Willis Commercial Network Chooses The Hartford’s BMG to Aid in U.S. Expansion

August 2, 2002

The Hartford Financial Services Group announced its Business Management Group (BMG) will provide agency management expertise to Willis Commercial Network as the latter prepares to expand its U.K. operation throughout the United States, starting in the first quarter of 2003.

Business Management Group, a management consulting firm specializing in the insurance industry, provides consulting services to independent agencies and brokerage firms throughout the United States and Canada.

“The U.S. insurance market represents a new opportunity for us that will make use of our strong name, history and experience in networks,” Hugh Warren, chairman, Willis Commercial Network, said. “We have engaged BMG to help us because of the group’s knowledge of the market and of best business practices.”

Sharon Cunningham, president of BMG, added, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with an organization with the reputation and history of Willis Group Holdings. Our relationship with agents and brokers, along with our expertise in human resources, will allow us to help Willis expand its network’s U.S. presence in an effective, dynamic manner.”

BMG will consult with Willis on agency operations, industry trends, and agency- carrier relations.

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