Willis International Aligns Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Business Under Leadership of Roger Wilkinson
London, UK, March 16, 2011 – The International unit of global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:
WSH) today announced that it is aligning its Asia Pacific business with its Middle East and
Africa operations under the leadership of Roger Wilkinson as Chairman and CEO, effective immediately. Hong Kong-based
Mr. Wilkinson, who was formerly CEO of Willis Asia Pacific, will continue to report to Sarah
Turvill, Chairman and CEO, Willis International.
In his new role, Mr. Wilkinson will be supported by Scott Pickering who has been appointed as
President, Willis Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Pickering was formerly CEO for Willis’ operations
in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
Mr. Wilkinson joined Willis in 2005 from a 32-year career at Marsh where he had a number
of senior management roles in Asia Pacific. At Willis, he has led the broker’s Asia operations
for five years and was appointed CEO of the newly formed Asia Pacific unit earlier this
Mr. Pickering started at Willis last year after working for RSA Insurance as Regional CEO for Asia
and the Middle East where he was based in Dubai for two and a half years.
Before that he held a series of senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance in South Africa
and the Asia Pacific.
Together in their new roles, Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Pickering will oversee approximately 1,500 Associates in 17
countries and 53 offices.
Commenting on the appointments, Ms. Turvill said, “Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa are key growth
areas for the future. Our aim in aligning the businesses under Roger and Scott’s dynamic leadership
is to give the new region increased focus, take advantage of synergies, and bring to our
clients enhanced specialist and industry expertise.”
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.