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Aon’s John Bruno steps down as COO

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Aon's chief operating officer John Bruno has stepped down from his role, effective immediately, the broker announced on Friday evening.

He will be replaced by business COO James Platt, until the expected closing of Aon’s merger with Willis Towers Watson later this year. On Tuesday, it was announced that Platt is slated to hold the role at the combined firm.

Bruno will remain with Aon for a transition period, the length of which is still to be determined, the company said. The executive joined the broker in 2014 and previously worked in investment banking.

Bruno was not included among the executive leadership team of the combined firm that Aon and Willis had announced earlier in the week, and had been expected to depart.

Platt arrived at Aon in 2014 as the CEO of InPoint, the company’s management consulting and advisory business. He also served as COO of Aon Risk Solutions and was COO of its global solutions unit until last September. He previously worked at Boston Consulting Group, where he was a partner.

The Aon-Willis deal is currently being reviewed by the European Commission’s competition body and is expected to close in the first half of this year.

Several senior staff have already exited both firms ahead of the deal's closing.

Earlier this week, Aon’s co-practice leader for transaction liability in North America, Matt Heinz, took up a similar role at Lockton, following a trio of colleagues who made the same move last month.

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