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    McCarthy Named Senior Construction Claim Leader at Willis


    New York, NY, June 18, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Gerry McCarthy as Senior Vice President, and Regional Director of Construction and Real Estate Claim teams of Willis of New York, Inc. McCarthy's responsibilities include leadership of the Construction and Real Estate claim teams and developing risk-transfer and claim resolution strategies that will help lower client costs.

    McCarthy brings more than 20 years of experience with him to the position. Prior to joining Willis, McCarthy was Senior Vice President at Allied North America, a construction risk brokerage, where he managed the claim department. Before that, he was co-managing attorney of the construction practice group at Jones Hirsch Connors & Bull, P.C., an insurance defense litigation firm in New York. McCarthy began his career at the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, where he worked in civil and commercial litigation, with emphasis on construction, insurance and reinsurance matters, before joining AIG’s construction risk management division as Vice President in New York.

    “Gerry brings an enormous amount of knowledge and talent to the Willis Construction and Real Estate Practices in New York,” said Dorien Smithson, Executive Vice President, Willis Americas, and Leader of the North American Claim and Risk Control Practice for Willis. “Willis’ growth and leadership in these sectors is a testament to our success in serving clients in the construction and real estate industries. Gerry’s focus on industry specific strategies and expedient claim resolution will meet one of the top objectives of our clients. We’re very pleased to welcome him to our team.”

    McCarthy earned his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his J.D. from New York Law School. He has published opinions in law journals, and authored numerous articles and lectures about construction and labor laws.

    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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