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Catherine Read appointed Chief Operating Officer, UK & Ireland, Marsh


Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, today announced the appointment of Catherine Read as Chief Operating Officer (COO), UK & Ireland, effective January 4, 2022. Ms. Read will join the UK & Ireland Executive Committee and the board of Marsh Ltd., subject to regulatory approval. Based in London, she will report to Chris Lay, CEO, UK & Ireland, and Puneet Satyawadi, COO, International, Marsh.

In this role, Ms. Read will lead initiatives that support the development of Marsh’s operational and technological capabilities that enhance the colleague and client experience across the region.

Ms. Read brings nearly 20 years’ experience in COO and senior audit roles in the financial services industry to Marsh. She will join Marsh from Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) where she is Executive Director and COO, responsible for all aspects of operations and data. Prior to RLAM, she held senior positions at Royal London Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She also spent several years in her early career at Barclays Capital and qualified as an accountant at PwC.

Commenting on Ms. Read’s appointment, Mr. Lay said: “The world of risk is constantly evolving, and is creating new possibilities for our business, clients, and colleagues. Catherine’s longstanding experience in organisational effectiveness will be invaluable as we work together to develop and deliver the innovative solutions our clients need to meet the challenges they face.”

About Marsh

Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. With around 40,000 colleagues operating in more than 130 countries, Marsh serves commercial and individual clients with data-driven risk solutions and advisory services. Marsh is a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue over $18 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading businesses: Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman. For more information, visit, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to BRINK.

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