Mercer buys digital HR consultancy Leapgen

03 March 2023 2 min. read

Mercer, an asset management and human resources consulting firm, has acquired Leapgen, a Minneapolis-based digital HR consulting firm.

Founded in 2017, Leapgen provides consulting and on-demand talent for digital HR and people strategy, HR/workforce solutions deployment, and HR/workforce sustainment and value attainment.

The firm has over 50 employees listed on LinkedIn and has worked with clients including Target, Adobe, and Kohler.

Mercer’s acquisition of Leapgen will strengthen its workforce and HR transformation solutions practice with additional capabilities in HR strategy.

The New York-headquartered consultancy says companies often start with technology implementation – skipping the key step of developing a holistic strategy for their HR and workforce experience. With 63% of companies in a recent Mercer survey planning to spend more on HR technology in 2023, it’s even more important to ensure the correct mix of technology to realize ROI and business goals.

Mercer buys digital HR consultancy Leapgen

“When we don't view HR transformation through a digital lens, we risk low return on investment, low utilization, and, of increased importance, a fragmented and unsatisfactory workforce experience,” Jean Martin, senior partner at Mercer, said. “Mercer’s acquisition of Leapgen will enable our clients to approach HR technology strategically and holistically to transform how HR delivers value to the business, and how people experience work.”

Mercer’s workforce and HR transformation solutions practice has offerings in HR delivery model redesign, digital employee experience, change communications, people strategy, culture, DEI, organization design, flexible working, and IT services for Workday and other HR technologies.

"Digital is the new mindset for technology, transformation, and workforce experience. It's the only way to design business and people capabilities for both scale and sustainability,” said Jason Averbook, CEO and co-founder of Leapgen, who joins Mercer as global leader of digital HR strategy. “Leapgen has always been on a mission to change work for the better, to transform the HR function, and deploy technology solutions for impact. We found the perfect match for our vision with Mercer."

Mercer has 25,000 people globally and is part of the Marsh McLennan group of professional services firms.