October 2, 2009
Michele Burns (BBA '79, MAcc '80) is chairman and CEO of Mercer LLC, a global leader for consulting, outsourcing, and investments, and a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. Burns began her career in 1981 at Arthur Andersen and became a partner in 1989. In 1999, she joined Delta Air Lines, assuming the role of chief financial officer in 2000. From 2004 to 2006, she served as CFO and chief restructuring officer of Mirant Corp. Upon successful emergence of the company from bankruptcy, she joined Marsh & McLennan as CFO in 2006. She assumed the role of chairman and CEO of Mercer six months later. Burns serves on the boards of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. She also serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, where she holds the title of treasurer.