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Margaret Comer Announces Retirement

22 December, 2016

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - After a remarkable career of more than 30 years continuous service, Margaret Comer, Sponsorship & Community Liaison Executive of Gallagher, has announced her decision to retire and to step down as Board Secretary at the end of the year.

Comer joined Gallagher in 1985 and served as Corporate Services Executive, leading Gallagher’s human resources, training, health and safety, facilities and payroll functions.  In April 2016, Comer indicated her intentions to retire and began an orderly leadership transition period while continuing to hold the sponsorship portfolio and acting as personal assistant to Sir William Gallagher.

Under Comer’s leadership, Gallagher has grown from 230 people to a workforce of more than 1,000 people globally.  In 2015, Comer received a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to philanthropy.

“While her leadership, passion and presence will definitely be missed,” said Sir William Gallagher, Chairman and CEO, “the foundation she has laid will ensure our culture continues to live on for many years to come.  We’re grateful for Margaret’s many contributions over more than three decades of service, she has been a key figure in the success of this company and is a respected role model and leader.”

Deputy CEO and Executive Director, Steve Tucker, added, “On behalf of Gallagher, and our teammates all over the world, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to Margaret for exceptional service to the company.  Her commitment to Gallagher, our people and our communities is unequaled, and I know she will be missed by many.”

Comer said, “I have been honored to be a part of this company.  It has been a tremendous experience, much like a family, and I will miss it dearly.  I’m looking forward to spending more time with those closest to me but look forward to watching the success of Gallagher continue.  I wish to express my very best wishes to those I’ve had the privilege to work alongside throughout my career.”

A celebration honoring Comer’s service will be held when she departs Gallagher on December 23, 2016.

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