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    Willis Re Canada Appoints New Chairman

    Toronto, Canada, November 22, 2011 – On completion of its first full year of operations in Canada, Willis Re, a leading reinsurance advisor and part of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Jim Bradshaw as Chairman of the Willis Re Canada Board. Bradshaw, who is also CEO of Willis Re North America, replaces Steve Hearn, CEO, Willis Re, as Chairman of the Canadian Board.

    To enhance further connectivity between Willis Re Canada and the wider international Willis Re operations, Warren Neale, a London-based Managing Director of Willis Re, has also been appointed to the Board. Neale specializes in European and South African reinsurance programs and is experienced in the placement of coverage for global insurers with Canadian operations.

    Willis Re opened its first office in Toronto, Canada in September 2010, and under the leadership of Executive Vice President Robert Wildbore, the business has experienced solid growth. Wildbore will report in to Neale, and will continue to lead the office with the goal of growing the business through the local delivery of Willis Re’s global resources and the hiring of outstanding talent.

    Commenting on the changes, Steve Hearn, CEO of Willis Re said, “Robert has done an excellent job planting Willis Re firmly on the ground in Canada. Our first year there has shown us the size of opportunity, and to capitalize on this we are bolstering our presence and reconfirming our commitment to our local clients by bringing in some of our most experienced people, Jim and Warren, to sit on the Canadian Board.

    “Working with his regional team, Jim brings the full weight of our North American reinsurance operations in to support the Canadian office, while Warren, who has built up strong books of business in other international territories, will be directly engaged in the execution of our Canadian strategy.”

    About Willis Re

    One of the world's leading reinsurance brokers, Willis Re is known for its world-class Analytics capabilities, which it combines with its Capital Markets and Reinsurance expertise in a seamless, integrated offering that helps clients increase the value of their businesses. Willis Re serves the risk management and risk transfer needs of a diverse, global client base that includes all of the world's top insurance and reinsurance carriers as well as national catastrophe schemes in many countries around the world. The broker's global team of experts offers services and advice that help clients make better reinsurance decisions, access worldwide capital markets and negotiate optimum terms. For more information, visit www.WillisRe.com.

    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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