Mercer taps new president

Exec succeeds retiring company stalwart Martine Ferland

Mercer taps new president

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

Marsh McLennan has announced the appointment of Pat Tomlinson as president of its subsidiary, Mercer.

Tomlinson succeeds Martine Ferland, who will remain CEO of Mercer and vice chair of Marsh McLennan and will oversee Mercer’s regional leaders until her retirement in March of next year.

In his new role, Tomlinson will be responsible for Mercer’s global health, wealth and career practices. In the near term, he will also retain his current responsibilities as CEO of Marsh McLennan US and Canada and president of Mercer US and Canada. He will report to Ferland.

Upon Ferland’s retirement, Tomlinson will succeed her as president and CEO of Mercer and vice chair of Marsh McLennan. He will report to John Doyle, president and CEO of Marsh McLennan, and will join the company’s executive committee.

“I am excited for Pat’s appointment as Mercer president,” Doyle said. “He is a leader with a proven record of success who delivers growth and drives transformation, and who possesses a deep understanding of our business and clients. I look forward to working with Pat in his new role.”

Doyle also praised Ferland for her work at the company.

“Mercer and Marsh McLennan colleagues will miss Martine’s exceptional and empathetic leadership,” he said. “I’ve personally benefited from her counsel and have been inspired by her passion for our clients, our colleagues and our company.”

“I have full confidence in Pat, having worked closely with him over the years,” Ferland said. “He builds high-performing teams with a commercial mindset and a focus on collaboration and inclusion. I look forward to working with Pat to position Mercer for continued success.”

In July, Marsh McLennan announced plans to acquire Asprose Corredora de Seguros S.A., a prominent Costa Rica-based insurance brokerage. Earlier this year, the company’s stockholders re-elected its board.

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