Oliver Wyman

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Oliver Wyman
Subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan
IndustryManagement Consulting
Founded1984; 35 years ago (1984)
Headquarters1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, U.S.
Key people
Scott McDonald (CEO)
ServicesManagement Consulting
RevenueUSD$ 2.0 Billion in 2018 [1]
Number of employees
5000 employees[2]
ParentMarsh & McLennan Companies

Oliver Wyman is a global management consulting firm. Founded in 1984, the firm adopted its current form in May 2007, when Mercer Oliver Wyman joined with Mercer Management Consulting and Mercer Delta to become one firm named Oliver Wyman. It is part of the Oliver Wyman Group, a business unit of Marsh & McLennan.

The company is headquartered in New York City with 60+ offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and employs over 5,000 professionals.[3]


In 1984, Oliver, Wyman & Company, the first of three companies that would eventually merge to become Oliver Wyman, was founded by Alex Oliver and Bill Wyman - former partners from Booz Allen Hamilton. The United States finance industry had started experiencing deregulatation and companies were unsure on how to take act upon new market realities. Oliver and Wyman realised that the market for consulting in the finance industry would be lucrative as companies were actively approaching them to seek guidance. In 2003, Oliver, Wyman & Company was bought by Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) and became part of its Mercer Consulting businesses under the name Mercer Oliver Wyman. The company specialized in working with banks, insurance and financial services companies.[4]

The second merger firm, Mercer Management Consulting, was formed through the combination of Temple, Barker & Sloane, which was founded in Boston in 1970 and acquired by MMC in 1987, and Strategic Planning Associates, which was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and acquired by MMC in 1989.[5] The two companies merged in 1990 as Temple, Barker & Sloane/Strategic Planning Associates, which was renamed Mercer Management Consulting in 1992.[6] The company specialized in management consulting for industry and services.

The third firm, Mercer Delta, was founded in New York in 1980 by David Nadler as Delta Consulting and was acquired by MMC in 2000.[7] The company was known for organizational transformation, board effectiveness and CEO leadership development.

Reportedly in 2005, Mercer Oliver Wyman was the unnamed consulting firm that in 2005 recommended to Citigroup's "senior-most management" to expand parts of its fixed income business, including in collateralised debt obligations (CDO), which led to more than US$50 billion in losses and ultimately a rescue by the U.S. government.[8] The firm made similar recommendations to UBS, which expanded its CDO portfolio, suffered huge losses and had to be bailed out by the Swiss government.[9]

In May 2007, Oliver Wyman was formed when parent MMC combined Mercer Oliver Wyman, Mercer Management Consulting and Mercer Delta.[10]

In 2008, the company acquired several consulting firms, including: ChapterHouse,[11] Academee (UK), Hemeria (France), Celent, and Harbour Consulting.[12]

In 2012, Oliver Wyman was hired by the British Bankers' Association to help with the investigation into possible fraudulent actions related to interest rate submissions in the wake of the Libor scandal.[13]

In 2013, in the wake of a scandal similar to Libor, the trade organization International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) hired Oliver Wyman to review how the worldwide common reference rate value for fixed interest rate swap rates (ISDAfix) is calculated.[13]

Oliver Wyman Group[edit]

Oliver Wyman is part of the Oliver Wyman Group which also includes two additional firms:[14]

  • NERA Economic Consulting founded in 1961 as National Economic Research Associates by the American economists Irwin Stelzer and Jules Joskow[15]
  • Lippincott (brand, design and innovation consulting) founded in 1943 by the engineer J. Gordon Lippincott and architect Walter Margulies[16]


Oliver Wyman has more than 60 offices in 27 countries.[17]


  • State of the Financial Services Industry, an annual publication studying trends and issues of interest to financial services firms[18]
  • Oliver Wyman Risk Journal, an annual publication dedicated to helping business identify and prevent global emerging risks.[19]
  • Volume-to-Value Revolution, a report depicting the current state of the healthcare industry and describing how the health marketplace will be redesigned from the patient’s perspective.[20]
  • Energy Journal, a report reviewing trends effecting the energy industry.[21]
  • Women in Financial Services, a study reviewing the gender mix of senior staff at 150 financial services firms.[22]


