CIO Announces Winners of Industry Innovation Awards

Hundreds attend a celebration of chief investment officers capping a historic year.

Hundreds attend a celebration of chief investment officers capping a historic year.

I n an overdue night of celebration, some 320 chief investment officers, top managers, and friends gathered in New York City at Chelsea Piers for CIO’s Industry Innovation Awards. It was the first such gathering since 2019.

The award ceremony caps a historic year for many chief investment officers who oversaw record-breaking returns. The winners were scored and chosen by their CIO peers across the industry, from public and private funds to foundations, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds. All the winners had not been chosen for an award in their category in the past.

The festive day began with the Influential Investors Forum, where allocators and select asset managers discussed topics that ranged from interest rates to investing in China. The last panel featured a competitive hotseat panel with NextGens from CIO’s summer series on rising allocator stars within the industry. Following the panel, allocators and select managers in the room voted by paper ballot for the NextGen of the Year, announced at the dinner celebration.

Highlights of the night included a fascinating discussion about the future of fiat currency and Bitcoin at the Portfolios Revisited panel, a suspenseful hotseat panel, and an emotional speech from Jonathan Glidden of Delta Air Lines, this year’s winner of CIO of the year.

The winners for this year’s CIO Industry Innovation Awards are:

Public Defined Benefit Funds $100 Billion and Above

C. William Cary
Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia (ERSGA) and Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRSGA)

Edwin Denson
State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)

Paul Greff
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)

Mansco Perry III WINNER
Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI)

Anastasia Titarchuk
New York State Common Retirement Fund

Allyson Tucker
Washington State Investment Board (WSIB)

Eduard van Gelderen
Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments)

Public Defined Benefit Funds From $21 Billion to $99 Billion

Scott Davis
Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS)

Ray Joseph
Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (LAFPP)

Barry Kenneth
Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Amy McGarrity
Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA)

Molly Murphy WINNER
Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS)

Andrew Palmer
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRA)

Public Defined Benefit Funds Below $21 Billion

Jeb Burns WINNER
Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan

Farouki Majeed
School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS)

Katherine Molnar
Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System Public Pension


Andrew Spellar
Fairfax County Retirement Systems

Kristin Varela (interim)
Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico (PERA)

Jeremy Wolfson
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Sovereign Wealth Funds

Jeffrey Jaensubhakij

Abdiel Santiago
Fondo de Ahorro Panama

Ruchit Shah
Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company

Robert “Vince” Smith WINNER
New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC)

B. Holland Timmins
Texas Permanent School Fund

Corporate Defined Benefit Plans Above $20 Billion

Douglas Brown

Harshal Chaudhari
General Electric (GE)

Laurence Fulton
Verizon Investment Management Corporation (VIMCO)

Jeff Lewis WINNER

Jeff Pickett
Stellantis N.V.

Valerie Sill
DuPont Capital Management

Corporate Defined Benefit Plans Below $20 Billion

Kathleen Lutito
CenturyLink Investment Management

Ian McKnight
Royal Mail

Thomas Mucha WINNER
Eastman Kodak

Elena Parrino

Dekia Scott
Southern Company

Corporate Defined Contribution Plans

Angie Buk
3M Investment Management Corporation

Jeanmarie Grisi

Kathleen Lutito WINNER
CenturyLink Investment Management

Andy Ward
Formerly of Boeing (currently University of Chicago)

Health Care Plans

Jason Klein
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Alyssa Rieder WINNER
CommonSpirit Health

Philip Rotner
Boston Children’s Hospital

Stefan Strein
Cleveland Clinic

J.C. Stilley
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Most Collaborative

Tim Corbett
Massachusetts Mutual

Walter Kress WINNER

Jinwen Chen, Ryan Dotson and Jeff Smith 
Smithsonian Institution, working with Digital Asset Roundtable

“State of California CIOs”
including the state and city consortium of CIOs

“Health Care Posse”
Health care CIOs including Donna Snider at Hackensack Meridian Health, Syed Haque at Novant Health, and some 25 others

Risk Management

Harshal Chaudhari
General Electric (GE)

Edwin Denson
State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)

Jonathan Glidden WINNER
Delta Air Lines

Jonathan Grabel
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Bob Hunkeler
International Paper

Doug Brown


Seth Alexander WINNER
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Collette Chilton
Williams College

Jane Dietze
Brown University

Kathleen Jacobs
New York University (NYU)

Meredith Jenkins
Trinity Church Wall Street

Anne Martin
Wesleyan University

Scott Richland
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Scott Wilson
Washington University in St. Louis


