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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 pension funds. She is a member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors, deputy chair of Infrastructure Victoria, and a director of Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Australia Post Super and Dexus Wholesale Property Fund. Maria is the former managing director and chair of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia. 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 holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Charterholder. In 2019, Maria became a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to business and finance and to the community.


Mark Lazberger CFA

Board Chair

Member of CFA Societies Australia

Mark Lazberger, CFA, has had a career in investment management with more than 35 years’ experience in global leadership roles working in Australia, Europe and Asia. He currently has non-executive director positions on Yarra Capital Management, Fisher Funds Management and Omnia Capital Partners. Until the end of 2018, Mark was the chief executive officer of Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) and First State Investments (now known as First Sentier Investors). In that role, Mr. Lazberger led the investment management firm which was a global specialist investment manager operating in 15 locations across the world, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Lazberger had responsibility for more than $180 billion in assets under management invested in listed equities, debt, infrastructure, and property. Prior to taking up that position in 2008, Mr. Lazberger served as President, International of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Before this, he was President and CEO of State Street Japan and a principal and regional managing director of SSGA’s businesses in Japan and Australia. He joined State Street in 1991. Mr. Lazberger has a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and served two terms on the Board of Governors of CFA Institute (2012-18). He is a director of the Children’s Cancer Institute, a member of the Future of Finance Advisory Council and served on the board of Sydney Theatre Company.


Tricia Rothschild CFA

Board Vice Chair

Member of CFA Society Chicago

Ms. Rothschild is an advisor to The TIFIN Group and a board member of the Financial Fitness Group. In her former role as president of Apex Fintech Solutions, she was responsible for the strategic planning, development, and overall growth of the company. She also directly oversaw internal and client-facing functions including sales, marketing, and product management.

Before joining Apex, Ms. Rothschild was Chief Product Officer and Co-Head of Global Markets at Morningstar, where she led a multi-million-dollar global portfolio of businesses including software, data, research and index solutions that served asset managers, wealth managers, and individual investors. In her 26-year career at the firm, she developed a focused advisor and wealth management segment strategy, launched the firm’s equity research business, drove content strategy for the firm’s individual investor website, and served as a securities analyst and editor.

Ms. Rothschild graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in Russian and East European economics from Indiana University. She also sits on a small portfolio of private-company boards in the fintech and wealth-tech space.