TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 22, 2014) - CST Trust Company (CST) announced today the hiring of Chris Searles, Vice President of Business Development, who will lead sales efforts in the British Columbia region. Searles previously served in relationship management for TMX Equity Transfer Services and will assist the CST sales team with new business opportunities and continued development of the company's extensive growth strategy.

"I am very pleased to have Chris join the CST sales team," said Laurel Savoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of CST. "His experience in delivering premium client service will enhance our comprehensive skill set and provide another dimension to our already compelling offering to issuers and their shareholders."

Bill Zawada, who previously served as a Senior Relationship Manager for CST, recently joined the sales team as Vice President of Business Development for the Ontario Region. Zawada and Searles join Guy L'Esperance, Vice President of Business Development, for the Quebec and Eastern region and Mike McLeod, Vice President of Business Development, for the Western region of Canada.

Thomas G. Kies, Executive Vice President for CST, commented, "The breadth of expertise and solid reputation of CST is represented through its experienced sales and client relationship teams. The addition of Chris to our already well-known team will strengthen CST's presence throughout Canada and North America."

About CST

CST Trust Company (CST) is part of the Link Group, an international network of providers of transfer agent and employee plan services. Headquartered in Toronto with offices in Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, CST provides issuers with global solutions through local service. CST and its U.S. affiliate, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, (AST) form the North American division of the Link Group. This division provides service to over 8,000 public issues and more than 5.5 million shareholders in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies.

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