Mercer is making some changes to its executive suite, with two newly created global roles.

Martine Ferland, the company’s former president of Europe and Pacific and co-president of global health, is now group president. In the new role, Ferland’s focus will be driving global growth, with Mercer’s Canadian and U.S. presidents reporting to her.

With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Ferland joined Mercer in 2011 as its retirement business leader for Europe and Pacific. Previously, she was director of retirement for Canada at Willis Towers Watson and held a number of roles at Towers Perrin before it merged with Watson Wyatt.

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“The world we operate in is changing at an ever increasing pace and we need to bring the best possible minds to bear on continuing to innovate and support our clients,” said Julio Portalatin, president and chief executive officer at Mercer, in a press release. “Martine Ferland is a proven global leader who has dedicated her career to bringing value to companies across health, wealth and career. Martine has extensive experience having led businesses in Canada, Europe, the Pacific, Asia and the U.S., and a track record of innovating to ensure we are consistently bringing the best solutions to market, making her ideally suited to this role.”

David Anderson, formerly Mercer’s president of growth markets, is now president of international. Since he joined Mercer in 1998, he’s held a number of roles, including business leader for wealth solutions, chief executive officer and market leader for the Pacific region and, most recently, president of growth markets. 

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“Our international footprint is incredibly important to our firm and clients, and in David Anderson we have a true international thinker” said Portalatin. “He has spearheaded our growth markets region for the past three years, driving significant profitable growth across the dynamic markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, having previously led our Pacific business. We have every confidence in his continued ability to drive opportunity for the many companies who rely on Mercer.”

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