Lockton Adds Health Benefits Experts to Chicago Staff

August 4, 2014 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Lockton, a provider of risk management, insurance and employee benefits consulting services, will add two employee benefits experts to its Chicago office.

Joining Lockton in vice president, producer roles will be David Cooke and Mark Haye. Both will be responsible for business development and client strategy at Lockton.

“We are so pleased to add the impressive credentials of David Cooke and Mark Haye to our practice. Lockton’s prospects and clients will benefit greatly from their expertise in group medical benefits strategy, design, funding and administration. Mark and David have both developed effective benefits strategies for employers of every shape and size during their careers,” says Tom Schaffler, president of Lockton’s Chicago office.

Cooke brings more than 25 years of experience in health and welfare benefits, with a financial analysis and underwriting background. Most recently, he was a producer and senior consultant in Aon Hewitt’s health and benefits practice in Chicago. He specializes in helping employers formulate long-term benefits strategies to mitigate their rising benefits expenses.

Before joining Aon Hewitt, Cooke worked as a health and welfare consultant for another national employee benefits firm, consulting on both U.S. and global health and benefits programs for employers. He holds his CEBS designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, is a frequent presenter at national benefit conferences and webcasts and serves on the Corporate Board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He is a graduate of Colgate University.

Haye brings more than 20 years of experience in the employee benefits financial management space. Most recently, he worked at Mercer Health & Benefits, gaining expertise in organizational design and effectiveness, strategic planning and new business development.

Prior to his time at Mercer, Haye worked for Aon for three years and Hewitt for five years. He holds a CEBS designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and frequently hosts seminars and roundtable discussions on topics relevant to senior human resource and finance leaders. He is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business.

More information about the firm is available at http://www.lockton.com.