Ben Gunnee heads Mercer UK Fiduciary Management

05 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Mercer has appointed Ben Gunnee as the new UK Head of its Fiduciary Management. Gunnee, who currently works in the firm’s Investments business, will commence with his new job in January 2015. In his role as Head of Fiduciary Management, he will be responsible for maintaining existing client relationships and further growing Mercer’s fiduciary management business in the UK.

Ben Gunnee has been at Mercer for over 12 years, and currently heads up its Investments business in the Middle East, delivering both advice and fiduciary management services. Under his stewardship Mercer Investments has grown and strengthened its presence across the region. Prior to this Gunnee was Director of the Mercer Sentinel Group, a specialist investment operations consulting group, for seven years. He joined Mercer's Investments Business in February 2002 and has previously worked for the UK investment regulator and a major Life Assurance Company.

Ben Gunnee - UK Head of Fiduciary Management at Mercer

“I am extremely excited and proud to have been asked to lead Mercer’s Fiduciary Management business in the UK. We have a fantastic team and my role will be to ensure, building on Mercer’s breadth of intellectual capital, that we continue to provide market leading, innovative solutions and the highest level of client service,” comments Gunnee on his new challenge.

Gunnee will report into Michael Dempsey, European Head of Fiduciary Management at the HR consulting firm. “We are delighted to welcome Ben into his new role. Ben is well known to the UK Investments business and we are confident that, with his experience and energy, he will prove to be an excellent appointment as we continue to see strong demand for our support and services from the UK market,” says Dempsey.

Mercer currently has more than 220 clients with £24.3 billion assets under management across the European market.

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.