Mercer names new people and culture lead

Mercer has appointed a new people and culture leader for the region; meanwhile Yolanda Beattie has exited as the lead for diversity and inclusion practice.

Gaye Morris will lead a workforce of 2000 in Australia and New Zealand, bringing 20 years' human resources experience in the financial services sector.

She replaces Michele Glover, who moved to AustralianSuper as group executive of people and culture in July 2018.

Morris spent six years at KPMG, working across a number of roles, the most recent being head of people experience and reward.

Prior to KPMG, she spent more than a decade at ANZ in a range of senior HR positions, including global functional HR roles with large, geographically dispersed teams.

Beattie left Mercer in December 2018, but remains as a consultant. She joined in February 2016 as diversity and inclusion practice leader after working as a strategy and engagement executive manager at the Australian government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

She helped lead Future IM/Pact, an initiative between Mercer and AustralianSuper, Cbus Super, Future Fund, HESTA, Magellan, Mercer, NAB Asset Management, Pendal, QIC, Wavestone and Yarra Capital Management that aims to attract more women into investment roles.

Chief executive Ben Walsh said Morris' broad experience in HR, both in advisory firm and financial services organisations, will help strengthen the capabilities of Mercer's workforce at a time of major change and transformation for its clients.

On her appointment, Morris commented: "Mercer is a strong brand in the market with enormous opportunities ahead. We're in a transformative time with the emergence of a next generation workforce."

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