Aon Hewitt Hires New CEO in Canada

TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Aon Hewitt, the global human resource solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), announced today that Tony Gaffney has joined the firm as chief executive officer of Aon Hewitt Canada, effective immediately. Gaffney's extensive leadership experience will help drive the company's strategic vision, spearhead organizational expansion and strengthen Aon Hewitt's position in the Canadian marketplace. He will report to Kristi Savacool, Aon Hewitt's global chief executive officer.

"The Canadian market holds tremendous potential for growth. Tony's extensive professional services experience, keen understanding of—and strong relationships in—the Canadian market and passion for leading people makes him well-positioned to drive our strategy in the region," said Savacool. "Tony shares our commitment to bringing the best of what Aon Hewitt can offer to our clients. I am thrilled to welcome him to our team."

Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Gaffney was managing partner in Accenture Inc.'s Toronto office. In his 20-year career, Gaffney has served as president and chief executive officer of Bell Nexxia and BCE Emergis and has also held  international leadership positions at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), SHL Systemhouse Inc. and MCI Corp.

"The need for expert advice and delivery to help organizations become the best they can be has never been greater," said Gaffney. "Employers are recognizing that their ability to attract top people to their business—while balancing their bottom line—requires employee programs that are both competitive and affordable. Aon Hewitt offers deep expertise, comprehensive solutions, global reach and a compelling strategic plan for growth. I look forward to working with our team to advance the industry-leading work we do every day on behalf of our clients and their employees."

Gaffney holds a B.A.I. Engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He will be based in Aon Hewitt's Toronto office.

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About Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions.  The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance.  Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies.  With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees.  For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit

About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit for more information on Aon and to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.


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