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AST Equity Plan Solutions Hires John Hammond as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives 05-09-2010

NEW YORK, May 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) announced today that it has hired John Hammond as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for AST Equity Plan Solutions (EPS), a division of the company. John will be based in EPS' Philadelphia headquarters and will be primarily focused on developing and expanding the company's strategic partner relationships as well as managing the product development function.

"John is a great addition to our senior management team," said Mona Hanes, President of EPS. "He is well positioned to form alliances for EPS with partners who can provide our clients with synergistic services, and concurrently expand our client base significantly. With his extensive industry background, John has the subject matter expertise to enhance our product and service offerings.

"EPS has a wonderful energy and a staff that is focused on client satisfaction," said Hammond. "I look forward to helping grow the business by further developing the AST partner network in order to ultimately benefit our clients and their plan participants."

Prior to joining EPS, John held strategy, industry relations and sales management roles with Computershare's Equity Compensation Services group, which provides equity plan outsourcing and software solutions under the Computershare and Transcentive names. John is active in the industry as a speaker and has served in a variety of leadership roles within several industry organizations and committees. He is a long standing member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) and the Global Equity Organization (GEO). He also obtained his CEP designation from the Certified Equity Professional lnstitute (CEPI) in 2000 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) certificant.

EPS is a division of AST, which services over 2,800 public companies and maintains shareholders' records for approximately 6,000 issues. AST is part of a global network of transfer agent and employee plan providers known as the LINK Group.

AST provides comprehensive stock transfer solutions including dividend disbursing, dividend reinvestment plans, restricted stock plans, stock option and employee stock purchase plan administration, proxy services, closed-end fund services and all types of corporate actions. Debt services include escrow agent, corporate trustee, and investment management services. All aspects of service, including investor relations, reconciliation, print and mail functions are housed in one location, owned by AST.

AST was founded in 1971 as the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company and is headquartered in New York.

SOURCE: American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

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