Tao was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Morningstar, Inc. (“MORN”), a leading independent provider of investment research in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. As COO, he was responsible for leading Morningstar’s executive team, implementing its global strategic goals, and managing most of its major acquisitions and integrations. Over the course of his tenure as COO, Morningstar’s revenue grew from $70 million in 2000 to $550 million in 2010. Prior to his role as COO, Tao spent three years as Morningstar’s President of the International Division, during which he and his team launched operations in 18 different countries through startups, joint ventures and acquisitions. He has also held numerous leading technology roles at Morningstar, including 15 years as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
Tao received a B.S. in Computer Science from Hunan University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (“AWI”), a global building materials firm, SMS Assist, a fast growing SaaS (Software as a Service ) provider in the property management industry, and Principal Mutual funds (“PFG), one of the largest asset management firms in the country. He is also a senior advisor to Tur Partners, a global advisor firm founded by Richard Daley, the former mayor of Chicago.