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    Willis Re Announces Appointment of James Beedle as Chief Executive Officer of Asian Operations

    London, UK , April 16, 2012 - Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of James Beedle to Chief Executive Officer of its Asian operations.

    Beedle has been a member of the Willis Re team since 1998 and has worked with numerous global insurance company clients, focusing on the strategic use of reinsurance to assist with capital management and earnings volatility. In 2008 Beedle was appointed COO of Willis Re Australia, and has been CEO of Willis Re Japan since 2010.

    Beedle will re-locate from Tokyo to Singapore next month but will retain a close involvement with Willis Re's Japan clients. His new responsibilities extend from Japan to Indonesia, covering China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei. The region is part of the wider Willis Re Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Turkey and North Africa team headed by Maurice Williams in London.

    Commenting on the appointment, Williams said: “With James's market-leading reinsurance expertise, proven leadership skills and extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region, we are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre to take on the role of CEO, Asia. He is ideally placed to lead Willis Re into its next chapter of growth in the region”

    Willis Re also announced today the appointment of Mark Morley as Managing Director of Willis Re in South East Asia, reporting to James Beedle. Mark has been Regional Director in South East Asia since 2007 and based in Willis Re's Singapore hub since 1998. His knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing insurers and reinsurers in Asia will be of incalculable value to Willis Re clients as the industry faces up to the consequences of last year's succession of natural disasters and their unprecedented impact on earnings and capital.

    Commenting on the achievements and exciting potential for continued growth in the region, Beedle said “Asia represents a key growth area for Willis Re and I am very excited about the challenge of accelerating that growth by working closely with myregional colleagues. The unprecedented losses in 2011 have highlighted the importance of having active risk management and Willis Re is determined to continue delivering value-enhancing reinsurance solutions throughout the region by utilising our full transactional and analytical resources.”

    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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