Willis Appoints Two New Leaders to Growing UK Employee Benefits Business
London, UK, January 23, 2008 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced that Richard Colver and Martin Ralph have joined its rapidly expanding Willis UK and Ireland Employee Benefits Practice. Together they will bring over 40 years of experience to the roles of Group Risk & Healthcare Director and Pension & Retirement Benefits Director respectively.
Mr. Ralph has been advising companies and trustees on all aspects of their employee benefit arrangements for over 17 years. He is an associate member of the Pensions Management Institute, and joins Willis after eight years at PIFC Consulting, where he was responsible for their occupational pensions division. His initial focus will be to enhance the added value consultancy services that Willis provides to clients while leading the pensions proposition.
Mr. Colver brings 22 years of experience from across the employee benefits sector, both in the insurer market with Standard Life and in benefits consultancy at PWS. For the last 10 years he worked at Heath Lambert as head of their Group Risk and Healthcare business. Mr. Colver will be using his expertise to develop a new “Return to Work Management” proposition for the Risk and Healthcare aspects of the employee benefits programmes.
Commenting on these appointments Tony Powis, Leader of Willis’ UK Employee Benefits Practice said, “Richard and Martin both bring with them a wealth of experience and excellent track records to our employee benefits team. These senior appointments reinforce Willis’ commitment to bringing together the best industry talent to provide unparalleled service.”
Brendan McManus, Chief Executive Officer of Willis UK and Ireland, said, “The rapid expansion of our Employee Benefits Practice is allowing Willis to bring a more holistic proposition to our customers, taking care of their employee benefits along with general insurance. With the addition of experienced leaders such as Richard and Martin, I expect this practice area to keep growing, reinforcing Willis’ reputation as the broker who is constantly striving to create new and better ways to serve its clients.”
Willis Group Holdings Limited is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 300 offices in some 100 countries, with a global team of approximately 16,000 Associates serving clients in some 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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