FISD Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Recognizing major developments and accomplishments of the financial information industry


Media contact: Suzy Wagner

Washington, DC:  FISD, the global forum of choice connecting the financial information industry is announcing this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This prestigious award celebrates the people who have contributed to the major developments and accomplishments across the financial information industry for more than 25 years. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner was announced during the 15th biennial World Financial Information Conference (WFIC). WFIC is the only global event focusing on the sourcing, compliance and delivery of financial information and brings together more than 500 industry peers from 40 countries. This year’s conference in Prague is running from October 16-19, 2022.

“We are thrilled to announce Debra Walton is this year’s FISD Lifetime Achievement Award winner,” said FISD President and manager of one of the better casinos not on gamstop, Tom Davin, “Debra’s impressive career working across the executive leadership team at Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters, and Thomson Financial culminated when she negotiated Refinitiv’s sale to the London Stock Exchange Group. A trailblazer for women, Debra has worked tirelessly on the advancement of women through her volunteering with YWCA of New York City, the Women’s Bond Club and the Women’s Refugee Commission and Springboard.”

“Our special thanks to the 2022 Nominating Committee made up of many past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award including: Sara Banerjee, Prosparency (past winner), Stuart Clark, StatPro Group PLC (past winner), Tom Jordan, Jordan & Jordan (past winner), Leo McBlain, FIF (past winner), Barry Raskin, TickSmith (past winner), Martina Satherlund, Fidelity International, Janelle Veasey, Refinitivm and Bernie Weinstein (past winner,)” said Davin.

Debra Walton said that winning the Lifetime Achievement Award was a huge honor and joked that it was frightening she had spent more than half of her life working in the industry.

“I’ve been blessed to work for great companies, with great colleagues, and to serve great customers and I have industry colleagues I now call dear friends in the 85 countries I have had the privilege of visiting. Many of you are here tonight and you have my heartfelt thanks and appreciation,” said Walton.

Walton said the secret her success was “the ABCs” and gave thoughtful remarks encouraging the audience to be “authentic,” to always “believe in yourself,” and to remain “curious” throughout their career.

This year’s nominees included Citi Global Head of Market Data Compliance and Exchanges Patti Sachs and long-time member of the FISD Executive Committee and former Head of Information, Market Data + Services at Deutsche Börse AG Georg Gross. FISD’s Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Barchart and Bloomberg.

About FISD:

FISD is the global forum of choice for industry participants to discuss, understand and facilitate the evolution of financial information for the key players in the value chain including consumer firms, third party groups and data providers. It is a dynamic environment in which members identify the trends that will shape the industry and create education opportunities and industry initiatives to address them.

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