Michael Burwell is the CEO of Willis Towers Watson. Willis Towers Watson is an advisory company that provides several services. Their focus is to provide benefits to clients that will be optimized to its fullest potential. Also, to manage risk as well as help clients with growth. To date Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees and handles more than 140 countries.
Burwell obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration and became a certified public accountant. He says that the strategy of being positive is what helped him to grow his business. One failure be mentioned caused him to stop a project he was leading and used it as a learning example and not necessarily as a failure.
Burwell stated that he would tell his younger self that just because you collaborate does not mean you are in agreement and that you cannot make every happy. Michael Burwell states that no one agrees with him about the micro communities. He mentioned that some of the good ideas are from people who actually work within the company. They seem to have a different approach being on the inside.
Burwell mentioned that using the available tools are allowing him to stay productive. A word of advice from Burwell is to continue to network and stay in communication with people within the industry. He mentioned that a challenge that he could see in the future is being able to obtain information and data. The company would have to meet the demand of the data and information.
Michael Burwell was previously working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP for over 30 years. Burwell was involved in the company’s advisory services. He later worked in transaction business and was able to head the central US area. He was also promoted to CFO and COO of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.