President and CEO, IRI
Andrew Appel is president and chief executive officer of IRI. Appel joined IRI in June 2012.
Appel has held a number of senior leadership positions for Chicago-based professional service firms. As chief operating officer at Aon, Appel developed and implemented a successful revenue growth plan for the company. He also led the team responsible for the $5 billion acquisition of Hewitt, solidifying Aon's leading position in human resource consulting and outsourcing. Prior to this, Appel was chief executive officer of two of the firm's three global divisions: Aon Consulting, a leading benefits and human resources consulting firm, and Aon Benfield, the world's largest reinsurance broker. Under his leadership, the divisions achieved operational excellence and improved financial results.
Prior to joining Aon, Appel was a senior partner at McKinsey and Company, where during a 15-year career, he advised leading global financial institutions on a wide array of operational, strategic and organizational issues. Appel joins IRI from Accretive Health, where he was senior vice president of Revenue Operations.
Appel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was the Henry Ford II scholar. He is a board member of Alight, Machine Vantage and World Business Chicago, and has also served on two task forces related to resolving the pension shortfalls of the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago. He and his family reside in the Chicagoland area.