Willis Executive Recognized as an Insurance Industry Leader

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE:WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced Jennifer Barton, Chief Operating Officer, Willis North America Human Capital Practice, has been named to Business Insurance's 2014 "Women to Watch" list.

The ninth annual "Women to Watch" report recognizes a group of 25 high-profile executives doing exceptional work in risk management, benefits management, commercial insurance and other related fields. Candidates were selected based on recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women in business.

Based in Chicago, Ms. Barton manages operations for Willis's Human Capital Practice, one of Willis's largest business units in North America featuring over 900 human capital professionals and consultants serving national and multinational clients and providing innovative solutions to help organizations manage their human capital investment. The industry leading practice delivers customized employer solutions including best in market insurance programs, Total Rewards consulting, turnkey wellness and employee engagement programs, consultation on legislative and compliance issues and an innovative private exchange platform, The Willis Advantage.

Commenting on Ms. Barton's recognition, Todd Jones, CEO, Willis North America said, "We are thrilled to see Jennifer recognized by Business Insurance for the exceptional work she has been doing in the employee benefits industry. She has been integral to the success of Willis's Human Capital Practice and helping Willis to be a leading broker and Human Capital consultant in this space. Jennifer has proven herself a true leader in the industry and she is an outstanding role model for all women in business."

Ms. Barton joined Willis in 2002 as Practice Leader for Willis's HR Consulting group and was responsible for developing HR Partner, Willis's groundbreaking practice that provides organizations with consulting far beyond the traditional insurance transaction. Prior to joining Willis, she served as the Director of Human Resources for Health Prime.

Ms. Barton is profiled in the December 8 issue of Business Insurance and will be recognized at an awards luncheon in New York City on December 9. Business Insurance is a leading industry news magazine and web site reporting on commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits weekly in print and daily online.

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

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Source:Willis Group Holdings