President Bill Clinton Visits Willis to Hail Haiti Relief Efforts:
Corporate Effort Raised $408,000 with Online
Former President Receives Donation from Willis CEO Joe Plumeri On Behalf of Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
NEW YORK, April 14, 2010 — President Bill Clinton yesterday visited Lower Manhattan to thank Joe Plumeri,
Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), and the employees of the global insurance
broker for contributing $408,000 for Haiti relief efforts as part of an online fundraising campaign.
During ceremonies in the company’s offices at One World Financial Center, Mr. Plumeri praised the generosity of
more than 2,000 Willis employees who participated in the five-week Willis Cause for Haiti Campaign, and
whose contributions were matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Nearly 200 of those employee-donors were on hand
to witness the event, and to hear Mr. Plumeri and President Clinton speak about the progress
of relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged nation.
“The response and generosity of the people of Willis is a tremendous example of the global outpouring
of goodwill that has led more than 200,000 individuals to make contributions to the Clinton Bush
Haiti Fund,” President Clinton said. “Through our Fund, which is assisting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts
on the ground, I have seen the remarkable resolve of the Haitian people to rebuild their
homes, communities, and country back better than they were before the earthquake. With help from their
neighbors and friends like the people of Willis, Haiti has a chance to reclaim its destiny.”
“I am enormously gratified by the swift and generous response of our people to this devastating natural
disaster. With each donation and offer of help, they showed the true heart of Willis and
our One Flag culture of selfless teamwork,” Mr. Plumeri said in thanking President Clinton for personally
accepting the Willis donation. “Throughout modern history, the insurance industry has helped to rebuild when calamity
strikes. It was true after Northridge, during the Clinton Administration, and after Katrina, during the Bush
Administration. In countries with limited insurance coverage, like Haiti, it falls to the generosity of individuals,
companies, governments and NGOs to respond and rebuild. In Haiti, thanks to people who have stepped
up from around the world, from Willis and other companies and groups, we have a real
opportunity to turn disaster into hope."
Among those at the ceremony were Willis Senior Vice President Wesley Guiteau, a Haitian native, who rushed
to Haiti to search for missing family members (all of whom were found safe and sound)
in the immediate aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. Mr. Guiteau has since been working to
provide aid to his hometown of Lasahobas and temporary housing to 200 families in Port Au
Prince left homeless by the disaster, one of the most devastating earthquakes on record. Mr. Plumeri
cited Mr. Guiteau for his heroic efforts on behalf of his home country.
Willis employees designated the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which President Clinton chairs along with former President George
W. Bush, as their number one choice among charities to provide aid to Haiti.
The Willis Cause for Haiti Campaign was launched in the days following the 7.0—magnitude temblor, when Mr.
Plumeri pledged the company’s assistance and made an urgent appeal for help to the company’s 17,000
employees. A special web site was quickly established to allow Willis employees around the world to
make their contributions, and the money began flowing in: $29,000 on the first day, $45,000 the
second day and, immediately after a reminder email was distributed, another $32,000.
A total of $207,628.73 was contributed by Willis employees during the five-week appeal, the equivalent of $12
from every person employed by the company around the world. More than 2,000 employees from 32
countries gave an average of $100; the single largest individual contribution was $10,000. Adding in the
company’s match, the total rose to nearly $408,000, or $81,400 per week to a list of
several dozen charities with “boots on the ground” engaged in real time assistance to Haiti.
Willis Group Holdings 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 17,000 Associates serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis
may be found at www.willis.com.
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