Mercer has announced two new leadership appointments to strengthen its Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) consulting capabilities in North America. Chuck Moritt, senior partner, has been appointed the North American Corporate M&A Leader. Jeff Cox, senior partner, will assume leadership of the North America Private Equity M&A Group. Mercer is a global leader in advising clients on the financial, cultural and talent aspects of people issues in corporate and private equity M&A transactions. Through its experienced M&A consultants in more than 40 countries, Mercer helps clients understand, manage and plan people-related programs; optimize leadership and overall workforce investments; identify and drive the desired culture changes across business lines and geographic borders; and manage complex pre- and post-close integration activities. “We are pleased to announce the new responsibilities for Chuck and Jeff, two of our most senior and experienced M&A consultants,” said Mercer’s Pat Milligan, President, North America. “Chuck and Jeff have an exceptional track record in advising clients to ensure the successful outcome of M&A transactions. Creating a laser focus in each of the specific corporate and private equity transaction markets will allow Mercer to take advantage of its core expertise to include global integration planning/execution, IPO readiness and in increasingly active deal industries like healthcare and energy.” Chuck Moritt is a Senior Partner with more than 25 years of human resources consulting experience. He has provided strategic consulting on a wide variety of M&A topics, including due diligence, integration and divestiture strategy, implementation, and M&A organizational effectiveness. Mr. Moritt has advised some of the largest and most brand recognizable companies throughout the world in the financial, insurance, defense, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries. For the past eight years he has been the M&A Market Leader for the Northeast Region. Mr. Moritt holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maryland.
"Mercer's M&A team, under Chuck's leadership and strategic guidance, has been invaluable to our executive team in developing our enterprise-wide M&A delivery framework and successfully deploying our acquisition and divestiture activity,” says Chris Giangrasso, SVP, HR, Communications and Site Services, Arkema Inc.Jeff Cox is a Senior Partner and has managed some of the firm’s largest global relationships over the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 250 M&A transactions, advising both private equity and strategic buyers/sellers on a variety of global HR issues, balance sheet risk and post-acquisition integration. Mr. Cox co-authored the chapter on portfolio purchasing of employee benefits in the book The Operating Partner in Private Equity published by PEI. He holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Concordia University and a graduate degree in law from Loyola University Chicago Law School. “Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) is focused on adding operational value to our healthcare and information/business services portfolio companies,” said Tony Ecock, General Partner, WCAS. “We are a deal size agnostic investor and Mercer's team has strong capabilities across a spectrum of deal sizes. Our strategic relationship with Jeff Cox and Mercer has saved our portfolio companies tens of millions of dollars over the last five years.” About Mercer Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth, and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer's more than 20,000 employees are based in 42 countries, and the firm operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC), a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. With over 53,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerInsights. To learn more about Mercer’s M&A consulting services, please visit www.mercer.com/ma.