Australia - Mercer, a leading global consultant in Health, Wealth and Career, has appointed Will Burkitt as a leader for innovation in Mercer’s Wealth business focusing on post retirement, senior care and living in Australia.
Mr Burkitt will lead commercialisation of initiatives that explore how Mercer can provide different kinds of solutions to the senior-living, aged-care and post-retirement sectors by leveraging Mercer’s global expertise in financial services, talent strategies, healthcare planning and technology.
Mr Burkitt joins Mercer from ANZ where, for the past five years, he was Head of Investment Product and Research. Prior to this, Mr Burkitt held a number of senior research positions at UBS Wealth Management Australia and Skandia Investment Group.
Simon Eagleton, Mercer’s Institutional Wealth Leader, Pacific, said as a seasoned leader within the post-retirement space, Will’s appointment is a major coup for Mercer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Will to the team to drive innovation in this space, in support of our broader growth agenda. His passion for improving the wellbeing of Australians during their post-retirement years will ensure Mercer continues to provide leading-edge solutions that address the significant economic and social challenges that exist for the ageing population.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Burkitt said that understanding the options and making the best decisions for social, care and living needs for someone throughout their senior years, and for their families and carers, is complex, emotional and expensive.
“Australians will be much better served with a tighter integration between the aged care industry and the financial services industry,” said Mr Burkitt. “Through our innovative solutions and thought leadership, Mercer’s Post-Retirement offerings will play a major role in supporting Australians in their senior-living, aged-care and post-retirement needs - enabling all Australians to thrive in a different world.”
Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organisations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Across the Pacific, organisations look to Mercer for global insights, thought leadership and product innovation to help transform and grow their businesses.
Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With more than 65,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $14 billion, through its market-leading companies including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit www.mercer.com.au.