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    Willis Executive Named to Business Insurance’s Distinguished 2010 “Women to Watch” List


    New York, December 6, 2010 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today that Alexis Faber, Chief Operating Officer, Willis North American Specialties, has been named to the 2010 “Women to Watch” list by Business Insurance magazine.

    The fifth annual “Women to Watch” report recognizes a group of 25 high-profile women executives who are leading the way in insurance, reinsurance, risk management and employee benefits. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professional achievements and market influence.

    Based in Memphis, TN, Faber is a knowledgeable leader who works to develop and implement strategic initiatives across the North American Specialties’ practices including Healthcare, Environmental, Construction, Executive Risks and the Industry Practice Groups. Faber also focuses on off-shoring opportunities to increase operational efficiency and drive profitability for the specialty groups.

    Faber joined Willis in 2003 and has held various leadership roles, including Financial and Operations Officer for Willis’s Global Specialties in New York, and CFO and COO of the Executive Risks and Large Account Practices. Faber also served on the leadership team that executed the merger between Willis and HRH in 2008.

    Commenting on Faber’s award, Eric Joost, National Partner, Willis North American Specialties said: “Alexis possesses a diverse set of skills that combine an understanding of client relationships, product, process and organization, particularly in the areas of finance and operations. While she has a mind for analytics, she also has a clear big-picture view of Willis as an organization, and how our organization fits into the financial services landscape.”

    “It’s a fantastic honor for Willis to have one of our outstanding female executives recognized as a Women to Watch,” said Vic Krauze, Chairman and CEO, Willis North America. “Alexis is a well respected professional in the industry, and she has served a critical role in helping to develop and drive our operational efficiency.”

    Prior to Willis, Alexis was an analyst at Citigroup in both New York and London, working in the Financial Institutions Group with a focus on insurance companies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts and her MBA from Columbia University in New York.

    Faber is profiled in the December 6 issue of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch 2010. An awards luncheon will be held December 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL.

    Business Insurance is a news magazine and Web site reporting on commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits weekly in print and daily online. Its readers include professional risk managers, benefit managers and financial executives representing a variety of industries and public entities, as well as executives in the commercial insurance industry.

    About Willis

    Willis Group Holdings plc 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.

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