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Willis North America Appoints Joe Peiser Head of Casualty Broking

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2015 (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 Joe Peiser as Head of Casualty Broking. Since September 2014, Mr. Peiser has been serving as a strategic insurance market advisor with Willis Capital Markets and Advisory. He has deep experience in the insurance industry and is a well-known Casualty expert in the U.S., London and Bermuda marketplace.

In this newly created role, Mr. Peiser will be responsible for the strategic direction of Willis North America's Casualty insurance offerings including Workers' Compensation, primary and excess Casualty, Product Recall and international Casualty products. He will work closely with Willis specialty practices and global industry groups to ensure Willis develops and delivers industry leading Casualty products, services and advice to Willis's national and multinational clients in North America. He will also collaborate with Willis's Risk & Analytics team to deliver integrated solutions for Workers' Compensation clients. He will report to Matt Keeping, Chief Broking Officer, Willis North America.

Commenting on this appointment, Mr. Keeping said, "We are thrilled to have Joe step into this very important role and lead our Casualty business across North America. He is a well-respected Casualty professional with broad experience that will further elevate Willis's strong market position. Today, organizations face Casualty issues of increasing frequency and severity and altogether new Liability risks in the rapidly changing, digital business world and Willis stands ready to deliver cutting-edge solutions to help firms protect their assets."

Based in New York, NY, Mr. Peiser has more than 28 years of experience in the insurance industry. Previously, he was president of Wright Specialty Insurance Agency and prior to that he had a long career at Marsh Inc. and one of its predecessor companies, Johnson & Higgins.

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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Source:Willis Group Holdings