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CAIA celebrates contributions of Jane Buchan, CAIA, completing six-year term as Board Chair
AMHERST, MA. (March 1, 2018) – The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced that Valerie J. Sill, CFA, CAIA, has been named Chair of its Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2018. Ms. Sill replaces outgoing chair, Jane Buchan, Ph.D., CAIA, Chief Executive Officer of PAAMCO and Co-Chief Executive Officer at PAAMCO Prisma Holdings, who will be stepping down from the CAIA Board.
“Valerie is an extraordinarily accomplished financial services industry executive, with a proven track record of leadership and innovation throughout her career,” said William J. Kelly, CEO of CAIA. “We’ve come to know her well through her many contributions as a member of our board, and we look forward to working closely with her in her new role as Chair.”
Mr. Kelly added, “In addition to welcoming Valerie, we want to thank Jane Buchan for her outstanding leadership and dedication as Chair over the past six years, a period that saw a major expansion of the CAIA brand around the world as well as significant additions and enhancements to our program offerings. Jane’s unwavering commitment to CAIA and to education has helped shape the organization in ways that will be felt for years to come.”
Ms. Sill is the President, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of DuPont Capital Management (DCM), where she oversees approximately $25 billion in assets. Prior to joining DCM in 2004, Ms. Sill was Executive Vice President with The Boston Company and has held senior positions with Dreyfus, Mellon, State Street and Investment Advisors. In addition to her work at The Boston Company and Dreyfus, she formed and chaired Mellon’s Research Forum to foster collaboration among investment professionals from each of Mellon’s investment management subsidiaries. Ms. Sill also served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic Advisory Council. Ms. Sill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard University. In addition, she has obtained both the CFA and CAIA Charters.
“As a CAIA member, I’m deeply committed to the organization’s educational mission around the globe," said Ms. Sill. “We have seen tremendous growth in the use of alternative investments, but we are still in the early stages of adoption and expansion. I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the next phase of that growth and to help further the expansion of CAIA’s role as an industry thought leader.”
Ms. Buchan said, “It’s been a privilege to serve as Chair and to be at the center of CAIA’s mission to provide the best and most current education and practices in the alternative investment industry. Never has the need for knowledge in this space been more important, and CAIA will undoubtedly continue to play a leadership role into the future.”
The CAIA Association offers the only credential focused on the alternative investment space and has become the global benchmark for alternative investment education. The CAIA Charter, an educational designation uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments, is granted upon successful completion of two levels of qualifying exams combined with relevant professional experience and joining the Association membership.
The Association now supports 30 global Chapters in financial centers in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, as well as a Virtual Chapter that brings together Members from far-flung locations in more than 60 countries. CAIA sponsors more than 250 educational and networking events each year and has 61 academic and association partnerships in the Americas, EMEA, and the Asia Pacific region.
On February 22, CAIA announced the launch of its newest initiative, the Chartered Alternative Data Analyst Institute, which will focus on the future of investment analysis and decision making in an increasingly digitized financial services world.
About the CAIA Association
The CAIA Association is the world leader in alternative investment education, offering the only education program uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments. The Association is best known for the CAIA Charter, an internationally-recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning
the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a Member of the CAIA Association, a global network of more than 9,000 alternative investment professionals located in more than 90 countries. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate program (”Fundamentals”), an introductory-level online course, designed to provide a foundation in the core concepts in alternative investing. This program represents a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education.
To learn more about the CAIA Association, contact Deborah McLean +1 (413) 253-7373. For more information on the CAIA Charter, please visit caia.org.
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“Valerie is an extraordinarily accomplished financial services industry executive, with a proven track record of leadership and innovation throughout her career,” said William J. Kelly, CEO of CAIA.