Following Money Management Executive's inaugural Top Women in Asset Management Awards, three women from our list have been appointed to the Women in ETFs' board of directors and leadership team.

Joanne Hill, head of institutional investment strategy at ProShare Advisors has been named co-president of Women in ETFs.

Sue Thompson, managing director at BlackRock has also been named co-president of the group.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI, has been named external organization liaison.

As the first women's group for the ETF industry, the group will focus on expanding membership and holding inaugural events in the regional chapters in cities across North America and Europe through the rest of the year.

Since launching in January, founders of the group say they're already seeing greater engagement from women in the fund management industry.

"Since January, Women in ETFs has held a series of successful educational and professional development events, including a webinar regarding the history and ecosystem of the ETF industry, and a launch event for Boston," Thompson says in a release. "Interest from women in the industry has been very strong in taking leadership roles in the national organization and to establish regional chapters in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, London and Frankfurt."

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