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Brendan R. O’Neill

Brendan R. O’Neill

Brendan R. O’Neill has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, Dr. O’Neill served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010, as Chairman of Towers Watson’s Nominating and Governance Committee, and as a member of its Compensation Committee. Prior to serving as a director of Towers Watson, Dr. O’Neill served as a director of Watson Wyatt from July 2006 to 2009. Dr. O’Neill was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (referred to as “ICI”), a manufacturer of specialty products and paints, until April 2003. From 2003 until 2006, Dr. O’Neill was an independent director for a range of companies. Dr. O’Neill joined ICI in 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer and Director, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Prior to Dr. O’Neill’s career at ICI, he held numerous positions at Guinness PLC, including Chief Executive of Guinness Brewing Worldwide Ltd, Managing Director International Region of United Distillers, and Director of Financial Control. Dr. O’Neill also held positions at HSBC Holdings PLC, BICC PLC, Aegis Group PLC, and the Ford Motor Company. In addition to serving on the Willis Towers Watson Board, Dr. O’Neill serves on the board of Willis Limited, the principal subsidiary of Willis Towers Watson regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, the financial services industry regulator in the UK. Dr. O’Neill is also a director of The Institute of Cancer Research and previously served as a director on the public company boards of Tyco International Ltd., Informa plc, Aegis Group plc and Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd, and on the private company board of Drambuie Ltd. Dr. O’Neill holds an M.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U.K.).