Willis Appoints Pickering Head of its Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Africa Operations
London, UK, May 26, 2010 — Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, has appointed Scott
Pickering CEO, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, effective immediately. Pickering will be
based in the Al Futtaim Willis office in Dubai and will report to Sarah Turvill, Chairman
and CEO, Willis International.
Mr. Pickering most recently worked for RSA Insurance as Regional CEO for Asia and Middle East, based
Prior to joining RSA, Mr. Pickering held a variety of senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance. In
2006, as CEO of ACE’s South African operations, he successfully reestablished the insurer’s presence in that
country. Earlier, Mr. Pickering was Regional President, ACE Insurance Far East, based in Japan, and before
that, he served as President, CEO Hong Kong and Regional Director, South East Asia, having been
promoted from General Manager and Regional Director for ACE Insurance in Thailand.
Mr. Pickering’s insurance career began in 1989 working in the Asia Pacific region for CIGNA Insurance (whose
non-life insurance operations were acquired by ACE Insurance Limited in 1999). At CIGNA, he served in
several roles, including CEO for Indonesia and the Philippines, Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New
Zealand, and General Manager for Property and Casualty, Hong Kong and Macau, for CIGNA International.
Commenting on his appointment, Ms. Turvill said, “Scott’s extensive experience in international business development is fundamental to
his new role. He will work with our retail network and Global Specialties to drive our
continued growth in the rapidly expanding markets of Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Africa,
where we already have a strong presence.”
Mr. Pickering added, “I’m delighted to be joining Willis and to be leading our businesses in such
dynamic, high-growth regions. From the booming construction industry in South Africa to the oil and gas
fields of Russia; from the growing Eastern European pharmaceuticals sector to the Middle East’s established aviation
market, there are abundant opportunities for Willis to deliver world-class insurance solutions in each local market,
backed by the global expertise of the Group.”
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 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on
Willis may be found at www.willis.com.