Rukaiyah Adams
Meyer Memorial Trust

Sam Gallo
University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation

K.C. (McClelland) Krieger
Eli Broad’s Family Office and the Broad Foundations

Ana Marshall
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Nick Moakes
The Wellcome Trust

Carlos Rangel
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Kim Sargent WINNER
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Efforts in Diversity

Cheryl Alston WINNER
Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas (ERF)

Robin Diamonte
Raytheon Technologies

Elizabeth Hewitt
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Eric Doppstadt
Ford Foundation

Carlos Rangel
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Anastasia Titarchuk
New York State Common Retirement Fund

Juan Martinez
Knight Foundation

Efforts in ESG

Chris Ailman WINNER
California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Jonathan Grabel
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Tom Joy
Church of England

Michael Larson
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

David Lee
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Geraldine Leegwater

Elizabeth McGeveran
McKnight Foundation

Consultant of the Year

Celia Dallas
Cambridge Associates

Allan Emkin
Meketa Investment Group

Russ Ivinjack

Taylor Mammen
RCLCO Fund Advisors (RFA)

Heidi Poon WINNER

Liability-Driven Investing (LDI)

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Insight Investment

NISA Investment Advisors WINNER


Wellington Management

Western Asset Management Company


Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

Investment Office Resources WINNER

PNC Institutional Asset Management

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)


Defined Contribution Plans




J.P. Morgan WINNER

T. Rowe Price


Goldman Sachs


Foresite Capital

Northern Trust Asset Management WINNER




Aetos Alternatives Management

BlackRock WINNER



Scientific Beta



Corporate Strategies


Columbia Threadneedle

John Hancock

Legal & General WINNER

NISA Investment Advisors


Starboard Capital Partners

Data and Technology



Backstop Solutions Group WINNER



Moody’s PFaroe



Emerging Markets

Acadian Emerging Markets


Asia Alternatives WINNER

Channing Global Advisors


Man Numeric

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

Public Fixed Income


Goldman Sachs

Income Research + Management (IR+M) in Boston

Legal & General WINNER

Neuberger Berman


Pugh Capital Management

Hedge Funds

Banner Asset Management

Balyasny Asset Management (BAM)

Heard Capital WINNER

Lone Peak Partners Management


Stable Asset Management

Standard General

Starboard Capital Partners

Multi Assets

BlackRock WINNER

J.P. Morgan

Kepos Capital

PGIM – Institutional Plans



Private Credit

Abax Global Capital

AlbaCore Capital Group

Canvas Capital

Kerberos Capital Management

MGG Investment Group WINNER

Napier Park Global Capital

Private Equity

Balderton Capital

Blackstone WINNER

Cullen Group

Dyal Capital Partners (a subsidiary of Neuberger Berman)

K1 Investment Management

RedBird Capital Partners

Silicon Valley Capital Partners

Public Equity

Acadian Asset Management

American Funds

Baillie Gifford WINNER

EARNEST Partners

Frontier Asset Management

T. Rowe Price

Vontobel Asset Management

Real Assets


Apollo Aviation Group


Cohen & Steers WINNER

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Grain Management

Primary Wave Investment Management

Transition Management

Abel Noser



Macquarie Group

Northern Trust 

Parametric Portfolio Associates WINNER

Pavilion Global Markets

NextGen of the Year Finalists

Alex Ambroz
Director, Cleveland Clinic Investment Office

Evril Clayton Jr. WINNER
Deputy Director of Global Equity, New York State Common Retirement Fund

Samantha Foster
Managing Director, University of Southern California Endowment

Lauren Jacobson
Managing Director, Columbia Investment Management Company

Jason Rector
Managing Analyst, State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)

Jonathan Glidden WINNER
Delta Air Lines

CIO would like to extend a special thank you to our CIO advisers this year*:

  • Chris Ailman, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS);
  • Mark Baumgartner, Carnegie Corporation of New York;
  • Tim Brennan, Unitarian Universalist Association;
  • Elizabeth Burton, Employees’ Retirement System State of Hawaii;
  • Marcus Frampton, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC);
  • Jonathan Grabel, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA);
  • David Holmgren, Hartford Healthcare;
  • Bob Hunkeler, International Paper;
  • Leslie Lenzo, Advocate Aurora Health;
  • Kim Lew, Columbia Investment Management Company;
  • Charmel Maynard, University of Miami;
  • Mansco Perry, Minnesota State Board of Investment;
  • Carlos Rangel, WK Kellogg Foundation Trust; and
  • Ash Williams, newly retired from the Florida State Board Administration (FLSBA).


*No CIO adviser self-nominated or judged categories in which they were finalists.

Stay tuned! The CIO editorial team will feature winner profiles in the near future.