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2017 General Membership Meeting Photos

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James McNamara, chairman of the 2017 GMM Planning Committee, and president and CEO of Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds, welcomes attendees to ICI’s 59th annual General Membership Meeting before asking a series of provocative questions about the changing global political environment, regulations, and the effects of technology on the fund industry.

 

ICI Chairman William F. “Ted” Truscott, CEO of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, shares his thoughts on the US retirement system with GMM attendees, noting the central role of tax deferral for retirement savings and calling for measures to build on the strengths of the system.

 

Retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal (right), cofounder and partner at the McChrystal Group, talks at GMM’s Policy Forum with ICI President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens about leadership, crisis management, and national security concerns.

 

Every year, GMM includes a number of interactive breakfast discussion sessions, covering such topics as challenges in fund distribution, and developments involving market structure and exchange-traded funds. Here, Jennifer Abate of Lazard Asset Management (left), Mike Keenan of MFS Investment Management, and Terri Fiedler of AIG lead the Fund Distribution Challenges and Opportunities session.

 

Shundrawn A. Thomas of Northern Trust Asset Management (left) moderates a discussion on innovation in the fund industry at GMM’s leadership session. The panel also featured (from left) Thomas A. Jones of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Heather Lord of the Capital Group, and Sean Tuffy of Brown Brothers Harriman.

 

Heather Miner of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (left) leads a session on investment strategy insights, featuring (from left) Lisa Shalett of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Darrell Cronk of Wells Fargo & Company, and Gregg S. Fisher of Gerstein Fisher.

 

Sonnia T. Shields of J.P. Morgan Asset Management (left) discusses efforts to increase diversity in the asset management industry, as well as why diverse organizations perform better than homogenous ones. She was joined by Gregory Davis of Vanguard and Marie L. Knowles of Fidelity Fixed Income & Asset Allocation Funds.

 

At GMM’s keynote luncheon, GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt speaks about the transformation of the company during his tenure. Immelt also shared his strategies for success, which included maintaining a strong local footprint and creating “oneness” within the company.

 

Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management (center) discusses regulatory developments around the globe and related challenges with ICI Chairman William F. “Ted” Truscott (left), Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and David J. Semaya, Nikko Asset Management. 

 

Photojournalist Paul Nicklen, who works to bring awareness of issues facing wildlife in some of the world’s most isolated areas, stresses the importance of teamwork in a talk about his pursuit of powerful images.

 

GMM attendees enjoy the offerings at the GMM dinner event, featuring entertainment by Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Band.

 

ICI President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens gives an update on issues facing the fund industry, urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to create an environment in which the fund industry can help millions more Americans participate in and benefit from the capital markets. 

 

PGIM Investments’ Stuart Parker (left) moderates a panel on the future of investment advice with (from left) Eli Broverman of Betterment, Kelly Coffey of J.P. Morgan, and Ben Huneke of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Topics included robo-advisers and the role that technology is playing in the investment industry.

 

Jim McNamara (left) of Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds, chairman of this year’s GMM Planning Committee, talks with noted political scientist Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group, about how politics and geopolitical changes can affect global markets. 

 

Stephanie Monaco (left) and Amy Pershkow of Mayer Brown give a presentation at the Legal Forum on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and civil litigation.

 

Jamie Walter (left) and Aaron Schlaphoff of Kirkland & Ellis speak at the Legal Forum about trends in SEC examinations and enforcement.

 

At the Mutual Funds Compliance Programs Conference, Matthews Asia Funds’ Manoj Tito Pombra (right) answers a question during a panel examining challenges that affect chief compliance officers (CCOs) and their staff. The other panelists were (from left) Wells Fargo Asset Management’s Michael H. Whitaker, who moderated; Dodge & Cox’s Katherine M. Primas; and Westwood Management Group’s Todd L. Spillane.

 

A panel of compliance experts answer attendees’ questions during the Mutual Fund Compliance Programs Conference’s Lightning Round.

 

Wellington Management Company’s Nancy M. Morris (left) moderates a panel on the compliance environment over the past year with (from left) Schiff Hardin’s Marguerite C. Bateman, AllianceBernstein’s Philip L. Kirstein, and Robert P. Scales, LLC’s Robert P. Scales.

 

At the Independent Directors Council’s Fund Directors Workshop, OppenheimerFunds’ Joanne Pace (left), Dechert’s Thomas C. Bogle, and Angel Oak Capital’s Lu Chang examine funds’ efforts to implement new SEC rules on liquidity risk management and data reporting.

 

The GMM Exhibit Hall offered attendees an opportunity to network and find out about new vendor solutions.

 

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