Willis Towers Watson technology hub and service center bringing over 400 jobs to Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, will bring over 400 jobs to its new 92,000-square-foot technology hub and service center located at 1144 W. Washington St., Tempe, AZ.

Willis Towers Watson’s Technology Hub and Service Center opening in Tempe, AZ, Aug. 30, 2016. From left to right: Jon Andrews, Southwest Business Development VP, Willis Towers Watson; Kevin Sullivan, Arizona Commerce Authority Senior VP of Business Attraction and Expansion; Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego; Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell; Managing Director Gene Wickes, leader of Exchange Solutions for Willis Towers Watson; U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; Jeffrey Durbin, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

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The new center opens at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, with remarks by U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; Kevin Sullivan, Arizona Commerce Authority Senior VP of Business Attraction and Expansion; Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell; Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego; and Gene Wickes, managing director and leader of Exchange Solutions for Willis Towers Watson.

Willis Towers Watson is hiring over 400 professionals, including software engineers, licensed benefit advisors and other service experts. The center is designed to eventually house up to 800 employees.

See and apply for jobs at Willis Towers Watson’s new technology hub and service center.

The technology hub and service center will support clients of the company’s innovative, private-exchange-based services and solutions that enable people to navigate their benefit options with confidence and give employers peace of mind that they are making the right decisions.

“Greater Phoenix has been a great home to Willis Towers Watson for decades,” said Willis Towers Watson Managing Director Gene Wickes, leader of Exchange Solutions. “The Valley of the Sun is known for its incredible pool of talent, strong education, technical expertise and bilingual capabilities. Our clients and customers around the country will be better off as a result of our stronger presence here. We are committed to becoming an even more active participant in the economic strength of the region by creating hundreds of new jobs, and I am honored to be part of our company’s deeper commitment to Arizona.”

In the last year, more than 2,000 new technology jobs have come to Tempe and Phoenix, from companies such as Willis Towers Watson, Entertainment Partners, ZipRecruiter, Reztech and more.

“In Arizona, we are focused on developing a pipeline of workers with the technical skills necessary to meet the needs of today’s employers, and when a global leader like Willis Towers Watson praises our talent pool, we know that effort is paying off in a big way,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Technology and information jobs are critical to maintaining Arizona’s economic competitiveness, and our state has seen impressive growth in these jobs thanks to companies like Willis Towers Watson investing in our state.”

“Willis Towers Watson is an example of the incredible innovation happening in Arizona’s Ninth District. We are excited to welcome them to Tempe and look forward to working together to create jobs and grow Arizona’s economy,” said U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

“Tempe is a top destination for companies looking for the skilled technology workforce and lifestyle that our city offers. Nearly 15,000 people in Tempe work in the technology industry. We thank Willis Towers Watson for its investment in our community,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.

“As the Vice Mayor of Phoenix, I know that a world-class city requires a strong, vibrant metropolitan area, and District Eight residents stand to gain from good news throughout the Valley, especially in District Eight’s eastern neighbor, Tempe,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. “Technology is the driver in today’s workforce, and I thank Willis Towers Watson for investing in our Valley, creating jobs for District Eight residents and contributing to prosperity in both Phoenix and our entire Valley.”

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create — recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona, work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond, and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Please visit azcommerce.com for more information, or follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.

About Tempe, AZ

Located in the heart of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Tempe offers an innovative, urban environment, a central location and border-to-border light rail. Home to the nation’s largest university and named the nation’s best college town, Tempe is one of the state’s most educated communities. Arizona State University, downtown Mill Avenue and Tempe Town Lake give people opportunities to create a perfect work/play balance. www.tempe.gov

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

Media contacts Office of the Arizona Governor Daniel Scarpinato: +1 602 542 2661 communications@az.gov Arizona Commerce Authority Susan Marie: +1 602 845 1231 susanm@azcommerce.com U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema Macey Matthews: +1 602 956 2285 macey.matthews@mail.house.gov City of Tempe Nikki Ripley: +1 480 313 8850 nikki_ripley@tempe.gov Vice Mayor Kate Gallego Joaquin Rios: +1 602 262 7495 joaquin.rios@phoenix.gov Willis Towers Watson Melanie Meharchand: +1 650 292 8717 melanie.meharchand@willistowerswatson.com Rob Wyse: +1 212 920 1470 rob@capital-content.com

Source:Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company