One of the greatest strengths of Betsy Connolly, president and chief executive officer of Funds Distributor Inc. of Boston, is her ability to make the mundane side of the mutual fund business - operations, compliance and distribution - interesting, according to industry executives who know her.

Connolly herself said she found accounting and operations compelling and opted to remain in the back-office side instead of moving to the more glamorous investment and marketing sides of the business because she saw great potential to be creative in operations.

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