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Press release:

Won Andersen and Dard Hunter to Lead Employee Benefits Operations for Lockton Pacific Series

Issued by: Lockton

Date: Feb. 5, 2019

With changes in workforce and shifts in talent, plan sponsors must think differently.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5, 2019, -- Employers face major demographic changes in today's workforce, disruptive technology in healthcare delivery, and a growing skills and talent gap. Won Andersen and Dard Hunter, who recently joined Lockton to lead and expand its Pacific Series employee benefits operations, will be a tremendous asset to companies who look beyond traditional benefits strategies and delivery platforms to gain an edge when competing for talent.

"Companies need to rethink their value proposition and employee experience strategy in attracting, retaining and engaging talent, particularly when addressing the varying preferences and values of multigenerational workforces," says Andersen, Lockton's new Pacific Series practice leader who brings more than three decades of experience in healthcare consulting, most recently with Aon in San Francisco as managing director, National Strategic Health Advisor. "Leveraging Lockton's advisory role with clients helps employers to think more broadly about their human capital with an expanded view of total rewards and set meaningful strategies in place to strengthen their workforce productivity and engagement."

Hunter, who joined Lockton as Pacific Series benefits growth leader, agrees.

"Lockton's team of employee benefits experts and in-house resources enables employers to make data driven decisions and achieve higher efficiencies, better outcomes and a unique employee experience," adds Hunter, a veteran of more than 30 years who has spent most of his career at Mercer, most recently serving as senior partner, West Market Health & Benefits Business Leader. "Particularly for Silicon Valley employers, that may mean offering a navigator or concierge service, virtual networks, plan design alternatives that address changing demographics in the workforce, and sifting through a myriad of new clinical and technology point solutions."

"Lockton is in the unique position to be a key strategic partner for companies that are redefining their employee value proposition amidst a rapidly changing workforce landscape," says Nate Mundy, COO of Lockton Pacific Series. "We are thrilled to bring on two extraordinary professionals whose track records, depth of expertise and shared focus on client and carrier relationships will help our clients employ progressive strategies so they can thrive today and prepare for tomorrow's challenges."

Andersen is focusing on creating a multi-year benefits strategy involving talent acquisition and development, performance management, thought leadership, client solutions and local markets. Hunter is responsible for producer recruiting, development and support as well as growing and scaling Lockton's employee benefits business, where the company expects to continue tremendous growth.

Both will be based in Lockton's San Francisco office located at Three Embarcadero Center Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94111. They can be reached by calling (415) 568-4000. Lockton Pacific Series has eight offices throughout the Western United States including Portland, Sonoma, San Francisco, Sacramento, Encino, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

About Lockton
Lockton is a global professional services firm with 7,000 Associates who advise clients on protecting their people, property and reputations. Lockton has grown rapidly by helping clients achieve their objectives. For ten consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance."

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