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New York Life Insurance Co. Director Drew Lawton Joins Make-A-Wish Foundation® National Board


October 31, 2011


Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX (October 31, 2011) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America has named Drew E. Lawton, senior managing director and CEO of retirement plan services at New York Life Insurance Company, to its national board of directors.

In his role with New York Life, one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States, Lawton oversees the company’s retirement plan services division and its investment consulting group. He is also responsible for equity- and income-focused investment boutiques including MacKay Shields LLC, Institutional Capital, Madison Square Investors and McMorgan & Company.

Before joining New York Life, Lawton served as president of Fridson Investment Advisors, LLC. His other professional experience includes executive and marketing positions with Fidelity Investments and Aetna Life and Casualty. Lawton has served as a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2005, and served as board chairman from 2008-2010.

Lawton comes to the Make-A-Wish® national board after a very successful term of service as a member, and ultimately board chair, of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“We are very excited to welcome Drew to the national board after distinguishing himself as an incredibly effective leader of his home chapter,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Lawton earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas. He currently resides in Boston.

Lawton will serve a three-year term on the Make-A-Wish national board of directors.


About the Make-A-Wish Foundation


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish somewhere in the world every 23 minutes. It has granted more than 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America at and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .

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