Willis Announces New Aerospace Executive Leadership Team for the Americas

LONDON, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced a new leadership team for its Aerospace business in the Americas to capitalise on significant growth opportunities in the region.

Steve Kisor has been appointed President of Willis Aerospace in the Americas. Kisor was previously Executive Vice President (EVP) of Willis Aerospace in the Americas based in Los Angeles. Steve will focus on key client relationships and senior interaction with the aviation insurance markets.

Willis also announced the appointment of John Rooley as CEO of Willis Aerospace Americas, based in Vancouver. In addition to his new responsibilities, Rooley will retain his position as President and CEO of Willis Aerospace in Canada. John will be responsible for delivery of the Americas' plan, strategy and growth.

Steve and John are joined by Neil Getter, EVP of Willis Aerospace Americas, based in New York, to form the Willis Aerospace Americas executive leadership team along with Philip Smaje, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Willis Global Aerospace in London. Neil will continue to run our Aerospace operation in New York and his experience will play a significant role in the leadership of the Americas for Aerospace.

Commenting on the appointments, Smaje said: "We are delighted to announce a new leadership team for the Americas, to continue the strong growth we have enjoyed across Canada, Latin America and the United States in the recent past. Both Steve and John will bring to bear tremendous insurance expertise and unique risk insights, developed through years of working closely with clients around the world."

"The Americas are a significant part of our business making up close to 40% of our global portfolio, which has performed robustly in a very challenging business climate. We are proud of what we have achieved and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Steve, John, Neil and the rest of the team to drive and deliver an exciting future."

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 17,000 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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