LONDON, Dec. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Towers Watson is pleased to announce that Mary O'Connor will lead the Client and Business Development function for Willis Towers Watson Great Britain. Mary also continues to co-lead the Global Financial Institutions Industry Group. Mary will report to Head of Great Britain, Nicolas Aubert, and Global Industries Lead, Eric Speer.
Reflecting the significance of clients to the success of the organisation, Mary will also have a seat on the Boards of Willis Limited and Towers Watson Limited, subject to regulatory approval.
Mary was also the co-lead for the Global Financial Lines business in Corporate Risk and Broking with Alexis Faber. Going forward, Alexis will assume sole leadership for this global business.
Mary previously led Willis Towers Watson's successful Great Britain Financial Lines business segment. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Mary was a senior regulator at the UK Financial Services Authority, where she served as Head of Approved Persons, and a partner at an international law firm. She is one of the most prominent women in the UK Insurance Industry, and was recently named as one of 2016's 100 most influential women in Re/insurance by Intelligent Insurer magazine. Mary is a dual-qualified US and UK attorney. She has degrees in Foreign Service and Law from Georgetown University and an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.
Commenting on this move, Nicolas Aubert, Head of Willis Towers Watson Great Britain, stated: "Mary's experience and client focus will help us to meet our goals of putting clients at the centre of our organisation and support our teams in making a real difference to clients."
Willis Towers Watson CEO, John Haley, said: "Willis Towers Watson is committed to developing an integrated client business model. The development of strong, client-centric leadership in our geographies is one of the keys to our future success and this step moves us forward along that path."
Mary commented: "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to bring both the risk and people aspects of our company together, and to help clients access the full breadth of Willis Towers Watson services and solutions."
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