Chems-Eddine Kassali joins Willis Re as Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa

24 May 2021 Willis Re
Chems-Eddine Kassali, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Willis Re

Chems-Eddine Kassali, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Willis Re

Chems-Eddine Kassali has been appointed Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson, the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company (NASDAQ:WLTW).

Previously Associate Director at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, Kassali will be responsible for the strategic development of Willis Re’s MENA portfolio, reporting to Natalie van de Coolwijk, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for client and reinsurer relationships and will focus on leveraging and developing Willis Re’s service offerings to deliver long term value for clients in the region.

Alkis Tsimaratos, Managing Director and Head of EMEA West/South, Willis Re International, said: “Willis Re continues to grow its talent base and expertise in the MENA market. Chems is a great asset for Willis Re’s growing team, bringing a wealth of local experience, relationships, and a deep understanding of client needs in the MENA region. I’m looking forward to working with him to ensure our clients continue to enjoy the knowledge, advice and services they have come to expect from our organisation.”

Natalie van de Coolwijk, CEO, Willis Re South Africa, said: “We are extremely proud of Willis Re’s history and well entrenched position in the MENA market. Now is an opportune time for us to further develop our global client centric approach delivered locally. Our MENA team has been reinforced significantly, which is testimony to Willis Re’s continuing commitment to the region and clients, and we are delighted to welcome Chems to lead this initiative. Like the needs in the region, our business is evolving to give the local team and clients the access to and support of our global network, which allows for the optimal delivery of products, services and knowledge to support our clients in building resilient, fit-for-future organisations.”

Kassali added: “I am very honored by the trust the management has placed in me to lead the MENA team. I am delighted to be joining Willis Re whose excellence and expertise are part of its DNA. The quality of servicing of our clients is at the core of our project and together with the team we will continue accompanying our clients to success with dedication.”

Kassali’s appointment follows several key hires in the MENA region, including Reena Gandesha as Executive Director and local MENA Team Lead.

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