Willis North America appoints leaders


Willis North America has appointed Brian Murphy and Hiromoto Ushiki as North American Practice co-leaders of the Japan Global Practice Group. They together assume the position previously held by Junji Hamada who retired in April 2013.

Willis North America's Japan Global Practice Group serves Japanese-headquartered companies' North American operations. The pair will be responsible for business development and aligning resources from across Willis' global platform to develop solutions for clients. They will report to Eric Joost, chief executive, Willis North American Specialties.

Murphy and Ushiki each joined Willis in 2004 and previously served as co-national sales leaders for the Japan Global Practice Group. Each brings over 23 years of industry experience to the role. Ushiki will be based in New York and Murphy in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Japan Group represents a very important component of our business here in North America and globally,” Joost said. “We are thrilled to have Brian and Hiro's leadership in this space as they have each played a critical role in helping to drive strong growth in this business. We are excited to build on our success and deliver high levels of client satisfaction and business results."

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