Willis Group Holdings: Willis North America Boosts Construction Capabilities

Willis Group Holdings: Willis North America Boosts Construction Capabilities

Key Appointments to Drive Growth in Default Insurance Marketplace

NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Willis North
America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance
broker, announced today a series of appointments to strengthen its
construction capabilities and better serve clients in the expanding default
insurance marketplace.

Willis is a leading insurance broker in the construction industry bringing
specialized expertise and dedicated resources to this space with over 600
construction professionals across the platform serving contractors, owners,
construction professionals and design firms.

The following individuals comprise Willis' Default Insurance Group, a
production team that focuses on providing best in class default insurance
service to our clients and growing our presence in this highly specialized
sector of the construction insurance market.

  *Luke J. Nolan, Jr. has been appointed Senior Vice President, Willis of
    Texas. He will co-lead Willis' Default Insurance Group. Mr. Nolan brings
    over 26 years of experience in the surety, property & casualty and
    contractor default insurance business. Prior to joining Willis, Mr. Nolan
    was Director of Contractor Default Insurance/Surety with Aon Risk
    Services. He will be based in Dallas.
  *Brian Carpenter, Senior Vice President, Willis of Minnesota, will assume
    an expanded role and co-lead Willis' Default Insurance Group. Mr.
    Carpenter joined Willis in 2005, and maintains over 20 years of experience
    in the surety, property & casualty, and contractor default insurance
    business. He is based in Minneapolis.
  *Debbie English has been appointed Vice President, Willis of Texas. Ms.
    English brings 19 years of experience in the insurance industry with a
    primary focus on default insurance. Prior to joining Willis, Ms. English
    was Director of Client Services with Aon Risk Services. She will be based
    in Dallas.
  *Daphne Massey has been appointed Assistant Vice President, Willis of
    Texas. Ms. Massey brings 10 years of experience in the insurance industry
    with a primary focus on default insurance. Prior to joining Willis, Ms.
    Massey was an Account Specialist with Aon Risk Services. She will be based
    in Dallas.
  *Daniel Tolman has been appointed Vice President, Willis of New York. Mr.
    Tolman brings over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry with a
    primary focus on default insurance. Prior to joining Willis, Mr. Tolman
    was Account Executive with Aon Risk Services. He will be based in New
    York.
  *Nicole Langer, Assistant Vice President, Willis of Minnesota will assume
    an expanded role servicing Willis' Default Insurance Group. She joined
    Willis in 2008 and maintains over 8 years of experience in the insurance
    industry focused on contract surety and brokering default insurance. Ms.
    Langer is based in Minneapolis.

Commenting on the appointments, Rick Hawkinberry, CEO, Willis North America
Construction Practice said, "Consistent with our commitment to product
innovation and client service, this specialty team will serve clients in this
expanding, yet highly specialized line of insurance. The expertise around
default insurance has become of paramount concern in the uncertain economy as
labor, material costs and other financial stresses to contractors' balance
sheets are forcing owners and contractors to examine alternative performance
security tools."

About Willis

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
http://www.willis.com.

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CONTACT: Willis Group Services Limited
         Colleen McCarthy
         Colleen.McCarthy@Willis.com
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