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Gallagher acquires Montreal-based Optimum Talent


Illinois-based Gallagher expanded its position as a benefits and HR consulting leader in Canada today, announcing it has acquired Montreal’s Optimum Talent.

The deal was announced Nov. 5 via press release. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1981, Optimum Talent is one of Canada’s largest privately-owned integrated talent management firms and a leader in Canadian human resource consulting, according to the release.

Its team of professionals spans more than a dozen offices coast-to-coast and operates in three targeted segments: search solutions; leadership assessment and development, and career transition and outplacement.

“The Optimum Talent team will introduce our Gallagher Better Works™ organizational well-being strategy to the many clients that they support, expanding our senior management relationships across Canada and creating additional opportunities for capabilities discussions and consulting engagements,” said Gallagher president and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.

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Ron Dahms, Mike Bacchus and their associates will continue to operate from their current locations under the direction of Melanie Jeannotte, CEO of Gallagher’s Canadian benefit and HR consulting division, and Scott Hamilton, global managing director of Gallagher’s human resources and compensation consulting practice.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill.