Willis Appoints Chris Burns CEO of Global Employee Benefits Practice
New York, NY, November 6, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Christopher R. Burns as Chief Executive Officer of its Global Employee Benefits Practice. Burns, based in New York, is tasked with the strategic growth and operational oversight of the practice, reporting to Allan Gribben, Global Sales & Marketing Director. Willis’ Global Employee Benefits Practice spans more than 70 countries and includes a team of over 2,200 Willis Associates.
Burns previously was Senior Vice President of Multinational Employee Benefits at Willis, charged with providing strategic direction and hands-on leadership of the Global Multinational team to develop new business with leading companies worldwide. Prior to joining Willis in 2006, Burns was a Principal at Mercer. In addition, he spent more than 12 years in several senior international employee benefit positions with AIG and Cigna, including appointments in Greece, Brazil and London. Currently, Burns also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Foreign Trade Council.
Allan Gribben commented, “Our global employee benefits business has grown tremendously in recent years and our position is further enhanced by our combination with HRH. Chris’ depth and breadth of U.S. and international employee benefits experience will help continue to drive our growth in this important area of our business.”
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 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 20,000 Associates serving clients in some 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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