Marsh McLennan has appointed Mikhail Vanyo as general counsel of Marsh.
Vanyo will succeed Katherine Brennan, who was made senior vice president and general counsel earlier in the month. He will report directly to Martin South, president and CEO of Marsh, as well as Brennan.
Based in New York, Vanyo will lead all legal and compliance strategy for Marsh globally.
South said in a statement: “In his five years with the company, Misha has distinguished himself as a key strategic advisor; successfully handling some of the most significant legal and regulatory matters facing our business. We are fortunate to have someone with Misha’s experience and skill in this role, guiding our high ethical standards and approach to complex legal issues.”
Vanyo joined Marsh McLennan as the firm’s chief competition counsel in 2017, later taking on the role of Marsh’s chief counsel for global placement and specialty. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan, he served as federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, focusing on antitrust, fraud, and other white-collar crime, and as an associate at the global law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and O’Melveny & Myers.
Brennan added: “Misha has served as a significant advisor on a variety of complex legal and regulatory matters since he joined the company in 2017. In a very short time, he demonstrated exceptional judgment and built trust across all levels of our organisation. Misha brings valuable public and private experience to our team, and I look forward to working closely with him in this important leadership role.”
After her promotion earlier this year, Brennan is now in charge of the broker’s global legal, compliance, and public affairs function, which supports Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer, and Oliver Wyman. She also leads on the company’s ESG efforts.