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Press Release

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Optimum Talent Inc.

Rolling Meadows -- November 5, 2020 -- 

Rolling Meadows, Ill., Nov. 5, 2020 — Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) today announced the acquisition of Montreal, Quebec-based Optimum Talent Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1981, Optimum Talent is one of Canada’s largest privately-owned integrated talent management firms and a Pan-Canadian leader in human resource consulting. Its team of professionals spans more than a dozen offices coast-to-coast and operates in three targeted segments: Search Solutions; Leadership Assessment & Development; and Career Transition & Outplacement. Ron Dahms, Mike Bacchus and their associates will continue to operate from their current locations under the direction of Melanie Jeannotte, CEO of Gallagher’s Benefit and HR Consulting Division in Canada, and Scott Hamilton, Global Managing Director of Gallagher’s Human Resources & Compensation Consulting practice.

“The Optimum Talent team will introduce our Gallagher Better Works™ organizational wellbeing strategy to the many clients that they support, expanding our senior management relationships across Canada and creating additional opportunities for capabilities discussions and consulting engagements,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome Ron, Mike and their associates countrywide to our growing global team.”

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The company has operations in 49 countries and offers client-service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

Investors:  Ray Iardella      Media:  Linda J. Collins
VP – Investor Relations      VP – Corporate Communications
630-285-3661/ ray_iardella@ajg.com      630-285-4009/ linda_collins@ajg.com