Willis Group Expands Construction Team --Global Practice is Biggest in the Industry--
New York, NY, March 31, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced a significant addition to Willis North America’s Construction Practice with the appointments of Bob Gore as Executive Vice President, Rob Lieske as Senior Vice President, and Tim Carlson as Vice President, all of Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc. Gore, Lieske, and Carlson, who joined from Aon where they led the residential practice, are industry leaders in all areas of construction with an emphasis on residential builders throughout the U.S. They specialize in client service, marketing and new product development and will be based in Orange County, California.
“Willis has the largest and best Construction Practice in the U.S. and in the world,” said Joe Plumeri, Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings. “Our commitment to provide clients with the most outstanding expertise available is what makes us Client Advocates®.”
Paul Becker, Construction Practice Leader for Willis North America and President of the Construction Division of Willis Americas, commented, “Our investment in key leaders in the homebuilding sector adds great value for our clients at a time when this industry is looking for creative solutions to help them weather the current downturn. Bob, Rob and Tim are a terrific addition to our team.”
Bob Gore notes, “The Willis Client AdvocateSM model, which is built on understanding clients, developing and delivering customized solutions, addressing specific needs, and having a single point of contact for the entire Willis organization, fits perfectly into my approach to client service. I am excited to become part of the Willis family. The clients I represent will gain substantially from Willis’ commitment to construction and the residential marketplace, as well as the Company’s broad resources.”
Bob Gore was most recently Executive Vice President of Aon’s Residential Practice Group, and started his career in 1981. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton.
Rob Lieske joins Willis from Aon’s Residential Practice where he served as Vice President for two years. He graduated from University of Dayton with a degree in Finance, and holds a law degree. He formerly practiced with the prestigious construction defect law firm of Newmeyer and Dillion.
Tim Carlson joins Willis from Aon’s Residential Practice where he served as Vice President. A graduate from Arizona State University, Carlson began his insurance career in 1989.
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.