Michael G. Cherkasky to Step Down
NEW YORK, December 21 /CNW/ - Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:
MMC) announced today that its Board of Directors has initiated a search for a
Chief Executive Officer to replace Michael G. Cherkasky, who has served as
President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since October 2004.
The Board of Directors has determined that a change in leadership will
best enable MMC to move forward and enhance shareholder value. Mr. Cherkasky
will continue to serve as MMC's CEO while the search is conducted.
Stephen R. Hardis, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, said: "MMC's
financial performance in 2007 has fallen far short of our expectations. The
Board has taken this performance into account, and listened to concerns raised
by some of the company's largest shareholders in recent quarters, in making
this change. The Board will continue to actively oversee MMC's portfolio of
businesses and evaluate strategies to enhance shareholder value, including
optimizing the company's capital structure, reviewing its mix of businesses
and improving operating performance, particularly at Marsh. To that end, we
hired Dan Glaser as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh to
significantly improve Marsh's profitability. The Board believes that the full
recovery of Marsh is essential to maximizing shareholder value in the most
prudent and sustainable manner."
Mr. Hardis continued: "MMC is a venerable institution that might not be
here today were it not for Mike Cherkasky. His leadership and crisis
management skills in the wake of the New York Attorney General's action in
2004 enabled MMC to weather a perfect storm and positioned the company for
future growth. We all owe Mike an enormous debt of gratitude for his
"It has been an honor and a privilege for me to lead MMC through
difficult times and position it for a successful future," said Mr. Cherkasky.
"This company has as fine a collection of people as I have ever worked with
and I am proud of what we have achieved in many areas. I would like to thank
all of my colleagues for a tremendous team effort over the past three years
and look forward to seeing MMC succeed in the future."
MMC is a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions
in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. It is the parent company of
a number of the world's leading risk experts and specialty consultants,
including Marsh, the insurance broker and risk advisor; Guy Carpenter, the
risk and reinsurance specialist; Kroll, the risk consulting firm; Mercer, the
provider of HR and related financial advice and services; and Oliver Wyman,
the management consultancy. With more than 55,000 employees worldwide and
annual revenue of $11 billion, MMC provides analysis, advice and transactional
capabilities to clients in more than 100 countries. Its stock (ticker symbol:
MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago, and London stock exchanges. MMC's
website address is www.mmc.com.
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restructuring and other cost-saving initiatives; share repurchase programs;
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about factors that could materially affect our results of operations and
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report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.
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