NU Online News Service, Feb. 14, 12:02 p.m. EST
Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of Willis Group Holdings, says it named Tony Melia as chief executive officer of Willis Re International.
Melia, who has been with Willis Re since 1988, will lead the International Business Unit, which covers Europe, Asia,Latin Americaand emerging markets business. Based inLondon, Melia will report to John Cavanagh, CEO Willis Re.
Originally responsible for generating business growth in Southern Europe, Melia has held a number of posts within Willis Re, including establishing the company’s first analytics department and creating and developing Willis Re’s financial modeling platform, Willis iFM.
Most recently, as managing director of European business, Melia was responsible for reinsurance placements of some ofEurope’s largest insurance groups.
Commenting on the appointment John Cavanagh says, “We see great growth potential in our international business and are fortunate to have Tony’s experience and knowledge to draw on. Tony has been running our European Business for many years establishing our platform across the continent and overseeing a period of substantial growth. We made this appointment knowing that he will bring the same focus to our international business unit. With 24 years of experience at Willis Re and an excellent track record, Tony has a deep understanding of all our offerings and our clients’ needs.”