Mercer selects new chief people officer

The executive has been at the company for 15 years in a host of leadership positions

Mercer selects new chief people officer

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

Marsh & McLennan subsidiary Mercer has announced the appointment of Achim Lüder (pictured) as its chief people officer. Lüder will be based in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be responsible for driving Mercer’s global human resources strategy, including building a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment for more than 25,000 employees across 44 countries. He will report to Carmen Fernandez, Marsh & McLennan’s incoming chief human resources officer. Lüder will also join the Mercer executive leadership team, led by Martine Ferland, president and CEO of Mercer and vice chair of Marsh & McLennan.

Lüder has been with Mercer for 15 years, holding a number of senior leadership positions. He most recently served as CEO of Mercer Germany, and was previously leader of the Central and Eastern Europe region, COO of the EMEA retirement business and CFO of the EMEA region. Prior to joining Mercer, Lüder worked as a CFO at a start-up company and a sales director at a venture capital firm. He began his career in 1994 as an auditor at KPMG.

“We are delighted to announce Achim as our new chief people officer,” Ferland said. “He brings real passion for the success of our colleagues and a deep knowledge of our business to the role. During his time at Mercer, Achim has honed his understanding of our culture, our business and what makes our people successful. He leads with a combination of clear strategy, care for colleagues and clients, and strong execution focus – ideal capabilities as we reinvent to be successful in an evolving ‘new normal.’ With change comes new opportunity, and how we enable all of our colleagues to be part of the journey has never been more important.”

Lüder will be succeeded in his role as CEO of Mercer Germany by Norman Dreger. Dreger began his career at Mercer Canada more than 20 years ago, and has held various leadership roles with the company.

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