CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced that Don Phillips will be stepping down as head of the company's Research group after the first of the year. Haywood Kelly, currently head of equity, credit, and structured credit research, will assume Phillips' responsibilities as global head of Research, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Phillips will be a managing director and remain a member of the board of directors. Both Phillips and Kelly will report to Joe Mansueto, founder, chairman, and CEO. Mansueto said, "Don is a great friend and colleague. He joined Morningstar as our first mutual fund analyst in 1986, two years after I started the company. His passion for investing is the same today as it was 27 years ago. Don has worked tirelessly over the years, traveling the world to serve as an advocate for investors and share our thought leadership, with the goal of helping them make better decisions. Don has built a strong research team, and feels the time is right to make this life transition. I'm thrilled that he will stay with the company and continue to work closely with Haywood, focusing on new research initiatives." Mansueto added, "Haywood is a 22-year veteran of Morningstar. He has led numerous key initiatives for us, including significantly expanding our equity research coverage, launching corporate credit ratings, and most recently, leading our structured credit unit. Haywood is a brilliant researcher and strong leader who is a natural fit for this role." Phillips said, "I've had a wonderfully rewarding career and believe passionately in Morningstar's mission of helping investors. I've often said that, to me, Morningstar is a cause as well as a company. I told Joe that I'd like to step back, but I still want to contribute to Morningstar's success. He has always been incredibly supportive, and this time was no exception. Our global research team is second to none. Haywood has done a terrific job with our equity, corporate credit, and structured credit teams and has overseen our fund research in the past. He's an excellent choice for this role, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him."