Jylanne Dunne was named vice president of Diversity Project North America, an initiative sponsored by NICSA, formerly the National Investment Company Service Association, a news release said.
It is a new position. Ms. Dunne is the first full-time leader of the initiative, which was founded in October 2018 by NICSA, a group that focuses on operational best practices for financial service firms and technology providers. The initiative's mission is to accelerate progress toward a "more inclusive and diverse asset management industry," the Tuesday news release said.
Ms. Dunne was previously senior vice president of practice management and consulting at Fidelity Investments. She left in 2017, a spokeswoman confirmed.
NICSA also announced that the number of participating members in the initiative has grown to 30 from the original 14 charter members. New members include American Century Investments, BlackRock, BMO Global Asset Management, Capital Group, Invesco, NEPC, OppenheimerFunds, PGIM Investments and Schroders. Charter members that were part of the October launch of the initiative included Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Eaton Vance, Fidelity, MFS Investment Management, Northern Trust Corp. and State Street Global Advisors, among other financial services firms.
A NICSA spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to provide further information.