Willis North America Boosts Human Capital Practice with Key
Appointments, Dedicated Resources to Drive Growth
Broker Names Jim Blaney CEO, Human Capital Practice
NEW YORK, February 7, 2012 - Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH),
the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Jim Blaney as CEO, Willis North America
Human Capital Practice, effective immediately. Mr. Blaney has been serving as President of the Practice since
October 2011. He will report to Vic Krauze, Chairman and CEO, Willis North America.
Mr. Blaney assumes the role from Mike Barton who is returning to his former role as a
Producer after leading the practice for four years. In this role, Mr. Blaney will lead a
team of over 900 human capital professionals helping Willis to be a leading broker and Human
Capital consultant in this space. He will work closely with regional teams to drive growth and
align resources to deliver the best Total Rewards consulting value and service to Willis' human capital
Willis’ Human Capital Practice is one of the largest practices in North America, serving some 32,000 clients
and providing innovative solutions to help organizations manage and maximize their human capital investment. The industry
leading practice offers teams of experts specializing in customized employer solutions including best in market insurance
programs, Total Rewards consulting, turnkey wellness and employee engagement programs, and consultation on legislative and compliance
Philadelphia-based Mr. Blaney joined Willis in 2003 as a Producer and previously served as Executive Vice President
and Chief Growth officer for the Human Capital Practice since 2008. He brings over twenty years
of industry experience in this space.
In concert with this appointment, Willis North America also announced Dr. Atman Singh, M.D. has been named
Chief Medical Officer, Willis North America Human Capital Practice. Dr. Singh will be based in Phoenix,
Az. and report to Mr. Blaney.
In this newly created role, Dr. Singh will lead the Health Outcomes Practice within the Human Capital
Practice and focus on integrating clinical and data analytics with Willis' wellness offerings to help
employers develop a comprehensive strategy to lower medical costs and improve health and productivity. Dr. Singh
practiced family medicine for 15 years and brings over 14 years of insurance industry experience. Previously
he held senior roles at Adelante Health Center, Bravo Healthcare, and Humana.
Commenting on these appointments, Mr. Krauze said, “Jim's strong track record of success and outstanding client focus
will enable us to continue to build on the success of the Human Capital Practice; while
Dr. Singh brings a unique perspective that will help our clients attack the medical cost curve
impacting employers today. Willis is committed to understanding our clients' needs and industries and we stand
ready to deliver the best solutions possible.”
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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