Posted on 23 Mar 11
The International unit of global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings announced that it is aligning its Asia Pacific business with its Middle East and Africa operations under the leadership of Roger Wilkinson as Chairman and CEO, effective immediately. Hong Kong-based Mr. Wilkinson, who was formerly CEO of Willis Asia Pacific, will continue to report to Sarah Turvill, Chairman and CEO, Willis International.
In his new role, Mr. Wilkinson will be supported by Scott Pickering who has been appointed as President, Willis Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Pickering was formerly CEO for Willis’ operations in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
Mr. Wilkinson joined Willis in 2005 from a 32-year career at Marsh where he had a number of senior management roles in Asia Pacific. At Willis, he has led the broker’s Asia operations for five years and was appointed CEO of the newly formed Asia Pacific unit earlier this year.
Mr. Pickering started at Willis last year after working for RSA Insurance as Regional CEO for Asia and the Middle East where he was based in Dubai for two and a half years. Before that he held a series of senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance in South Africa and the Asia Pacific.
Together in their new roles, Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Pickering will oversee approximately 1,500 Associates in 17 countries and 53 offices.
Commenting on the appointments, Ms. Turvill said, “Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa are key growth areas for the future. Our aim in aligning the businesses under Roger and Scott’s dynamic leadership is to give the new region increased focus, take advantage of synergies, and bring to our clients enhanced specialist and industry expertise.”