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Willis Towers Watson names Simon Gilliat as leader of CEEMEA region

02 March 2016 Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, has appointed Simon Gilliat as the leader of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region.

Gilliat’s new role sees him leading more than 2,000 colleagues based in more than 40 countries across this high-growth region. He takes up the role with immediate effect and is based in London.

Willis Towers Watson’s newly combined team in CEEMEA is greatly strengthened by the skills, diverse client base, and extensive office network of Gras Savoye, which Willis acquired at the end of 2015.

Simon Gilliat, Head of CEEMEA, Willis Towers Watson, said: “I’m very excited to be taking this role at such an important time for our new company. CEEMEA is a diverse and extensive region with high growth potential and complex business needs. We’ll deliver new solutions for our clients by combining our global reach and expertise with our local know-how and relationships.”

Adam Garrard, Head of International, Willis Towers Watson, said: “Simon knows the region inside out and has a strong track record of driving business growth. CEEMEA is an important geography for us today, and we believe it will only grow in significance. Our global growth strategy and client-first focus will develop a lot of traction when tailored to the region, and Simon will be key to leading that vision.”

Prior to this appointment Gilliat, a qualified actuary, was both Global Head of the International Consulting Group at Willis Towers Watson, and the Managing Director for Rapidly Developing Economies in EMEA.

He joined Watson Wyatt in 1987 and has held a number of leadership roles with Towers Watson. He has a wealth of experience working across CEEMEA and was Managing Director of the CEEMEA region for over four years. He has lived and worked in both Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Across the CEEMEA region, Willis Towers Watson will continue to focus on the key services and client solutions from all three predecessor companies. This includes corporate risk and broking, employee benefits and HR services, investment, risk and reinsurance.

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