Joe Spadaford Joins AST as EVP, Chief Transformation Leader

Industry expert in operational excellence to focus on customer experience

AST, a full-service, tech-enabled professional services firm that helps companies and shareholders across North America maintain momentum through the use of secure corporate data, analytics and advisory services, today announced that Joe Spadaford has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Leader.

Spadaford comes to AST with more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry and is a well-recognized and respected expert in the area of business transformation and operational excellence.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Joe has combined a collaborative style of engagement with a highly-disciplined analytical process to create a climate of trust, positive energy and teamwork unique to corporate leadership teams,” said Marty Flanigan, CEO of AST. “This reflects our continuing investment in operational transformation, innovation and focus on our customers.”

Previously, Spadaford served as change leader for AXA Equitable’s Six Sigma program, called AXA Way. There he coached multiple business unit leaders on strategy, teamwork and operational execution to achieve successful outcomes for clients.

“I am excited to join a company that is on the vanguard of change in the financial services industry,” said Spadaford. “With its tech-enabled businesses and services like Issuer Central®, and its investments in blockchain, robotic process automation and other emerging technologies, AST is leading the way in the industry,” Spadaford said.

About AST

AST was originally founded as a transfer agent over 45 years ago. Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, AST has pioneered a new model of integrated ownership services and financial technology in the industry. AST affiliates include AST Trust Company (Canada), D.F. King & Co, Inc. and Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.

Today, AST offers a full scope of ownership services that include registry services, corporate proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, employee plan services, information agent, mutual fund proxy solicitation, shareholder identification and asset recovery offerings. For more information, please visit


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