COLUMBUS, Ohio — Neil V. Toth, former chief investment officer of the $64.5 billion Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Columbus, died March 29 after battling cancer for several months. Mr. Toth was 43. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and sons Colin and Mitchell.
Mr. Toth joined OPERS in 1990 and became CIO in 1999. Under his leadership as CIO, the plan's assets grew 41% during the past two years. He resigned his position in January and was temporarily replaced by Jennifer Hom, assistant investment officer of global bonds. Richard Baker, a plan spokesman, said OPERS is still searching for his permanent replacement.
"Neil's attention to the Investment Division's vision and values set a framework for collaboration, creativity and common goals within the investment group," said Laurie Hacking, Ohio PERS executive director.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chuckery, Ohio.