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People and Culture Committee

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People and Culture Committee Charter

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The purpose of the People and Culture Committee (the “Committee”) is to carry out the responsibilities delegated by the Board of Governors (the “Board”) of CFA Institute relating to the following items which are focused on building organisational capability and ensuring the organization is viewed as an Employer of Choice in the markets in which we operate:

  • Review output of the annual Talent Review producing a robust succession plan and high potential slate ensuring the organization has top talent in critical roles and internal talent pipelines are being developed with a focus on enhancing organizational capability. 
  • Provide oversight of compensation policies, programs and related plans, with an emphasis on those pertaining to the executive officers of CFA Institute.
  • Review annual goals, performance against those goals and recommend compensation of the President and Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”).
  • Review compensation recommendations for all key executives named in the 990 filing.
  • Review annual development plans of executive officers and discuss retention issues for this group and other critical talent in the organization.  
  • Discuss key activities focused on evolving employee engagement and organizational culture.
  • Discuss any People-related issues (labor practices, EEO activity, executive separation events, etc) that may create risk for the organization.  Depending on the level of risk associated, these issues may also be reviewed by the Risk Committee.

These matters, and all other matters discussed by the Committee will be executed in accordance with and subject to the Bylaws of CFA Institute, as such Bylaws may be amended from time to time (the “Bylaws”). For purposes of this Charter, the term "executive officers" refers to the officers and managing directors in the positions for which compensation disclosure is included in the annual proxy statement to members.

Contact the People and Culture Committee

Maria Wilton CFA


Director, Victorian Funds Management Corporation

Member of CFA Society Melbourne

Maria Wilton, CFA, has a 30-year history in the investment industry with leadership experience in asset management and superannuation. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute, deputy chair of Infrastructure Victoria and a director of Victorian Funds Management Corporation. She is chair of the National Diversity Committee and a member of the Advocacy Council of the CFA Societies Australia. Maria is the former managing director and chair of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia and senior director of International Advisory Services - a role she held for 12 years. She was responsible for the management of Franklin Templeton's activities in Australia and New Zealand, and for driving the strategic direction of the Australian business. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Ms. Wilton was with BT Financial Group (formerly Rothschild) and County Investment Management where she was a diversified fund and fixed income portfolio manager. She began her investment management career at JP Morgan Investment Management as an economist and portfolio manager. Before joining the investment management industry, Ms. Wilton worked for the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra in an economic research capacity. Maria is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She was a board member of the Financial Services Council and co-chair of the Investments Board Committee. She was a trustee director of AGEST and Emergency Services and State Super and a member of their Investment Committees. She was a director of Melbourne Water, the Transport Accident Commission, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), and chair of the VLA Audit Committee. Ms. Wilton holds a bachelor of economics from the University of Tasmania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.