Seventh Annual Industry Innovation Awards: Nominations Open

Nominations for innovative and talented asset owners and managers/servicers will stay open until August 26.

There may have been some big changes at Chief Investment Officer, but one thing hasn’t changed: It’s time once again to highlight and celebrate the industry’s innovators.

CIO’s seventh Industry Innovation Awards will take place on December 12 at the New York Public Library, celebrating the most innovative and talented players of institutional investing.

Please nominate asset owners and managers/servicers for this year’s awards. Nominations will close on Friday, August 26, and all finalists will be announced in mid-September.

This year, the CIO editorial team will consult an advisory board of former and current CIOs including Jagdeep Bachher (University of California), Robin Diamonte (UTC), Greg Williamson (American Red Cross), and Carrie Thome (WARF) to choose the finalists and winners. Data from CIO’s surveys will also be used to determine finalists and winners in some asset management and servicing categories such as investment outsourcing, transition management, and corporate investment strategies.

The Lifetime Achievement Award—given last year to Rick Dahl, the recently retired CIO of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS)—will be presented at the dinner. An overall winner from the asset-owner categories will also be chosen and awarded CIO of the Year (presented last year to University of California CIO Jagdeep Bachher).

Tell us who deserve to be recognized. 

This year’s asset owner categories include (2015 winners in parentheses): 

Foundation (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation)

Endowment (University of California Board of Regents)

Corporate Defined Benefit Pension Plan Below $5 Billion (Textron)

Corporate Defined Benefit Pension Plan Above $5 Billion (Alcoa)

Public Defined Benefit Plan Below $15 Billion (Orange County Employees Retirement System)

Public Defined Benefit Plan Between $15 Billion and $100 Billion (Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board)

Public Defined Benefit Plan Above $100 Billion (California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems)

Sovereign Wealth Fund (Alaska Permanent Fund)

Health Care Organization (Baylor Scott & White Health)

Defined Contribution Plan (Exelon)

Asset management categories include (2015 winners in parentheses; italics indicate altered category): 

Fixed Income (Neuberger Berman)

Equities (including alternative equity beta) (TOBAM)

Multi-Asset (including risk-balanced strategies) (BlackRock)

Private Equity (Pantheon)

Hedge Funds (Two Sigma)

Real Assets (TIAA)

Defined Contribution Strategies (Prudential)

Investment Outsourcing (Goldman Sachs Asset Management)

Corporate Investment Strategies (UBS Global Asset Management)

Corporate Liability Strategies (Legal & General America)

Transition Management (Citi)

Data & Technology (Ortec Finance)

By Sage Um