Willis UK & Ireland Appoints New CEO and President
London, UK, October 24, 2011 - Willis Group Holdings plc (WSH:NYSE), the global insurance broker, today announced
the appointment of Daniel Wilkinson as CEO, Willis United Kingdom & Ireland (WUKI), effective immediately. Willis
also named Brendan McCafferty as President of WUKI.
Wilkinson, who has been with Willis for 16 years and is the longest-serving member of the WUKI
Executive team, will lead 1,100 Associates in 22 offices across the UK. He comes to the
role with extensive on-the-ground client-facing experience which he gained while running Willis’ Cardiff and Birmingham branches
and the Corporate Division of the UK.
After starting his career at a Lloyd’s Marine syndicate, Wilkinson spent seven years broking for Miller Insurance
and Fenchurch, before joining Willis in 1995. For the last five years, he has successfully built
up the Corporate, Credit, Insolvency and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) units of WUKI, driving significant revenue
and margin growth across all areas.
Brendan McCafferty, currently Managing Director of WUKI’s Commercial and Network businesses, will take on the newly created
role of President of the division. He has been at Willis for over three years and
was initially responsible for the creation of Willis Underwriting Programmes prior to leading the Commercial business
unit. Before coming to Willis, he was Finance Director for RSA’s UK Commercial division.
WUKI has been led, on an interim basis, by Willis Group President Grahame Millwater. Willis’ Ireland operation,
under CEO Brian Curtis, will remain part of WUKI and will report into Millwater.
Commenting on the appointments Millwater said, “We see great growth potential in our UK & Ireland business
and are fortunate to have an experienced and talented duo in Dan and Brendan to lead
our dynamic team and deliver The Willis Cause to our clients. Dan has a long and
distinguished track record at Willis UK and will provide vital energy and renewed focus on the
essentials of our business. At Dan’s side is an extremely capable President in Brendan who has
led several successful WUKI initiatives and will help bring the business unit to a new level.
Dan and Brendan together have a deep understanding of all our offerings and our clients’ needs.”
Wilkinson added, “I’m excited at the opportunity to lead a business to which I have devoted a
substantial portion of my career in insurance and which I’m so passionate about. We have a
highly motivated and professional team across the UK who have built up great client relationships and
I’m looking forward to engaging with areas of the business like Willis Networks that I’ve not
been involved with before.”
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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