Willis Group Holdings Launches Diversity Partnership Initiative
Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the
global risk advisor and insurance broker, announced today the launch of Willis
Open, a new practice group focused on meeting the growing demand by public
entity and corporate businesses for supplier diversity solutions.
NEW YORK, N.Y., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Willis North
America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global risk
advisor and insurance broker, announced today the launch of Willis Open, a new
practice group focused on meeting the growing demand by public entity and
corporate businesses for supplier diversity solutions.
Willis Open features unique resources and industry leading expertise to help
firms build strategic alliances with minority-owned business enterprises (MBE)
and women-owned business enterprises (WBE). Today, more organizations are
seeking quality solutions which include women and minority owned partners as
part of their overall diversity and corporate social responsibility strategy.
Willis Open will enable companies working with Willis to work with the best
minority owned enterprises in today's marketplace. Willis Open has carefully
selected a premier group of certified minority owned insurance and consulting
firms with technically superior client service capabilities. By combining the
strength of these high quality partners with Willis' global resources and
expertise, Willis will create solid solutions that deliver a triple benefit to
the client – savings, value and credit for supplier diversity spend.
Willis has appointed two key industry specialists to co-lead Willis Open.
Kimberly Waller and Phillip Styles have each been named Executive Vice
President. Ms. Waller and Mr. Styles will be responsible for business
development, partnership development and aligning resources from across
Willis' platform to develop integrated solutions for clients.
Chicago-based Ms. Waller brings over 22 years of experience to this role and
formerly served as Chief Operating Officer at Aon Cornerstone, a unit of Aon
Corporation. Atlanta-based Mr. Styles brings over 11 years of experience to
this role and formerly served as Director of Supplier Diversity and Strategic
Alliances at Aon Cornerstone. Ms. Waller and Mr. Styles will report to Eric
Joost, Chief Executive, Willis North America Specialties.
"We are thrilled to launch a diversity partnership initiative and drive
creative solutions to meet market demand," said Vic Krauze, Chairman and CEO
Willis North America. "With over $100 Billion in annual minority business
enterprise spend, diversity partnerships have become a major strategic
initiative for companies. Given the increasing importance of supplier
diversity to firms across all sectors, the Willis model provides a winning
platform for clients."
Commenting on the appointments, Eric Joost said, "We are excited about Phil
and Kim joining Willis and their leadership in this space. They each bring
deep experience and a strong track record of success in driving high levels of
client satisfaction and business results."
For more information on diversity partnerships contact
kim(dot)waller(at)Willis(dot)com or phillip(dot)styles(at)willis(dot)com.
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and
reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every
continent with more than 17,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers
its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading
products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our
experts rank among the world's leading authorities on analytics, modelling and
mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme
events. Find more information at our Website, http://www.Willis.com, our
leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news,
WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides
its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.
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