Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New Position at Hewitt - SVP of Corporate Development & Strategy

Hewitt Associates today announced that it has appointed Matthew Levin to the new management position of senior vice president, corporate development and strategy, effective immediately.

That will certainly add fuel to the fire of the rumors that Hewitt is planning to divest its HRO business.

Matt Levin's resume:

IHS Group - September 2004 to September 2006 - Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, in which role he was responsible for 10 (very small) acquisitions as well as the company's 2005 IPO

Hudson Highland Group
- July 2003 to September 2004 - global operations officer for the human capital solutions business (quite a step up from his previous job at Sibson)

Management consultant (about 2 years) specializing in strategic planning and organizational effectiveness at Sibson & Company, which back then was a unit of Nextera Enterprises and is now a unit of Segal

Graduate of the First Scholar Program at First Chicago (now JPMorgan Chase), where he worked (about 2 years) in corporate finance covering the energy and media industries

MBA from the University of Chicago, BA from Northwestern University

Some additional background that may be of interest:

Steven Denning, Chairman of the investment firm General Atlantic LLC, sits on the boards of both Hewitt and IHS. General Atlantic is IHS's largest shareholder (14.3%) and Hewitt's second largest shareholder (13.3%).

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Schwarzenegger reverses direction

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a sweeping plan to mandate universal health care in the nation's most-populous state, putting forth measures that would require employers to pay into the health-care system as well as tax hospitals and doctors to help offset medical coverage's spiraling costs.

[The whole story can be found in today's WSJ.]

Last year, Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by California's Democrat-controlled legislature that was not much different from what he is now proposing himself.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

CRUSAP publishes final report

A lot of the sillier recommendations did not make it into the final draft. That's good. The ridiculously over-long 13-page executive summary is now 15 pages long. That's bad. Who said actuaries are bad communicators?