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NICSA Announces the Election of Vice Chairman, Four New Members to the Board of Directors

Wellesley, MA—June 29, 2005—The National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) announced at the trade-association’s annual General Membership Meeting the election of a new officer, Vice-Chairman, and the election of four Directors to its Board.

Peggy Schooley, President of Evergreen Service Company was elected to the new office, Vice Chairman. Peggy joined Evergreen in 2005 from Pioneer Investments, where she was President and CEO with responsibility for the Pioneer Investment Management Shareholder Services, Inc. organization. She has over 20 years of experience in the mutual fund industry and has served for many years on the ICI Operations, Broker/Dealer, and Transfer Agent Committees and various NICSA committees. Peggy has served on NICSA’s Board since May 2003.

Also at the annual General Membership Meeting, NICSA elected the following industry executives to its Board of Directors. Each will serve for a six-year term.

New Board Members

James (Jim) Deats is a Merrill Lynch Director and Senior Vice President of Financial Data Services, Inc. Jim is responsible for managing Fund Administration, the United Kingdom Transfer Agency and Asset Transition Services (ATS), within Financial Data Services, Inc. Jim actively manages the Firm’s relationships with and operational processing for over 140 Non-Merrill Lynch Domestic Mutual Fund Companies and over 40 Merrill Lynch and Non-Merrill Lynch Offshore Mutual Fund Companies. Additionally, he manages the Transfer Agency for the Merrill Lynch United Kingdom mutual funds distributed outside of the MLPF&S distribution network. In the ATS organization, Jim is responsible for monitoring the transfer of client assets at Merrill Lynch through partnerships with over 3,000 other Financial Institutions.

Jim began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1986. He has held various positions within the organization.

Paul Heller is the Principal responsible for overseeing Vanguards Core Retail business that provides service to approximately four million clients with over $150 billion in assets. His major areas of responsibility include Client Services, Processing Services, Small Business Services and Shareholder Control. Paul has been with Vanguard for 20 years and his experience over the prior decade includes: overseeing the Institutional Defined Contribution business, the Systems Integration Division of Information Technology, and leading Vanguards Investment Only business. Prior to joining Vanguard in 1984, he worked for Mellon Bank in Philadelphia


Stephen Hooley is President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. Steve has more than 19 years of domestic and international experience in the financial services industry and specializes in the areas of strategic projects and business development.

Prior to joining Boston Financial, Steve served 11 years with State Street Corporation. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Steve oversaw the Deutschebank Global Security Services integration. Prior to this Steve managed the Retirement Services business for State Street. Steve’s experience also includes seven years with Texas Instruments where he was responsible for the large multi-national accounts.

Stephen Welsh is President of Columbia Funds Services, Inc. (CFSI). His scope of responsibility includes all transfer agency operational and client service functions for the $200 billion Columbia Management Group (CMG) retail and institutional mutual funds. Steve has more than 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, much of this time concentrated in mutual fund operations.

Prior to his current role, Steve was Senior Vice President with the Columbia Management fund administration division. In this role he oversaw the fund accounting and financial reporting functions for the Fleet and Columbia Common and Collective Trust Funds. Prior to this Steve held the role of SVP, Controller and Treasurer of Columbia Funds Services and was responsible for all audit, tax, budget, and treasury functions, as well as the mutual funds control group. Prior to joining CMG Steve worked for The Bradford Trust Company of Boston in their internal audit, corporate finance, and mutual fund operations divisions.

“Each of these individuals will add great expertise and industry knowledge to the NICSA Board, as well as a proven commitment to the association,” said Barbara V. Weidlich, President of NICSA. “We are fortunate to have each of these outstanding individuals join the organization’s Board.”

About NICSA

The National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) has provided leadership and innovation in educational programming and information exchange within the operations sector of the worldwide investment industry since 1961.

NICSA membership totals more than 400 companies operating in major financial centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. The membership represents all segments of the mutual fund industry including: mutual fund complexes, investment management companies, custodian banks, transfer agents and independent providers of specialized products and services.

NICSA’s services to members include regional meetings throughout the United States, and Europe offering a wide range of information on industry issues and developments; an annual operations conference; and specialized seminars and meetings. NICSA also offers an On-Line Learning Center featuring the Certified Fund Industry Specialist Program, the first-ever certification program of its kind.