Marsh & McLennan reveals new emerging technologies head

Incoming director believes we are entering a period of disruption for the industry

Marsh & McLennan reveals new emerging technologies head

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

Marsh & McLennan Companies’ research division has announced a new director for its emerging technologies program.

Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center has named Leslie Chacko to the post. He will be based in San Francisco and will report to Alex Wittenberg, executive director of the Global Risk Center. Prior to his appointment, Chacko was a principal within Oliver Wyman’s digital, technology, operations and analytics practice.

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“Leslie’s deep understanding of the technology industry and his demonstrated track record helping clients manage the risks and opportunities posed by new technologies make him ideally suited for this important role leading the center’s emerging technologies capability,” Wittenberg said.

The Global Risk Center addresses critical challenges facing both enterprises and societies throughout the world, according to Marsh & McLennan. The center’s emerging technologies program is a response to the rise of technology risks, which are among the top concerns for businesses across the globe. The program will augment the center’s other research programs, which focus on emerging risk, climate resilience, demographics and aging, and infrastructure.

In his role as emerging technologies program director, Chacko will be responsible for the center’s work on cyber resilience and research on artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things (IoT). He’ll oversee the center’s collaborations with organizations like the Association for Financial Professionals and the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“We are entering a period of accelerated innovation and disruption across industries that are fueled by emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and IOT, which are already introducing ground-breaking ways of doing business, creating new industries, and presenting potential solutions to some of society’s most daunting challenges,” Chacko said. “I am excited to join the Global Risk Center and lead the exploration of how we can understand and manage the associated risks, progress and rewards with our clients and partners.”

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