Willis Group Holdings PLC : Willis Strengthens Leadership for Fast-Growing Asia, Australasia, Middle East and Africa Operations
07/23/2012| 04:45am US/Eastern
In recognition of the size, growth and strategic importance of its Asia
Pacific, Middle East and Africa operations to Willis Group
Holdings (NYSE: WSH), Willis International, the international retail
unit of the global insurance broker, today announced the creation of
three regional business units under new and expanded leadership.
Willis Asia will now be led by Adam Garrard as CEO, while Roger
Wilkinson has been appointed as Chairman, Willis Australasia. Willis'
Middle East and Africa business will continue to be led by Regional CEO
Scott Pickering who is also CEO, Willis South Africa. Wilkinson, Garrard
and Pickering will all report to Tim Wright, CEO, Willis International.
Roger Wilkinson, current Chairman & CEO, Willis Asia Pacific,
Middle East and Africa, will relocate from Hong Kong to Sydney for his
new role as Chairman, Willis Australasia. He will join Willis
Australasia CEO Pieter Lindhout on October 1.
New Zealander Wilkinson joined Willis in 2005 after a 32-year career at
Marsh where he had a number of senior management roles in the Asia
Pacific. At Willis, he led the broker's Asia operations for five years
before being appointed CEO of the Asia Pacific unit. In recognition of
Roger and his team's achievements, Willis Asia was named "Broker of the
Year" at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards in 2011. In his new role, he
will work with Lindhout to oversee 350 Associates in nine offices across
Wright said: "Roger has been instrumental in tripling the size of our
Asia business over the past seven years. His appointment to Willis
Australasia underscores the importance of the region to our business."
Adam Garrard, currently CEO of Willis Continental Europe, will relocate
from London to Singapore to take up his new role on September 1. In
Asia, he will oversee over 1,000 Associates in 42 offices across 11
countries. Willis' European businesses will report directly to Wright
until a replacement is found.
Garrard joined Willis in 1994 and was Managing Director of Willis Asia
Pacific from 2002 to 2005, where he was instrumental in setting up
Willis' China business that now has 21 offices, making it the largest
domestic network of all the global brokers. Garrard also led Willis'
Australasian business from 2005 to 2008, before being appointed CEO of
Willis Continental Europe in 2009.
Commenting on Garrard's new assignment, Wright said: "Adam has done an
outstanding job in Europe, growing our business despite the economic
turmoil. His 18 years of experience across many parts of Willis
International positions him extremely well to lead one of our
Middle East and Africa
In his role as Regional CEO for Willis' Middle East and Africa business,
Scott Pickering is working closely with Willis' Associate company Gras
Savoye, the leading French broker, to grow the Group's joint African
footprint which already covers 23 countries on the continent.
Wright said of Willis' increased focus on the Middle East and Africa:
"South Africa is consistently one of our fastest-growing operations and
we see the country as a gateway to the wider African continent. The
Middle East is another high-growth region that requires dedicated
leadership, under Scott, to maximize on our business opportunities
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through
its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers professional insurance,
reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting
and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions
around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120
countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving
clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on
Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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