Mercer names Edward Lehman US Health Leader

December 16, 2019

United States, New York 


Mercer a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, and a business of Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), announced today that Edward (Ed) Lehman will join the firm as US Health Leader, effective January 2, 2020. In this role he will lead the US Health team in helping clients unlock value and real health and well-being for their employees. He will also join Mercer’s global Health Leadership Team. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Lehman will report to Louis Gagnon, President, US & Canada. 


Sharon Cunninghis, Mercer’s current US Health Leader, has announced her retirement as of the end of February 2020 and will work closely with Mr. Lehman to ensure a smooth transition. 


“We are very pleased to welcome Ed to Mercer as the leader of our US Health business,” said Mr. Gagnon. “His deep and diverse industry knowledge and proven track record of strong client relationships, dynamic leadership and business growth will contribute significantly to our clients’ ability to offer innovative and engaging health plans.” 


“I would also like to thank Sharon for her 32 years of dedicated service to Mercer, our clients and colleagues,” said Mr. Gagnon. “Leader, innovator and mentor are just some of the hallmarks of her outstanding career. We wish her nothing but the best for this next phase of her life.” 


“I also welcome Ed to Mercer and congratulate Sharon,” said Hervé Balzano, Mercer President, Health and Mercer Marsh Benefits International Leader. “Mercer’s US Health business is a critical element of our global health value proposition for clients. I look forward to tapping into Ed’s strategic insights as we continue to grow off of the foundation that Sharon helped to build.” 


Mr. Lehman will join Mercer from Magellan Health Inc. where he served most recently as Health Plan Segment Leader. Prior to Magellan, he held senior sales, client management and leadership roles at Grand Rounds, Cigna, Aetna and Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson). He began his career as a Mercer consulting intern in the firm’s Los Angeles office. 


Mr. Lehman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. 


About Mercer

Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, with 76,000 colleagues and annualized revenue approaching $17 billion. Through its market-leading businesses including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.