Marsh & McLennan Agency Names Chris Williams CEO of West Region
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WHITE PLAINS, New York, May 29, 2018 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), the middle market agency subsidiary of Marsh, today announced that Chris Williams will become Chief Executive Officer of the West region on January 1, 2019, reporting to David Eslick, Chairman and CEO of MMA.
Mr. Williams has led MMA’s Bay Area operations since 2014 and has worked for the firm and its predecessors since 1993. As CEO, he will oversee MMA offices in San Diego, Aliso Viejo, Los Angeles, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco, California and Anchorage, Alaska.
Mr. Williams succeeds Paul Hering, who has worked for the company for 33 years and led Barney & Barney when it was acquired by MMA in 2014. Mr. Hering will become West Regional Chairman of MMA and serve as a member of the National MMA Strategic Steering Committee.
Both Mr. Williams and Mr. Hering will continue to be based in San Diego.
“Chris Williams is a proven executive whose leadership and values will continue to drive MMA’s growth in the West region,” Mr. Eslick said. “The continuity of leadership between Chris and Paul, whose vision and guidance has been instrumental to our success, positions us very strongly in this dynamic market.”
The appointments are part of a series of executive promotions in MMA’s West Region that will become effective January 1, 2019. Jeff Calder, who has worked for the firm in the Bay Area since 1986, will become Managing Director and lead the firm’s San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices.
Sam Brasch, a Bay Area-based Principal, will lead Employee Benefits sales and Allison Barney, currently Principal and Director of Client Services in the Bay Area, will lead the Employee Benefits Division for the San Francisco and Walnut Creek locations.
“The promotions of Jeff, Sam, and Allison will help MMA continue to grow and serve more businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Mr. Williams said. “I look forward to working with leadership across the region to implement innovative ways to deliver exceptional care and service to our clients across all of our offices.”
About Marsh & McLennan Agency
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is a subsidiary of Marsh established in 2008 to serve as a platform for the middle market. In 2015, it expanded its national footprint into Canada. MMA offers commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to midsize businesses and individuals across North America.
A global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, Marsh’s 30,000 colleagues advise individual and commercial clients of all sizes in over 130 countries. Marsh 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 annual revenue over US$14 billion and nearly 65,000 colleagues worldwide, MMC helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading firms. In addition to Marsh, MMC is the parent company of Guy Carpenter, Mercer, and Oliver Wyman. Follow Marsh on Twitter @MarshGlobal; LinkedIn; Facebook; and YouTube, or subscribe to BRINK.