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    Willis Re Appoints Tony Melia as CEO Willis Re International

    London, UK, February 13, 2012 -Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Tony Melia as CEO of Willis Re International.

    Effective immediately, Melia, who has been with Willis Re since 1988, will lead the International Business Unit, which covers Europe, Asia, Latin America and emerging markets business. Based in London, Melia will report to John Cavanagh, CEO Willis Re.

    Originally responsible for generating business growth in Southern Europe, Melia has held a number of posts within Willis Re, including establishing the company’s first analytics department and creating and developing Willis Re’s financial modelling platform, Willis iFM. Most recently, as Managing Director of European Business, Melia was responsible for reinsurance placements of some of Europe’s largest insurance groups.

    Commenting on the appointment John Cavanagh said, “We see great growth potential in our International business and are fortunate to have Tony’s experience and knowledge to draw on. Tony has been running our European Business for many years establishing our platform across the continent and overseeing a period of substantial growth. We made this appointment knowing that he will bring the same focus to our International business unit. With 24 years of experience at Willis Re and an excellent track record, Tony has a deep understanding of all our offerings and our clients’ needs.”

    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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