Ross first joined the State Street team in July 1992 and was later sent to assist with the little side project, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), marking the beginnings of a decades-long commitment to helping investors and the investment community better understand and access the new ETF investment vehicle.

Currently, Ross, as chairman of the Global SPDR business, leads State Street’s engagement with ETF stakeholders including regulators, mutual fund and ETF boards of directors, industry associations, key clients and partners. He also also in charge of the advancement of the company’s long-term ETF strategy, innovation and education.

Moreover, Ross is chairman of the Investment Company Institute’s (ICI) Exchange Traded Funds Committee and is also on the ICI’s Board of Governors.

“For more than two decades, ETFs have helped transform the investment landscape by dramatically improving access to a wide range of asset classes and strategies for countless advisors, institutions and retail investors,” Ross said in a note. “I’m humbled to be honored with this Lifetime Achievement Award from ETF.com.”

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