Mercer Expands Financial Strategy Group

February 23, 2010 ( - Mercer is expanding its Financial Strategy Group in the United States, with the addition of four professionals in New York.

A Mercer news release said Bryan Boudreau, CFA, has joined the firm as a senior consultant, while Sean Brennan, Teresa Filshtein, and Michael Buchenholz join the group from other units within Mercer. The group assists clients with risk management strategies for defined benefit pension funds, an area of increasing focus given market volatility and the impact on pension funding obligations, Mercer noted.

Prior to joining Mercer, Boudreau was a Managing Director and co-head of the Pension Solutions Group at Barclays Capital. He joined Barclays Capital from Lehman Brothers, where he worked since 2006. Previously, he was a Managing Director and led Morgan Stanley’s asset/liability management team, advising large insurers and pension funds. He holds BS and MA degrees in economics from State University of New York at Stony Brook, is an Enrolled Actuary, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Brennan is a senior associate and joined Mercer in 2002 in the Retirement, Risk, and Finance group. He has a BA in mathematics and political science from Emory University, and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary.

Filshtein has been with Mercer since 2005 in the Retirement, Risk and Finance Group. She holds a BS in actuarial science from the University of Connecticut and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Buchenholz joined Mercer’s Retirement, Risk and Finance Group in 2007. He holds a BS degree in mathematics and finance at Washington University in St. Louis, will become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in March, and is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.