NETHERLANDS – Frank Verschuren, general director of Mercer Human Resources Consulting Netherlands, is to leave the firm after 25 years.

Verschuren says the main reason for the move is the firm's restructuring of its global business. He will start his own business.

Last month IPE reported that the firm planned to dissolve and re-deploy its international consulting team from January 2006 to “maximise its impact and potential”.

“We will move our international consultants into our global business lines effective January 1 2006,” said new Mercer president Michael Caulfield in a staff e-mail.

Country operations will have less autonomy as the new structure emphasises the role of business lines.

Most of Verschuren's current responsibilities will be split between different Dutch managers and Benelux head Ruud Sprenkels.