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.
Anna C. Catalano
Ms. Catalano, age 48, joined the Board on July 21, 2006. From 2001 to 2003 she was Group Vice President, Marketing for BP p.l.c. Prior to that she held various executive positions in BP and Amoco, including BP Group Vice President, Emerging Markets; Amoco’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations; and President, Amoco Orient Oil Company. In addition to frequently speaking on strategic marketing and global branding, Ms Catalano is a forthright leader on the mentoring and the advancement of women in business and in recognition of her efforts she was recognized by Fortune Magazine in 2001 as being among "The Most Powerful Women in International Business". She currently serves on the Boards of SSL International plc and Hercules Incorporated, and is also a director of the Gulf Coast Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ms. Catalano holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Sir Roy Gardner
Sir Roy Gardner, age 62, joined the Board on April 26, 2006. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and currently Chairman of Compass Group PLC, a position he has held since July 1, 2006. Also, he has been a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse since July 2006. Sir Roy joined the board of Compass Group PLC as the senior independent non-executive director in October 2005. Prior to July 1, 2006 he was Chief Executive of Centrica plc, a position he held since 1997, prior to which he served as Finance Director of British Gas plc. He is a former Chairman of Manchester United plc, Managing Director of GEC-Marconi Ltd, Director of GEC plc and of Laporte. Sir Roy is President of Carers UK and Chairman of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Jeremy Hanley, KCMG
Sir Jeremy Hanley, age 62, joined the Board on April 26, 2006. He is a Chartered Accountant and a director of CSS Stellar plc, ITE Group plc, Onslow Suffolk Limited, Langbar International Limited and, until August 2006, GTECH Holdings Corporation Inc., when he became a consultant to Lottomatica S.p.A. He is also a Director of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Board of Blue Hackle Limited. Sir Jeremy was a Member of Parliament for Richmond and Barnes from 1983 to 1997 and held a number of ministerial position in the UK Government, including Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio whilst Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs. He retired from politics in 1998.
Wendy E. Lane
Ms. Lane, age 56, joined the Board on April 21, 2004. She has been Chairman of Lane Holdings, Inc., an investment firm, since 1992. Prior to forming Lane Holdings, Inc., Ms. Lane was a Principal and Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corporation, an investment banking firm, serving in these and other positions from 1981 to 1992. Ms. Lane is also a Director of Laboratory Corporation of America and of UPM-Kymmene Corporation. She is also a Trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. Ms. Lane holds a BA from Wellesley College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
James F. McCann
Non-Executive Chairman Willis Group Holdings plc
Mr. McCann, age 61, joined the Board on April 21, 2004 and currently serves as the Board’s non-executive Chairman, succeeding Joseph Plumeri upon his retirement from the Board. Mr. McCann previously served as the Board’s Presiding Independent Director. Mr. McCann has served since 1976 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc, a florist and gift shop company. He also serves as a director for Dearborn National and JPMorgan Chase Regional Advisory Board. He previously served as a director of Lottomatica S.p.A., Gateway, Inc. and The Boyds Collection, Ltd.
Douglas B. Roberts
Mr. Roberts, age 60, joined the Board on February 13, 2003. He is the former Treasurer for the State of Michigan, a position held from April 2001 to December 2002 and from January 1991 to November 1998. From January 1999 to March 2001 he was Vice President of the Business Development and Best Practices at Lockheed Martin IMS. Prior to January 1991, Mr. Roberts worked in the Michigan Senate as Director, Senate Fiscal Agency from April 1988 to December 1990 and as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Department of Education. Mr. Roberts holds a doctorate in Economics from Michigan State University. Currently, Mr. Roberts is both a Professor and the Director for the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.
