While managing through a global pandemic, businesses are at the same time tackling competitive threats and other long-tail risks, Aon CEO Greg Case told participants at an digital event held in partnership with the Financial Times.

Speaking at the opening session of “The Next Big Threat: Is Your Organization Ready?”, Case explained how an exclusive survey carried out on behalf of Aon highlighted that risk is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

“Nearly two-thirds of business leaders said that the pandemic has exposed new vulnerabilities that require significant changes in how they prepare,” said Case. “They’ll need to widen the range of threats considered, as well as expanding the notion of who in their firms are responsible for anticipating these threats.”

The event, held on September 22, was conducted in partnership with Aon. Leaders from Aon, The Carlyle Group, Morgan Stanley & Co., Avis and Walmart examined how organizations can navigate the transition from crisis to recovery and prepare for success in the future.

Case noted that the survey showed only a small number of leaders said they were “very well prepared” for the pandemic. Those who said they were more prepared reported a broader awareness of and preparation for a range of other risks including cyberthreats, and workforce disruption. The results reinforced the complex and connected nature of risk and the gaps many organizations struggle with, Case added.

And while these risks existed prior to the current pandemic, COVID-19 exacerbated how unprepared for large-scale disruption communities, business leaders and governments were.

“Client need continues to outpace innovation, exposing a troubling gap, and what we concluded is that the ability to provide solutions lies beyond our own capabilities,” said Case. “That is why we are excited about our pending combination with Willis Towers Watson. We will help clients navigate challenges we are today not capable of doing alone, and as a result will together tackle some of the greatest issues facing our clients and society.”

View the recorded event presentations, including sessions with Aon leaders Julie Page, John Bruno, and Lynn Serpico, at “The Next Big Threat: Is Your Organization Ready?” Learn more about the exclusive survey, and the pending combination between Aon and Willis Towers Watson at “Helping Clients Navigate an Increasingly Complex World.”