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    Willis appoints Managing Director of European Capital Markets & Advisory Unit

    London, UK, March 12, 2012 — Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Andrea Bellone as Managing Director in the European team of Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), effective immediately. Based in London, Andrea will report to Michiel Bakker, Head of WCMA Europe, and will be responsible for Willis’ WCMA clients in continental Europe, with a particular emphasis on Italy.

    Andrea joins Willis from Leadenhall Capital Partners. Prior to that, he was Head of the Italian team at Fox-Pitt Kelton and held several roles as a long-term member of the financial institutions team at Schroders/ Citigroup. Andrea has 18 years’ experience in insurance and financial services investment banking, advising on M&A and capital raising transactions across continental Europe.

    Commenting on the appointment, Michiel Bakker said, “We are looking forward to welcoming Andrea to the team. He brings a wealth of relationships and industry experience and will help us to further build our franchise in Continental Europe.”

    Tony Ursano, Global CEO of WCMA, said, “From a standing start in 2009, WCMA has built up a significant track record of M&A and capital markets transactions, consistent with our goal of having the highest quality insurance investment banking platform in the industry. Bringing Andrea Bellone on board is further evidence of our commitment to continue to build a strong franchise across multiple geographies.”

    Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, with offices in New York and London, provides advice to companies involved in the insurance and reinsurance industry on a broad array of mergers and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets products, including acting as underwriter or agent for primary issuances, operating a secondary insurance-linked securities trading desk and engaging in general capital markets and strategic advisory work.

    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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