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November 27, 2013, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

DiNapoli Appoints Catherine Lynch to Pension Investment Advisory Committee


Catherine A. Lynch has been named to the Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) of the $160.7 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund), New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today.

“Catherine Lynch brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fund’s Investment Advisory Committee,” DiNapoli said. “IAC plays an important oversight role in the investment process of the Common Retirement Fund, and I know that Catherine’s investment experience and training will be a valuable addition to the committee.”

Catherine Lynch is chief executive officer and chief investment officer at the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust, positions she has held since 2008. As of September 30, the Trust was valued at $25 billion. Before joining the Trust in 2003, she was associate vice president for Treasury Management at George Washington University from 1999 to early 2003, overseeing the University’s endowment. From 1995 through 1999, Lynch served as Assistant Treasurer of the Episcopal Church of America in New York, where she oversaw endowment and charitable trust assets.

Ms. Lynch is an equity analyst by training with experience on both the buy and sell side. She earned a CFA designation in 1986 and holds a BA in philosophy from Yale University. She is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, DC and has served on the Board of Regents for the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Seminar.

The 9-member Investment Advisory Committee reviews asset allocation and investment strategies, and provides investment advice and policy recommendations to the Comptroller. DiNapoli has strengthened the role and oversight of the Investment Advisory Committee as part of his overall reforms relating to the Fund.

The current members of the committee are:

Wale F. Adeosun, Chairman
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Kuramo Capital Management

Amy Chen
Chief Investment Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Timothy Collins
CEO & Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC

Jacques Jiha, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, COO & CFO, Earl G. Graves, Ltd./Black Enterprise

Hugh Johnson
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Hugh Johnson Advisors, LLC

Douglas Phillips
Senior Vice President, Institutional Resources, University of Rochester

Raymond D. Potter
Managing Director, Head: International Fixed Income & Emerging Markets Group, Hapaolim Securities USA, Inc.

R. Charles Tschampion
Director, Special Projects, CFA Institute

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