Business in brief

Global Directories names new president and CEO  

Mark Macfee has been appointed president and Ian Neita has been promoted to chief executive officer of the Caribbean and Central America-based directory publisher. 

Mr. Neita joined the company less than six months ago as business development director. 

“The global media landscape is changing at a rapid pace,” said Randy French, chairman of Global Directories. “In line with this, we have appointed a strong leadership team with a vast understanding of strategic planning and business transformation to address the needs of our customers in the new digital environment that is also rapidly evolving.” 

Mr. Macfee, who joined Global Directories in 2009 as executive vice president and was appointed to CEO and board director in 2014, said, “I am honored to lead the strategic vision for Global Directories, as we identify new frontiers geared towards improving the value we offer to our customers, consumer[s] and colleagues.” 

Michael Garvey joins DMS  

Fund governance firm DMS Offshore Investment Services Ltd. has hired Michael Garvey, a former managing director of J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management, as managing director in the firm’s New York office. 

Mr. Garvey will also have the capacity to serve as an independent director on the boards of investment funds and related structures, and will play a key role in DMS Operational Due Diligence services, also based in its New York office. 

In addition, he will provide thought leadership to institutional investors and consultants through DMS roundtables and seminars, industry conferences, articles and proprietary research. 

“As regulatory changes continue to redefine the fund industry, and as investors demand stronger governance and increased transparency, DMS is ensuring that we have the right people, in all the right places, with the expertise and experience to respond to these developments,” said DMS CEO Anne Storie. “Mike will enhance our ability to provide market-leading fund governance services both onshore and offshore, and help fund managers to stay on top of their regulatory responsibilities and best practices in operational due diligence.” 

Aon Cayman adds to Risk Solutions team  

Caymanian Priscilla Pouchie has joined Aon as an account executive in the health and life insurance division of Aon Risk Solutions. She will be advising clients on claims and benefit queries, as well as assisting management with business development and marketing. 

She previously worked for one of the island’s leading insurance providers as a claims adjudicator. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to broaden my experience with Aon. Working for a broker enables me to see the insurance industry from a different perspective,” she said. “I am enjoying getting more involved on the business development side and have been working on a project to analyze market trends and product developments in our efforts to add value and better serve our clients in Cayman.” 

Nigel Twohey, deputy managing director at Aon Cayman, said, “We are delighted to have Priscilla on the team and we think our clients will enjoy meeting her and working with her over the coming months and years.”  

Ms. Pouchie, who is from West Bay and studied at John Gray High School and the University College of the Cayman Islands, holds the Health Insurance Associate and Health Care Customer Service Associate designations from AHIP. 

Mourant Ozannes offers development opportunities  

Mourant Ozannes said in a press release that lawyers and students from the Cayman Islands are benefiting from the firm’s career development programs, which include local internships, in-house legal training and secondments abroad. 

Managing Partner Peter Hayden said, “We have sought to identify and develop future employees all the way from school into professional and other roles within the firm.” 

The summer intern program gives students an insight into the firm and helps Mourant Ozannes identify potential high flyers, he said. The scholarship program, in turn, provides financial assistance to students completing their studies, while the articled clerk program provides trainee lawyers with the necessary training and experience to qualify as attorneys-at-law. 

“But it is obviously important that development does not stop upon qualification and we hope that offering our young lawyers opportunities to work abroad in other offices helps to broaden their experience and develop their skills,” Mr. Hayden added. 

Mourant Ozannes lawyers Robin Gibb and Tracey Forbes are recent graduates of the firm’s Cayman Islands Articled Clerk Scheme and have been seconded to London and Hong Kong, respectively, where they will work for two years to broaden their experience. 

National Gallery welcomes intern  

Candace Welcome is the latest intern at the National Gallery. The Deutsche Bank National Gallery internship program is an intensive year-long training opportunity for one young Caymanian student to learn and gain professional experience in museum and gallery management. 

After graduating from John Gray High School in 2008, Ms. Welcome earned a bachelor’s degree at the University College of the Cayman Islands and a fine arts degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. 

Mourant Ozannes’ 2015 summer interns with partners Hayden Isbister and Christopher Harlowe.
Mourant Ozannes’ 2015 summer interns with partners Hayden Isbister and Christopher Harlowe.

Ms. Welcome

Ms. Welcome

Priscilla Pouchie

Priscilla Pouchie joins Aon

Mr. Garvey

Mr. Garvey