EBRI Selects Barb Marder of Mercer as New CEO

Barb Marder moves from leadership positions at Mercer to be the new president and CEO of EBRI.

Barb Marder

The Employee Benefit Research Institute announced that Barb Marder is the nonprofit’s new CEO and president, effective today.

Marder was previously a senior partner and global product solutions leader at Mercer. She also previously led Mercer’s innovation hub, global mobility, international consulting, and global defined contribution consulting practice areas.

Marder replaces Lori Lucas, who announced her retirement in December 2022 but continues to serve EBRI as CEO emeritus.

Marder says she intends to “grow EBRI’s influence, footprint and resources.” In a statement, she also emphasized the importance of improving the usability of EBRI’s data and analytics and improving EBRI’s value to its members.

“It’s an incredible honor to join EBRI,” said Marder in the statement. “The quality and depth of EBRI’s fact-based and unbiased research is unmatched—and has a meaningful impact on the lives of Americans. Knowing that our work can help to create sound employee benefit programs and shed light on emerging trends and policies is very significant.”

EBRI will be hosting the Spring Policy Forum this May in Washington, D.C., and releasing its 2023 Retirement Confidence Survey later this spring, with a focus on caregivers.