Willis HRH Appoints Douglas Pera National Partner for Atlantic Region
New York, April 22, 2009 –
Willis HRH, the North American retail business of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Douglas W. Pera as National Partner of its Atlantic Region.
In his new role, Pera will be responsible for the company’s retail offices in Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia, and will report to Don Bailey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Willis HRH. Pera, who will be based in Nashville, succeeds Steve Deal. “After dedicating himself to the successful integration of HRH, Steve has decided to take some time to consider the next chapter of his career,” said Bailey. “Steve has done an outstanding job helping to bring Willis and HRH together and we thank him for all his efforts.”
Pera brings 28 years of industry experience to his new position with Willis HRH. Most recently, he was Resident Managing Director – Carolinas for Aon Risk Services, overseeing offices in North and South Carolina. From 1998 to 2006, he served in a variety of roles with Marsh USA in Memphis, including having responsibility for the middle market in the South Region. Earlier in his career, Pera worked for Sedgwick and E.H. Crump & Co. (now Crump Group Inc.), both in Memphis.
“Doug has a long history of successfully serving clients in this part of the United States, and we are delighted that he is bringing his wealth of industry experience and his solid track record of growth to Willis HRH,” Bailey said. “With his energy, passion for world-class service, and outstanding leadership skills, Doug is the right person to oversee our Atlantic Region and ensure it continues to be a strong contributor to our success in North America.”
Commenting on his appointment, Pera said, “I am tremendously excited to join Willis HRH at this juncture in the company’s history. With Willis’ acquisition last year of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, the expanded North American retail business offers terrific local service capabilities backed by the global resources and specialty expertise of Willis. That’s an unbeatable combination that allows us to provide exceptional levels of service to our clients, no matter what their insurance needs. I think the opportunities here are enormous.”
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.