Leadership Profile

Ilya Bonic

President, Career and Head of Mercer Strategy

Ilya Bonic is President of Mercer’s Career business and Head of Mercer Strategy.


With 25 years of experience in human resource consulting, Ilya has worked with leading multinational companies to build human capital information resources and tools that allow them to make more informed decisions on strategic people issues.


Ilya’s experience includes multiple regional and global leadership roles. In combination, these provide for an extensive international background that encompasses all aspects of Mercer’s Career business services. Ilya joined Mercer in Australia in 1997 and soon after relocated to Singapore, where he delivered on Asia-Pacific regional responsibilities. Following five years in Asia, he moved to Europe and was based in Geneva for nine years before relocating to the US in 2015. In his various roles within the business, Ilya has had responsibility for all markets from which Mercer delivers client consulting services. With his international background and through his client and business leadership roles, Ilya has been well-placed to comment on current issues and emerging talent trends.


Ilya is the co-executive sponsor of the Rising Professionals Network business resource group. He regularly presents at industry forums and is consistently invited by clients to provide their executives and HR teams with insights into the HR issues, risks and opportunities they face.


Ilya holds a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of New South Wales in Australia.