Willis Adds 3 VPs in Play for Higher Minn. Benefits Market Share

January 12, 2005

New York-based brokerage behemoth Willis Group Holdings Ltd. has announced three senior appointments in its Minneapolis office.

Dan Caffrey has joined as a senior vice president and both Stephanie Candon and Henry Van Dellen have joined Willis as vice presidents, all in the employee benefits practice. The company said the move indicates a major play to begin capturing employee benefits market share in Minnesota.

Caffrey joins Willis after spending the past 10 years at Marsh. He has a track record of success in both winning new business and effectively servicing and managing a broad range of middle market and large accounts, according to a company statement.

Stephanie Candon offers Willis and its clients expertise in employee benefits, especially in group life, disability, medical stop-loss and self-funded medical plans. Candon worked for Sun Life Financial for eleven years, most recently as group sales manager of its Minneapolis branch.

Henry Van Dellen comes to Willis from HealthPartners, a leading Minnesota health plan company, where he served as manager of its
strategic opportunity group within broker sales. Previously, he practiced employee benefits law for about nine years before founding and becoming Chairman and CEO of QuoteLab Inc., a technology service provider to third-party administrators and reinsurers. Van Dellen also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000, where he rose to the leadership position of assistant majority leader.

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