Marsh appoints Julie Boucher to lead US captive management operations

first_imgMarsh, the world s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, has appointed Julie S. Boucher as leader of the firm s U.S. Captive Solutions Practice, which currently manages nearly 350 captive insurance companies in seven major U.S. domiciles and has 114 employees.Ms. Boucher, a managing director of Marsh based in the Burlington, Vermont office, will be responsible for the growth and development of the U.S. captive domicile operations, including Vermont, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Ms. Boucher, who has been with Marsh for 21 years, has held a number of management positions with the firm.  Most recently, she was head of the firm s Captive Solutions Practice in Vermont, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm s captive management and servicing operations in the state.  She also has been involved in establishing Marsh s operations in a number of existing U.S. captive domiciles.A certified public accountant, Ms. Boucher earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Louisiana.  A member of the Vermont Society of CPAs and the AICPA, Ms. Boucher is active in the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and formerly served on the state s Captive Advisory Board.With nearly 450 employees in 31 captive insurance domiciles worldwide, Marsh s Captive Solutions Practice currently manages more than 1,100 captive insurance companies.  The Practice provides a full range of captive management services, including actuarial, auditing, benchmarking, captive assessments, and related advisory and consulting services, such as captive feasibility studies, strategic reviews, and assistance with domicile selection.Headquartered in New York, Marsh has 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm with more than 54,000 employees and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion. MMC also is the parent company of Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of HR and related financial advice and services; Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy; and Kroll, the risk consulting firm. MMC s stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago and London stock exchanges. MMC s Web Site is is external) . Marsh s Web site is is external).Source: Marsh. BURLINGTON, Vermont, April 7, 2009last_img read more

Caterpillars Attack Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu

first_imgReports reaching this paper have it that caterpillars are on the rampage destroying crops and polluting waters in Lofa, Bong and Gbarpolu Counties.At least 17 communities in Zota, Suakoko, and Sanoyea districts, Bong County are being affected by the infestation of the Achaea caterpillar species.The outbreak of the pests (caterpillar) in those communities is said to have damaged crops and displaced some residents.The report disclosed that the caterpillars are found in the dahoma trees in great number and are polluting creeks in various towns with their feces.At the same time, this paper has also received information that the outbreak is reported in some parts of Gbarpolu and Lofa Counties.A local farmer in Salayea, Lofa County, Henry Sumo, said that about four farming communities a few miles away from Salayea town, have been affected by the outbreak.Sumo told our reporter by mobile phone that the situation was worrisome and needed urgent attention.“Many of the farmers fear to travel to the farms due to the effect of the pests. It is discovered that crops on the farms are damaged,” he said.According to him, the outbreak occurred a  few weeks ago.“This issue has been brought to the attention of the local authorities, who are making effort to contact government,” he mentioned.When contacted, the Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Agriculture, Chea Garley confirmed the reports of the outbreak of the caterpillars in the country.He said that the MoA has dispatched technicians in the fields to the counties affected to combat the situations.   This is the second time an outbreak of the Achaea species caterpillar has occurred since the end of Liberia’s 14-year civil crisis.According to media reports, the first caterpillar incidence occurred in 2009, affecting an estimated 400,000 people in 103 villages.The situation led to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declaring a state of emergency in Liberia.The outbreak was attributed a longer than usual rainy season in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more