Willis Executive Named to Business Insurance's 2009 "Women to Watch" List
New York, December 7, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today that
one of its executives, Martha Vinas, Senior Vice President and Director of Client Advocacy for the
company's Employee Benefits practice in Florida, has been named a 2009 "Woman to Watch" by Business
On this, the fourth year that Business Insurance has published its "Women to Watch" list, Vinas is
among a group of 25 high-profile women executives who are leading the way in insurance, reinsurance,
risk management, employee benefits and related fields, such as law and consulting. The "Women to Watch"
list is compiled from hundreds of reader nominations as well as information supplied by the publication's
Based in Tampa, Florida, Vinas is a recognized authority in the area of Employee Benefits. She currently
leads Client Advocacy for Willis' Florida Employee Benefits Practice, which has a team of 61 professionals
working in eight offices across the state. Vinas is responsible for the development of professional talent
and capabilities as well as strategic planning, staffing, operations, client management and partner development.
Vinas has had a varied career in her 15 years in the insurance industry, with positions on
the broker, insurance carrier and healthcare provider sides of the business providing her with a broad
perspective on the issues impacting the Employee Benefits sector. She received a Bachelor's degree in Health
Services Administration from Florida International University and her MBA from the University of Tampa.
Commenting on her achievement, Vinas said: "It's a fantastic honor to be named by Business Insurance as
one of the women who is making a difference in an industry that historically has been
dominated by men. I'm very passionate about this profession, the insurance business, and working hard everyday
to help our clients. Insurance has given me great opportunities to develop my career, and I
truly enjoy my leadership role, which allows me to consult, mentor and help others grow in
this field. I would like to thank my colleagues at Willis for being a source of
encouragement and motivation, and for working together to serve our clients as the best 'One Flag'
team in the industry."
Don Bailey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Willis North America, said, "Martha is an outstanding professional
who strives for, and achieves excellence in all that she does. She is truly an exceptional
leader who has won the admiration and respect of her colleagues and our clients, and she
is thoroughly deserving of this accolade. Martha is a credit to this profession and to Willis,
and I'm delighted that she's being honored for her achievements."
Vinas, who joins past honorees from Willis, is profiled in the December 7 issue of Business Insurance,
as well as at http://www.businessinsurance.com/section/awards05?date=20091206. Business Insurance will host a luncheon and awards program honoring
the 2009 "Women to Watch" on December 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
Business Insurance is a newsmagazine and Web site reporting on commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits
weekly in print and daily online. Its readers include professional risk managers, benefit managers and financial
executives representing a variety of industries and public entities, as well as executives in the commercial
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.