Former Porter Novelli President Resurfaces at Mercer
Julie Winskie has joined Mercer as a partner and global branding and communications leader. Winskie brings 25 years of experience gained at Porter Novelli as global president, thus making her a valuable addition to the firm.
Winskie specializes in strategy, marketing, and business development – qualities that are sure to guide Mercer through their ever-expanding role in the investment firm industry.
Mercer ranks as one of the largest investment firms in the industry, with more than 20,000 employees operating in 43 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies; a global professional services firm, offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people.
Mercer specializes in the industries of energy, insurance, healthcare, financial services, higher education and retail. They have been steadily growing throughout the last year. In February, Mercer expanded their relationship with Benefitfocus in a strategic equity investment.
“Mercer Marketplace has become a leading private benefits exchange for active employees,” said Julio A. Portalatin, Mercer’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The success of Mercer Marketplace is driven by the flexibility that allows it to meet the needs of a wide range of companies and individuals. Our proprietary solution – powered by Benefitfocus technology – is critical to that flexibility as we continue to innovate and grow together.”
Mercer and Transamerica
Also, in September Mercer entered into a strategic alliance with Transamerica. Transamerica expects to acquire Mercer’s US defined contribution (DC) administration book of business, and this should make Transamerica Mercer’s preferred DC record keeping provider.
“We are excited about this alliance with Transamerica as both firms share a deep passion for service excellence and value delivery,” said Ken Haderer, Mercer’s Chief Operating Officer. “After the transaction is complete later this year, we will partner with Transamerica for our defined contribution recordkeeping administration business. We also want to clearly state that we are committed to continuing to provide best of class service to our defined benefit and health clients through our own solutions.”
As branding and communications leader, Winskie will lead campaigns for corporations in private and public sector looking to expand their global footprint.
As a global president with Porter Novelli, Winskie worked with some of the biggest branding names in any industry. Winskie established and maintained client relationships with international companies like HP, P&G and McDonald’s.
After leaving Porter Novelli in January 2012, Winskie worked as an independent consultant with Fortune 500 companies, helping to design integrated reputation strategies that build customer relations and client communication.