Robyn S. Kravit
Ms. Kravit, age 57 is an international business executive with over 26 years of experience in establishing and directing significant China-based operations engaged in the international trading of industrial raw materials. Ms. Kravit co-founded Tethys Research LLC, a biotechnology start-up company, and has acted as its Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Ms. Kravit is a Director of FONZ, the organization which manages commercial and educational activities for Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Council of Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society. Ms. Kravit holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Vassar College, and a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Michael J. Somers
Dr. Somers, age 67, was Chief Executive Officer of the Irish National Treasury Management Agency from 1990, when it was established, until the end of 2009. The Agency, which is a commercial entity outside the public administration, was initially set up to arrange Ireland’s borrowing and manage its National Debt. Its remit was extended to establish and manage the National Pensions Reserve Fund, of which he was a Commissioner, and the National Development Agency, of which he was Chairman. It also incorporated the State Claims Agency, which handles claims against the State and against hospitals and other medical institutions. He previously worked in the Irish Department of Finance and the Central Bank and served as Secretary General of the Department of Defence from 1985 to 1987. He was the Irish member of the EU Monetary Committee from 1987 to 1990 and chaired the EU group that established the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He served on the board of the Irish Stock Exchange until the end of 2009. He is currently the Irish Director on the Board of the European Investment Bank and also serves on the Boards of Allied Irish Banks plc, St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group Ltd., the Institute of Directors and is a Council member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded the honour of Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the President of France. Dr. Somers is also in the process of joining the Board of Hewlett Packard International Bank in Dublin. He holds B. Comm, M.Econ.Sc and Ph.D degrees from University College Dublin.
Mr. Luzón, age 65, joined the Board on July 23, 2013. From 1996 until January 2012, Mr. Luzón served in several capacities at Banco Santander, S.A. (a public company organized under the laws of Spain), most recently as Executive Board Member and General Manager of the Latin American Division, from 1996 until 1998, as Executive Director and Deputy to the Chairman and Head of Strategy, Communication and Investor Relations, and in 1998, as Head of Human Resources and Information Technology. Prior to that, Mr. Luzón held executive positions at several other banks, including Argentaria, S.A., Banco Exterior de Espana, S.A., Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Banco Vizcaya. Within the last five years, Mr. Luzón has served as a Director of Banco Santander, S.A. and Inditex-Zara, the international fashion retail company. Mr. Luzón currently is a Director of Latam Airlines Group, the international airline, and Member of its Finance Committee and its Strategy Committee. He also serves on the boards and advisory councils of numerous academic institutions, non-profit organizations and think tanks. He is also a consultant of the Interamerican Development Bank. Mr. Luzón has a Degree in business and economics from Bilbao University and, in 2010, received an Honorary Degree in economics from University Castilla La Mancha.
Mr. Patel, age 46, joined the Board on July 23, 2013. Mr. Patel is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of GTECH Americas, a division of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly named Lottomatica S.p.A.), a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in regulated worldwide gaming markets. Before becoming CEO of GTECH Corporation, then a subsidiary of Lottomatica Group S.p.A. in 2008, Mr. Patel held various executive positions at GTECH, including President and Chief Operating Officer (2007), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GTECH Corporation (2000-2007), Vice President, Financial Planning and Business Evaluation (1998-2000) and Finance Director, European and African Operations (1995-1997). From August 2006 until April 2007, Mr. Patel also served as Chief Financial Officer of Lottomatica S.p.A. (now GTECH S.p.A.). Prior to joining GTECH, Mr. Patel worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. Mr. Patel serves as a member of the Board and the Executive Management Committee of GTECH S.p.A. Mr. Patel holds a B.A. with honors from Birmingham Polytechnic in the United Kingdom and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.
Jeffrey W. Ubben
Mr. Ubben, age 52, joined the Board on July 23, 2013. Mr. Ubben is a Founder, Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of ValueAct Capital. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Mr. Ubben was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years. Previously, Mr. Ubben spent eight years at Fidelity Investments where he managed the Fidelity Value Fund. Mr. Ubben is a former director and member of the Compensation Committee of Acxiom Corp., a former director and member of the Compensation Committee of Gartner Group, Inc., a former director and member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Misys, plc, a former director and member of the Nomination and Governance Committee of Omnicare, Inc., a former director and member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Sara Lee Corp. and a former director of several other public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Ubben serves as chairman of the national board of the Posse Foundation, is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and is also on the board of the American Conservatory Theater. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.