Willis Appoints James Wylie to Lead Central Region
New York, NY, April 22, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of James Wylie as Executive Vice President, Willis Americas, Regional Executive Officer and National Partner for the Central Region, a major component of Willis North America’s business. In this capacity, Wylie is charged with leading the Central Region and helping to build the industry’s first sustainable organic growth engine. This role was formerly held by Vic Krauze, who was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Willis North America, Inc.
Wylie brings over 20 years of insurance experience in both the brokerage and carrier fields, with a focus on Chicago and the entire Midwest. In previous roles, he built high performance teams through an intense focus on client service and a commitment to differentiated client value propositions. Prior to joining Willis, Wylie was Senior Managing Director for the Midwest Region of Wachovia Insurance Services. He began his career at The Home Insurance Company, and has also led practices at Marsh, Inc. and Johnson & Higgins, Inc.
Commenting on Wylie’s appointment, Don Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of Willis North America said, "Jim is a seasoned professional who has led major operations as well as built them from the ground up. His knowledge of the Midwest business environment is very attractive to us and will be a major asset to our growth strategy."
On his move Jim commented, "I am excited about the opportunity to develop and lead the Central Region for Willis. I look forward to being part of a team committed to Client Advocacy, offering clients the best service and resources possible, and to creating the best place to work in our industry for motivated professionals."
Wylie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree, and earned his MBA with a concentration in Consulting and Risk Management from the University of North Carolina.
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.