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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Mutual Fund Industry Bigwigs Take Manhattan

Reported by Armie Margaret Lee

The mutual fund industry's boldface names turned out last night for Strategic Insight's 25th anniversary bash at New York City's Chelsea Piers. The gala dinner at The Lighthouse honored the 60 visionaries of the modern mutual fund industry.

Click here to see photos from the gala

The event attracted about 400 attendees.

Honorees present included Legg Mason founder Chip Mason, Capital Research & Management chairman Paul Haaga; Reserve Management founder Bruce Bent, Putnam Investments president and CEO Bob Reynolds; Fidelity's president of strategic new business development Roger Servison; former iShares head Lee Kranefuss; Morningstar president of fund research Don Phillips; Lipper Analytical Services founder Michael Lipper; DST Systems CEO Tom McDonnell; SEI chairman and CEO Al West; ICI president and CEO Paul Schott Stevens and Empirical Research Partners' Mike Goldstein.

Other awardees included Joel Goldberg, former head of the SEC's investment management division and now a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Buddy Donohue, former head of the investment management division at the SEC and now a partner at Morgan Lewis; Bruce Crocket, independent chair of Invesco Funds' board; Dawn-Marie Driscoll, independent trustee of DWS Funds; and Carl Frischling of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

The final honoree of the evening was Joel Rosenthal, who co-founded Strategic Insight with Avi Nachmany. Rosenthal flew in from Australia, where he is currently based.

To view the complete list of the 60 visionaries, click here.

Guests began arriving at 6:00 p.m. for the cocktail reception, which was followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Nachmany kicked off the program by narrating the beginnings of Strategic Insight and the decision to celebrate the company's silver anniversary by turning the spotlight on the industry's visionary figures.

ICI's Stevens gave the keynote address. Empirical Partners' Goldstein also spoke prior to the award ceremony. 

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