Employee benefits veteran Michelle Wong recently joined Lockton Companies (opens a new window) as Vice President, Senior Benefits Consultant to lead client relationships and service for middle market companies in San Diego.
"We are thrilled an executive of Michelle’s caliber has joined our rapidly expanding Employee Benefits Practice in Southern California,” says Sherri Harrison, Market Leader of Lockton Employee Benefits in San Diego and Orange County. “Her passion for prioritizing client needs and longstanding record of delivering stellar service will certainly strengthen our competitive advantage in the region.”
Wong brings 30+ years of experience in employee benefits consulting, holding leadership positions at several top brokerages including Principal at Mercer in San Diego. She was responsible for Mercer’s client and market relationships, team performance and service, quality control and problem resolution for more than two decades. Prior to Mercer, she served as Account Executive at Gallagher Benefit.
“At a time when HR is often short-staffed and overwhelmed by daily responsibilities, it’s difficult for midsized companies to be proactive about their benefits programs,” explains Wong. “Working as an extension of their HR team, we’re able to be proactive, anticipate their needs, and stay ahead of the issues. I look forward to leveraging Lockton’s resources to make a significant impact on our clients’ businesses.”
In her role at Lockton, Wong will be providing consultative advice to middle market employers and developing benefit solutions to help them achieve their recruitment, retention and financial objectives. In addition to aggressively negotiating on clients’ behalf, she will also be responsible for employee benefit plan management and communication.
“Adding a benefits veteran who is well regarded, and who shares our common focus for independent client advice and the highest quality of service, will be a great asset to our team and clients alike,” says Won Andersen, Employee Benefits Practice Leader for Lockton Pacific Series. “We look forward to her role in supporting our growth strategy and creating a larger footprint in San Diego.”
Wong has a master’s degree in business administration from City University of Washington and bachelor’s degree in marketing from Central Washington University.
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.