A prominent theme among the six winners of the 2016 Excellence & Innovation Awards was the use of technology to improve participants' financial education and contributions, and the use of targeting strategies to achieve the same goals.
Now in its fifth year, the awards program of Pensions & Investments and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association has a new name and a wider reach.
“Over the years, we noticed that there were executives and companies achieving great outcomes by going the extra mile with their plans,” said Amy B. Resnick, editor of P&I. “The program now recognizes both innovation and excellence.”
The awards were presented Oct. 24 at the annual P&I West Coast Defined Contribution Conference in San Diego.
“The quality and range of initiatives in the nominations we received this year was truly amazing, and is a real testament to the growing focus in the plan sponsor community in helping to ensure employees' retirement security,” said Lew Minsky, president and CEO of DCIIA.
“There is so much potential in the current retirement savings system, but it takes plan sponsors who are willing to lead in order to realize this potential and drive positive retirement security outcomes,” Mr. Minsky added.
The winners are:
- Katie Nedl, formerly head of global benefits, and now chief operating officer of the U.S.-Canada defined contribution group, BlackRock Inc., New York;
- Neil Saxton, executive-engagement strategy, Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia, Melbourne, Australia;
- Dana Hammonds, senior director of player affairs and development, the National Football League Players Association, Washington;
- Sheila Rowaily, head of the investment management, Saudi Arabian Oil. Co., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia;
- Erika Kirchner, vice president of human resources, Bertelsmann Inc., New York, and;
- Shirley Zabiegala, director of savings and retirement for Nestle USA Inc., Solon, Ohio.