Jan Clifford (left) receives Lifetime Achievement Award from George Gorman (right).

BOSTON - NICSA Wednesday presented Jan Clifford, former president of the MFS Service Center, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clifford, who began her career in 1973 at Boston Financial Data Services, has been regarded as the “strongest operational person in our industry,’’ during the midst of contributions to the fund industry, said George Gorman, former board chairman of the National Investment Service Company Association.

The award was made at the NICSA general membership meeting at the Harvard Club here.

Clifford spent 15 years at Boston Financial Data Services, becoming senior vice president.

She also spent nearly three decades at Massachusetts Financial Services, MFS Investment Management and, finally, as president of the MFS Service Center.

She is now an independent financial services professional.

“Everybody in this room stands on Jan’s shoulders,’’ Gorman said, before an audience of approximately 150 fund industry operational professionals.

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