AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND - Mercer has appointed Guy Thorburn as business leader for retirement, risk and finance consulting for Australia/New Zealand.
He succeeds Tim Jenkins, who has led the business for seven years while also acting as head of Mercer's Asia Pacific business for three years. Jenkins will continue in the latter role from his base in Sydney.
In his new role, Thorburn (pictured) will develop actuarial and strategic consulting related to risk, governance and financial management for employers and superannuation funds from his base in Melbourne.
His previous role at Mercer was chief operating officer for retirement, risk and finance. He joined the firm 13 years ago specialising in advising life insurance providers, retail fund managers and superannuation funds in the areas of prudential management, post-merger integration, product strategy and operational issues. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Jenkins said "The appointment of Guy Thorburn as the dedicated leader of Mercer's retirement, risk and finance consulting business in Australia and New Zealand demonstrates our commitment to continue to strengthen our team to provide quality advice to steer superannuation funds, employers and financial services organisations through the strategic and operational issues they face in the current environment.
"Mercer remains the market leader in Australia in the provision of actuarial and associated risk management consulting advice to superannuation funds. Regulatory change and market consolidation has presented many new opportunities for Mercer's clients and allowed us to strengthen our position as a leading and trusted advisor to superannuation funds and employers and extend this to the broader financial services sector."
Mercer managing director and market leader David Anderson said: "I am pleased to welcome Guy to Mercer's leadership team for Australia and New Zealand. Guy has an excellent understanding of the needs of our clients and a depth of experience that will be highly valued as we continue our strong growth in this market."
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