Aon Hewitt Hires Executive Comp Leaders

October 25, 2011 ( – Aon Hewitt announced the addition of Don Lowman, Gary Locke, and Chuck Essick as senior leaders in the North American executive compensation advisory business.  

In their new roles, Lowman, Locke, and Essick will be responsible for leading the growth and expansion of the executive compensation business through client acquisition, market, and staff development while supporting Aon Hewitt’s on-going focus on creating intellectual property.

Lowman will focus on driving growth in the management advisory consulting business for large market companies. According to the announcement, he brings 29 years of experience to his new role at Aon Hewitt. During his career with Towers Perrin, he managed several global lines of business as well as the firm’s geographic operations.  Most recently, he served as a board member and managing director of the human capital business handling many of the company’s largest executive compensation relationships. He was designated by Kennedy Research as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the world in 2003. Lowman will be based in the greater New York area. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary, as well as a BA from Randolph-Macon College.

Locke will support the global growth, development and integration of Aon Hewitt’s executive compensation business. With more than 20 years in the industry, he comes to Aon Hewitt from Towers Perrin where he served as managing director and global business leader for its executive compensation and rewards business. In addition, he served as a Towers Perrin board member and led the firm’s human capital group in Asia.  Locke will be based in Minneapolis. He holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Based in Houston, Essick will be charged with expanding Aon Hewitt’s business in the energy sector. He brings more than 25 years of industry expertise in this sector, most recently serving as an executive compensation consultant to high profile energy companies. He was the managing principal, southwest region compensation leader and executive compensation leader for Towers Watson’s Houston office. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS degree from East Tennessee State University.