Alan V. Schwartz


“On our recent visit to Israel we saw a medical center providing wonderful care to individuals of all faiths, a residential center for abused and at-risk children, and a small town that has grown into a thriving city. We couldn’t help but be tremendously moved by all that Bnai Zion has been instrumental in making happen.”

Alan V. Schwartz is the former President and CEO of Bernard Hodes Group, a worldwide provider of integrated talent solutions. Hodes was a subsidiary of Omnicom Group, a leading global provider of advertising, marketing, and corporate communication services. At Hodes, Alan oversaw more than 30 company offices located throughout the world. During his tenure, he was named one of the 100 most influential professionals in human resources.

A CPA, Alan began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (now Price Waterhouse Coopers), one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. He went on to hold senior financial positions at Doyle Dane Bernbach, a major worldwide advertising agency known for several historic ad campaigns. Alan joined Bernard Hodes Group in 1981 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for all financial, administrative and operational aspects of the company and was given additional responsibilities until being appointed CEO in 2002.

Alan is a Board member and Treasurer of Bnai Zion. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit Committee at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a leader in providing compassionate spiritual and palliative care in hospitals, online, and elsewhere. Previously, Alan was a Vice Campaign Chair for the United Way of New York and served as Treasurer and then President of the Lehigh University Long Island Alumni Association. Alan graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in accounting and received an MBA from Cornell University specializing in financial analysis. Alan is married and resides in Manhattan with his wife, Ilene Tannen. He has two children, Andrew and Stacy.

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