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Gallagher Basset announced the promotion of Mike Hessling to the newly created position of CEO, North America.

The position is effective immediately and reports directly to Gallagher Bassett Global CEO, Scott Hudson.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hessling was North American chief client officer and led the Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based TPA’s sales and account management teams.

In 2017, Mr. Hessling was named a Break Out Award winner by Business Insurance.

Mike Hessling’s work ethic and commitment to customer service began at a young age as a newspaper carrier for the Washington Post. These values have transcended his academic and professional career including qualifying as a CPA and gaining an MBA, then working as a consultant, first at Bridge Strategy Group and then at Bain & Co., where he served as a manager and later principal. In 2012, he joined Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. as chief client officer.

When asked about the newly created role to lead North America, Mr. Hudson stated, “Mike has been a leader with GB for over seven years and has a tremendous track record as North America Chief Client Officer, leading our sales and account management teams.

He has also been a driving force behind the building of our industry-leading analytics team. Mike’s knowledge of the North America market, proven ability to work across all functions, and passion for GB’s culture and team, makes him the perfect person to lead our North America business.”

On his promotion, Mr. Hessling said, “I’m excited and humbled to lead GB’s North America business. We have an incredible team of talented professionals, who are extremely passionate about making a positive impact for our clients, their businesses and the people they employ and serve.”