CHARLES BRANDES is the founder and Chairman of Brandes Investment Partners, L.P., and also a member of the firm's Investment Oversight Committee. Starting his career in 1968 as a broker trainee, Mr. Brandes decided to dedicate his practice to value investing soon after a chance yet inspiring meeting with the man who pioneered this time-tested investment philosophy, Benjamin (Ben) Graham. Considered the father of value investing, Graham authored such books as Security Analysis and The Intelligent Investor--groundbreaking insights that, as Mr. Brandes often puts it, "changed my life." Following this sage advice, Mr. Brandes would found Brandes Investment Partners in 1974--with the enthusiastic support of Ben Graham--based on the Graham-and-Dodd value investment tenets. Since he founded his eponymous firm, Brandes has never wavered from this straightforward Graham-and-Dodd approach, building portfolios one company at a time through the firm's equity and fixed-income strategies to help clients pursue their long-term investment goals.