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Aon appoints new chief innovation officer

Jillian Slyfield first joined Aon in 2015 and most recently served as Aon's Digital Economy Practice leader

Aon has appointed Jillian Slyfield as the firm’s chief innovation officer, effective 1 December 2021. 

Slyfield will report to Aon CEO Greg Case as she joins the insurance group’s executive committee, which is responsible for overseeing the firm’s Aon United Blueprint.

In her new role, Slyfield will build on Aon’s Innovation at Scale strategy to address growing unmet client needs around increased volatility, greater access to capital, building resilient workforces and creating net new solutions for clients that reportedly do not exist in the market. 

She will also partner with colleagues across Aon to “identify, develop and scale significant new sources of value for clients”.

Slyfield first joined Aon in 2015 and most recently served as Aon’s Digital Economy Practice leader, where she addressed digital disruption of traditional industries with a focus on mobility as a service, the future of work and platform marketplaces. 

Prior to joining Aon, she was a leading advisor to mid-size and global organizations while working for an international brokerage firm and a number of national multi-risk insurance companies. 

Commenting on her appointment, Case said: “In a world that is more volatile, interdependent and faster moving than ever before, the risks our clients face are becoming more frequent and severe and the need for better decisions has never been greater.

“Innovation is a core component of our Aon United Blueprint and how we bring the best of Aon to our clients. Jillian is a proven Aon leader who has the skills and expertise to work across geographies and solution lines to accelerate innovation to better address unmet client need.”

Slyfield added: “Innovation is core to Aon, and I couldn’t think of a more exciting opportunity than to bring state-of-the-art solutions to our clients so that they can thrive and grow now and into the future.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Aon Executive Committee and colleagues across Aon to create new sources of value that will help our clients as they address emerging risks.”

Slyfield will assume the role following the retirement of Tony Goland, who will leave at the end of 2021 after a “distinguished” career at Aon, where he has worked as chief human resources officer and then its first chief innovation officer.

The firm said his leadership of Aon’s New Ventures Group, which will now report into Slyfield, has “positioned Aon to expand on its leading position in intellectual property solutions and ground-breaking work to enable public sector partnerships”. 

Goland will continue to serve as an advisor to Case through the end of the year, and the firm added it was grateful for his service.

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