Simon Ashby to Lead Willis Global Solutions International

LONDON, Dec. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Simon Ashby CEO of Global Solutions International, the company's large multinational focused arm.

Based in London and reporting to Dominic Samengo-Turner, Global Head of Broking and Products, and Steve Hearn, Deputy CEO of Willis Group, Ashby will drive efforts to build Willis's multinational client portfolio. He will work closely with the new industry and product heads announced in October to ensure Willis delivers innovative and holistic risk management solutions to large global corporations.

Commenting on the appointment Steve Hearn, said: "Bringing the best of Willis to our large multinational clients is at the heart of our future growth strategy. Simon's role and that of Global Solutions International is to ensure we deliver the full breadth of our expertise, capabilities and knowledge to these global corporations. Simon's wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts will be a huge asset to our business and our clients."

Ashby joins Willis from Bowring Marsh Bermuda, where he has worked since 2003 as Managing Director - FINPRO, with responsibility for a significant number of major accounts from around the world. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Chief Underwriting Officer of Gulf Insurance Company UK Ltd. He has also held senior roles with Johnson & Higgins Limited, Holmes Johnson Lessiter Financial Group (part of A&A) and Stewart Wrightson Limited.

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 17,500 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,, 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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