Duck Creek Technologies Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Company appoints Teresa M. Kim, experienced technology finance executive, to oversee finance and accounting functions

Duck Creek Technologies Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Teresa Kim, Duck Creek Technologies CFO

BOSTON, Sept. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, announces the appointment of Teresa M. Kim as chief financial officer (CFO). Kim is an accomplished senior finance leader with a strong background and history in cloud computing, technology platforms, and “Big Four” public accounting. She joins Duck Creek following a 20-year tenure with Akamai Technologies (Akamai), a worldwide content delivery network and cloud service company, where she most recently served as vice president (VP) of finance in their cloud technology group overseeing $2 billion-plus in revenues while helping the business to build a scaling world-class platform. While at Akamai, she also was VP of finance in their media and carrier division helping to lead strategic media customer contract negotiations. Previously, she held a role as assistant controller overseeing global accounting and operations leading a large team of 120 professionals and building out finance centers of excellence in India and Poland.

Prior to Akamai, Kim served as a senior auditor with Ernst &Young (EY), supporting clients in EY’s technology, communications, and entertainment sector. She began her career in financial consulting roles with KPMG and Economic Analysis Corporation before moving into public accounting.

“Teresa is a dynamic and thoughtful leader with strong financial acumen, client focus, and experience across cloud and platform technology operations. As Duck Creek continues to focus on international growth and SaaS maturity, she will be a tremendous asset in helping to direct our own strategic transformation and optimize our financial operations,” said Mike Jackowski, CEO of Duck Creek. “This is an exciting time for all of us at Duck Creek and I am confident her talent will help us to continue creating value for our customers, partners, and stakeholders.”

Kim adds, “I’m excited to join Duck Creek as it strengthens its leadership position in the global insurance industry. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work closely with Mike and the entire Duck Creek team during a period of accelerated growth.”

Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in economics and minor in Asian American studies from UCLA. She earned her MBA and a master’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University. Kim is based in the greater Boston area.

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

Contact

Drake Manning
Duck Creek Technologies
drake.manning@duckcreek.com

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Shaniah Dick to represent Seychelles at Miss Grand International


Shaniah Dick was crowned Miss Grand Seychelles 2023 in a short ceremony at the Hilton Labriz Silhouette Resort’s gastro lounge at Bel Ombre on Sunday.



Dick was bestowed with the crown previously worn by “Miss Seychelles… Another World” winner – sponsored by Jouel. The 19-year-old student is now preparing for the upcoming Miss Grand International in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on October 25.



The first Miss Grand International was held in Bangkok in 2013 under sponsorship from Thailand’s government and under the banner “End the War and Violence”.



This will be Seychelles’ first participation in the pageant, and other contestants will be from Bonaire, Gibraltar, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uzbekistan.



A newly launched beauty pageantry association – Miss Grand Seychelles – is introducing young women from Seychelles to the event with a committee led by Gabriella Gonthier as chairperson.



In order to be chosen to fly the Seychelles’ flag in Vietnam, Dick had to audition before a panel of four judges, who not only judged her on her beauty but on her project proposal.



“MGI is very specific that the women should not only have physical beauty, but they should also present a strong project to help their communities,” said the new association’s executive member Melissa Pool.



A newly launched beauty pageantry association – Miss Grand Seychelles – is introducing young women from Seychelles. (Jude Morel) Photo License: CC-BY



Dick’s project is aimed at finding children living at the President’s Village at Port Glaud safe housing once they are 18. Most of them are placed there due to their parents not being able to look after them or other social or drug related issues.



“As part of my internship at social services, I have seen many of those kids who either have nowhere to live and some are even in prison,” said Dick, who is a social services student.



“I thought it would be great to find a suitable place for them as some of them are young adults and are still at school at the time they reach their 18th birthday,” she explained.



When asked why no pageant was held to choose the beauty queen, Pool explained that as the organisers did not have enough time to hold one “and MGI allows for auditions to be held, we chose to do that instead.”



