September 23, 2015 11:49 ET

AXA ART Americas Elects Canadian Collector and Philanthropist Alan Schwartz to its Board of Directors

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2015) - AXA ART announced today that Canadian collector, philanthropist and financier Alan Schwartz has been elected to the Board of Directors of AXA Art Americas Corporation.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors as well as the entire AXA ART organization, we warmly welcome Alan. I am personally and professionally delighted that he has joined the team," said Christiane Fischer, President and CEO of AXA Art Americas Corporation. "AXA ART is positioned at the forefront of the collectors' world. Alan's passion for the arts, his business savvy and history of building important collections add immediate value to our activities," she noted. "We look forward to Alan's contributions as we work to broaden our range of specialist solutions to meet the growing demands of a dynamic collector community".

"AXA ART's reputation as a global specialist in protecting works of art is second to none," said Mr. Schwartz. "With the art world continuously evolving, I look forward to working alongside fellow esteemed board members in advancing AXA ART's presence and reputation," he said.

Mr. Schwartz's career is marked by a series of important achievements ranging from legal to high finance to landscape architecture. His company Lonsdale Holdings provides operational and strategic advice to a number of businesses in Canada. He is the Managing Director of Terraplan Landscape Architects in Toronto. In addition, he provides art advisory services to a number of individual families throughout North America. Prior to this, Mr. Schwartz served as the Vice Chairman of Orion Financial Inc., the sole shareholder of Orion Securities (formally Yorkton Securities) and was a member of the Orion Financial Board and Executive Committee. He served as Vice Chairman of Gluskin Sheff, an investment management firm specializing in the management of equity portfolios for individuals, corporations, trusts, pension funds and charitable foundations.

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