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New Chairman for Annual Corporate Campaign

Friday, May 20, 2016 2:42 PM
Martin Flanagan, Invesco Ltd. President, CEO
Will Chair Woodruff Arts Center’s
2016 - 2017 Annual Corporate Campaign

May 20, 2016 – Martin L. Flanagan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Invesco, Ltd., will chair the Woodruff Arts Center’s Annual Corporate Campaign in 2016 -2017, the Arts Center announced today. The Annual Corporate Campaign fundraising initiative supports all the arts and education programming of the Woodruff Arts Center.

“We are thrilled that Marty has agreed to chair our 2016 – 17 Annual Corporate Campaign,” said Doug Hertz, chairman of the Board of the Woodruff Arts Center. “Marty and Invesco have been tremendous supporters of the Arts Center for years. Now he is doing even more by continuing the tradition of Atlanta’s most respected CEOs leading our Annual Corporate Campaign.”
“We are so fortunate that community leaders like Marty give their time and energy to support the arts,” said Virginia Hepner, president and chief executive officer of the Woodruff Arts Center. “Because of their efforts, we can bring world class art and education to our community and we are extraordinarily grateful for that support.”

Since 2005, Mr. Flanagan has served as director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Invesco Ltd., a leading independent global investment management firm, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. He is also a trustee and vice-chairman of the Invesco Funds (the company's U.S. open and closed-end fund companies). Mr. Flanagan joined Invesco from Franklin Resources, Inc., where he was president and co-chief executive officer from January 2004 to July 2005.

Mr. Flanagan earned a B.A. and B.B.A from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant. He serves on the Board of Governors and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Investment Company Institute, and is a former chairperson. He also serves as a member of the executive board at the SMU Cox School of Business, is a member of the Atlanta Committee for Progress and is the former chairperson.

The 2015 -2106 Annual Corporate Campaign, under the leadership of Jim Hannan, chief executive officer and president of Georgia-Pacific, is on track to achieve a new all-time high this year, with the campaign closing May 31 in conjunction with the Arts Center’s fiscal year end. The results of that campaign will be announced in June.

The Annual Corporate Campaign is critically important to the Woodruff Arts Center, particularly in light of the limited public funding available to the arts in Georgia (the state ranks 48th among all states in support for the arts on a per capita basis). The Campaign is a vital part of more than $30 million raised annually by the Woodruff Arts Center and its Arts Partners – the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. Annual Corporate Campaign funds support shared services across The Woodruff Arts Center organization, including human resources, information technology, treasury operations, financial reporting and compliance, and facility management.

In addition to the Annual Corporate Campaign, the Woodruff Arts Center is also stewarding a separate $100 million Transformation Campaign. That Campaign, publicly launched in 2015, has raised $95.3 million to date. The Campaign is designed to dramatically increase endowments, renovate the Center’s Alliance Theatre and Memorial Arts Building and to provide greater access to the arts for families.

About the Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons across the Atlanta community, including at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, serving over 200,000 students annually. That effort makes the Arts Center the largest arts educator in Georgia.