Michael Burwell just became Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory insurance and reinsurance broker since 1898. He is taking over after the retirement of their former CFO, Roger Millay on October 2, 2017. Burwell will be joining the leadership team in a company with 40,000 employees in 140 countries. Willis Towers Watson manages risk, increases assets and magnifies the capability of principal to preserve and bolster associations and individuals.
Burwell comes to Willis Towers Watson with 31 years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). At PwC he served as the Head of Global Transformation and Chief Operating Officer. He went on the serve as the Chief Financial Officer in the United States and the Head of Transaction Serves in the United States before coming to Willis Towers Watson. Experience at PwC gave Michael Burwell significant exposure to auditing, advisory transactional services, business pre-merger due-diligence and valuation.
Michael served 11 years in PwC assurance practice auditing clients. He was added to the partnership in July 2016 to October 2017. Before that, he started PwC Detroit’s transaction services practice. He had great success in Detroit. Afterward he was asked to take over leadership of PricewaterhouseCooper’s central region, which led to him serving as the overall US Transaction Services Leader. In 2007, Burwell was appointed Chief Financial Officer (2008-2009) and quickly named U.S. Chief Operating Officer (July 2009 to October 2012). Burwell became the Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation in October 2012 to June 2016. He was able to effectively oversee a variety of internal functions: Human Resources, Technology, Finance and Global Strategic Sourcing. During his tenure, Burwell added to his responsibilities by serving as the senior relationship partner with many of PwC’s clients.
Everyone at Willis Towers Watson including the Chief Executive Officer, John Haley believe Michael Burwell will use his well-honed experience and talent to build on the company’s existing foundation of business. Burwell’s skills and talent will guide the company in its long-term pursuits. Burwell is excited about the culture of Willis Towers Watson and looks forward to adding his input in the company’s growth.
Michael Burwell studied business administration at the Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1986. Later he became a Certified Public Accountant. He has followed a successful tract in his journey from college to PwC and now to Willis Towers Watson. Visit This Page for more information.
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