Marsh McLennan welcomes Nick Harris and Ailsa King in top UK roles


Marsh McLennan, a professional services firm specialising in risk strategy and management, has declared significant additions to its UK team.

Nick Harris is set to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of UK Retail, Marsh, from January 1st, 2024, pending regulatory consent. Concurrently, Ailsa King has been designated the Chief Commercial Officer of Marsh McLennan UK, a role she has taken on with immediate effect.

Marsh McLennan stands at the forefront of advising clients on matters related to risk and strategy. By providing innovative solutions that address risk challenges, they aid businesses in navigating an increasingly uncertain landscape. Their forte revolves around risk management, insurance broking, and advisory services, catering to both individual and corporate clients.

Nick Harris, upon commencement of his role, will steer the direction of Marsh’s UK Commercial, Corporate and Risk Management client segments. In addition, he will oversee the Advisory services. A key aspect of his duty will involve ensuring that clients gain access to a broad spectrum of services, tailor-made to satisfy their insurance and risk requirements.

Ailsa King, as the Chief Commercial Officer, will join hands with Chris Lay to maximise opportunities for synergistic collaboration. Her duty will further encompass helming a novel Commercial leadership structure, aiming to bolster the firm’s collaborative methods, thereby augmenting innovations for the clientele.

Having previously held the CEO position for Marsh’s Pacific division in Australia, Harris returns to London. His illustrious career, spanning over two decades, has seen him in leadership roles in both the UK and Australia, including a stint as CEO of JLT Australia and New Zealand.

King, boasting an impressive track record of over three decades in senior broking and risk advisory positions, joined Marsh in 2017. As the UK Chief Client Officer, she led the drive towards crafting solutions addressing clients’ primary risk management challenges. Furthermore, she has the experience of being the CEO of Marsh’s UK Risk Management client segment.

Marsh McLennan UK and CEO Marsh UK Chris Lay said, “Ailsa and Nick are among the firm’s most experienced leaders and understand the importance of delivering services and solutions that help clients address risks at increasingly critical intersections in their organisations. Under their leadership, Marsh McLennan colleagues across the UK will be in an even stronger position to deliver greater client value.”

Nick Harris commented, “In a volatile and uncertain environment businesses are facing rapidly evolving and more complex risks, and building resilience to new and emerging risks is a leadership priority for UK organisations. I look forward to returning to the UK to work with our UK Retail colleagues around the country, and supporting our clients in the challenges and opportunities they face.”

Ailsa King stated, “As the issues and risks our clients face have changed and grown in complexity, so our approach to serving our clients has evolved. Across Marsh McLennan we have great businesses, brands, talent and momentum. By bringing together the best of Marsh McLennan, we will find new ways to solve our clients’ challenges and find new opportunities. I look forward to supporting clients as they navigate their way through a new world of increasingly interconnected risks.”

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