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Willis North America Appoints Japan Global Practice Group Co-Leaders

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Neilson

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WillisWillis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, announced today the appointment of Brian Murphy and Hiromoto Ushiki as North American Practice Co-Leaders of the Japan Global Practice Group. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Ushiki assume the position previously held by Junji Hamada who retired in April 2013.

Willis North America's Japan Global Practice Group serves Japanese-headquartered companies' North American operations. Willis is an industry leader in this space providing best in class professional risk management and employee benefit solutions to a variety of industries as supported by a team of dedicated professionals across North America.

Mr. Murphy and Mr. Ushiki will be responsible for business development and aligning resources from across Willis' global platform to develop integrated and seamless solutions for clients. They will report to Eric Joost, Chief Executive, Willis North American Specialties.

Mr. Murphy and Mr. Ushiki each joined Willis in 2004 and previously served as Co-National Sales Leaders for the Japan Global Practice Group. Each brings over 23 years of industry experience to the role. Mr. Ushiki will be based in New York and Mr. Murphy will be based in Nashville, TN.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Joost said, "The Japan Group represents a very important component of our business here in North America and globally. We are thrilled to have Brian and Hiro's leadership in this space as they have each played a critical role in helping to drive strong growth in this business. We are excited to build on our success and deliver high levels of client satisfaction and business results."

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