Mercer News - Appointment of

Mercer News - Appointment of

Mercer appoints new Managing Director & Market Leader for the Pacific

  • 01 April 2015
  • New Zealand, Auckland

David Anderson promoted to President of Growth Markets Region -
Ben Walsh succeeds him as Managing Director & Market Leader for Pacific

Mercer’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Julio A. Portalatin, announced from New York overnight the promotion of David Anderson to the role of President, Growth Markets Region – a region that includes Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Mr Portalatin also announced Ben Walsh will succeed Mr Anderson as the Managing Director & Market Leader for the Pacific.

Commenting on the announcement, Simon O’Regan, Mercer’s President, EuroPac Region said: “The Pacific Market is large and critically important for Mercer. Consistent success in recent years has earned the confidence of our clients and customers, allowed us to invest in our business, innovate and provide great career opportunities for our people.

“David’s promotion acknowledges the great results he and the team have achieved in Australia and New Zealand and reflects his ability to lead our teams to anticipate and respond to marketplace shifts that impact our clients and customers.

“Both appointments are testament to Mercer’s commitment to creating a strong leadership pipeline via purposeful talent management – recognizing potential and providing growth opportunities to our most talented people,” said Mr O’Regan.

Ben Walsh has been with Marsh & McLennan Companies since 1994 and joined Mercer in 2000. For the past several years Ben has been the Leader of Mercer’s Financial Services business for the Pacific and has been a critical member of the Mercer Pacific Leadership Team.

Commenting on the appointment of Ben Walsh, David Anderson said: “As a member of our leadership team, Ben has been an important contributor to the development of our strategy plan and instrumental in its execution. Having worked closely with Ben for the past seven years, I have absolute confidence he and the team will continue to be successful”.

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Pacific Market Leader during a time of great opportunity for Mercer. Our strategy plan has been well considered, is ambitious and achievable – and it’s the right plan. Mercer’s people, clients and customers will be the beneficiaries as our Pacific Leadership Team continues to execute the plan.” Mr Walsh said.  

Both David Anderson and Ben Walsh take on their new roles with immediate effect. Mr Anderson has joined Mercer’s Global Executive Committee, reporting directly to Julio A. Portalatin and he will relocate to New York in the coming months. As Managing Director & Market Leader for the Pacific, Ben Walsh will join the EuroPac Region Leadership Team and report to Simon O’Regan. Ben will continue to base himself out of Mercer’s Melbourne office.

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