Laura Pavlenko Lutton

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Laura Pavlenko Lutton, North American Practice Leader, Manager Research
Morningstar Research Services LLC

Laura Lutton is North American practice leader, manager research, for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. She directs the firm’s manager research analyst teams in the United States and Canada.

Before assuming her current role in 2016, Lutton was director of manager research for equity strategies, North America. She also oversaw the global research that supports the Parent ratings and Stewardship Grades for mutual fund firms. These ratings consider five areas of governance and contribute to a fund’s Morningstar Analyst Rating. Lutton was instrumental in developing Morningstar’s Target-Date Fund Series Ratings and Reports and the Morningstar Analyst Rating. She is also a founding member of Morningstar’s Women’s Initiative and co-chairs the group’s professional development committee.

Previously, Lutton served as Morningstar’s director of fund-of-funds research and chair of the manager research team’s editorial committee. She joined Morningstar in 1999 as an equity analyst and moved to the fund research team in 2001. Before joining Morningstar, Lutton was the Chicago bureau chief for American Banker.

Lutton holds a bachelor’s degree in government and international studies from Colby College and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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