Five executives will be honored for their efforts in promoting corporate governance at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' annual gala on Nov. 11.
It is the first time the professional organization is focusing on the “need for greater diversity in corporate boardrooms and the C-suite,” according to a news release from the group.
New York-based 100WHF is recognizing two public pension fund officials and three executives from money management firms:
- Anne Sheehan, director, corporate governance, at the $193.1 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento;
- Anne Simpson, director of corporate governance, investment office, of the $304.5 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento;
- Michelle Edkins, managing director and global head of corporate governance and responsible investment, BlackRock Inc., New York;
- Bess Joffe, managing director, head of corporate governance, TIAA-CREF, New York; and
- Rakhi Kumar, managing director, head of corporate governance, State Street Global Advisors, Boston.
“These outstanding women have set the bar ... for excellence in governance,” said Mimi Drake, global chairwoman, 100WHF board, in the news release.
“We applaud them for publicly championing the business case for greater diversity not only in the boardroom, but also in the senior ranks of firms where they are invested,” Ms. Drake added.