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UP CLOSE: Greg Martens

June 22, 2014 - 6:00am

Greg Martens Willis North America Inc.

Greg Martens


CHICAGO-BASED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND HUMAN CAPITAL PRACTICE LEADER, MIDWEST REGION

Willis North America Inc.

PREVIOUS POSITION: Chicago-based senior vice president and Chicago consulting market leader for Aon Consulting

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Driving growth and continuing to build the human capital brand in the region. As we continue to grow, I am looking forward to connecting the talent at Willis to the region.

GOALS FOR NEW POSITION: This is a newly developed role. The goals are around growth and talent development. It's a way to leverage the talent we have in each of those offices that are somewhat operating in silos on a state-by-state basis.

CHALLENGES FACING INDUSTRY: We continue to see rising health care costs. The Affordable Care Act has created a lot of opportunity and challenges. We will need to continue to navigate the new landscape for our clients, while keeping the costs down. We've seen double-digit growth over the past few years. The Affordable Care Act has added to the costs.

ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Golfing in the morning; pool in the afternoon. Not in January though.

FIRST INDUSTRY JOB: Hewitt & Associates as a compensation consultant.

OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY, A DREAM JOB: It might be fun to be a high-end tour guide.

ADVICE: Develop an area of expertise and develop your skill set in that area.

THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I played a couple of sets with Kid Rock when I was in college. I played the bass guitar.

FAVORITE MEAL: Sushi.

BEST CITY: Of course Chicago. But beyond Chicago, I would say Rome.

THOUGHTS ON SMARTPHONES: They are great, but the problem is you can never get away from it.

 



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