BOSTON -- The National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) has elected Michael J. Woodall, managing director of Putnam Investments' Mutual Fund Shareholder Services, as its new chairman.

The announcement was made last week at NICSA's General Membership Meeting at the Harvard Club's downtown offices, along with several other board appointments.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to even further strengthen the presence and role that NICSA plays in championing the operational and service excellence of our industry and I look forward to working with the staff and board toward that end," Woodall said.

He has served on NICSA’s board of directors since 2005 and replaces outgoing Board Chair Maureen Leary-Jago.

Nimish S. Bhatt, senior vice president and director of operations at Calamos Investments, was elected vice chairman. Bhatt also serves as chief financial officer for the Calamos Family of Funds and as an officer of Calamos Asset Management Inc.

Also named to the board are Anmarie Ciccolo, chief compliance officer and senior vice president of Fidelity Investment’s Transfer Agent; Robert G. Groth, head of SEI’s Investment Management Services business in the Western U.S.; and James M. Keenan, senior vice president and department head in State Street Bank & Trust's investment services area.

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