Willis Hires Regional Leaders in Asia for Risk Services and Technology, Media and Telecoms

LONDON, July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE:WSH), the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, has made two key appointments to grow its business in Asia.

Sirikit Oh has been appointed Managing Director, Asia Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT). She joins from Marsh, where she was Technology Practice Leader for Asia, and Asia Head of Market Relationship Management.

Chia Woon Ping has joined as Risk Services Regional Director for North Asia. He joins from Marsh Risk Consulting, where he was the North Asia Property Practice Leader. Both new roles will be based in Singapore.

Adam Garrard, Regional CEO of Willis Asia, said: "These are vital hires who will help connect and grow our business across Asia and globally. Both Sirikit and Woon Ping bring a wealth of experience gained from across the region in their respective specialties.

"Sirikit will lead an industry group to seamlessly connect with leaders around the Willis world to bring industry-leading value creation to local markets. Woon Ping will assume responsibility for the delivery of risk services across North Asia, including risk engineering and risk consultancy services."

Sirikit Oh said: "I was attracted by Willis' enthusiasm for the TMT segment - a dynamic, competitive and fast-changing business sector, which has seen unprecedented changes in our lifetime. I am excited by the opportunity to build a new Asia TMT team, and provide our clients with cutting-edge risk analysis and insurance solutions."

Chia Woon Ping said: "I am delighted to join the Willis engineering and risk management team. Willis' ability to bring together excellent risk engineering and management solutions, as well as superb broking capabilities, is key to making it the preferred partner for clients. I look forward to further developing that capability for the benefit of our clients in this region and beyond."

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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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