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Alumni in Residence with Peter Beshar JD’89 of Marsh McLennan

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Alumni in Residence program connects current HLS students with accomplished HLS alumni for one-on-one career mentoring and advice. You’re invited to meet with Peter Beshar JD’89 during his virtual office hours. Sign up for a 20-minute Zoom appointment.

Peter Beshar JD’89

Peter Beshar is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Marsh McLennan, a Fortune 200 professional services firm. MMC, which operates through Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman, has 75,000 employees and a market capitalization of $75 billion. Peter leads the Legal, Compliance, Communications, Government Relations and Risk Management departments.

Peter is a recognized thought leader on cyber security with deep expertise at the intersection of private enterprise and public policy. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Banking, Commerce and Homeland Security Committees, the House Financial Services Committee and the European Parliament. He has also published op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, US News & World Report and Fortune.

Prior to joining Marsh McLennan in 2004, Peter was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group.  Earlier in his career, he served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the New York State Attorney General’s Task Force on Illegal Firearms and as the Special Assistant to Secretary Cyrus Vance in connection with the United Nations’ peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia.

For his civic contributions, Peter has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Business Leadership Award from the Citizens Union of New York and the Law and Society Award from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He also serves as the Executive sponsor of MMC’s Veterans initiative and its Military Mondays program; GI Jobs Magazine recently named MMC the No. 1 Military-Friendly Employer in the US. In 2021, Peter was named a Top 100 Governance Leader by the National Association of Corporate Directors, and was recently nominated by the American Lawyer as a finalist for General Counsel of the Year.

Appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C, Peter also serves as a Trustee of CARE USA, John Jay College and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.

More Information

View our calendar for upcoming AIR events and more information on visiting alumni. Students must reserve appointments in advance, and space is limited.

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November 5
9:00 am - 11:00 am


Zoom Meeting


HLS Alumni Center