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
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
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
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