Willis Appoints David Martin as Chairman and CEO of UK Retail Business

Willis Appoints David Martin as Chairman and CEO of UK Retail Business

New Senior Hire From Zurich Insurance Group Completes the Restructure of
Willis International Leadership Team Under International CEO Tim Wright

NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Willis Group Holdings
(NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today the appointment of
David Martin as Chairman and CEO of its UK retail business, effective
21January, subject to FSA approval. The appointment of Martin to the senior
post completes the restructure of Willis International's leadership under
International CEO Tim Wright.

Martin joins Willis UK from Zurich Insurance Group, where he led global sales
and distribution for Zurich's $33 billion general insurance business. Martin's
roles prior to joining Zurich include 16 years with AON, where he was Managing
Director of UK Corporate, and positions at Bank of America and Cigna (now

At Willis, Martin will report to Tim Wright and lead a business comprising
1,100 Associates in 22 offices across the UK. Martin will also have a
secondary reporting line to Steve Hearn, Deputy CEO, Willis Group and CEO
Willis Limited (the UK regulated entity). Tim Wright and Steve Hearn have
directed Martin, as he comes on-board, to drive greater connectivity between
Willis UK Retail and Willis Global, the specialist business arm of the Willis
Group, both of which are headquartered in London.

Commenting on Martin's appointment, Wright said, "David's extensive knowledge
of commercial insurance markets in the UK and his wider global experience
makes him the ideal candidate to accelerate future sales growth within our UK
retail business. We recognize that there is a significant opportunity to drive
synergies between our UK retail and global specialty business, and David will
have a special focus on matching UK client needs with Willis' world-class
specialty expertise."

Martin said, "I am delighted to become part of the Willis team building on the
successes of recent years. I look forward to working with old and new friends,
and helping them succeed in a very competitive marketplace."

Willis International comprises the Group's retail businesses outside North
America, consisting of over 6,000 Associates in more than 100 offices in over
42 countries, generating revenues of over $1 billion in Latin America, Europe,
Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australasia.

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

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