Willis Strengthens Health and Productivity Capabilities

NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE:WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced the appointment of industry expert and author, Dr. Ronald S. Leopold as National Practice Leader, Health Outcomes, Willis Human Capital Practice.

Willis' Human Capital Practice provides innovative solutions to help organizations manage their human capital risk. Willis, through its Health Outcomes practice, encourages employers to develop comprehensive health management programs that address the continuum of health risks across their working population.

In this role, Dr. Leopold will lead the Health Outcomes Practice and focus on integrating clinical data analytics with Willis' health and wellness offerings to help employers develop a comprehensive strategy to lower medical costs and risks, and improve the health and productivity of their workforce. He will focus on a variety of areas to help organizations, including: assessing the impact of health care reform on benefits strategies; integrating technologies with health and wellness data; and, leveraging employee absence and productivity data to help firms optimize the business value of a healthier workforce. Dr. Leopold will be based in Atlanta and report to Jim Blaney, CEO, Willis Human Capital Practice.

Dr. Leopold has deep roots in the medical and employee benefits arena. Previously, he served as National Health and Productivity Practice Leader for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and prior to that, he was the National Medical Director for MetLife. He is a well-recognized thought leader and speaks frequently on health and productivity topics.

Commenting on the appointment, Jim Blaney said, "Maximizing productivity is a top business objective. We know employers struggle with developing and implementing comprehensive health management strategies across the spectrum of employee health risks. The hiring of Dr. Leopold puts Willis in an even better position to help its clients identify and implement the best solutions in health, wellness and workforce productivity. He brings a reputation and recognition that is second to none."

Dr. Leopold is Boarded by the American College of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine Physician, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University.

About Willis

Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 18,000 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,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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