21 September - LONDON

Thomsons Online Benefits, the global benefits management and employee engagement software company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercer, has today announced the appointment of Joanna Bean as Head of People.

Joanna joins Thomsons after fifteen years at Samsung Electronics, where her most recent position was Head of Reward for UK & Ireland. Under her guidance, and with Thomsons’ support, the Samsung team won multiple awards for their work, including Best Benefits Communications – Large Employer from Employee Benefits, and Joanna received the ultimate recognition in 2016, winning the Employee Benefits Professional of the Year award.

In her role at Thomsons, Joanna will be responsible for guiding and implementing the company’s overall people strategy, overseeing all parts of the HR function from business partnering to benefits and reward. She will report into Lynda Greeves, People & Marketing Director.

“From the moment that I walked in the door of Thomsons as a client, I knew that this was a special company. It is an environment that I already know and love, with a unique culture that challenges, demands excellence, and is wholly focused on its amazing people.” said Joanna Bean. “When I joined Samsung, it had less than 100 people in the UK; now it has more than 1,600. My experience navigating the challenges of a fast-growth, global technology company means Thomsons is the perfect fit for me, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Lynda Greeves, Director, People & Marketing said: “As we continue to change benefits for good - both for our clients as well as for Thomsons People - Joanna’s appointment will further bolster our people strategy and ensure we continue to offer the best experience possible.”

Stephen Read, CEO, Thomsons Online Benefits, said: “Joanna is an excellent addition to the Thomsons team. She will be integral in working with our senior leadership team to continue to cultivate our unique culture, as we build on the incredible growth we have seen as part of the Mercer family.”

Michael Whitfield, Founder and Chief Culture Architect added “When I first met Joanna, many years ago, it was obvious to me that we shared the same values despite working for two very different businesses. I think she is one of the most significant hires we have ever made and I feel incredibly proud that she has decided to continue her people journey by climbing aboard the Thomsons pink rocket ship”.


Notes to editors

Mercer, the global consulting firm, acquired Thomsons in December 2016. Since then, Thomsons has won major new clients within both the global enterprise and corporate market including ARM, Procter & Gamble, Uber and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The award-winning Darwin platform continues to attract high-growth companies and online leaders and is also expanding into established retail, pharmaceutical and FMCG markets. Darwin has been rolled out in 12 new countries including Brunei, Estonia and Pakistan bringing the total number of markets served to 86.

About Thomsons Online Benefits

Thomsons Online Benefits is a SaaS provider of global employee benefits and employee engagement software. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Thomsons’ award-winning platform, Darwin™, is the global market leader for automated employee benefits administration. With over 1 million worldwide users, Darwin™ connects employees with their benefits in over 86 countries and 24 languages. By using the right combination of editions, Darwin™ provides a tailored solution to meet a variety of employee benefit and reward needs, including employee engagement, managing risk, controlling costs and streamlining benefits administration. Its ability to constantly evolve and cater for shifting workforce needs has made it the provider of choice for seven of the world’s top ten technology companies. Thomsons has received 109 industry awards, including the prestigious Brandon Hall Group gold award for Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology in 2015, and the latest win, Most Effective Use of Benefits Technology at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017 for our work with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mercer and Thomsons combine world class consulting and broking with innovative technology that is driving transformation in the way that benefits are designed, communicated and administered.

About Mercer

Mercer is a global consulting leader in health, wealth and careers. 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 more than 40 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 57,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.