Willis Appoints CEOs for its Continental Europe and
New York, NY, January 6, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today
announced that Adam Garrard has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Willis Continental Europe and Bill
Donovan has been named to succeed him as Chief Executive Officer, Willis Australasia. The appointments were
effective January 1, 2009, and both executives report to Sarah Turvill, Chairman of Willis International.
Current Australasian CEO Garrard assumes responsibility for Willis' Continental Europe operations, covering 25 offices in Germany, the
Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The leaders of
Willis Iberian and Italian operations continue to report directly to Turvill. Garrard has led Willis Australasia
for the last three years, and before that, he was CEO of Asia, where he was
instrumental in establishing the companys retail operations in China and India. Garrard joined Willis in 1994,
and before moving to Asia in 2002, worked in Europe assisting Turvill, who was then CEO
of Europe. In his new role, he will be based in Germany.
Donovan joined Willis in 2005 as Managing Director for the New Zealand business. In 2007, Willis brought
together the Australian and New Zealand operations under the Australasian banner and Donovan was made Managing
Director, Retail, Australasia, covering Willis' SME, Affinity and Managing Agency business. Prior to Willis, Donovan was
at Marsh for five years and Aon for 18 years. Currently based in Auckland, he will
relocate to Sydney to take on this new position.
"Adam has made a significant contribution to the organic growth and profitability of Australasia, and we look
forward to his future contributions to our business in Continental Europe, a region he knows very
well from his previous experience there," said Turvill. "Together Adam and Bill have demonstrated exceptional leadership
skills in transforming our operations in Australia and New Zealand over the last two years. We
are confident that Bill will keep up this momentum."
Commenting on his new role, Garrard said, "Willis has established a great reputation and business in Continental
Europe. I look forward to the challenge of building on this strong foundation and enhancing synergies
and developing new growth opportunities across the region."
Willis Australasia currently employs more than 400 Associates, with nine offices throughout Australia and New Zealand. Last
year, Willis marked its 50th anniversary of serving the insurance needs of businesses across the region.
Willis Continental Europe has 52 offices and 2,000 Associates.
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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