It’s a busy time for U.S. benefit brokerages, advisory firms and other benefit service companies.
For starters, Mercer continues to add benefit advisers to its Midwest offices, with two hires in Milwaukee and another in Minneapolis. Alight Solutions also named a new president of its Health & Wealth Solutions unit.
There are also noteworthy hires outside of the traditional benefit brokerage space. Lockton has named a new Chief Medical Officer who will work in the firm’s Dallas office for its health risk solutions team. The new hire will advise employers on health strategies that improve employee wellbeing, reduce costs and improve productivity. Meanwhile, the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP has named a new counsel in the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice. And the ubiquitous ride-sharing program, Uber, has lured away a key staffing and recruiting leader from Microsoft to help the firm find and retain new talent, especially those from tomorrow’s workforce: recent university graduates.
The Standard also hired a new chief ethics and compliance officer, and Willis Towers Watson named a new head of U.S. Delegated Investment Solutions. Laurel Pickering has left her CEO post at the Northeast Business Group on Health, where she worked for nearly 25 years to become the new chief revenue officer of a digital health firm.
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Lockton adds Buck as chief medical officer
Dr. Shealynn Buck, M.D., has joined Lockton Benefit Group in Dallas as Chief Medical Officer. As a member of the health risk solutions team, she will advise employers on health strategies that improve employee wellbeing, reduce costs and improve productivity. She served as vice president of health integration at Marsh & McLennan Agency, and before that she was executive director of DeKalb Regional Health System’s WorksWell and medical director of the system’s Wellness Center. Buck graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
Campbell hops on Uber’s Tech Recruiting team
Craig Campbell has been brought on board at Uber as its director of tech recruiting. In this role, he will lead tech recruiting in Seattle and New York as well as its University Recruiting team in the U.S. He’ll oversee recruiting and programs architecture in support of Uber’s Diversity & Inclusive initiatives. Campbell has overseen tech recruiting and staffing at Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, and also served in lead staffing roles at Dolby Laboratories and MGM.
Willis Towers Watson names Cary as head of U.S. Delegated Investment Solutions
Clint Cary is the new head of U.S. Delegated Investment Solutions for Willis Towers Watson. Based in Chicago, he will drive the growth strategy of the firm’s U.S. delegated business and he reports to Kemp Ross, global head of Delegated Investment Solutions. Prior to joining Willis, Cary served nine years at Aon Hewitt, and prior to Aon, Cary spent three years at Northern Trust.
Mercer hires Coffey as relationship manager
Global health and wealth consultancy Mercer has appointed Thomas Coffey as relationship manager. His responsibilities include creating long-term solution strategies for mid-market growth sales in the Wisconsin area, specifically Milwaukee. Coffey will report to Mike Bux, Midwest market sales lead. Prior to joining Mercer, Coffey served as a sales and retention executive with Anthem where he was responsible for employee benefit sales for Southeast Wisconsin.
Koltun joins Mercer’s Minneapolis office
Mercer has appointed Janis Koltun as principal for Mercer’s Health Business in its Minneapolis office. She will help clients assess their current benefit offerings as well as future strategy and plan design considerations. Koltun will report to Rey Balcazar, office business leader, health in the central U.S. Prior to joining Mercer, Koltun was with Aon, where she served as an account executive in its Health and Benefits practice.
The Standard swears in Laidler as Compliance and Ethics Officer
Standard Insurance Company has named Deanna Laidler to the role of Compliance and Ethics Officer. She will oversee the insurance, retirement, individual annuities and broker-dealer compliance teams and be responsible for the corporate compliance program, which includes business conduct, ethics and corporate policy governance. Most recently, Laidler was senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice.
Martin named relationship manager for Mercer
Mercer has appointed Nicole Martin as relationship manager. Her responsibilities include creating long-term solution strategies for mid-market growth sales in the Wisconsin area, specifically Milwaukee. Martin has seven years of experience as a senior-level sales executive, having joined Mercer from Eastcastle Place in Milwaukee.
Pickering joins WellDoc as CRO
Digital health company WellDoc has named Laurel Pickering to the position of Chief Revenue Officer. Before this, she was president and CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health where she worked for nearly 25 years. In her new CRO role, Pickering will be responsible for furthering relationships with key stakeholders. During her tenure as president and CEO of NEBGH, Pickering created and launched a health insurance exchange for small businesses, mobilized the business community to improve its healthcare quality, and motivated health plans in the NY Metro area to collaborate on quality improvement projects.
Alight picks Sigmund as president of Health & Wealth Solutions
Health and HR technology provider Alight Solutions has appointed Michael Sigmund as president, Health & Wealth Solutions. Sigmund will be responsible for the firm’s health, defined contribution, defined benefit and consumer experience solutions and he will lead 17,000 employees across sales, operations and customer service. Sigmund joins Alight from Conduent, where he most recently served as the group president and general manager of the HR outsourcing and benefits administration business. He will be based in New Jersey and report to Chris Michalak, CEO of Alight Solutions.
Troutman joins Haynes and Boone
Lori Troutman has joined the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP as a counsel in the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice. She has advised clients for 24 years on a wide range of matters, including the design, implementation and management of qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and all types of health and welfare benefit plans.
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