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    Willis North America Appoints Matt Keeping Chief Placement Officer

    Placement Specialist will Help Deliver the Willis Cause

    NEW YORK, November 8, 2011 – Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Matt Keeping as Chief Placement Officer. Mr. Keeping has been serving as CEO of Willis Facultative Global and North America since January 2010. He will report to Vic Krauze, Chairman and CEO, Willis North America.

    Mr. Keeping assumes this key position from Alastair Swift, who was promoted to CEO of Willis Global Placement in February. He will be an integral part of the Global Placement Team and work closely with Mr. Swift to coordinate seamless delivery of Willis’ global capabilities to North American clients.

    In this role, Mr. Keeping will lead a team of placement officers across North America, ensuring that Willis’ clients benefit from the best and most competitive insurance solutions available. He will direct the overall vision for Willis North America’s placement strategy, helping Willis to more effectively interface with the North American carrier community.

    The appointment of Mr. Keeping is part of Willis’ strategy to build an executive team focused on driving growth and delivering the Willis Cause. Placement is an important part of the Willis Cause and Willis is dedicated to developing solutions with the best markets, price and terms.

    Mr. Keeping joined Willis in 2003 and has served in a variety of leadership positions with Willis Limited in London. In 2009 he transferred to North America where he established Willis' Global and North American Facultative business and in a short time developed a very strong presence for Willis in this unique space.

    Commenting on Mr. Keeping’s appointment, Mr. Krauze said, “Matt is a proven leader and placement specialist with a respected reputation among the carrier community that will complement the depth and breadth of our existing team of highly talented placement professionals. I am confident his strong track record of success will help Willis North America achieve its goals, and he will bring the same focus and dedication applied to Facultative business, to WNA Placement.”

    Mr. Keeping said, “I’m excited to join this team and build on its success. Willis’ dedication and innovation around the placement process helps us deliver industry leading service and value to North American clients.”

    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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