Chris Covill has been appointed North America Sales Leader for Mercer’s Health & Benefits (H&B) business, effective September 1.
In his new role Mr. Covill, a Mercer Partner, will be responsible for developing and managing Mercer H&B’s sales force and strategy, with a focus on accelerated growth of the business through both consultative and brokerage services as well as new offerings such as Mercer Marketplace and Mercer Health Advantage. He reports to Sharon Cunninghis, North America Leader of Mercer’s H&B business, and John Derse, Mercer’s North America Sales Leader. He will continue to be based in Atlanta.
“With the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act and the continued pressure for cost containment, clients are looking to Mercer as never before for advice and counsel. Chris has a proven record of sales leadership, strategic planning, initiatives design, and tactical execution. Over the last year, he’s done an excellent job as Product Leader overseeing the design and deployment of Mercer Marketplace, our private benefits exchange, ,” said Sharon Cunninghis, North America Leader of Mercer’s Health & Benefits Business.
“I’m delighted Chris has agreed to bring his considerable talents to Mercer’s North America sales leadership team. During this time of change in the benefits marketplace, Mercer is developing new solutions to help employers achieve a competitive edge. I’m very excited about working with him in his new role,” said Mr. Derse.
Prior to his work as Mercer Marketplace’s Product Leader, Mr. Covill was the National Specialty Practice Leader for Mercer Integrated Benefits and Managing Director for Affinity Group Services at Marsh, a sibling company.
He received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., and has completed post-graduate work at Russell Sage College/State University of Albany, Troy/Albany, N.Y.
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