Willis Appoints O'Gara to Lead Its Manchester Operations
Manchester, UK, 29 January 2009 -Willis Limited, a unit of the global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), today announced the appointment of Tony O'Gara as Branch Director of its Manchester office, effective immediately. He will report to Drew Hardie, Regional Managing Director, North & Scotland.
In his new role, O'Gara will lead the Manchester office with overall responsibility for service delivery and development strategy. In addition, he will be involved directly in the servicing of the offices largest accounts.
A former board member of Pro.Manchester, the corporate membership organization, OGara has spent over 28 years broking in the North West market, starting his career at Willis (then Stewart Wrightson) in 1981. On leaving Willis in 1990 he moved to Doodson broking group, and then to Opus (then CE Heath) in 1996. In 2001 O'Gara joined Marsh as their Regional Middle Market Leader until joining independent Broker Griffiths & Armour in his most recent role as their Branch Director.
Commenting on the move, O'Gara said, "I'm delighted to be returning to Willis at this time and tremendously excited about the quality and range of resources we have to offer our clients in this market. We have a great team in Manchester and I'm looking forward to building upon what we've already achieved and delivering truly exceptional results for our clients."
Brendan McManus, CEO, Willis UK and Ireland commented, "With 28 years of broking experience, Tony knows the North West market better than anyone, and is the perfect choice to lead our Manchester office into what will undoubtedly be a crucial year for the insurance industry as it strives for continued growth amidst the global market turmoil."
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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