Mercer has appointed Will Burkitt as a leader for innovation in Mercer’s wealth business, as which he would focus on post retirement, senior care and living in Australia.
Burkitt would work on the commercialisation of initiatives that leverage Mercer’s expertise in financial services, talent strategies, healthcare planning and technology to provide solutions to the senior-living, aged-care and post-retirement sectors.
Burkitt welcomed the opportunity to assist with the “complex, emotional and expensive” decisions that Australians face in their senior years.
He also pointed to Mercer’s role in supporting those in their senior years, saying that “Australians will be much better served with a tighter integration between the aged care industry and the financial services industry.”
Simon Eagleton, Mercer’s institutional wealth leader, Pacific, was excited by the experience in the post-retirement space that Burkitt offered.
“His passion for improving the wellbeing of Australians during their post-retirement years will ensure Mercer continues to provide leading-edge solutions that address the significant economic and social challenges that exist for the ageing population,” he said.
Burkitt would bring to the role experience as head of investment product and research at ANZ and from multiple senior positions at UBS Wealth Management Australian and Skandia Investment Group.