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    Willis HRH Appoints Gilbertson to Head its New Jersey Operations

    New York, NY, February 18, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Peter A. Gilbertson as Managing Partner and Growth Leader for Willis HRH in New Jersey, effective immediately. Gilbertson is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Willis's brokerage offices in Cranford, Florham Park, Morristown and Mount Laurel and for driving business development throughout the state. He reports to Todd J. Jones, National Partner, Northeast Region.

    Gilbertson brings more than 20 years of insurance industry experience to the position. He most recently was head of the Global Brokers segment at AIG Commercial Insurance, where, as senior relationship executive, he was responsible for AIG's trading relationships with top global brokers, including Willis.

    Gilbertson began his insurance career in 1986, and beginning in 1989, held various sales and commercial brokerage positions with Marsh's Property & Casualty business. From 1997 to 1999, he led the start-up P&C business of JP Morgan Chase Insurance Services. In 1999, he joined the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Aon Risk Services as Senior Vice President, and in 2002 he moved to AIG as Director of Sales & Marketing for AIG Environmental.

    Commenting on the appointment, Jones said, "With the recent combination of Willis and HRH, we are the leading player in New Jersey's commercial insurance and employee benefits markets, and we're well positioned to provide even more value to our clients. We are thrilled to welcome Pete to Willis HRH, and we're confident that under his leadership, our business in New Jersey will continue its growth momentum."

    Gilbertson said, "Willis HRH is uniquely positioned for growth in New Jersey as we combine our terrific local service capabilities with the global resources and specialty expertise of Willis. I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Willis HRH team and to further develop our business in the Garden State. I see a world of opportunity here for us."

    Willis HRH is the North American retail brokerage business of Willis Group Holdings. The unit has more than 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, offering a full range of insurance and risk management services, specialist expertise and global resources to large corporate, middle-market and small business clients.

    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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