“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

Plato

By what measure do you qualify as a top industry leader? Board mandates aside, do CIOs use their intelligence to protect, guide, and grow their funds? Do they use their power to create positive results? Do they share their wisdom to help others, collaborate, or bring new ideas to light? Do smaller fund CIOs use their nimbleness and intellectual capital to create the best partnerships?

Power takes on many forms. This year, for our annual Power 100 list of CIO allocators, it is in the form of gravitas, influence, intellectual currency, tenure, assets under management (AUM), and change-making. This is an alphabetical list with success stories meant to spotlight many of our industry’s leaders and their achievements in the past year within the allocation space.

Despite the devastation COVID-19 caused throughout the globe, when faced with unpredictable volatility and closed offices, many chief investment officers swiftly took control of their helms, transformed their teams into remote bastions, secured their risk, and made the best of the opportunities that surfaced.

There are few comparables when you measure against different board mandates in a universe that spans public pensions, corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds. Risk appetites, as well as the date to file 2020 returns, vary per plan, and per plan type, so the AUM* is a ballpark figure and returns were not compared, although many were noteworthy and in the top quartile.

Tenure, for this list, was rounded up to the nearest year, and our list, admittedly skewed toward the U.S., showed quite a bit of churn at the helm. We have left those who have already planned their retirements off this list, although we do wish them well. In most cases, we did not feature their replacements on this list. We figured we’d give them a bit of time to settle in.

Staying power, especially this year, was meaningful. Many CIOs who could have retired chose to stay on and lead their teams through the storm. Leading up to the announcement of the Power 100 list, we featured a Veteran series, highlighting some of those CIOs who have become strongholds at their institutions, including Chris Ailman, Matt Clark, Bob Maynard, and Mansco Perry III. These stories, written by Sarah Min, each have different insights from these sage leaders. (We realize there are many others who remain unsung heroes, and we silently raise a glass to you.)

It is no simple task to foresee the future, especially when no one knows when the economy will reopen, if the vaccine will battle the new variants of the virus, or how interest rates or wealth disparity may affect future markets. Yet in reviewing our Power 100 list, one thing is for certain: Those who have made it to the CIO seat and on this 2020-2021 list have mostly, and perhaps crucially, protected their plans from downside risk and are fortifying meaningful action plans for the years ahead. Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” These chief investment officers are taking good advantage of each new day’s opportunities  for the sake of the millions of beneficiaries who rely on them.

And, this year, a special thank you to CalSTRS CIO Chris Ailman, who reached out to the international CIO Community to add a few names to the CIO Hall of Fame. The names may not appear on our Power 100, but there are a number of CIOs who deserve a full limelight before they head to a well-won retirement.

—The CIO Editorial Staff

*Some AUMs contain DB and/or DC dollars, filing dates vary per plan, and the majority of data are from February and before.

CIO Hall of Fame 2021 Inductee Class

CIO Christopher Ailman reflects back on CIOs from past generations who didn’t always receive the fanfare they deserved.

Each year, CIO announces its list of Power 100 chief investment officers with much fanfare and attention. It made me think back to prior decades, when we didn’t have this level of recognition. There were a number of awesome CIOs that blazed the trail before the current generation of stars.

Back in 2016, I proposed we collectively create a “CIO Hall of Fame” to recognize those former CIOs of past generations. These names are no longer in articles from CIO and other industry publications, but these are the folks who helped build our industry and set the professional standards. Many of the top CIOs of today are building upon the work these folks initially started, so they deserve recognition and they deserve to be remembered.  

Now, we obviously don’t have a physical “Hall of Fame” in some town in Ohio, like the NFL does. Nor do we create busts of each inductee, but, nonetheless, we remember them here and honor their service and career accomplishments. 

This year’s list of inductees centers more on global and corporate plans, because the initial list was short of names from other areas. When you think back to the 1980s and early ’90s, it was the corporate defined benefit (DB) plans that were the most cutting-edge and sophisticated plans in the US. Pre-1990, no one had heard of the Canadian model. Gerald Bouey and Claude Lamoureux had just begun to remake Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and create a new business model of a pension plan as a money manager rather than a government agency, using the age old Canadian “Crown corporation” concept. 

Special thanks to Britt Harris of the University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), who has been forceful CIO in three worlds, corporate, public and now endowment, and Jaap van Dam from PGGM, in the Netherlands, plus several others for helping select this year’s list.

—Christopher Ailman

Global Fund CIOs 2021 Inductees

With special thanks to Jaap van Dam

  • Claude Lamoureux
    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Jim Leech
    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Knut N. Kjaer
    Government Pension Fund of Norway
  • Jean Frijns
    ABP, the Netherlands
  • Else Bos
    PGGM and now chair of the Dutch Central Bank

Corporate CIOs 2021 Inductees

With special thanks to Britt Harris

  • John Carroll
    GTE/Verizon
  • Myra Drucker
    Xerox
  • Gordon Binns
    General Motors
  • Alan Reed
    General Motors
  • Bill Quinn
    American Airlines
  • Dave Feldman
    AT&T
  • Nancy Everett
    General Motors and Virginia Retirement System

Endowment CIOs 2021 Inductee

  • Peter Gilbert
    Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and New York city pension system

Public Pension CIOs 2021 Inductees

  • Gary Bruebaker
    Washington State Investment Board (WSIB)
  • Donna Anderson
    New York city pension system 
  • Rick Dahl
    Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS)
  • Jennifer Paquette
    Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Lorrie Tingle
    Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
  • David Villa
    Wisconsin State Investment Board (WSIB)
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