Arthur J. Gallagher & Co appoints Chris Mead as Chief Marketing Officer

17 May 2017

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has appointed Chris Mead as its new Chief Marketing Officer. He reports directly to J. Patrick Gallagher Junior, the firm's CEO, and will be responsible for driving its global marketing and communication efforts.

Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Chris Mead worked at the CME Group in the firm’s Marketing Division for more than eleven years. In his most recent role he was a Managing Director, his mandate included various executive level decision making capacities. He was previously the Vice President of Marketing at CNA Insurance, for a period of five years. Earlier is his career Mead worked at Total Sports as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, for a year; and at BRAND33, latterly as a Director of Marketing and Chief Brand Strategist, during his almost five years at the firm.

Mead completed a Bachelor of Science at Keene State College and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Mead - Arthur J. Gallagher and Co

The high level appointment sees Mead join Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as its new Chief Marketing Officer. He takes responsibility for the firm’s global marketing and communications strategy and campaigns, and reports directly to J. Patrick Gallagher Junior, the firm’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. The insurance broker and advisory firm operates in 30+ countries across the globe, with client service capabilities available in 150 countries through its global correspondent brokers and consultants network.

“Our company has undergone tremendous growth in recent years, doubling in size over the last six years," Gallagher stated. "Chris's extensive global marketing leadership expertise and skill set will be tremendous assets as we continue to expand our global footprint and deliver additional solutions and services for our clients' evolving business needs. We are very excited to welcome him to our senior leadership team.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.