George Gatch and Shundrawn Thomas to Headline at Nicsa's Fearless Leadership Symposium

By Nicsa Admin posted 05-18-2021 12:15 PM


Boston, MA - May 19, 2021 - Two of the industry’s most dynamic thought leaders will address attendees of Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium. The event, sponsored by Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America, is the first and only national conference focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) issues specific to the asset management and fund industry and will take place virtually June 16-17.


Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management, will open the event with a call to action for business leaders across the asset management industry to move beyond the talk and into the type of action that will drive the industry forward on the business-critical mission of accelerating DEI.


George Gatch, CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management will speak directly to attendees of on important challenges and opportunities issues facing the asset management industry. The closing fireside chat will be facilitated by Sandy Bolton, Head of Managed Investments within the Investment Solutions Group for Bank of America.


Industry participants are encouraged to join Nicsa for this exclusive opportunity to engage with industry visionaries on how to cultivate diverse and inclusive leadership within the asset management industry.


For more information, view a full list of event speakers and preview the agenda at   


More About George Gatch:

George C.W. Gatch is CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. As CEO, Gatch is responsible for the overall Asset Management business, managing $2.3 trillion in assets across equities, fixed income, alternatives, and multi-asset solutions on behalf of institutional, sovereign and retail clients globally, as of yearend 2020. He is also a member of the Operating Committee of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Asset & Wealth Management line of business.


Gatch was previously CEO of Asset Management's Global Funds and Global Institutional businesses, and before that led J.P. Morgan's mutual fund complexes in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe. He joined the firm in 1986.


Gatch serves as Chairman of the Investment Company Institute (ICI). He is also a member of the board of directors of New York's Mohonk Preserve, New York's largest land trust.


Gatch holds a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


More About Shundrawn Thomas:

Shundrawn A. Thomas serves as President of Northern Trust Asset Management where his responsibilities include developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, cultivating client relationships, managing vendor relationships and developing talented professionals. He also serves as a member of the Management Group for Northern Trust Corporation.


Previously, Shundrawn served as Executive Vice President, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts. In this capacity he oversaw the development, management and distribution of Northern Funds, Northern Institutional Funds, FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds as well as the Managed Accounts practice which provides investment advisory solutions to clients. Shundrawn also served as President and Chief Executive of Northern Trust Securities, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation. Prior to joining the asset management executive team, Shundrawn served as Head of Corporate Strategy for Northern Trust Corporation. As a direct report to the Chief Executive Officer, he supported executive management with key strategic planning initiatives. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Shundrawn served as a vice president for Goldman Sachs and held positions in sales, trading and research with Morgan Stanley.


Shundrawn received a B.S. degree in accounting from Florida A&M University and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has also completed executive education programs in corporate strategy at Chicago Booth School of Business and corporate governance at University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. Shundrawn currently holds FINRA series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Shundrawn currently serves as a trustee for Wheaton College and as a board director Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago. Shundrawn is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. His civic involvement has afforded him the opportunity to present and lecture nationally on topics including leadership, strategy, investment management and professional development.


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.