NU Online News Service, Aug. 4, 2003, 12:55 p.m. EDT – AXA Financial Inc., New York, has named Dianne Smyth, a vice president, to run a women’s market initiative at its AXA Advisors unit.

Smyth will be in charge of hiring and training female financial sales associates, increasing the number of female clients and managing AXA’s relationship with the National Association For Female Executives, New York.

Smyth has a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego. She holds the Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter professional designations.

AXA Financial is a unit of AXA S.A., Paris.