Michelle McGrath Joins Lockton Employee Benefits Practice in San Diego

Lockton Companies (opens a new window) announced today the addition of Michelle McGrath as Vice President, Michelle McGrathSenior Consultant for Lockton’s Employee Benefits Practice in San Diego. The announcement comes at a time of rapid expansion in the region, which continues to experience double-digit growth.

"As our benefits practice in Southern California continues to grow, we wanted to add an executive with deep expertise in the industry and market relationships,” says Sherri Harrison, Market Leader of Lockton Employee Benefits in San Diego and Orange County. "We've known Michelle for years and her extensive knowledge and experience as a benefits consultant will make her an invaluable resource to our clients as well as our benefits team.”

McGrath is an industry veteran with 20+ years of benefits consulting and brokerage experience. She served as Principal at Mercer Human Resource Consulting in San Diego before joining Lockton, where she worked closely with clients ranging from higher education, biotech and real estate companies to medical groups, healthcare systems, skilled nursing facilities and staffing agencies. She started in the industry as compensation and benefits manager at the Foundation for Educational Achievement.

“Tackling the rising cost of healthcare while still offering a competitive benefits package continues to be a tough balancing act for employers who are competing to recruit and retain talent,” explains McGrath. “Tapping into Lockton’s collaborative and nimble culture—backed by a supportive leadership team—will enable me to adapt more quickly to the changing healthcare landscape and anticipate client needs. I look forward to my role at Lockton, where I can leverage its extensive resources in designing strategies that best address clients’ most complex challenges.”

In her new role at Lockton, she will be responsible for leading client relationships and service, while supporting business growth in the region and training associates.

“Michelle is a great fit for our client-first culture,” adds Won Andersen, Employee Benefits Practice Leader for Lockton Pacific Series. “She not only is known for her high level of client service and care, she is an avid problem solver with a ‘can-do’ attitude who rolls up her sleeves to find the best solutions. We are thrilled to bring on such exceptional talent that can service our clients and support our growth regionally and throughout the Pacific Series.”

Lockton’s rapidly growing Pacific region encompasses nine offices throughout the Western United States including Portland, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Encino, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.