Willis Appoints George Haitsch Head of Willis Risk Solutions
Former SAP Risk Manager to Oversee Willis Unit Serving Large Corporate Clients
NEW YORK, May 4, 2010 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced
that George J. Haitsch has been appointed Practice Leader for Willis Risk Solutions (WRS), the business
unit that serves the broker's large, complex corporate clients in North America.
Haitsch, who will be based in New York and report to Eric Joost, National Partner, North American
Specialties, joins Willis from SAP AG, the world's largest business software company, where he was Vice
President-Global Risk Management. At SAP, Haitsch was responsible for the company's traditional risk management activities, and
was also involved in due diligence, business continuity and credit risk management.
"Willis Risk Solutions is a significant part of our business, and remains an area of great growth
opportunity for us. We plan to invest in people and solutions to further expand within this
key client segment," said Don Bailey, Chairman and CEO of Willis North America. "George is the
ideal, client-focused leader to take our business in this area to the next level. Having worked
for the last decade at a global company with a significant international presence and range of
complicated business issues, he brings to our WRS client relationships an intimate understanding of, and appreciation
for, the complex risk management needs of large, multinational companies, along with great technical expertise. We're
confident that under George's leadership, we'll be able to deliver even more value to our large
corporate clients and gain even more share in this strategically important space."
"This is a terrific opportunity to work closely with some of the largest, most complex and well-known
companies in the world," Haitsch said. "I look forward to serving as a trusted advisor to
our existing clients, and to working with our outstanding team of risk management professionals to bring
our unmatched global capabilities to large multinationals who have yet to experience the Willis difference."
Haitsch earned both a Bachelors of Science and an MBA in Finance from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.
While at SAP, he was instrumental in founding the Tech Industry Risk Forum, a highly active
and influential group of risk managers in the technology sector.
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 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis
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