MILWAUKEE, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Insurance and employee benefits advisor Lockton has opened a new operation in Milwaukee, appointing two veteran employee benefits consultants as senior executives.
John O'Connor and Bill Crowley have joined Lockton as Senior Vice Presidents in Lockton's new Milwaukee office. Lockton is the world's largest privately held insurance broker and benefits consultant.
The Lockton operations will have temporary quarters downtown at 250 East Wisconsin Avenue, 18th Floor, in Milwaukee. Lockton expects to move into permanent office space in downtown Milwaukee in late summer.
"John and Bill are two highly regarded benefits consulting professionals who will help our clients make intelligent business decisions as they face the ongoing challenges of health reform and rising benefits costs," said Tom Schaffler, President of Lockton's Chicago operations. "This expansion provides middle market and multinational companies with a strong alternative for their insurance and employee benefits solutions."
Casey Warnecke, Chief Operating Officer of Lockton Chicago, said, "Many companies in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin already work with Lockton, so this new office allows us to enhance our service and expand our capabilities for clients." Warnecke said that Lockton will expand and hire additional employee benefits and property-casualty insurance staff in the coming months.
John O'Connor, Senior Vice President at Lockton, has been with Aon Hewitt and its predecessor consulting firm Hewitt Associates for more than 24 years. He is a widely respected advisor to executives and human resource leaders with expertise in health and welfare plans, global human resources issues, pension and retirement programs, and strategic planning. At Lockton, O'Connor will be responsible for business development and client strategy. He is a Wisconsin native who relocated back to Milwaukee in 2007 from international assignments. He holds an MBA from University of Warwick (Coventry, England) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison.
Bill Crowley, also named a Senior Vice President at Lockton, has been a Principal and Client Manager in Mercer's Milwaukee office for the past six years. He has more than 20 years working as an employee benefits and human resources advisor. At Lockton, he will be responsible for business development and advising clients on benefits and compensation strategy, design, funding, and administration. He has expertise working with complex organizations in a variety of industries. Crowley received his bachelor's degree from Boston College and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. He also studied at the Institut fur Europaische Studien in Vienna, Austria. Crowley holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
The new Lockton Milwaukee office is at 250 East Wisconsin Avenue, 18th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202. The phone number is 414.220.9520. John O'Connor can be reached at [email protected] or 414-708-6203. Bill Crowley can be reached at [email protected] or 414.484.0497.
More than 4,900 professionals at Lockton provide 35,000 clients around the world with risk management, insurance, and employee benefits consulting services that improve their businesses. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton has attracted entrepreneurial professionals who have driven its growth to become the largest privately held insurance broker in the world and 9th largest overall. Independent researcher Greenwich Associates has awarded Lockton its Service Excellence Award for risk management for large companies. For four consecutive years, Business Insurance has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance." To see the latest insights from Lockton's experts, check Lockton Market Update.