Willis Executives Named to Leading Trade Publication’s Top 40
Business Insurance’s 40 Under 40 Regional Broker Leaders Award
Program Celebrates Top Young Talent
NEW YORK, October 18, 2013 – Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc
(NYSE: WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced that
three Willis executives were named to Business Insurance’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Regional
Broker Leaders list.
The 40 Under 40 Regional Broker Leaders Award program recognizes outstanding young
insurance industry leaders across the United States. Criteria includes recent professional
achievements, influence on the marketplace and leadership qualities.
- Erik Johansson, senior vice president of Willis’s Surety Practice in Irvine, CA, was
honored for providing value-added services to clients and for his success in navigating
the surety marketplace on behalf of his clients. Mr. Johansson also takes great care to
truly understand his clients’ needs, the judges noted.
- Mike Owens, senior vice president of Willis of Louisiana in New Orleans and head of
Willis's New Orleans Construction Practice, was recognized for his reputation as a
trusted advisor and for his deep construction industry expertise. Mr. Owens provides his
clients with a holistic view of risk that goes beyond simply securing coverage, the judges
- Randi Harwood, Chicago-based vice president of Willis Risk Solutions, was recognized
for her innovative approach to serving clients and her impressive professional growth
within the Willis Risk Solutions practice. The judges noted Ms. Harwood’s success in
developing specialty expertise in the manufacturing, life sciences and food and beverage
Commenting on the awards, Todd Jones, CEO of Willis North America said, “We are very proud
to have Erik, Mike and Randi recognized by Business Insurance as three of the top young
leaders in the insurance broking industry. They each bring incredible energy and innovation to
the business and this honor highlights their dedication to serving clients. Willis is committed to
supporting and developing talent within our firm to help advance the industry.”
Business Insurance is a U.S. trade magazine and website reporting on commercial insurance,
risk management and employee benefits, publishing weekly in print and daily online. For more
information on the program,click here.
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker.
With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 17,000
employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation
and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our
experts rank among the world’s leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation
strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at
our website,www.willis.com, our leadership journal,Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on
breaking news,WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its
local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.
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