Willis Employee Benefits Practice Continues Expansion Across the UK
London, UK, February 14, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, has announced that its UK Employee Benefits Practice will be further strengthened by three senior appointees and the expansion of its capabilities to Reading.
Jamie Simmons and Chris Bhatt bring over 28 years of experience to the London office as Client Relationship Manager and Business Development Director respectively. Mr. Simmons comes from Heath Lambert and will be responsible for advising a portfolio of clients on all aspects of their Group Risk and Healthcare programmes. Mr. Bhatt arrives from PIFC Consulting plc, having previously worked with HSBC Actuaries & Consultants Ltd. He will be providing full consultancy services, and in particular he will advise on benefit strategies to the M&A markets.
The third hire represents the expansion of Willis’ Employee Benefits Practice capabilities to Reading, where Stephen Bartlett has been appointed to act in the capacity of Consultant. This role will enable him to address a broad range of topics on behalf of employers and the trustees, and he will also have the overall responsibility for the delivery of the range of services engaged from Willis as the Client Account Director. He has over 20 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field, having worked for eight years with Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and previously with Norwich Union and Royal & Sun Alliance.
Commenting on these appointments, Tony Powis, Managing Director of the Willis’ UK Employee Benefits Practice, said, “In September of last year we added Employee Benefits capabilities to our Manchester office, and I am delighted that we are now expanding these services to our Reading office. The development of the EB presence in Willis’ regional offices is a key feature of our business plan and as we identify further talent we will continue the expanding our EB offering into our regional office network. We are only prepared to hire the best people in the industry and our latest additions to the team are testament to this.”
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.