HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – Gallagher today announced that Ian McGrath has been appointed to the newly created position of Risk & Responsibility Executive reporting to Deputy CEO & Executive Director Kahl Betham and responsible for the Group’s sustainability efforts.
Ian joined the company in May 2018 and since then has held responsibility for the Group’s health and safety portfolio.
Kahl said he was pleased to make the announcement, which he says will broaden Ian’s responsibility and describes the change as a further increased focus on corporate risk and responsibility for the benefit of Gallagher employees, customers, and the wider community.
“Ian will principally be responsible for integrating sustainability into everything we do at Gallagher,” Kahl explains. “As a company, it is increasingly important to us that we’re proactively engaging with a variety of stakeholders – including our employees, customers, and the community - to promote positive sustainability issues, create and implement strategic initiatives and develop innovative solutions that support responsible business growth,” Kahl said.
Commenting on the opportunity, Ian said he’s thrilled to be taking on the challenge and being part of the response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“Making sustainability a core business function is what I see as a positive and necessary response to the social, economic and environmental challenges that we all face today and an increasing awareness of our individual and collective responsibility to operate in a commercially responsible manner,” Ian explains. “Integrating sustainability more formally into our business strategy is the right thing to do.”
The appointment will see Ian become a member of the leadership team and have Group responsibility for enterprise risk management and protective security requirements.
He will continue to be based at Gallagher’s World Headquarters in Hamilton, New Zealand, and will officially start the new role on Monday, 2 March, 2020.
“We’re looking forward to matching words to tangible actions that address our company’s and societal needs,” Kahl said.