Chief Executive Officer Willis Group Holdings plc
Dominic Casserley became CEO of Willis Group in January 2013 following a nearly 30 year career at McKinsey & Company, the leading global management consulting firm. During his three decades at McKinsey, he was based in the United States, Asia and, most recently, in London where he served as Managing Partner, responsible for the firm’s offices in London and Dublin.
Casserley’s career at McKinsey focused on two areas: serving the needs of a client base that comprised leading financial services companies around the world, and helping to build and manage the firm. He was a member of McKinsey’s Global Board from 1999 to 2012.
He has consulted with the world’s leading financial institutions to address their strategic and operational issues and deal with the opportunities and challenges of deregulation, globalization and new technology. At the time of his departure, he led the firm’s Corporate & Investment banking practice globally.
Casserley has authored two books on financial services, advised business leaders on 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 and the Lord Davies review on increasing the number of women on corporate boards. He also worked on the U.S. Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms in 1987 (The Brady Commission) during the Administration of Ronald Reagan.
Married with three children, Casserley is a 1979 graduate of Cambridge University. He is also Chairman of the UK Charities Aid Foundation and a member of the board of the National Theatre in London.
Chief Executive Officer, Willis GB
Nicolas Aubert was appointed CEO of Willis GB, the operating segment of Willis Group Holdings that includes Willis's London specialty businesses and facultative, and the retail insurance business in Great Britain, in January 2015.
Prior to joining Willis Nicolas was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of American International Group (AIG) in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and formerly Managing Director of AIG in the UK. As Managing Director of AIG in the UK, Aubert led one of the largest insurance companies operating both on the London market and the UK retail insurance market, with offices located throughout the country.
After joining AIG in June 2002 to lead AIG France, Aubert served in various other senior management positions, including Managing Director of Southern Europe, where he oversaw operations in 12 countries including Israel.
Prior to AIG, Aubert worked in various leadership positions at ACE, CIGNA, GAN and started his career at GENERALI.
He holds specialized Masters Degrees in Insurance Law (DESS Assurances) from Pantheon-Sorbonne University of Paris and from Institut des Assurances de Paris (Universite Paris-Dauphine) and an MBA from the French High Insurance Studies Center (CHEA).
Executive Vice President and Human Resources Director Willis Group
Celia Brown is the Willis Group Human Resources Director and is responsible for driving development of the organization’s global HR function and delivering world-class, strategic HR support to the company.
She brings to Willis more than 30 years of extensive global HR and legal experience. Prior to joining Willis in 2010, she held a number of senior roles at financial services company XL Group plc (and its predecessor NAC Re Corp), over the course of 20 years. In 2006, Celia was appointed Executive Vice President, Head of Global HR and Corporate Relations, a role which she held until 2009. After leaving XL, she formed an independent management consultancy, providing human resources services to not-for-profit, corporate and individual clients.
Celia earned a BA from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill.
She serves on the Board of Directors of The Volunteer Center, a non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism in Westchester County, New York.
She is a member of the Willis Group’s Operating Committee and Executive Committee, the senior management teams setting and executing Willis’ global strategy.
Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel
Matthew Furman is Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel for Willis. He oversees Willis Group's legal, compliance, risk, corporate secretary, and audit functions worldwide and serves as a member of its Operating Committee, the senior management team setting and executing the company's global strategy.
From 2007 until March 2015, Matt was Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel - Corporate and Governance, and Corporate Secretary for Travelers. In that role, he oversaw corporate, governance and shared service legal matters for Travelers and served on the firm’s senior-level Operating Committee. From 2000 until 2007, Matt was an attorney at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel in the finance and corporate legal group. Prior to that, he was in private practice, with almost six years’ experience at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
In addition, Matt is a Director of the Legal Aid Society. Until recently, he served on the board of the national Alzheimer’s Association and is a former Co-Chair of the Association’s New York City chapter. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo Law School, where he taught international finance, and as a member of The New York Stock Exchange’s Commission on Corporate Governance. He is a former President of the New York chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and a member of its Advisory Board. In 2013, he was a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Partnership for New York City.
In 2014, Mr. Furman was named a Corporate Counsel 100 Rising Star by the Legal 500 publication.
Chief Financial Officer Willis Group Holdings plc
John Greene became CFO of Willis Group in June 2014 after more than eight years with HSBC Holdings.
Earlier in his career with HSBC Holdings, John was CFO for HSBC Insurance and CFO for the Consumer & Mortgage Lending business. Prior to HSBC, he was with GE for twelve years in various roles including CFO for GE Global Business Finance. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Willis Group Holdings plc
Steve Hearn was appointed Deputy CEO of Willis Group Holdings in January 2013.
