Willis North America's Patricia Ennis Named President of the American Society of Safety Engineers

NEW YORK, July 14, 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 that Patricia Ennis, Senior Risk Control Consultant for the Willis Risk Control & Claims Advocacy Practice, was installed as President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Ms. Ennis, a 25-year veteran of the occupational safety and health profession, will serve a one-year term.

The ASSE is the country's oldest professional safety organization with more than 36,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members worldwide. The ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing professional development support, advocacy and standards development.

In her role as President, Ms. Ennis will focus on delivering ASSE's members with tools and resources to enhance business productivity through cutting edge safety programs, and she will work to elevate the safety, health and environmental profession within the business community. Ms. Ennis will continue to serve as a Senior Risk Control Consultant within the Willis Risk Control and Claims Advocacy Practice.

Commenting on the role, Ms. Ennis said, "The ASSE is a dynamic organization leading the way in occupational health and safety and I am honored to have been elected as the 100th president. We will continue to develop innovative ideas and strategies, providing our members with competencies to manage a wide range of risks, while creating safer work environments and preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses."

"Trish Ennis is a well-known and respected occupational safety professional who has deep experience in serving a range of clients," said Marc Hindman, Risk Control & Claim Advocacy Practice Leader, Willis North America. "We're thrilled to have Trish represent ASSE in this leadership role where she will continue to advocate for workplace safety issues via ASSE's global platform. This partnership underscores Willis' commitment to delivering industry leading risk control solutions and services to clients."

Based in Denver, CO, Ms. Ennis previously served as senior vice president and vice president of professional development for ASSE. She was chair of the 2008 Future Safety Leaders Conference for ASSE and has held a variety of leadership roles with ASSE's Colorado Chapter. In 2011, she was recognized among the top "100 Women Making a Difference in the field of Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment."

Individuals can follow the latest workplace safety trends and issues, and hear more from Ms. Ennis on WillisWire.

About ASSE

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 36,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.

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 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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