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    Willis Appoints Otávio Sampaio CEO for Brazil

    São Paulo, Brazil, December 10, 2008 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH) today announced the appointment of José Otávio Sampaio as Chief Executive Officer for Willis Brazil, one of the biggest growth areas for the global insurance broker. He will report to Eugenio Paschoal, CEO, Willis Latin America and former CEO of Willis Brazil.

    Otávio Sampaio joined Willis in 1989 as a risk surveyor, and in 1995 took over as General Manager for Willis Rio de Janeiro branch. In 1997, he was nominated Statutory Director for Willis Brazil, and then served as Vice President for Willis Brazil. Otávio Sampaio has been acting as interim CEO of Willis Brazil since Paschoal became regional CEO in November 2007.

    Commenting on the appointment, Eugenio Paschoal said, "José has been with Willis for 19 years and has built up a great reputation both in the business and with clients. He has the experience and skills necessary to lead our Brazilian team and make Willis the pre-eminent global broker in the region."

    Sarah Turvill, Chairman of Willis International, said, "With his local knowledge and exemplary leadership skills, José will continue the momentum of our double-digit growth in Brazil, which is one of the major contributors to our success in Latin America."

    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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