometric modeling will provide the type of leadership for our best-in-class U.S. economics team so that they continue producing the crucial information our clients need to make the key decisions that guide the success of their businesses," said IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh.

Handler has a graduate degree with distinction in economics from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College. His research specialty includes the economics of collaboration and business transformation. Recent research topics have covered analyzing why firms' cash holdings have increased, the theory of economic clusters, and technology-driven job displacement.

About IHS

IHS (NYS: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs 6,700 people in 31 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2013 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.



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