Mercer Appoints Executives, Restructures Regions

November 8, 2012 ( – Mercer announced executive appointments for its new region structure.

The new region structure incorporates North America, EuroPac (Europe and Pacific—Australia and New Zealand) and Growth Markets.

Pat Milligan has been appointed regional president, North America; Mercer named Simon O’Regan regional president, EuroPac; and Guarav Garg has been appointed regional president, Growth Markets.

Milligan joined Mercer in 2005, is a member of Mercer’s Executive Committee and has held a number of senior executive roles with the firm including president, Talent. Orlando Ashford, currently head of the Leadership & Organization Performance Segment in the Talent business, will succeed Milligan as president and will join the Executive Committee.

In 1988, O’Regan brought his experience in Europe and the Pacific markets to Mercer, and led businesses in both regions for the company. Gilles Beneplanc, formerly head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) will succeed O’Regan as president, Retirement. Both serve on the Executive Committee.

Garg joined Mercer in September from Chartis, the P&C insurance arm of AIG, where he was most recently CEO and managing director of Tata AIG General Insurance Company Ltd. in India. He joined AIG in 2000 and has held country, regional and global positions, with a strong international focus. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Additionally, Marcelo Modica will join Mercer as chief people officer. Modica was most recently with JP Morgan Chase, where he was general manager, Chase Hispanic Customer and was managing director and head of HR for Consumer & Business Banking. Previously, he was CHRO for Discover Financial Services and before this held human resources roles at Morgan Stanley, Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers.