Nicsa Honors Industry Leaders With 2020 NOVA Awards

By Nicsa Admin posted 12-15-2020 09:57 AM


Boston, MA – December 15, 2020— Nicsa, a leading asset management trade association, today announced the winners of the 2020 Nicsa NOVA Awards, which recognize excellence in innovation and leadership within the asset management industry.

The 2020 award winners are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Schott Stevens, President & CEO, Member of the Executive Committee & Board of Directors, Investment Company Institute (ICI)

Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry - Robert L. Gould Award

Michael Woodall, Chief of Operations, Putnam Investments

President's Award for Outstanding Service to the Asset Management Industry

Tyler Mathisen, Anchor/Correspondent/Program Host, CNBC

Strategic Leadership Award

Brian Jones, Executive Vice President, Envision Financial Systems

Liliana Robu, Principal, Financial Services Industry Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Industry Innovation Awards 
Innovation in Distribution | John McDonough, Head of U.S. Wealth Management Intermediaries, Invesco Distributors, Inc.

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing | DFIN: ArcDigital and the 'Add to Cart' Campaign

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing | Horizon8: valid8Me

Innovation in Technology | BNY Mellon: Fraud Hub

Innovation in Technology | State Street: State Street AlphaSM
Operational Excellence | JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Investment Bank Securities Services Conversion Team

Emerging Leaders

Margaret Farquharson, Senior Director, Head of Exchange-Traded Funds, Nationwide

Patrick Horgan, Managing Director, Horizon8

Karen Lee, Vice President, PIMCO

Shrey Malla, Senior Director, Foreside

Ninon Marapachi, Head of Asset Management Relationships, Bank of America

Luis Ochoa, VP Strategic Planning, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Andrew Reber, Development Manager, Asset Management & Alternatives, FIS


“We are very pleased to recognize the 2020 NOVA Award honorees, who exemplify Nicsa’s core mission and demonstrate dedication, excellence, and leadership within the global asset management community,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Nicsa.

About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices.  For over fifty years, Nicsa has promoted an open and collaborative environment, where members’ and partners’ deep expertise and unique perspectives have come together to help strategically implement and support the industry’s most vital issues. Click here for more information about membership.


Nicsa aims to help firms operating in all segments of the global asset management industry meet the changing needs of their clients by aligning and educating industry participants through formal education programs, interactive forums, networking opportunities, and initiatives such as the Diversity Project North America. The Diversity Project’s goal is to accelerate progress towards a diverse and inclusive culture in the asset management industry to deliver the best possible results for clients, reflect the society we serve, and ensure long-term business sustainability. Click here for more information on Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America initiative.