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Michelle Barton advances to senior VP and controller at AmericasMart

Michelle Barton has been named senior vice president and controller at AmericasMart Atlanta in a promotion elevating her role within the company's financial operations and emerging business growth strategies, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta and its AMC, Inc. parent entity.

Barton advances to the role following her 14-year tenure at AMC, most recently as vice president and controller. She joins the AMC executive management team and its direction of all strategic and operational developments across all business lines. Barton will lead AMC finance and accounting functions, including the management of lease administration and collections, and will continue to work with the financial community under the leadership of Jack Ryan, who has been named acting chief financial officer.

"The financial integrity and accountabilities we enjoy today are due in large measure to Michelle Barton's admirable work ethic and impeccable stewardship of AMC resources," Portman said. "Her role in our continuing progress, particularly in the context of a challenging business environment, is inestimable."

Barton was appointed vice president and controller in 2003. During her tenure she has overseen the construction cost-accounting for AmericasMart Two West Wing, the one-million-square foot expansion opened in 2008, and has worked closely with lenders on various AMC financings. Prior to joining AMC, Barton served as corporate controller of New World Communications Group before its acquisition by News Corporation. She began her career at Ernst & Young in 1986, where she rose to the level of Audit Manager. Barton is a Certified Public Accountant.

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