Six young ladies answered the Miss Grand Seychelles call for contestants – mainly on social media and four took part in the auditions.



The next Miss Grand International will be crowned by outgoing queen, Isabella Menin from Brazil.



Meanwhile, Pool revealed that the association was in the process of working to hold the National Miss Seychelles Beauty Pageant. This will help to have the various beauty queens under one umbrella when looking for eligible contestants to take part in future pageants.



Source: Seychelles News Agency

Team Seychelles medal winners at Indian Ocean Island Games receive cash rewards


The athletes in Team Seychelles who won medals at the 11th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) received their cash rewards in a ceremony on Saturday at the State House.



Seychelles won a total of 84 medals, which consisted of 11 gold, 33 silver, and 40 bronze medals at the Games, which took place from August 25 to September 3.



Gold medallists received SCR 40,000 ($3,100) for each medal, SCR 25,000 ($1,900)for a silver medal, and SCR 10,000 ($764)for each bronze medal.



The largest amount paid was to swimmer Felicity Passon, who based on SNA calculations, received a total of SCR270,000 ($21,000), after winning one gold medal, eight silver medals, and three bronze medals at the games.



Seychelles, top performer, another swimmer, Simon Bachmann, was rewarded with a total of R195,000 ($15,000) after he clinched three gold medals, one silver, and five bronze medals.



Every member of the Seychelles delegation, including athletes, coaches, officials, medical team, cheerleaders, and the media, each received a certificate of participation.



In her address at the event, the Minister for Youth, Sports, Family, Marie-Celine Zialor, congratulated the athletes on their performance and said that now the hard work must begin as the country prepares for the next Games, which will take place in Comoros in 2027.



Source: Seychelles News Agency

‘Emerging Public Leaders’ celebrates five years of nurturing public sector leaders


Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) of Ghana, an organisation committed to empowering the next generation of civil service professionals has commemorated five years of nurturing competent and change leaders across Ghana. With a vision of helping to drive Ghana’s development by creating a new generation, mostly the youth in public service committed to making a social impact from the bottom up approach, EPL continuous growth and impact has been guided by a shared vision for a better Ghana. EPL has trained and sent five cohorts of dynamic young men and women from the ages of 18 to 35 and has been contributing their quota in various ministries, agencies and departments whilst exhibiting strong work ethics. Madam Juliet Amoah, Country Director, in her address said, the organisation had developed the youth into formidable and astute young public servants, adding that the five-year anniversary celebration was not just to look back at what had been achieved but to look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead. ‘It is a
bout recognizing that our journey is one of continuous growth and impact. And let’s remember that our work is not done. We are here to work for the improvement of the Ghanaian public, we are here to see Ghanaian leadership thrive and become more responsive,’ she said. Madam Amoah said all the beneficiaries had gradually grown into their change leaders and had been occupied spaces that ordinarily by themselves they wouldn’t be able to enter into while bringing new dimensions of work and productivity. Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the Country Director said: ‘In the next decade we would be able to see younger people who are in influential positions within the ministries, public service organisations helping the agencies.That is what we would like to see and that is the kind of impact we have started to see.’ Madam Charity Binka, Executive Director, Women, Media and Change (Womec), commended EPL for the transformational leadership training given to the younger generation and the focus to ma
ke the civil society a better place. ‘We want to have people who can move us to the next level, where all these issues about corruption, incompetence will be behind us because Africa, and for that matter, Ghana is rich in resources. What we need is people who are willing to serve,’ she said Ms Irene Osei-Owusu a budget analyst at the Ministry of Finance and member of the EPL first cohort, said: ‘I started EPL five years ago after my national service and my second year as a civil servant. It’s been life changing. I was very weak and not confident at all. EPL programmes reset my mind and I know I’m making impact in my office’. The five years anniversary comes with other activities including health walk, a recruitment and partnerships development tour and a fund raising gala amongst others



