Willis Group Holdings: Willis Re Australia Leadership Changes Demonstrate Commitment to Innovative Brokerage Solutions

Willis Group Holdings: Willis Re Australia Leadership Changes Demonstrate
Commitment to Innovative Brokerage Solutions

Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH) Announces the Promotion of Michael Harden to
Chairman of Willis Re Australia, and Cameron Green to the Post of Chief
Executive Officer

SYDNEY, Australia, March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Willis Group
Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global risk advisor and insurance broker, has
announced important changes to the leadership team at Willis Re Australia
Limited, effective April 1, 2013.

Michael Harden, the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will move to become
Chairman. During his six year tenure as CEO, Willis Re Australia has enjoyed
impressive growth and services a wide variety of clients across Australia, New
Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Harden commented: "The organic growth of our business in recent years has been
in large part due to the strength of our people and the culture within the
organisation. Willis Re Australia is leading the way in providing a holistic
analytical broker service offering to clients, and this is reflected in the
new leadership team, who bring together a wealth of reinsurance, advisory and
analytical skills."

Cameron Green will take over as CEO to lead Willis Re Australia as it
continues to grow and produce increasingly innovative solutions. Green has
been with the organisation for seven years and currently holds the position of
Chief Operating Officer.

Green will be joined in the leadership team by Ty Birkett and Karl Jones, who
will both become Managing Directors. Jones has 17 years' experience with
Willis Re and Birkett joined Willis Re Australia in 2005. The overall
experience of the new leadership team highlights the depth of knowledge and
continuity that it will offer during this time of transition.

Green commented: "In recent years broking organisations have become
increasingly focussed on broader risk management and analytics, including
catastrophe and financial modelling.

Willis Re has been at the forefront of this innovation, and this is reflected
in the reinsurance and risk management solutions we develop to add value for
our clients. Our team and one-flag approach at Willis Re means that current
and future leaders will also be drawn from a wider background than has
traditionally been the case in reinsurance brokers, bringing wider
opportunities throughout the organisation."

"The re/insurance industry is constantly redefining itself," said John
Cavanagh, Chief Executive Officer of Willis Re. "Insurers and reinsurers need
to embrace a wider range of challenges than ever before, whether in the form
of increasingly complex catastrophe modelling, big data, legal or regulatory
issues. To reflect this, in recent years, Willis Re has focused on building a
range of skills specifically designed to ensure a detailed understanding of
the industry, and which allow us to provide a far more consultative approach."

About Willis Re

One of the world's leading reinsurance brokers, Willis Re is known for its
world-class Analytics capabilities, which it combines with its Capital Markets
and Reinsurance expertise in a seamless, integrated offering that helps
clients increase the value of their businesses. Willis Re serves the risk
management and risk transfer needs of a diverse, global client base that
includes all of the world's top insurance and reinsurance carriers as well as
national catastrophe schemes in many countries around the world. The broker's
global team of experts offers services and advice that help clients make
better reinsurance decisions, access worldwide capital markets and negotiate
optimum terms. For more information, visit http://www.willisre.com/.

About Willis

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,
WilllisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides
its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

Investor relations contact:

Peter Poillon
+ 1 212 915 8084
Peter(dot)Poillon(at)willis(dot)com

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