Willis Appoints Thoretz VP, Group Communications
New York, NY, June 23, 2008 –
Willis Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Will Thoretz as Vice President, Group Communications, effective immediately. Based in New York, Thoretz will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s external and internal communications strategies worldwide and leading the global communications team in London and New York. He will report to Valerie Di Maria, Senior Vice President and Group Marketing and Communications Director.
Thoretz brings 25 years of communications experience to Willis, and was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at VNU N.V. (now The Nielsen Company), a global information and media company that includes ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research. Prior to that, he was responsible for financial communications at Philip Morris Companies Inc., the former consumer products giant that included Philip Morris, Kraft Foods and Miller Brewing Company. Earlier, Thoretz was with the public relations firm, Manning, Selvage & Lee, and before that was chief spokesperson for Long Island Lighting Company, an electric and gas utility.
Commenting on the appointment, Valerie Di Maria said, “Will brings tremendous experience to his new role, especially in the areas of media relations, financial communications and crisis management. His 10-plus years in the global professional services industry will be invaluable as we work to enhance the visibility of the Willis name, position the company as a bold and innovative industry leader, and communicate our value proposition to clients, shareholders and Associates alike.”
A graduate of New York’s St. John’s University, Thoretz is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and a past member of the National Investor Relations Institute.
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.