Pat Milligan

Senior Partner, Mercer

Pat is global leader who advises clients on issues ranging from the future of work, the workforce and business growth, people strategy, and diversity and inclusion. As the architect of Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform, Pat regularly speaks on the topic of the multifaceted workforce and is a passionate advocate for advancing progress for women at work and the aging workforce.

Over the past six years, Pat has advised the World Economic Forum (WEF), playing a key role and driving Mercer’s involvement in multiple projects including Practicing Talent Mobility for Economic Growth, Human Capital Report, Disrupting Unemployment, and Future of Jobs. She currently sits on the WEF Future of Education, Gender and Work System Initiative Steering Committees for Education & Skills and Gender Parity. For most of her 25-year career, she has developed and delivered innovative and pioneering work in the area of people strategy, talent management and workforce engagement –and is frequently cited as a subject matter expert in leading news publications. She has built numerous markets and brands and successfully stood up several HR consulting businesses.

Pat is the Global Leader for Mercer’s Multinational Client Group. She has been with Mercer for over twelve years in multiple leadership roles, most recently as President –North America Region. Prior to that, she was the President of Mercer’s Global Talent business. From 2005 through 2008 she served as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer.

Prior to joining Mercer in 2005, Pat led Mellon HR Services, the human resource consulting and outsourcing division of Mellon Financial Services. She also held various business leadership roles at Towers Perrin. She was the Managing Director of strategic planning, and sales and marketing. Pat was a member of Towers Perrin’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors; she was the first female executive Board Member.

For her strong advocacy, development and mentorship of women, Pat was selected as one of the Women Worth Watching In 2010 by Diversity Journal. In May 2012, she was selected by Consulting Magazine − which is published by the Kennedy Institute − as one of the nation’s top 25 consultants, recognized for her excellence in leadership. She is an active mentor and sponsor, and a passionate advocate of Mercer’s Women@Mercer business resource group.

Pat sits on the Boards of the Milken Institute and the EDGE foundation. She also acts in an advisory capacity with the Stanford Longevity Centre.