Michael Burwell Takes Over The CFO Position At Willis Towers Watson

 

Michael Burwell was recently named the new Chief Financial Officer of the international brokerage firm Willis Towers Watson after the voluntary retirement of the previous CFO Roger Millay. Willis Towers Watson is a London-based advisory firm that works with corporate and individual clients with retirement planning, executive compensation, personal and corporate insurance, HR solutions, employee benefits, and more. Willis Towers Watson works with companies that represent a variety of industries including construction, banking, transportation, technology, and telecommunications.

Michael Burwell is a CPA with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He has over 30 years of experience in providing accounting and business advisory services. In an interview that was posted on Inspirery.com, he says that networking and building relationships are important for business and personal relationships. Michael Burwell says communication is important in developing these relationships, especially when it comes to listening to what others have to say and being a problem solver.

Michael Burwell touched on some new developments that are happening with Willis Towers Watson. The company recently launched AMX in the United States, which is an investment advisory service that is already providing services in Europe. AMX helps money managers of all sizes save time and money by reducing the aggregation and compliance processes. He says that Willis Towers Watson is already having a lot of success with AMX in America and is excited to see how far this program can go.

Michael Burwell went on to list three career accomplishments that he is most proud of. First, Burwell mentored and helped four associates at his previous company to become partners in that company. Second, he was able to eliminate $500 million in expenses while increasing efficiency at his previous firm without having to lay off any employees. Third, he is proud of negotiating a deal Willis Towers Watson and Google. He says input from the forward-thinking and innovative people at Google will be helpful to Willis Towers Watson over the long-term in creating new products and services.

 

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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.

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