Nicsa Honors its 2022 NOVA Award Winners

By Nicsa Admin posted 11-02-2022 03:10 PM


Boston, MA -- November 2, 2022 -- Nicsa, a leading asset management trade association, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Nicsa NOVA Awards, which recognize excellence in innovation and leadership within the asset management industry.

The 2022 award winners are as follows:

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

Rheeta Wise, President, MFS Service Center, MFS Investment Management


Strategic Leadership Award

Anne Hebard-Duduch, Strategic Client Executive, SS&C Technologies


Industry Innovation Awards 

Innovation in Distribution | Eaton Vance Advisor Institute | Chasing Positivity®

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing | State Street | Total ESG Solutions 

Innovation in Technology | Citi | Proprietary Advanced Citi ETF System (ACES)

Innovation in Technology | John Hancock/Manulife | Landscape DX

Operational Excellence | FIS | Global Transfer Agency Services

Emerging Leaders

Edmarie Leatherman, Product Owner, Capital Group, American Funds

Daryn Levesque, Senior Principal Consultant (ETP), ACA Foreside Distribution Operations, ACA Group

Sarah Mahmoud, Managing Consultant, SS&C

Xiaochun Zhu, Vice President, Insigma, HengTian Software


President’s Awards

Chuck Gallant, Director, Digital and Data Products, BNY Mellon

Mark Lavan, Co-Head Retail Sales, Franklin Templeton

Kelli O'Brien, Director, North America Fund Services Product Manager, Citi


“The 2022 Nicsa NOVA Award honorees are an exceptional group of industry professionals who have demonstrated dedication, excellence. and leadership. We are very proud of their contributions to 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.