John Whitehead

John Whitehead

John Whitehead

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Biography

John Whitehead joined Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA) in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), where he supports the growth, profitability, and infrastructure of MMA. After his first year, John was quickly promoted to CFO & Chief Operating Officer.  As a business partner to the leadership team, John helps develop and execute the long-term strategy of organic growth coupled with strategic acquisitions. John has over 25 years of executive leadership experience and is responsible for financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, metrics, forecasting, and internal controls.

Share a meaningful piece of advice you’ve received.

Early in my career, someone shared with me the simple saying, “You need to inspect what you expect.” It taught me, as a leader, you can’t just set expectations and hope for the best. As a leader we also need to be proactive to ensure everyone is meeting those expectations.

What do you love most about MMA East region’s workplace culture?

I enjoy the entrepreneurial can do attitude we’ve built in the East Region. We continue to grow and develop and get better each year, and the center of that success is driven from the culture our people have created.

What meaningful advice would you give to others at MMA?

Don’t be afraid to dive in and make it happen. When we are up against a challenge, you’ll hear me say “Get ‘er done” to the team, but Michael Jordon says it the best: “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it could happen, others make it happen.”

What’s your favorite pastime or hobby?

I’m a huge fan of music and the energy that comes along with it. My very first concert was the Rolling Stones “Tattoo You” when I was 15. 42 years later I’m still truckin’, have enjoyed hundreds of concerts at various venues and have spent my recent years sharing the experiences with my children.

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