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Willis appoints Neil Irwin to leader of CEEMEA

17th October 2017 - Author: Staff Writer

Willis Towers Watson has appointed industry veteran Neil Irwin to a Dubai-based role as leader of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEEMEA) region.

In his new role, he will assume leadership of a diverse and high-growth region with around 2,300 colleagues in more than 40 countries, as well as act as Head of Corporate Risk and Broking for CEEMEA.

He will take up his new position with immediate effect, bringing over 25 years of industry experience, much of it in the CEEMEA region.

Adam Garrard, Head of International, Willis Towers Watson, commented on the appointment; “This is an important, high-potential region for us. Neil has invaluable experience of managing complex businesses across different cultures and commercial environments, so he is a great fit for this role.

“His strong background in insurance will be key to driving our growth strategy around risk and broking, while his management vision and leadership will help set out our combined, wider offer in multiple markets.”


Most recently, Irwin led Global Distribution at Cigna Global Health Benefits, working between Dubai and the U.S.

He has been active in the CEEMEA region since 2009, heading up business development for EMEA and India at Marsh for four years, and acting as Managing Director for Marsh’s Middle East and Africa business from 2013 to 2016.

Irwin, commented; “I am excited to be leading this diverse, engaging, and high-growth region, and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team to ensure that, right across CEEMEA, we become the advisory, broking and solutions company of choice.

“I am also a big believer in the role that future technology will play in transforming the customer experience, so I look forward to driving innovation.”

Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior positions in Europe, including Regional Managing Director for Marsh in the UK and Europe Development Director at Sedgwick.

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