Mercer strengthens US Responsible Investment team

Mercer strengthens US Responsible Investment team

Mercer strengthens US Responsible Investment team with new appointment

  • March 5, 2015
  • United States, New York

Building on its strength as a global leader in the field of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), announced the appointment of Alex Bernhardt as a Senior Responsible Investment Consultant to lead its Responsible Investment (RI) team in the US market.

"Alex's knowledge of the impacts of catastrophes and climate change and his strong background in financial risk management will be invaluable to investors looking to integrate ESG factors into their investment processes,” said Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of RI at Mercer. “His history of innovation and intrapreneurship in the reinsurance market will translate well to investment consulting."

Rich Nuzum, Head of Investments for Mercer North America, added, "Alex's expertise in risk management and track record of designing and implementing creative financial solutions to address complex social and environmental problems make him an ideal fit for this position. We are very excited about Alex joining the RI team.”

Prior to joining Mercer, Alex was a senior vice president at Guy Carpenter, another Marsh & McLennan operating company, where he founded and ran the firm's GC Micro Risk Solutions® division focused on designing and developing micro(re)insurance programs for development banks, microfinance institutions and insurers. Additionally, he supported the firm's broader growth efforts advising public and private risk bearing entities on a variety of issues with a focus on disaster risk management, energy liability and credit risk. While at Guy Carpenter, Alex also contributed significantly to the completion of Mercer's forthcoming Strategic Asset Allocation in a Time of Climate Change report. He received a BA in English from the University of Puget Sound, where he was a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar.

Mercer’s Responsible Investment (RI) team facilitates the integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations into investment management processes and ownership practices in the belief that these factors can have an impact on financial performance.

About Mercer

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 57,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerInsights.

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