Press Release

Willis Towers Watson expands strategic partnership to Plug and Play’s newest innovation platform

Enterprise 2.0 broadly addresses organizational challenges through innovative solutions across Human Capital, Finance, Information Technology, Legal and Operations

March 19, 2018
| United States

ARLINGTON, VA, March 19, 2018 — Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company announced today they have joined as one of only two Founding Anchor Partners of Plug and Play’s newest innovation platform, Enterprise 2.0, focused on transforming management structures, company culture and how work gets organized. The launch event was held recently at Plug and Play’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.

Through Enterprise 2.0, Willis Towers Watson and Plug and Play will collaborate with start-ups and other corporations to drive innovation and efficiencies in Finance, HR, IT, Legal and Operations. The startups will be identified in collaboration with corporate partners, venture capital funds, universities and other organizations.

“We’re very pleased to be a founding partner with Plug and Play in this important area,” said Anne Bodnar, chief human resources officer, Willis Towers Watson. “Enterprise 2.0 is based on the premise organizations that develop and sustain an innovative culture will be best positioned to engage their workforce and leverage technology to execute their business strategies and advance operations. This program will help prepare organizations for what lies ahead across essential parts of their enterprise.”

The endeavor will include a special emphasis on talent. Its aim is to retool human capital strategies and solve key challenges like responding to the gig economy, recruiting, onboarding, performance and learning management, rewards and recognition, and benefits and payroll.

“Digital transformation and shifting talent needs are disrupting organizations around the globe,” said Suzanne McAndrew, global Talent business lead, Willis Towers Watson. “With one of its key areas of focus on human capital, Enterprise 2.0 will enable us to identify opportunities with start-ups to offer forward-looking solutions on how to hire, build, reward, lead and engage the talent our clients need to achieve desired business outcomes and a stronger, more profitable future.”

“Enterprise 2.0 embodies the spirit of Plug and Play by bringing innovation to life for organizations, and we are excited to partner with Willis Towers Watson,” said Saeed Amidi, founder and chief executive officer, Plug and Play. “Our partnership will develop practical paths to help organizations incorporate technology and automation into their enterprise strategy and achieve a stronger and more profitable future.”

Willis Towers Watson and Plug and Play also partner on innovation platforms across Health and Wellness and Insurtech. Recently, Willis Towers Watson received the Corporate Innovation Award for its significant engagement and start-up mentorship in Plug and Play’s Health and Wellness platform.

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 more than 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. 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. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

About Plug and Play

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company has built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since inception in 2006, its programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 28 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 6,000 startups and 220 official corporate partners, Plug and Play has created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries and provides active investments with 200 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and hosts more than 700 networking events per year. Companies in its community have raised over $7 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound and Zoosk. For more information, visit www.plugandplaytechcenter.com.