Henri de La Croix de Castries, 5th Comte de Castries (born August 15, 1954 in Bayonne) is a French businessman. As of December 2011 he is Chairman and CEO of AXA since May 2000. His father is probably Christian de Castries, the commander of the doomed French garrison at Dien Bien Phu. In an October 2010 interview with the Singapore Business Times newspaper, he states that his father fought in Indo-China after the Second World War.
1980-1984 : auditing on behalf of the Minister of Finances of France
1984 : becomes a member of the French Treasury
1986 : participate in the privatisation initiated by the Chirac government
1989 : joins the central financial direction of AXA
1991 : Appointed general secretary of AXA, in charge of restructurations and mergers
(integration of compagnie du Midi)
1993 : Appointed general director of AXA
1994 : In charge of North America and UK
1996 : in charge of the merger and integration with Union des assurances de Paris (UAP)
1997 : President of the Board of Equitable (which became AXA Financial)
2000 : incumbent : President of the Directorate of AXA
Over the last 24-hours there’s been a renewed media storm over Syria – prompted by a horrific story of atrocities in the town of Houla. Very gruesome images of dead children have been offered to the media, which has lapped them up and used them again and again on our screens and in our newspapers.
The UN observers in Syria, so far, have declined to draw definite conclusions about who’s responsible for this terrible massacre. But unsurprisingly, western media has been less circumspect. There’s a deafening chorus of howls complaining ‘The World’ isn’t doing anything, while President Assad gets away with murdering his own people – again! Continue reading →
Hollie Greig is a very brave lady. We were only too pleased to help Hollie, Robert and Anne get their story out to the world. The mainstream media have been sensored from covering this case of child sex abuse. What appears to be a cover up from the highest levels in the Scottish Government is slowly being uncovered. Those in power who have attempted to keep this case under wraps and protect the first domino must by now be quaking in their boots. The case is the tip of a huge iceberg of paedophilia which includes judges, high ranking police officers and many others. Some say the abusers include members of the British aswell as Scottish Governments. Continue reading →