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    Willis Appoints Tom Ealy National Partner
    for Midwest Region

    New York, October 19, 2009 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Thomas V. Ealy as National Partner of the Midwest Region for its North American retail operations.

    In his new role, Ealy will be responsible for the company’s retail offices in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and a portion of Pennsylvania. He will continue to be based in Chicago. In his nearly eight years with the company, he has held a variety of roles including Managing Partner of the Chicago office, Chief Operating Officer of Willis North America, and most recently National Partner in charge of the Commercial Segment, which represents 75 percent of the company’s U.S. client base. Ealy brings 27 years of industry experience to his new role. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.

    Don Bailey, CEO of Willis North America, said of Ealy’s appointment: “In each of Tom’s roles, he has demonstrated a passion for excellence that has benefited Willis, our clients and Associates, our trading partners, and the industry. His fingerprints are all over our North American success story. In his new role, he will bring that same dedication to the leadership of one of our largest and strategically most important regions.”

    Commenting on his appointment, Ealy said, “I’ve had the privilege to sit in many chairs at Willis. Working with our outstanding team in the Midwest, I look forward to translating those experiences and my deep understanding of the company and our industry into an even more compelling value proposition for our clients, fulfilling careers for our Associates, and greater results for Willis and our shareholders.”

    Willis 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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