Person Details

M. Michele Burns

M. Michele Burns

Business Experience

Ms. Burns has served on the Advisory Board of the Center on Longevity at Stanford University since October 2019 and previously served as the Center Fellow and Strategic Advisor from August 2012 to October 2019. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Policy Center sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (“Marsh”) from October 2011 to February 2014. From September 2006 to October 2011, Ms. Burns served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer LLC (“Mercer”), a global leader for human resources and related financial advice and services. She assumed that role after joining Marsh in March 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. From May 2004 to January 2006, Ms. Burns served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of Mirant Corporation (“Mirant”), where she successfully helped Mirant restructure and emerge from bankruptcy. In 1999, Ms. Burns joined Delta Air Lines, Inc. assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and holding that position through April 2004. She began her career in 1981 at Arthur Andersen LLP and became a partner in 1991.


Ms. Burns provides the Board expertise in corporate finance, accounting and strategy, including experience gained as the chief financial officer of three public companies. Through her experience as the chief executive officer of Mercer LLC, she brings expertise in global and operational management, including a background in organizational leadership and human resources. Ms. Burns also has experience serving as a public company outside director.

Independent Director

Age: 64

Director since: 2003