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    Willis North America Appoints Alastair Swift Chief Placement Officer

    NEW YORK, January 21, 2010 – Willis North America (WNA), a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced that Alastair Swift will be joining its senior management team as Chief Placement Officer, effective immediately. He will report to Don Bailey, Chairman and CEO, Willis North America, and will relocate from London to New York.

    In his new role, Swift will lead a team of placement officers across North America, ensuring that Willis’ clients benefit from the best and most competitive insurance solutions available. He will direct the overall vision for WNA placement strategy, helping Willis to better and more effectively interface with the North American carrier community.

    Swift has been at Willis since its merger with Hilb Rogal and Hobbs in October 2008, most recently holding the position of Managing Director, WNA London Property, where he was charged with leading the combined London Market Property team of WNA London and Bermuda. Before joining Willis, he was with BSK, a London market property broker.

    Commenting on Swift’s appointment, Bailey said, “Alastair is one of the best property brokers this industry has ever seen. His appointment fills a critical role that is central to our growth strategy. Over the past year we’ve been working together, Alastair has demonstrated strong leadership, broad knowledge of the placement function, a respected reputation among the carrier community and a refreshing perspective and systematic approach to his work that will complement the depth and breadth of our existing team of highly talented placement professionals.”

    Swift said, “This is a unique opportunity and I am excited about joining a team which I have come to highly respect. Placement is the lifeblood of what we do as a company and I look forward to building on our success and delivering even better service and value to our North American clients.”

    Willis Group Holdings plc 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 approximately 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.

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