The firm Willis Towers Watson has announced accepting Michael Burwell as their Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This represents a tremendous step forward for the company. Willis Towers Watsons (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a highly successful business consulting, risk management and insurance brokerage firm with offices around the world, operating in over 140 countries. The company has over 40,000 employees and was formed in 2016 from the merger of Willis Group Holdings plc and Towers Watson & Company. Their mission is to help companies manage risk, turning it into a path for growth.
Burwell has extensive experience in the fields of accounting and finance. He spent 31 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC (PwC), a major worldwide accounting and consulting firm. At PwC he served in many senior positions, leading that company in many areas, including as: Chief Financial Officer in the United States. Burwell has 11 years of experience in auditing and 12 years in Transaction Services. That experience included helping companies perform their due diligence valuation prior to a merger. His years as Head of Global Transformation makes him a fitting executive to help lead Willis Towers Watson.
When the company announced the appointment, Willis Towers Watson’s Chief Executive Officer, John Haley said Burwell’s experience at managing a complex company in the global marketplace, including his emphasis on serving clients, would help Willis Towers Watson through their current stage of evolution. Michael Burwell expertise in transaction, finance and company transformation would help guide Willis Towers Watson as the firm continued to integrate both parents companies and drive it toward long-term growth. Willis Towers Watson would reach its full potential with the vital assistance of Burwell.
In return, Burwell stated the opportunity to help Willis Towers Watson out was an honor. The strength of its leadership impressed him, as did its commitment to its clients and its inclusive company culture. He was looking forward to helping it achieve even greater success.
Burwell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at Michigan State University. He is also a Certified Public Accounting. In 2010, Michigan State University named him their alumnus of the year. Go To This Page to learn more.
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