Dr. Arshavir Gundjian Retires from AGBU Central Board


MONTREAL — The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Central Office announced recently the retirement of Dr. Arshavir Gundjian as a member of the AGBU Central Board of Directors.

A resident of Montreal, Gundjian has served as a Central Board member for over 35 years and was serving as vice president during the last years of his membership on the central administrative body of the AGBU, the largest Armenian nonprofit organization.

The retirement of Gundjian is the result of the provision of the AGBU bylaws, which mandates retirement of Central Board members upon reaching the age of 75.

During the 86th General Assembly this past October in Buenos Aires, AGBU President Berge Setrakian paid tribute to Gundjian’s lifelong service, commitment and dedication to the global Armenian community and his service to AGBU in particular. He emphasized the prominent role played by Gundjian in Montreal’s Armenian community, including the establishment and the organization of a number of its key institutions, including the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada, the AGBU Alex Manoogian Day School in Montreal, the Abaka weekly newspaper and the Tekeyan Cultural Association in Canada.

Setrakian further added that he is confident that Gundjian will continue providing his services to AGBU, and he paid special tribute to his wife, Nadya, for her dedication and support over the years.

In other AGBU news, a prominent member of the Armenian-American community of Southern California, Sinan Sinanian, a lifelong member of the AGBU, was elected vice president of the AGBU.

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He is the coowner of Sinanian Developments Inc., which is engaged in general contracting, project planning and construction management services in California’s most dynamic markets.

Born in Zahle, Lebanon, and a graduate of the American University of Beirut, Sinanian has been a resident of California since 1983. He has served as chairman of the board of the AGBU Manoogian- Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, Calif., since 1991, and the following year he was first elected to the AGBU Central Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of the AGBU-funded American University of Armenia, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund and the Ararat Home of Los Angeles.

Sinanian, a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Angele, and their two children, Tamar and Serge.

Finally, Joseph Oughourlian of New York was elected to the Central Board of Directors of the AGBU. A managing partner, co-founder and chief executive officer of Amber Capital Investment Management, Oughourlian was welcomed to the Central Board by AGBU Setrakian at the 86th General Assembly here this past October.

Prior to managing Amber Capital, Oughourlian headed the Equity Arbitrage Proprietary Trading Desk at Société Général from 1997 to 2001 and was an analyst on the desk from 1994 to 1997. He earned his MBA from HEC Paris School of Business in 1994, and he also holds a master’s in economics from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris.

Born in Beirut, Oughourlian currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Jenny, and three children, Jean, Alice and Julien.

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