CFA Institute Honors Outstanding Investment Professionals for Key Contributions to the Profession

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cfa-logoNg Kok Song of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation received award at 66th Annual Conference

Singapore, 28 May 2013

CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence, honors Ng Kok Song (Thomas L. Hansberger Leadership in Global Investment Award), Robert R. Johnson, PhD, CFA (Alfred C. “Pete” Morley Distinguished Service Award), Joan Payden, CFA (Award for Professional Excellence), Richard Ennis, CFA (C. Stewart Sheppard Award), Todd Lowe, CFA (Special Service Award), andMichael L. Mayo, CFA (Daniel J. Forrestal III Leadership Award for Professional Ethics and Standards of Investment Practice) for their outstanding contributions to the financial industry. View past award recipients (PDF).

Ng Kok Song, adviser and chair of global investments at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), is presented with the Thomas L. Hansberger Leadership in Global Investment Award to honor his outstanding contribution to the investment industry through his work with integrating investment organizations and capital markets worldwide. Ng was presented with his award at the 66th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Singapore.

Robert R. Johnson, PhD, CFA, a full professor of Finance in the School of Business at Creighton University and former senior managing director at CFA Institute, is awarded the Alfred C. “Pete” Morley Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional stewardship, and outstanding service to CFA Institute. In his role at the organization, Johnson was one of 11 members of the CFA Institute Leadership Team responsible for determining policy and managing the organization.

The Award for Professional Excellence goes to Joan Payden, CFA, for her exemplary achievement and true leadership within the profession. Payden is the president and chief executive officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm that she founded in 1983.

Richard Ennis, CFA, former principal and chairman of the board of directors at Ennis, Knupp and Associates and expert witness in fiduciary and investment litigation who has been published in such journals as the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Portfolio Management, is recognized for his outstanding contribution in fostering the education of professional investors with the C. Stewart Sheppard Award.

To honor his extensive services to CFA Institute, Todd Lowe, CFA, president and founder of Parthenon LLC receives the Special Service Award. Lowe served a four-year term as chair of the global Presidents Council at CFA Institute, served on the organization’s Standards of Practice Council and was part of the team that updated the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Michael L. Mayo, CFA, managing director of the banks group at CLSA, receives the Daniel J. Forrestal III Leadership Award for Professional Ethics and Standards of Investment Practice for his role in championing professional ethics and standards of practice and advocating for the integrity and competence of our profession.

“These six investment professionals embody the values and mission of CFA Institute,” said John Rogers, CFA, president and CEO of CFA Institute. “Their outstanding work within our profession goes towards shaping a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society. These awards are a chance for us to thank them for their commitment to the profession.”


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