Multinational investment group Mercer has seen a former Australian Unity wealth boss and chief investment officer start as its new Australian and Pacific region head.
David Bryant has commenced in the role as Pacific zone leader and chief executive, Australia, with the group holding him responsible to advance its business across Australia and New Zealand.
He has replaced interim CEO Jo-Anne Bloch, after the previous chief Ben Walsh departed in March.
Mr Bryant will report to David Anderson, president of Mercer’s international region.
Mr Anderson said Mr Bryant is the “right person to lead Mercer in the Pacific” through its next phase of growth.
“The Pacific plays an important role in our global portfolio and David will play an instrumental role in building brighter futures for our colleagues, our clients and our firm,” he said.
Mr Bryant added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Mercer and for the opportunity to be part of a highly capable team that is helping their clients navigate through these unprecedented times.”
“I’ve always had great respect for Mercer; it’s full of smart people and it has a clear purpose, and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to where we take Mercer locally.”
Mr Bryant was previously CEO, wealth and capital markets and CIO at Australian Unity, where he had held senior leadership roles since joining the company in 2004.
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