Garrard to Head Willis Europe; Donovan Named for Australasia

January 7, 2009

Willis Group Holdings announced that Adam Garrard has been appointed CEO of Willis Continental Europe and Bill Donovan has been named to succeed him as CEO for Willis Australasia. The appointments were effective January 1, 2009. Both executives will report to Sarah Turvill, Chairman of Willis International.

Garrard, who until this appointment headed Willis Australasia, will assume responsibility for Willis’ Continental Europe operations, covering 25 offices in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The leaders of Willis’ Iberian and Italian operations will continue to report directly to Turvill.

Garrard has led Willis Australasia for the last three years. Before that he was CEO of Asia, where, Willis said, “he was instrumental in establishing the company’s retail operations in China and India. Garrard joined Willis in 1994, and before moving to Asia in 2002, worked in Europe assisting Turvill, who was then CEO of Europe. In his new role, he will be based in Germany.”

Donovan joined Willis in 2005 as Managing Director for the New Zealand business. “In 2007, Willis brought together the Australian and New Zealand operations under the Australasian banner and Donovan was made Managing Director, Retail, Australasia, covering Willis’ SME, Affinity and Managing Agency business,” the bulletin explained. Prior to his tenure with Willis, Donovan was at Marsh for five years and Aon for 18 years. He is currently based in Auckland, and will relocate to Sydney in 2009 to take on this new position.

Turvill noted Garrard’s “significant contribution to the organic growth and profitability of Australasia,” indicating that he is expected to make an equally valuable contribution to Willis’ “business in Continental Europe, a region he knows very well from his previous experience there.” She also lauded the two appointees “exceptional leadership skills in transforming our operations in Australia and New Zealand over the last two years.”

Source: Willis Group Holdings –

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