Pickering to Head Willis Russia, E. Europe, M.East, So. Africa Operations

May 27, 2010

Willis Group Holdings has appointed Scott Pickering as CEO, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, effective immediately. He will be based in the Al Futtaim Willis office in Dubai and will report to Sarah Turvill, Chairman and CEO, Willis International.

Pickering most recently worked for RSA Insurance as Regional CEO for Asia and Middle East, based in Dubai. Prior to joining RSA, he held a variety of senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance. In 2006, as CEO of ACE’s South African operations, he successfully re-established the insurer’s presence in that country.

Pickering was also Regional President, ACE Insurance Far East, based in Japan, and before that, he served as President, CEO Hong Kong and Regional Director, South East Asia, having been promoted from General Manager and Regional Director for ACE Insurance in Thailand.

His insurance career “began in 1989,” said Willis, “working in the Asia Pacific region for CIGNA Insurance (whose non-life insurance operations were acquired by ACE Insurance Limited in 1999). At CIGNA, he served in several roles, including CEO for Indonesia and the Philippines, Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand, and General Manager for Property and Casualty, Hong Kong and Macau, for CIGNA International.”

Turvill noted Pickering’s “extensive experience in international business development,” adding that it is “fundamental to his new role. He will work with our retail network and Global Specialties to drive our continued growth in the rapidly expanding markets of Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Africa, where we already have a strong presence.”

Pickering stated he is delighted to be joining Willis, and looks forward to “leading our businesses in such dynamic, high-growth regions. From the booming construction industry in South Africa to the oil and gas fields of Russia; from the growing Eastern European pharmaceuticals sector to the Middle East’s established aviation market, there are abundant opportunities for Willis to deliver world-class insurance solutions in each local market, backed by the global expertise of the Group.”

Source: Willis Group Holdings

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