Having successfully led the transition of Thomsons Online Benefits to Mercer, Michael will now focus his time on charitable work and mentoring young leaders.

London, November 20th 2017

Michael Whitfield is to leave Thomsons Online Benefits[1] in December 2017, having successfully handed over leadership of the technology business in July to Stephen Read who is CEO of Thomsons. Michael will focus on his new benevolent phase with personal projects including his chosen charities that help disadvantaged children and engagement through sport and mentoring young business leaders.

Michael Whitfield founded Thomsons with Chris Bruce in 2000 and last year Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, successfully acquired the business from Boston based private equity firm Abry Partners.

Since the acquisition, Thomsons has gone from strength to strength and the combination of Thomsons Darwin™ technology with Mercer has created a potent and compelling proposition which has led to a significant increase in new business wins from the world’s leading brands and multinational employers.

Whilst fully addressing the needs of the multinational employer, Thomsons is also helping to drive future growth in local markets across the world where Thomsons and Mercer are already well established, particularly in Asia, EMEA and the UK. Thomsons Online Benefits has won 111 client awards, and now has over 1 million employees worldwide on Darwin and includes eight out of the world’s top 10 technology companies as its clients.

“2017 has been our most successful year ever with our Darwin technology winning more awards, being deployed in more countries, and attracting some amazing new clients to join the loyal logos already using Darwin,” said Michael Whitfield. “We have forged a very strong relationship and proposition with our Mercer and Marsh colleagues and in under a year from the acquisition we are perfectly placed to lead the benefits technology space for many years to come.”

“Thomsons has been my life for over 17 years; I love it, I love the people and I am incredibly proud of how Darwin really helps employers and employees in their working lives. Of course I will miss it, and in my heart I will always be a proud Thomsons Person, proudly pink!” added Michael Whitfield.

“Michael and I have had an incredible journey together, as we have created the UK and global benefit software market,” said Chris Bruce, MD & Co-Founder of Thomsons. “I’m excited for Michael as he embarks on the next phase of his life and looking forward to working with Stephen as we continue to build the strongest technology in the market delivered by brilliant customer-focused Thomsons people.”

“It’s an absolute privilege to lead Thomsons into our next phase of growth after Michael has steered the business to success over the last 17 years,” said Stephen Read, CEO of Thomsons. “Thomsons is an innovative and award winning business that is expanding rapidly, and many of the world’s most successful companies are looking to Darwin, the #1 global benefits technology, to transform their employee experience and benefits strategies.”


[1] Thomsons, and its Darwin™ technology operates as a separate business and brand within Mercer, led by Stephen Read and Chris Bruce and reporting into Jacques Goulet, President of Mercer’s Health and Wealth businesses. Thomsons has business operations in London, Cluj-Napoca, Singapore and the US, employing over 550 people.