Willis Group Holdings: Willis International Announces European Leadership
Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH): Willis International CEO Tim Wright Promotes
New Leaders for European Regions and Announces Departure of UK CEO
NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Willis Group
Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today a series of
senior leadership appointments in its Willis International business unit
focusing on its UK and wider European operations.
Today's appointments complete a reorganization process which began a year ago
following the appointment of Tim Wright as CEO of Willis International, a
business comprising the Group's international retail operations with over
6,000 Associates in more than 100 offices in over 42 countries in Europe, the
Middle East, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.
Firstly, Willis' Continental European operations will be divided into two
distinct regions, one encompassing Western Europe and the other encompassing
Central and Eastern Europe. Alberto Gallego, currently Director General of
Willis Iberia, has been appointed CEO Willis Western Europe, while Scott
Pickering, currently CEO South Africa and Regional CEO Middle East and Africa,
will assume additional responsibility for Willis's Central and Eastern
Secondly, Dan Wilkinson, CEO Willis UK, will leave the company in early 2013
for a position at the global insurer RSA. Until a successor is announced, the
UK Retail business will report to Tim Wright on an interim basis.
Alberto Gallego and Scott Pickering will both report directly to Tim Wright,
along with their colleagues Luis Maurette, who runs Willis Latin America,
Roger Wilkinson, who heads up Australia and New Zealand and Adam Garrard, who
runs Willis Asia.
Congratulating both Gallego and Pickering on their expanded roles, Wright
said, "Across much of Europe, there remains significant opportunity for Willis
to grow its business. Alberto has been pivotal in driving Willis' growth in
Spain and Portugal, achieving tremendous sales in the face of the financial
crisis in both countries. He is ideally positioned to replicate this growth
across our West European operations. Similarly the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe represent a number of emerging market opportunities for Willis.
The Eastern Europe region recorded double digit organic growth in commissions
and fees last year. Scott has extensive experience of emerging markets and is
ideally placed to help Willis expand its business in this region."
Alberto Gallego has over thirty years of insurance industry experience working
with carriers and clients. He joined Willis in 1990, and as COO of the
business in Spain and Portugal since 2000, helped establish Willis as one of
the fastest growing insurance brokers in the Iberian market. Today, Willis
Iberia employs more than 650 professionals through its 16 offices (14 in Spain
and two in Portugal). Prior to Willis, Gallego held positions at Plus Ultra
Insurance Company and Marsh, both in Spain. Gallego will relocate to London
from Madrid in January 2013 after a short transition period.
Scott Pickering joined Willis in 2009, bringing with him extensive experience
in international business development and emerging markets. In 2006, while
with ACE, he successfully re-established that insurer's presence in South
Africa as CEO of ACE's South African operations. Pickering also worked in
Dubai as Regional CEO for the Asian and Middle Eastern operations of Royal &
Sun Alliance. Since 2011, he has led Willis's African and Middle East region
from the company's Johannesburg office.
Commenting on Dan Wilkinson's contribution to the company, Wright said, "I
would like to thank Dan for his eighteen years of loyal service to Willis and
wish him all the best in his future role. As demonstrated in our latest
quarterly earnings, Dan leaves Willis UK with a solid growth platform and a
position of improving profitability. I look forward to announcing a successor
in due course."
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
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