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    Willis Appoints Brian Curtis CEO in Ireland

    London, UK, October 1, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Brian Curtis as Chief Executive Officer, Willis Risk Services (Ireland) Limited, effective immediately. Curtis reports to Brendan McManus, CEO of Willis UK & Ireland.

    Curtis will be responsible for driving growth and maintaining world-class client service levels throughout Willis' Irish operation, which employs 320 Associates in offices in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, and generates annual revenues of more than €40 million. A full-service broker, Willis Ireland has particularly strong expertise in such areas as corporate broking and employee benefits, while offering local clients access to the full complement of Willis' global placement and specialist resources.

    Curtis joins Willis from Aon Ireland, where he has been both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Broking Officer since 2000. Having started his own brokerage business at the age of 28, he sold the company in 1996.

    Curtis succeeds Jim O'Mahoney, who is named Chairman of Willis Risk Solutions (Ireland). The business, formerly known as Coyle Hamilton Willis, changed its name last September, to reflect its full integration into Willis and the increasingly global nature of Willis' business in Ireland. O'Mahoney has been with Coyle Hamilton and Willis for nearly 25 years, and has played an integral role in building the business and in positioning Willis as the number one global insurance broker in Ireland.

    Commenting on the appointments, McManus said, "Brian's knowledge of and presence in the local market will bring many benefits to Willis in the region. He is a dynamic and forward-thinking businessman and an outstanding leader who will work very well with the Willis team. In addition to Brian's appointment, we look forward to Jim playing an important role as Chairman, leveraging his many years of experience and critical guidance and support through this period of transition. These changes, coupled with our recent announcement about our plans to move our corporate headquarters to Ireland, underscore our strong commitment to the Irish market and our determination to be a significant part of its outstanding growth potential as one of the world's great financial and insurance centres."

    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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