US insurance broker Willis is to lose its comms chief

Willis, the world’s third largest insurance broker by turnover, is seeking a new global communications chief to replace David Stevens.

Willis, the world’s third largest insurance broker by turnover, is

seeking a new global communications chief to replace David Stevens.



Stevens has held the post of global corporate communications director

for 12 years and retires at the end of the year.



This comes as the company rebrands from Willis Corroon to Willis,

following its move from public to private ownership. The company was

taken over by private US venture capital firm and buy-out specialist KKR

last November.



The new chief will report to Willis chairman John Reeve and will be

responsible for all communications worldwide, including internal

communications, and product and financial PR. Its major markets are the

UK and the US.



Stevens oversees a team of ten, although this may increase under the new

recruit.



He said: ’We are looking for somebody with the necessary qualifications.

Internal communication has a major role.’



Willis is represented in around 100 countries and has a turnover of some

pounds 700 million a year. It currently employs Gavin Anderson on a

global basis to advise on rebranding. Until its buy-out, Willis used

Ludgate as its retainer-based financial PR agency.



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