Willis Group Holdings announced two key appointments to its Global Solutions (International) team, increasing its multinational client focus in Asia. Karen Lieu recently joined as Managing Director, Asia Global Solutions (International), while Michelle Zhou has been appointed Divisional Director, Global Solutions (International).
Lieu will be based in Hong Kong where she will focus on developing opportunities with large multinational companies in the Asia region, and will report jointly to Roger Wilkinson, Chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Alistair Lester, CEO, Global Solutions (International). She was formerly Managing Director of HSBC Insurance Brokers in Hong Kong and most recently CEO of Marsh Hong Kong.
Zhou is based in London and “will concentrate initially on developing opportunities with large multinational companies in Greater China,” said Willis. She joins Willis from Marsh’s Asia Clients Practice and brings with her significant experience of insurance business in the region. She previously worked for Chartis in New York, Hong Kong and China.
Wilkinson described Asia as “one of the most dynamic growth areas in the world, indicating that the two appointments would increase Willis’ ability to be “well positioned to take advantage of this.”
The bulletin also explained that the Global Solutions initiative, which had its first full 12 months of operation in 2011, “was established to expand Willis’ global accounts base and deliver the broker’s full range of services in a differentiated and compelling way. Under Willis Group Deputy Chairman Martin Sullivan’s stewardship, Willis has established a proactive strategy to win business from 1,220 of the world’s largest companies by revenue.”
Source: Willis Group Holdings