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Paul Hering

CEO, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (West Region)

Paul Hering is an insurance industry executive with more than 30 years of business experience. As the West Region chief executive officer of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, he is responsible for setting strategy and managing operations for the company’s western U.S. region. Hering also is a member of the Strategic Steering Committee. His recent accomplishments include leading continued double-digit growth of a 700 employee and $180 million region. Previously, Hering was managing principal of Barney & Barney before its acquisition by MMA. Civically, Hering is involved with multiple causes, including Rady Children’s Hospital and Foundation and the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine. Hering recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Los Angeles

FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT: Napa Valley and Indian Wells

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