Global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings has made several management promotions in its North American leadership team following the appointment of Don Bailey as chief executive officer of Willis North America. The unit has named Tom Ealy, chief operating officer for Willis North America; Joe Gunn, executive vice president and national partner, North American Client Development; and Eric Joost, client advocacy leader in North America.
Ealy comes to his new role bringing 20 years of insurance industry experience. He joined Willis in 2002 in the Chicago office. He will be relocating to New York.
Gunn will take a leadership role in recruiting and acquisitions. Previously the national partner for the South Central Region, Gunn brings 14 years in the insurance business to his new role, the last three of which have been with Willis. He will be relocating to New York.
Joost assumes leadership of the Client Advocacy initiative in North America in addition to maintaining his current responsibilities as North American Middle Market leader. He joined Willis earlier this year. He is based in Chicago and will work with the Global Client Advocacy Team led by Chris London.