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    Willis Appoints Eric Joost National Partner for North American Specialties

    New York, November 16, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Eric Joost as National Partner, North American Specialties. He will be based in New York.

    In his new role, Joost will lead Willis' client service and product development strategy across many of its industry, product and client specialties in North America, including its Construction, Environmental, Executive Risk, Healthcare, Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Life Sciences, Technology and Telecommunications, and Utilities and Mining Practices, along with Willis Risk Solutions (Large Accounts) and the Japan Practice.

    Don Bailey, Chairman and CEO of Willis North America, commented on Joost's appointment: "As the leader of our Executive Risks Practice, Eric balanced client-centric ideas with a pragmatic operations philosophy, which led to double-digit growth in that group. His expanded oversight of North American Specialties will ensure that Willis' best ideas and offerings are more quickly adopted by other critical areas of the company for the benefit of our clients."

    Joost said of his appointment: "Along with my Willis experience, I've had the benefit of working as a specialist broker, specialist insurer and client. I look forward to leveraging this multi-faceted perspective and working with a broader group of our specialty teams to share best practices, coordinate our efforts and provide even greater value and expertise to our clients."

    In addition to serving most recently as National Partner, North American Executive Risks Practice, Joost has held various executive roles at Willis, including Middle Market Segment Leader and Client Advocacy Leader. He brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his new role. Joost earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Northwestern University and his M.B.A. from the university's Kellogg School of Management.

    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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