Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC), today announced the appointment of David Anderson to President, Growth Markets region including Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer, Julio A. Portalatin, and will relocate to New York. Previously Anderson was Managing Director and Market Leader for Mercer in the Pacific region based in Sydney, Australia.
“Our Growth Markets region is a strategic driver as increased global growth comes from these economically important countries,” said Mr. Portalatin. “Mercer’s capability to meet the needs of local, regional and multinational clients is a key element of our value. David brings proven expertise in leveraging marketplace shifts that impact our clients and their employees -- such as increased individual accountability in investments, retirement and health care decisions – and that leadership helps us create sustainable business advantage.”
“This opportunity comes at a critical time when we can learn from the innovation in emerging markets across the globe,” said Mr. Anderson. “The ability to bring the depth of our local and regional insights to our powerful global reach allows us to create better health, wealth and careers for individuals as well as the organizations they power.”
Mr. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience working in the financial services and insurance industries in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. He has advised multinational companies and governments on investment and retirement savings strategies and has been with Mercer since 1998. Mr. Anderson will continue to hold a directorship role with Alexander Forbes in South Africa, of which Mercer became a key strategic shareholder in 2014.
Ben Walsh will move into the Managing Director and Pacific Market Leader role for Mercer. Mr. Walsh currently leads Mercer’s financial services business in Australia and New Zealand and has more than 20 years of experience at Mercer/MMC providing superannuation investment, administration, insurance and member services to more than 1.2 million customers leading a team of nearly 1,400 colleagues.
Mr. Anderson succeeds Gaurav D. Garg who is pursuing other interests outside of Mercer. Mr. Walsh will remain in Melbourne and report to Simon O’Regan, President of Mercer’s EuroPac region which includes Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Both appointments are effective immediately.