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Chems-Eddine Kassali joins Willis Re as Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa


May 24, 2021

LONDON, May 24, 2021 — Chems-Eddine Kassali has been appointed Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson, the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company (NASDAQ:WLTW).

Previously Associate Director at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, Kassali will be responsible for the strategic development of Willis Re’s MENA portfolio, reporting to Natalie van de Coolwijk, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for client and reinsurer relationships and will focus on leveraging and developing Willis Re’s service offerings to deliver long term value for clients in the region.

Alkis Tsimaratos, Managing Director and Head of EMEA West/South, Willis Re International, said: “Willis Re continues to grow its talent base and expertise in the MENA market. Chems is a great asset for Willis Re’s growing team, bringing a wealth of local experience, relationships, and a deep understanding of client needs in the MENA region. I’m looking forward to working with him to ensure our clients continue to enjoy the knowledge, advice and services they have come to expect from our organisation.”

Our MENA team has been reinforced significantly, which is testimony to Willis Re’s continuing commitment to the region and clients, and we are delighted to welcome Chems to lead this initiative.”

Natalie van de Coolwijk | CEO, Willis Re South Africa

Natalie van de Coolwijk, CEO, Willis Re South Africa, said: “We are extremely proud of Willis Re’s history and well entrenched position in the MENA market. Now is an opportune time for us to further develop our global client centric approach delivered locally. Our MENA team has been reinforced significantly, which is testimony to Willis Re’s continuing commitment to the region and clients, and we are delighted to welcome Chems to lead this initiative. Like the needs in the region, our business is evolving to give the local team and clients the access to and support of our global network, which allows for the optimal delivery of products, services and knowledge to support our clients in building resilient, fit-for-future organisations.”

Kassali added: “I am very honored by the trust the management has placed in me to lead the MENA team. I am delighted to be joining Willis Re whose excellence and expertise are part of its DNA. The quality of servicing of our clients is at the core of our project and together with the team we will continue accompanying our clients to success with dedication.”

Kassali’s appointment follows several key hires in the MENA region, including Reena Gandesha as Executive Director and local MENA Team Lead.

About Willis Re

One of the world's leading reinsurance brokers, Willis Re is known for its world-class analytics capabilities, which it combines with its reinsurance expertise in a seamless, integrated offering that can help clients increase the value of their businesses. Willis Re serves the risk management and risk transfer needs of a diverse, global client base that includes all of the world's top insurance and reinsurance carriers as well as national catastrophe schemes in many countries around the world. The broker's global team of experts offers services and advice that can help clients make better reinsurance decisions and negotiate optimum terms. For more information, visit

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 over 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize 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.

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