Christopher Lay

Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland Marsh


Current Responsibilities

Chris is CEO of the UK & Ireland Region for Marsh, based in London.

He sets the strategic priorities for the organization and leads Marsh’s operations throughout the UK & Ireland. In addition, he works closely with our Marsh & McLennan operating companies -- Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman -- to enable greater client success.


Throughout his more than 30-year career with Marsh, Chris has held a variety of senior leadership positions in the UK, EMEA, North America, and globally, including CEO roles in U.K., Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Nordics, and Canada.

He was named Head of Sales and the Corporate Segment for the EMEA Region in 2005 and held this role until 2012 when he was named Business Development Leader for the International Division. He then became Head of Global Sales in 2013. Operating globally, Chris has also been President of Global Captive Solutions with responsibility for Marsh’s industry leading Captive Solutions business.

Immediately prior to his UK & Ireland responsibility he was President & CEO of Marsh Canada based in Toronto, and served on the North American Executive Committee.

Chris was appointed CEO of the UK & Ireland region on June 1st 2018.


  • Chris studied at University College in London where he obtained a BSc. (Econ) Hons.


  • He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.
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