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In the Nation's Interest

2018 Awards Dinner Spotlight: Greg Case

by CED September 10, 2018

Greg Case is the Chief Executive Officer of Aon plc. Read his bio here. He is the recipient of CED's Owen B. Butler Education Excellence Award.

Why does Aon believe it’s important to invest in education?

At Aon, we are privileged to connect with more companies every day on the topic of risk than virtually any firm in the world. Companies everywhere are navigating an increasingly risky and volatile world and tackling new challenges including cyber, identity theft, supply chain, pandemics and global warming.

The complexity of these new risks is magnified by the volatility driven by demographic shifts and the increasing rate of change. As we think about how this will impact our industry, we see an evolving job market where new skills and diverse talent are needed to develop innovative new solutions that will address the risks of the future.

That is why Aon is working to respond to what we recognize as a “training gap” and to ensure young workers equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed in our industry. It’s not that there is a lack of talent in the job market or that young people today lack skills—it’s that we haven’t effectively trained that talent to take on jobs in our industry.

In 2012, we took the first step towards addressing this training gap by establishing the Aon Apprenticeship Program in the UK, the first of its kind for the insurance industry. Last year, we brought that same proven model to Chicago. Apprenticeships have traditionally been used in Europe for skilled trades, such as plumbers and electricians, but we believe this model has potential to be use in professional services, as well.

In order to build a pipeline for the future, we must match talent with specific business needs. We must shift the responsibility from job-seekers to employers to ensure young professionals have a clear path between their education and a promising career—and this means continuing to invest in education and championing the apprenticeship model.

Which aspect of your company’s culture has made the biggest contribution to its success?

The backbone of our firm’s culture is what we call “Aon United.” Simply put, Aon United is about bringing the full power of Aon to our clients by working together across solution lines and geographies. Our ability to work together and the impact we collectively deliver on behalf of clients sets us apart in our industry.

As a firm that has grown through a series of acquisitions, Aon has an expansive range of expertise in Risk, Retirement and Health, all enabled by Data & Analytics. We have reshaped our portfolio over the past decade to ensure our colleagues can deliver holistic and comprehensive solutions to our clients’ most urgent and complex needs. And when we work together as Aon United, we have a profound and sustainable impact on clients, colleagues, shareholders and the community.