Three high-profile women in the money management and pension industries were recognized for achievements and service in the U.K.'s 2015 New Year Honours list.
Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz Global Investors, was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the financial sector. A CBE recognizes a prominent role at the national level, or a leading role at the regional level, according to the Cabinet Office, a department of the U.K. government.
Ms. Corley became CEO in January 2012. As well as a number of non-executive director roles, she is a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority's stakeholder group, and is leading the independent Market Practitioner Panel of the Bank of England's Fair and Effective Markets Review, which is assessing the way wholesale financial markets operate.
A spokesman for AGI declined to comment.
Also awarded a CBE was Anne Richards, chief investment officer at Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, for services to the financial services industry and voluntary service. Ms. Richards joined Edinburgh Fund Managers PLC in 2002 as CIO, and continued in that role when EFM was taken over by Aberdeen in 2003. She became an executive director of Aberdeen in 2011.
“I feel very honoured to have been nominated for this award and am very grateful to my family and the terrific people I work (with) who have provided such tremendous support over the years,” Ms. Richards said in an e-mailed comment.
The third award — a Member of the Order of the British Empire — went to Nicola Mark, head of the £2.7 billion ($4.1 billion) Norfolk Pension Fund, Norwich, England, for services to local government. An MBE is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.
“Nicola's colleagues will be thrilled by her MBE. She is widely respected around the country,” a Norfolk County Council spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
This year, 1,164 people were on the honors list.