NEW YORK, September 22, 2014 – Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, has reinforced its position as a leading cyber risk advisor and insurance broker with a series of key appointments.

Willis’ industry-leading FINEX Cyber/E&O Practice is supported by teams of professionals delivering risk management solutions across key industries. Willis works with organizations to develop strategic cyber risk management programs including modeling the frequency and severity of a firm’s privacy loss exposures and reviewing and strengthening contracts with service providers and vendors to minimize risk. Willis also works closely with the global insurance marketplace to develop innovative solutions to address the rapidly changing profile of cyber exposures.

The following individuals will focus on aligning resources across Willis’ global platform to deliver innovative solutions to Willis’ national and multinational clients:

Joe DePaul has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in New York, Mr. DePaul brings 20 years of industry experience to the role and previously served as National Practice Leader/Managing Director – Cyber Risk at Arthur J. Gallaher Risk Management Services, Inc. 

John O’Donnell has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in New York, he will focus on serving Willis’ clients in the health care, higher education and retail sectors. Mr. O’Donnell previously served as a vice president with Marsh FINPRO. 

Emily Lowe has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in Boston, Ms. Lowe has deep experience in the industry and joins Willis from ACE USA where she was an Executive Underwriter – Professional Liability focused on large Cyber, Technology and E&O accounts. 

Rob Barberi has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in Boston, Rob joined Willis in 2009 and has been a key member of Willis’ FINEX team. In this role, he will focus on delivering cyber risk solutions to Willis’ health care, defense contractor, technology, retail and energy clients.

Nadia Hoyte has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in New York, Ms. Hoyt joined Willis in 2011 and has been a valuable member of Willis’ FINEX team. In this role she will serve as a team leader serving clients in all sectors.

John Loftus has been appointed Senior Broker. Based in Boston, Mr. Loftus joined Willis in 2009 and has been a valuable member of Willis’ FINEX team.  In this role he will focus on serving Willis’ financial institution and retail clients.

Commenting on the appointments, Geoffrey Allen, Executive Vice President and FINEX North America Cyber Risk/E&O Product Leader said, “These appointments demonstrate Willis’ commitment to strengthening our platform to meet the expanding needs of our clients.”

“As organizations confront expanding information technology-related risks, new regulations and a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, our clients demand industry-leading cyber insurance and risk management solutions to help them meet the challenges they face in a networked world. Willis is committed to enhancing our resources to deliver the innovation and deep expertise our clients depend on,” Allen added.