On October 16, 2012, the Willis Group Holdings Board of Directors elected Dominic Casserley as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, effective January 7, 2013. Dominic comes to Willis following a 29 year career at McKinsey & Company, the leading global management consulting firm. During his three decades at McKinsey, Dominic was based in the United States from 1983 to 1994; was based in Asia from 1995 to 1999; and was based in London from 2000 through 2012.
Dominic’s career at McKinsey focused on two areas: serving the needs of clients that comprised leading financial services companies around the world, and, along with his colleagues, helping to build McKinsey, one of the world’s leading professional services firms.
Dominic’s work serving leading financial services companies focused on addressing their strategic, organizational, operational and technology issues so that they could better serve their clients. While based in the United States he focused on serving a range of banking and insurance companies dealing with the opportunities and challenges of deregulation, growing globalization and new technology. After he left the U.S., Dominic’s clients included leading banks and insurers in the Asia and the UK. During his tenure as head of McKinsey’s European Banking Practice, the firm’s largest industry practice, between 2000 and 2003, it expanded significantly into Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. At the time of his departure from McKinsey, he led the firm’s Corporate & Investment banking practice globally.
Dominic’s work has extended significantly beyond direct client work. He is the author of two books on financial services. He advised business leaders of the former UK Prime Minister’s Business Council for Britain and served on the UK’s Confederation of British Industry (CBI) CEO Climate Change Taskforce. While based in the U.S., Dominic also worked on the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms in 1987 (The Brady Commission) during the Administration of Ronald Reagan.
A primary focus of Dominic’s recent work before joining Willis was helping to manage and grow McKinsey, one of the world’s preeminent professional services firms. He served as a member of the McKinsey Shareholders Council, the firm’s global board, since 1999, including four years Chairman of the Finance & Infrastructure Committee which oversees McKinsey’s global finances, information technology and global internal and external audit for the firm which has more than 90 offices in more than 50 countries.
While in Asia from 1995-1999, Dominic led the firm’s offices in Greater China. He opened McKinsey’s offices in Shanghai and Beijing from its original base in Hong Kong and further grew the Taipei location. Later, he helped to open additional McKinsey offices in Southeast Asia, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. Beginning in 2000, Dominic was based in the United Kingdom. From 2003 until 2010, he was McKinsey’s Managing Partner in London, responsible for the firm’s offices in London and Dublin.
Dominic is a 1979 graduate of Cambridge University. He is married with three children. After a transition period in 2013, when he will be based in London, Dominic will be based at Willis’ office in New York City.