Mercer has boosted its Investment business in the UK with Wayne Davidson. He joins from Deloitte, where he most recently led the Big Four’s investment consulting business in London.
Wayne Davidson has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of investment consulting and pensions advisory. He started his career in 1997 with Hewitt Associates, now part of Aon Hewitt (Aon bought Hewitt in July 2010 for $4.9 billion). After nearly nine years with the HR consultancy Davidson moved to accounting and consulting giant Deloitte, where he spent nearly ten years, most recently serving as a Director. Prior to joining Mercer, he led London arm of Deloitte's investment consulting business and sat on the pensions leadership team at Deloitte. Davidson specialises in among others advising pension fund clients, both trustee and sponsor, on strategic investment advice and deficit funding solutions.
In October Davidson decided to embark on a new challenge, and joined Mercer, where he has been appointed as a Senior Consultant. Davidson will head up a team of 20 analysts and consultants in Mercer’s London office and manage large client portfolios as the firm continues to grow its investment advisory business. “I am excited to join Mercer and to help build on the success that its investment practice has achieved in recent years,” says Davidson. “I look forward to working with some of the best consultants in the industry to ensure our offering provides clients with whatever they need to design and implement the right investment strategy.”
Steven Blackie, UK Head of Mercer Investments, says she is delighted to welcome Davidson, adding “Wayne will be an excellent addition to our strong investment advisory consulting team and will support us well in finding the right solutions to match individual client needs. He joins with a clear mandate to further strengthen current client relationships as well as establish new ones.”
Last month Mercer unveiled the 2015 edition of its annual study of the globe’s best pension systems, finding that the UK has lost terrain compared to last year, and needs a range of policy changes if it wants to keep pace with the globe’s leaders.