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Willis Executive Named to Business Insurance's Distinguished 2011 "Women to Watch" List

Posted on 06 Dec 2011

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Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, today announced that Sharon Edwards, Chief Financial Officer, Willis North America, has been named to the 2011 “Women to Watch” list by Business Insurance magazine.

The sixth annual “Women to Watch” report recognizes a group of 25 high-profile executives who are leading the way in insurance, reinsurance, risk management and employee benefits. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professional achievements and market influence.

Based in Nashville, TN, Ms. Edwards is responsible for all aspects of Willis North America’s finance functions, including transactional accounting, financial planning and analysis, reporting, and the financial operations of each region within North America. Willis North America is the largest business unit of Willis Group Holdings, reporting $1.35 billion revenue in 2010, and employing more than 6,000 associates. Ms. Edwards is also a member of the Willis Chairman’s Council, the Willis North America Board of Directors and The Willis Foundation Board of Directors.

Ms. Edwards joined Willis in 1991 and has served in a variety of leadership roles including Chief Administrative Officer of Willis North America, Director of Financial Operations of Willis North America, Regional Operations Officer of the Central Region and North American Controller. Additionally, she played a critical role leading the financial and accounting integration of Willis North America and HRH following Willis’ 2008 acquisition of HRH.

Commenting on the award, Vic Krauze, Chairman and CEO of Willis North America, said “Sharon is a valuable member of our leadership team and a fantastic role model within Willis. She possesses a powerful combination of talents, including financial and operational expertise that is helping to drive our growth engine in North America.” “It is a terrific honor to have one of Willis’ top female executives recognized as an industry leader,” said Michael Neborak, Chief Financial Officer of Willis Group Holdings. “Finance plays a critical role in the insurance industry and Sharon is very deserving of this award.”

Ms. Edwards is profiled in the December 5 issue of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch 2011. An awards luncheon will be held December 6 at the New York Hilton in New York City.

Business Insurance is a news magazine and web site reporting on commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits weekly in print and daily online. Its readers include professional risk managers, benefit managers and financial executives representing a variety of industries and public entities, as well as executives in the commercial insurance industry.