Allan Gribben to Drive Global Sales in New Director Role at Willis
New York, NY, August 4, 2008 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today that Allan Gribben, CEO of Willis International, has been appointed Global Sales & Marketing Director, which includes responsibility for the “Client and Growth” initiative, part of Shaping our Future, Willis’ strategy for profitable growth.
Building on his success in growing Willis’ international business, Gribben will be responsible for leading the global team charged with attracting new clients, developing existing client relationships and identifying new market opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth for Willis. His role will also include responsibility for the company’s Client and Growth initiatives to enhance client retention and profitability, increase sales productivity and pipeline management, and further extend the Willis Client Advocate® service model worldwide.
"Allan has made a tremendous difference to the growth and success of our international business. He has exceeded expectations and shown great commitment to developing our sales pipelines and leveraging market trends so that Willis is always top-of-mind with existing and prospective clients," said Joe Plumeri, Willis Chairman and CEO. "With more than 25 years' experience in the insurance brokerage industry, Allan is the best person to increase our growth and profitability with clients. There is no doubt he will be able to grow our share in existing markets and extend our footprint into new growth areas."
With Gribben’s appointment, Willis International will now be driven by three senior Willis leaders: Brendan McManus, CEO of Willis UK & Ireland; Eugenio Paschoal, CEO of Willis Latin America, and Flavio Piccolomini, CEO of Willis Continental Europe. They will report directly to Plumeri.
"I'm confident that Brendan, Eugenio and Flavio will continue their strong track records of profitable growth within their respective regions," Plumeri said.
Sarah Turvill will continue in her role as Chairman of Willis International and CEO, Willis Emerging Markets, and will take on additional responsibility for Australasia. Adam Garrard continues as CEO, Australasia, reporting to Turvill.
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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