MMC Announces Organizational Changes at Mercer

January 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM EST


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, January 26, 2005 - Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) today announced a number of organizational and management changes within Mercer Inc., its consulting services subsidiary, following the planned retirement of its president, Peter Coster, after a successful 40-year career at Mercer.

Given the breadth of practices at Mercer today, going forward the company will be managed as two business areas: one headed by Brian M. Storms, currently vice chairman of Mercer Human Resource Consulting and a member of the Mercer Inc. Board of Directors, and one headed by David J. Morrison, currently president and chief executive officer of Mercer Management Consulting, Inc. and also a member of the Mercer Inc. Board. Both will report to Michael G. Cherkasky, president and chief executive officer of MMC.

MMC announced that Mr. Storms has been named president and chief executive officer of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, the world's leading human resource consulting firm. In his new role, Mr. Storms, 50, assumes leadership of Mercer Human Resource Consulting's core consulting practices as well as its new outsourcing and investment solutions businesses. Before joining Mercer, he was president and chief executive officer of UBS Global Asset Management, Americas. He has spent more than 25 years in a variety of management roles in the financial services industry, both in the United States and overseas.

MMC reported further that Mr. Morrison, 57, is assuming responsibility for leading a group of MMC's specialty consulting businesses, which will continue to be managed by their current leaders. These include Mercer Strategy and Operations, which is led by Mr. Morrison; Mercer Oliver Wyman (risk and financial services), led by John P. Drzik; Mercer Delta Organizational Consulting (leadership and organization change), led by David A. Nadler; Lippincott Mercer (design and brand strategy), led by Ken Roberts; and NERA Economic Consulting, led by Dr. Richard T. Rapp.

Mr. Cherkasky said: "As MMC continues to realign its structure, these changes at Mercer represent important steps in streamlining accountability while ensuring that our leaders remain close to the clients and markets they serve. We greatly appreciate the enormous contributions that Peter Coster has made to the company over the years, and we wish him well in his retirement."

MMC is a global professional services firm with annual revenues exceeding $11 billion. It is the parent company of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk and insurance services firm; Putnam Investments, one of the largest investment management companies in the United States; and Mercer Inc., a major global provider of consulting services. More than 60,000 employees provide analysis, advice, and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago, Pacific, and London stock exchanges. MMC's website address is

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