Michael Burwell Embraces His New Role At Willis Towers Watson

In August 2017, Michael Burwell took up the role of Chief Financial Officer at Willis Towers Watson. By embarking on this new and exciting post, Michael left behind a similarly glorious and influential position at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he served as the Vice Chairman Global and U.S transformation. Extensive success marked his 31-year career at the Audit Company and a performance legacy that will long outlive him, factors he hopes to reciprocate in Willis Towers.


Michael’s career at PWC


Michael started his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the lower divisions before gradually climbing up the leadership ladder through sheer hard work and determination. While at PwC, Michael majored in the finance and audit divisions and his efforts first gained recognition in 1997 when he was admitted as a PwC partner. This marked the start of his leadership career with the auditor as it paved the way for him to venture into the transaction services practice in Detroit.


Following his massive success in Detroit, Michael was tapped by PwC’s management to take over the leadership of the company’s central region in the country. He would later be appointed the overall head of U.S transactional services practice.


In 2007, Michael Burwell was appointed the Chief Financial Officer and subsequently the Chief Operating Officer for the PwC’s U.S business in 2008. His contributions to the success of the company as well as his continued loyalty would also be awarded in 2012 when he was named the company’s Vice Chairman Global and U.S transformation, a position he held for close to four years before leaving for Willis Towers Watson.


Importance of financial background to Willis Towers


Unlike PwC that’s primarily a financial and audit services company, Willis Towers specializes in insurance, reinsurance, and brokerage services. With this key difference notwithstanding, some of their departmental operations are quite similar with the only difference being their end goal. For instance, while Michael helped PwC audit and value companies before mergers to help determine business growth, valuations at Willis will be geared towards helping identify insurable interests.


When introducing Michael to the company, Willis Towers CEO John Harley mentioned that his expertise, experience, and leadership skills would come in handy to the company’s success. He also hinted out to the fact that his transformational expertise will also come in handy at a time when the company is gearing towards global transformation. Apart from his day to day financial advisory roles, Michael will also be expected to offer input towards Willis Towers’ transformation goals. Read This Article for related information.



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