A history of commitment to NICSA earned former International Financial Data System executive Paul O'Neil a top honor from the industry organization, while a tireless promotion of social causes garnered MFS Investment Management's Maureen Leary-Jago an award for visionary leadership, which will be presented at the 13th annual NICSA/NOVA Awards on Oct. 29 in Boston.

O'Neil received the NICSA Fund Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, while Leary-Jago received the Visionary Leadership Award for her cancer awareness efforts. O'Neil is a retired managing director of IFDS, and Leary-Jago is the senior vice president and global advisor for MFS.

Innovative firms in the fund industry in the last year were also recognized.

DST and its President Scott Chelton were granted the Innovation in Back Office Efficiencies Award for the firm's Vision HomeOffice DBR Feature product. ALPS Fund Services was granted the Innovation in Customer Experience Award while SEI received an honorable mention.

The NOVA Awards program is a joint effort by Money Management Executive and NICSA, the nonprofit trade association that provides educational programs for the operations sector of the investment industry. Each year, the publication and NICSA conduct a call for nominations. Entries are submitted to an independent panel of industry experts. 

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