Source: Ghana News Agency

Voter registration at district offices will create challenges for PWDs


People with Disabilities (PWDs) have expressed worry over the decision of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to carry out the upcoming limited voter registration exercise in its 268 district offices. The EC, per its schedule, is supposed to have limited registration between Tuesday, September 12, and October 2, 2023, for persons who have turned 18 and above from the year 2020 to date. Mr. Courage Wormenor, the National Vice President of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema that PWDs would face a lot of challenges and stood a chance of being disenfranchised if the EC went ahead with its plans. He said accessibility was a major challenge for them, stating that most of the district offices of the EC might not be accessible to some PWDs, especially those with physical disabilities who use clutches and wheelchairs. He said this would make it difficult for them to reach the EC offices where the registration would take place, stressing that this h
as the potential of limiting their ability to exercise their right to vote as they would not be able to register with the current arrangement. He said they anticipate having communication challenges for the speech and hearing impaired, as according to him, it is public knowledge that there are no sign language interpreters at the EC offices; therefore, such persons might struggle to communicate effectively with registration officials. Mr. Wormenor said that since exercise is being carried out at the offices, PWDs might not have access to enough information on the exercise as publication on it is low, and most of them reside in rural areas far away from the offices where they could chance on information. Cost was another challenge that could create a significant barrier, explaining that PWDs per the arrangement would have to transport themselves together with their devices, such as wheelchairs and clutches, to the district offices from their remote location, adding that since a number of them do not have Ghana
Cards, they would have to pay for the transportation of two other persons to go and guarantee for them. He said if the EC sends the registration closer to the people in their communities, such a cost would not occur as they would freely move to the centres to register without transportation. He therefore appealed to the EC on behalf of the PWDs to look at their plight and bring the registration closer to them, adding that measures must also be put in place to ensure smooth accessibility and communication for them during the limited registration exercise.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Sangbana residents sensitised on child marriage


The Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Centre, under the Yendi Diocese of the Catholic Church, has sensitised residents of Sangbana in the Chereponi District of the North East Region on child marriage. Various stakeholders in the area including traditional authorities, Ghana Police Service, Department of Social Welfare, Department of Children, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice among others were the participants. It formed part of the Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Project implemented early last year to create awareness on the negative implications of child abuse within the Diocese. The project, funded by Kindermissionwerk, a German Catholic funding agency, was aimed at ensuring that children within the area were protected against any form of abuse to help them maximise their potentials. Reverend Father Gregory Dery, Director of the Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Centre, speaking at the event, underscored the importance of community support towards the growth and developme
nt of children. He called on community members and other stakeholders in the area to prioritise safeguarding children against child marriage, teenage pregnancy and forced marriages. He noted that child abuse was against the laws of the country and advised parents to desist from abusing their children. He said, ‘You could be punished by law if you continue abusing your children by forcing them into early marriages and denying them access to education.’ The Reverend Father Emmanuel Ujunwa, Parish Priest of Saint Brigid’s Catholic Church at Chereponi, said children were precious gifts from God and required special attention and nurturing to grow into adulthood. He said most of the violence meted against children was often done by relatives, parents, caregivers, and called for collective support to protect them. Mrs Akuffu Gifty, Girl-Child Education Officer at the Chereponi District Education Office, lamented over parental neglect in the area and said it had contributed to the rising cases of child marriages, sc
hool drop-out and teenage pregnancies in the area. He urged parents to discharge their responsibilities effectively to ensure that the children stayed in school to complete their education. Nanyame Kofi Malba VIII, Paramount Chief of the Chereponi Traditional Area, who was represented at the event, commended the Catholic Church for showing interest in the welfare and protection of children in the area. He expressed the willingness of the traditional authorities in the area to support advocacy efforts to safeguard children and other vulnerable groups.



Source: Ghana News Agency