Oliver Wyman research suggests that BREXIT could at worst cost a typical UK household £1,000 per year if there are high tarifs.[23]

Recognition and accolades[edit]

Oliver Wyman was named one of the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019.[24] Previously, it was included in Fortune Magazine's 2016 list of 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials,[25] in the 100 best Companies for Working Mothers list 2016,[26] and ranked 6th on the Financial Times / Glassdoor Best Places to Work in Finance and Consulting (UK) survey.[27]

The firm also consistently ranks well in Vault's signature Consulting 50, with a highest rank of 5th achieved in 2017.[28]

Year Vault Rank
2019 5
2018 5
2017 5
2016 6
2015 8
2014 6
2013 6
2012 7
2011 7

Social impact[edit]

Oliver Wyman devotes substantial time and resources to creating positive social impact on a global scale. Their London Social Impact programme won the Future Proofing Charities Award as part of the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for 2016.[29]

Social impact projects have been undertaken for groups such as the British Red Cross, German Red Cross, Suicide Prevention Australia, FoodCycle, Big Society Capital, Eden Project, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Save the Children, the Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, Daily Bread Food Bank, Kiva, City Colleges of Chicago, Young Rewired State, Emirates Wildlife Society (in association with the WWF), the Singapore Symphonia Company Limited (SSCL), Clinic by the Bay, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Civic Consulting Alliance and Alfatoun International.[30][31] Most recently, Oliver Wyman was selected to serve as an expert advisor to the United Nations (and a cohort of global banks) on climate change risks.[32]

Non-profit partnerships[edit]

Oliver Wyman Group works with non-profit organizations to improve the lives of people in the developing world through microfinance, healthcare, and education. Alliances with non-profits include:

  • Kiva.org - the person-to-person microlending website.[33]
  • Room to Read – an international non-profit organization devoted to breaking the poverty cycle by providing educational resources and opportunities to underprivileged children in the developing world.[34]
  • Women's World Banking – a global network of 54 microfinance providers and banks, working in 30 countries to bring financial services to poor women entrepreneurs to enable them to grow their businesses and lift their families out of poverty.[22]

Under the Oliver Wyman for Society program, the company also reportedly has offered over 100 fellowships to associates who want to apply their management skills to non-profits.[35]

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a non-exhaustive list of notable alumni of Oliver Wyman.


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  18. ^ "Financial Services Is Drowning In Its Own Complexity". forbes.com. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  19. ^ "Oliver Wyman Identifies Top Risks for Global Businesses in 2017 with Launch of Annual Risk Journal". yahoo.com. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  20. ^ "Healthcare's Trillion-Dollar Disruption". Oliverwyman.com. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  21. ^ "Energy Journal Volume 1". energy-oil-gas.com. 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  22. ^ a b "Women Leaders Progressing Slowly in Financial Firms, Study Shows". bloomberg.com. 2016-06-13. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  23. ^ Brexit barriers could cost households £1k each, report argues BBC
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  28. ^ "Vault Consulting 50". vault.com. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
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  31. ^ "Oliver Wyman Social Impact Report" (PDF). oliverwyman.com. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  32. ^ "Oliver Wyman and Mercer Selected as Expert Advisors for UN Climate Change Project". oliverwyman.com. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  33. ^ "MICROCAPITAL STORY: Oliver Wyman Management Consulting Firm Announces Strategic Alliance with Microfinance Institution, Kiva Microfund". microcapital.org. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
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  36. ^ "Federal Aviation Administrator: Who is J. Randolph Babbitt?". allgov.com. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
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  39. ^ "Work – Chris Meyer :Future Agenda – A Global Debate". Futureagenda.org. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  40. ^ "Nigel Morris, co-founder of Capital One, Joins TDX Group Board of Directors". insidearm.com. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  41. ^ "Antonia Romeo - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  42. ^ "Michele Hewitson interview: Jamie Whyte". nzherald.co.nz. 2014-02-08. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  43. ^ "Obama's Big Gov SWAT Team". Businessweek. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
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