NEW YORK and DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 2003--Access
International Financial Services Inc. today announced that Arthur L.
Thomas has joined it's Board of Directors as Vice Chairman. Mr. Thomas
brings over thirty years of securities industry knowledge and
innovation to Access International, a leading provider of reference
data management for achieving straight through processing (STP).
In making the announcement, Access International Chairman and
co-founder Jeffry Metter stated: "We are very pleased to announce that
Art Thomas has accepted the position as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Art brings a wealth of global securities industry experience to
Access, and his involvement with Access will be invaluable to our
company as we build on our early success and strategize on taking
Access to the next level as an organization."
Mr. Thomas has distinguished himself as a leader and innovator in
the securities industry. He is currently serving as Chairman of the
SIA T+1 Steering Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors
for the Euroclear Clearance System. He was recently a member of the
Board of Directors with The Options Clearing Corporation.
"I am looking forward to having Mr. Thomas on our Board of
Directors," commented John Buckner, Jr., Access International's
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Art's industry knowledge and
expertise is impressive and we are excited to have someone with his
extensive background, especially in global securities, come on board
to share his ideas and business experiences," added Buckner Jr.
Previously, Mr. Thomas was Chairman of Merrill Lynch Securities
Services and a member of the Board of Directors of The Depository
Trust and Steering Committee. Prior to his Chairman's role at Merrill
Lynch Securities Services, Mr. Thomas was Senior Vice-President of
Global Operations Services for Merrill Lynch, providing worldwide
operations support for all of the Merrill Lynch debt, equity, and
"Access International has assembled an impressive team and offers
effective solutions for the challenges that exist today for
back-office operations," stated Thomas. "The market opportunity for
the solutions that Access can provide is significant and I am looking
forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the company by
offering business direction and advice drawing on my career experience
in the securities industry."
Besides his extensive industry affiliations, Thomas has played an
active role in creating educational and business alliances with the
Jersey City schools. He is business graduate of Northeast State
University and a U.S. Naval veteran of Vietnam.
About Access International
Based in Denver and New York City, Access International Financial
Services provides front, middle, and back office support to global
market players using a unique approach to product reference data and
back office applications to clear and settle cross border
transactions. Access International provides real-time, multi-currency
application software that delivers straight through processing (STP)
across an enterprise in a consistent, timely, and cost-effective
To learn more, visit www.access-stp.com
Access International Financial Services Inc.
Bruce Reading, 212/293-2238