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Willis Towers Watson strengthens Corporate Risk and Broking business with hire of Katherine Simmonds as General Manager of NSW

September 8, 2017
| Australia

MELBOURNE, 8 September, 2017 — Leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is pleased to announce that Katherine (Katie) Simmonds will join the organisation as General Manager of its Corporate Risk and Broking (CRB) business in New South Wales. Simmonds will take up her appointment in October and will report to Andrew Boal in his capacity as Head of CRB for Australia.

Commenting on the appointment, Boal said: “With experience in the financial services industry spanning over 17 years, Katie has a proven track record in achieving significant business growth and profitability, underpinned by an ability to nurture and develop strong business partner and client relationships. With experience in recruiting and developing a talented team, leading market initiatives and building capacity and infrastructure to support a growing business, Katie is an exceptional choice to lead our sizeable CRB team in New South Wales.  As more and more clients turn to us to help them quantify, mitigate and transfer risk, Katie’s arrival will play an important part in managing their business risks while driving strong organisational performance.”

Simmonds’ experience includes Lloyd’s and corporate insurer markets, as well as client advisory roles in M&A. In her most recent position, she led Ironshore Australia and New Zealand as Managing Director/Country Head. Previously, she was Head of M&A Insurance, Asia Pacific for AIG, and before that worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers in a Private Equity and M&A focused client advisory role. Simmonds holds a Juris Doctor (Law), Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Languages from the University of Melbourne and has been admitted as a Solicitor in Victoria and New South Wales.

Simmonds said: “I’m excited to join Willis Towers Watson’s Corporate Risk and Broking business at a time when it is strengthening its solutions offering to clients across Australasia. Willis Towers Watson’s unwavering focus on providing exceptional client service in a team environment closely mirrors my own personal values and I look forward to leading the CRB NSW team as we further cement deep client relationships locally.”

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimise benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential.