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Alexander C. “Sandy” Kemper, Chairman of the Board of The Collectors Fund elected Board Member of global art insurance specialist, AXA Art Insurance
NEW YORK - July 9, 2009 - AXA Art Insurance Corporation announced that Alexander C. “Sandy” Kemper, has been elected as a member of its Board of Directors. With the appointment of Mr. Kemper, the AXA Art board now consists of 15 esteemed members.
Dr. Ulrich Guntram, Chairman of AXA Art welcomed Sandy Kemper to the board and noted, “As we take AXA Art U.S. to new frontiers, we greatly value the range of experiences and insights of our board members. With Sandy’s impressive accomplishments in developing successful businesses coupled with his strong ties to the art community, we look forward to the perspective he will bring to inform our deliberations to help advance AXA Art’s mission”.
Alexander C Kemper is Chairman of the Board of The Collectors Fund, a private equity fund focused on alternative asset classes. Kemper is also Chairman of the Board of Pollenware, a leader in the next generation of trade settlement companies.
Mr. Kempner offered the following statement, “I am honored to be asked to serve as member of the AXA Art Board. I look forward with great interest and enthusiasm to contributing to a dynamic team of fellow board members in helping the Management advance the mission of this impressive brand”.
AXA Art is the world’s leading art insurance specialist, with exclusive focus on insuring fine art and collectibles. Through its brand name recognition, record of innovation, service delivery and comprehensive approach to art protection and preservation, the company continues to command a leadership position within the fine art insurance industry and art world.
Prior to founding The Collectors Fund and Pollenware, Kemper founded Perfect Commerce (fka eScout.com) and served as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000-2006. Under Kemper’s leadership Perfect Commerce created the Open Supplier Network™ (OSN™) and became the largest and fastest growing provider of on-demand supplier relationship management (SRM) technology in the United States. Kemper also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of UMB Bank and CEO of UMB Financial, a NASDAQ traded financial services company with assets of more than eight billion dollars. Sandy Kemper graduated in 1987 from Northwestern University where he majored in American History. Kemper is an active angel and venture investor and currently serves on the corporate boards of UMB Financial (NASDAQ: UMBF), UMB Bank, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV), Efficient Finance, Sipvine, SCD Probiotics and BATS Exchange, the third largest stock exchange in the world. Kemper and his family are active in academic, civic and philanthropic endeavors. He serves on the board of the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), a non-profit scholarship and leadership development organization which he co-founded. Kemper and his family live on a farm in Kansas City,
About AXA Art
International reach, unrivalled competence and a high quality network of expert partners distinguish AXA Art, the only art insurance specialist in the world, from its generalist property insurance competitors. Over the past 40 years and well into the future, AXA Art has and will continue to redefine the manner in which it serves and services its museum, gallery, collector and artist clients, across Asia, America and Europe - with a sincere consideration of the way valuable objects are insured and cultural patrimony protected.