In July 2014 Steve was appointed CEO of Willis Insurance UK. He is also CEO of Willis Limited, the Group’s principal UK regulated entity.
He has been Chairman and CEO of Willis Global since December 2011 and is responsible for Willis’ wholesale, specialist brokerage and consulting services including Willis Re, Willis Global Insurance and Willis Capital Markets & Advisory.
Steve was CEO of Willis Re from February to December 2011, having led Faber & Dumas, Global Markets International and Willis Facultative from 2008 until 2011.
Steve joined Willis in 2008 as a result of the HRH acquisition by Willis Group. Prior to joining HRH, Steve was Chairman & CEO of Glencairn Limited. He led the three-man team that sold the business to HRH in 2007.
Earlier in his career, Steve was President & CEO of Marsh Affinity Europe, having previously held a number of positions in client management, sales and P&L management at Marsh and Sedgwick Limited.
In January 2014, Steve was appointed Chairman of the London Market Group (LMG), which is concerned with maintaining and enhancing London’s position in the international insurance market.
In addition, in March 2014, he became Chairman of the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA), the trade association representing the interests of insurance and reinsurance brokers operating in the London and international markets.
Chief Executive Officer Willis North America Inc.
Todd Jones is Chief Executive Officer of Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the
global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. Appointed in July 2013, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the business segment, which today has more than 6,000 Associates across the U.S. and Canada delivering market-leading products and risk management services to clients across a range of sectors.
From 2010 to 2013, Jones served as President of Willis North America, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the unit’s retail brokerage business. Previously, he served as National Partner for the Northeast Region, overseeing all aspects of Willis’s retail operations in the Northeastern U.S. and driving growth and strategic development in the region. He joined Willis in 2003 as the North American Practice Leader for Willis’s Executive Risks Practice, overseeing Willis’s professional liability offerings.
Prior to joining Willis, Jones held various leadership roles in the insurance brokerage industry. Before entering the brokerage industry, he was a financial analyst and corporate banker for a regional bank that is now part of Wells Fargo, focusing on the telecommunications industry.
Jones graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Jones also represents Willis North America on the Willis Group Operating Committee, the senior management team setting and executing Willis’s global strategy. He also serves on the board and is President of The Willis Foundation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Willis Group Holdings.
Operations and Technology Director, Willis Group Holdings plc
David Shalders joined Willis in 2013 to take responsibility for the Group’s information technology, operations, real estate and change management functions.
Sitting on the Willis Operating Committee, Shalders works with business leaders across the company to develop efficient operational strategies and ensure Willis has the systems and controls in place to support growth.
He joined Willis from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where he spent 19 years in senior operations and IT roles, most recently as Global Chief Operating Officer for Global Banking and Markets. He also led the division’s regulatory response to Basel 3. Prior to that, he led the Group’s integration with ABN Amro and held roles as Head of London and Asia Operations and Head of Derivative Operations for NatWest. Before joining RBS, David worked at SG Warburg (UBS), JP Morgan, and Accenture.
David holds a masters degree in geography from Cambridge University and a masters degree in computer science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chief Executive Officer, Willis International
Tim Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of Willis International and the Executive responsible for the Group’s Human Capital & Benefits Practice.
Willis International generates more than $1bn of Group revenues and comprises all Group businesses outside the UK and North America. Organized into five regions (Western Europe, Asia, Australasia, Latin America, and Central Europe Middle East & Africa,), the division employs around a third of the Group’s associates.
Tim is also responsible for the Group’s relationship with Gras Savoye, France’s leading broker, with revenues of almost $0.5bn and 3,000 associates across more than 50 countries internationally.
The Human Capital & Benefits practice was formed at the start of 2014, and brings together all of the Group’s medical, life, pensions and asset management business globally. Today, this accounts for over $0.5bn in revenues, which was added to with the announced acquisition of the leading Swedish player, Max Matthiessen.
Tim joined Willis as Group Chief Operating Officer in September 2008, and had responsibility for the Group’s strategy, operations, marketing, sales, HR and communications. Before joining Willis, Tim led the Financial Services practice of Bain & Company in London, and was previously the Managing Partner of Booz Allen & Hamilton in London.
Tim holds a PhD in International Law from Cambridge University and an LLB in Law from Manchester University.
He is a member of the Willis Group’s Operating Committee, the senior management team setting and executing Willis’ global strategy.