Willis Group Holdings Limited, the global insurance broker, appointed Anna Cheng Catalano, a recognized figure in the global petroleum industry, to its Board of Directors.
During a career spanning over 20 years with Amoco Corporation and subsequently BP plc, Catalano held a variety of U.S. and global positions including sales operations, technical R&D, strategic planning, marketing, international business development, and general management. She held the top marketing position at BP, responsible for repositioning the company’s approach in its market facing businesses from being product-driven to customer-led. After the launch of BP’s brand in 2000, Anna was responsible for the stewardship as well as being a key driver of the “Beyond Petroleum” program.
As President of Amoco Orient Oil Company in the mid 1990s, Anna established and managed Amoco’s first downstream refining, marketing and transportation business in the People’s Republic of China. She opened Amoco’s first office in Beijing, creating a team of expatriate and national employees to identify opportunities for building a presence in the country. In 1998 she was Senior Vice President, Sales Operations for Amoco, responsible for Amoco’s retail network across the U.S. and in 1999 she was named BP’s Group Vice President, Emerging Markets, with responsibilities for Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The addition of Catalano to the Willis Board brings the total to 13, twelve of whom are independent.