Willis HRH Appoints Leaders for South Central and West Regions

January 23, 2009

Willis HRH, the North American retail division of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has named Mike Phillips as regional growth leader for its South Central Region and David Hofele as regional growth leader for its West Region.

Phillips and Hofele join a team responsible for enhancing client retention, expanding existing relationships, driving cross-selling strategies, supporting and growing the Willis Client Advocate program, and generating new business. They report to Joe Gunn, chief growth officer of Willis HRH.

Willis HRH’s South Central Region includes the company’s offices in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana and Wyoming. Its West Region includes offices in California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada and Washington State.

With more than 20 years in the insurance industry, Phillips was formerly production team leader for HRH of Colorado. Prior to joining HRH of Colorado in 2006, Phillips was with Zurich Construction as vice president of Large Construction. In addition, he held several other titles while at Zurich, including manager of the Denver Office, vice president of Business Development and Casualty vice president of the Southwest Region. Phillips began his career with Liberty Mutual as a Multi-line Claims Representative.

Hofele previously served as president of HRH’s Bay Area and Northern California offices. Prior to joining HRH in November 2006, he was Managing Partner, General Counsel and Secretary at Palmer & Cay Inc., a privately held insurance broker. Earlier, Hofele was with the law firm of Suelthaus & Walsh P.C., in St. Louis, Mo.

Phillips and Hofele join a team of Willis HRH regional growth leaders that include Jim Wylie, Midwest Region; Tim Clarke, Northeast Region; and Andy Daniels, Atlantic and Southeast Regions.

Source: Willis Group Holdings Limited, www.willis.com

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