The 2015 Rising Stars of the Profession: Chris Birch


Chris Birch
Aon Hewitt
Excellence in Client Service
Age: 34

According to colleagues, Chris Birch is considered the “go-to” expert in the hottest area of derisking in U.S. pension plans—pension lump sum settlements. As a result, Birch has been in high demand, consulting on dozens of the firm’s settlement projects.

“I am fortunate to have great relationships with my clients and I truly enjoy partnering with them in order to meet their objectives,” Birch says. “I am excited to continue working with my clients to develop solutions to some of their most complex challenges, including pension settlement strategies.”

As one of the Aon Hewitt leaders in this area, he has the opportunity to meet with all types of plan sponsors and help them develop strategies that have a real impact on their overall business.
“My success is the result of my willingness to take on challenges and see where they take me,” Birch says. “I have been fortunate to have several great opportunities throughout my career—I always try to embrace the experience and all that it has to teach me.”

In 2014, Birch successfully became one of just four new partners in Aon Hewitt’s U.S. Retirement and Investment Consulting business. “This past year, I went through the rigorous partner process at Aon Hewitt,” he says. “It was a great validation of the effort and focus I’ve placed on my career.”

As far as being named a Rising Star of the Profession, Birch says he was flattered to be nominated by colleagues. “It is great to pause for a few minutes and reflect on my accomplishments over the course of my career and all the great colleagues that have helped me achieve them,” he says.

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