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Mercer announces new chief people officer

Mercer has announced Achim Lüder as its new chief people officer, replacing Marcelo Modica, who has left the company after eight years. 

In his new role, he will be responsible for driving Mercer’s global people strategy, including building a diverse workforce and inclusive environment for over 25,000 colleagues across 44 countries. 

Lüder will report to Carmen Fernandez, Marsh & McLennan’s incoming chief human resources officer, and joins the Mercer executive leadership team led by Martine Ferland, president and CEO of Mercer and vice chair, Marsh & McLennan. 

Throughout his 15-year tenure at Mercer, Lüder has held a number of senior leadership positions. 

Most recently the CEO of Mercer Germany, his previous roles include leader of the Central and Eastern Europe region, COO of the EMEA retirement business and CFO of the EMEA region. 

He began his career as an auditor with KPMG in 1994, and also worked as a CFO at a start-up company and as a sales director for a venture capital firm prior to joining Mercer.

Ferland said: “We are delighted to announce Achim as our new Chief People Officer. He brings real passion for the success of our colleagues and a deep knowledge of our business to the role.

“During his time at Mercer, Achim has honed his understanding of our culture, our business and what makes our people successful.” 

She added: “He leads with a combination of clear strategy, care for colleagues and clients, and strong execution focus – ideal capabilities as we reinvent to be successful in an evolving ‘new normal’.  With change comes new opportunity, and how we enable all of our colleagues to be part of the journey has never been more important.”

Lüder is succeeded in his role as CEO of Mercer Germany by Norman Dreger. Dreger has held various leadership roles, most recently as leader of Mercer’s Multinational Client Segment for the International Region.  

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