Willis North America Appoints Peter Gruenberg Chief Placement Officer, Human Capital Practice
Responding to Health Care Reform,
Willis is Redefining Employee Benefits Placement Strategy
NEW YORK, November 4, 2010 – Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH),
the global insurance broker, today announced that Peter Gruenberg has been appointed Chief Placement Officer of
its Human Capital Practice, effective immediately. Willis North America (WNA) recently rebranded its Employee Benefits Practice
as the Human Capital Practice to reflect its broader approach in solving human capital issues for
clients. Gruenberg will report to Don Bailey, Chairman and CEO, Willis North America.
In this new role, Gruenberg will direct the overall vision for WNA’s Human Capital Practice placement strategy,
helping Willis to more effectively interface with the North American insurance carrier community. Gruenberg will lead
the charge to optimize carrier pricing results and service levels, ensuring that Willis’ clients benefit from
the best and most competitive insurance solutions available.
As health care reform legislation alters the landscape in this in this space, Willis is responding with
a more coordinated approach to representing client’s interests in the annual placement of their employee benefits
programs. Willis’ national placement strategy will focus on better coordinated marketing efforts across its 68 offices
to leverage its size, and better serve the local and multi-state needs of clients. This approach
will support and further strengthen the capabilities of local Willis offices. The design and placement of
benefit programs will continue to be a local event at Willis, controlled and managed by the
human capital professionals in its local offices.
Gruenberg has been at Willis since its merger with Hilb Rogal and Hobbs in October 2008, most
recently serving as Co-national Director of Willis’ Human Capital Practice. Gruenberg has over 25 years experience
in the Employee Benefits brokerage business. He is based in Cranford, New Jersey.
Commenting on Gruenberg’s appointment, Bailey said “As an expert on health care reform and with a respected
reputation among the carrier community, Peter is uniquely qualified to lead this important initiative for Willis,
and help drive the evolution of our North American Human Capital Practice. The backbone of our
business is helping clients place their insurance coverage needs and getting claims paid promptly. Peter’s role
will build on our success and enable Willis to deliver the best solutions available.”
The Willis Human Capital Practice provides unique and tested solutions to help organizations manage their human capital
investment. The industry leading practice offers multi-disciplinary teams of experts specializing in customized employer solutions including
best in market insurance programs, Total Reward consulting, turnkey wellness programs, reward tracking and delivery, and
consultation on legislative and compliance issues.
Willis Group Holdings is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers 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.