John Haley is the CEO of Willis Towers Watson.
He joined the company in 1977 and throughout his career served in a variety of roles including consulting actuary to several of the company’s largest clients, manager of the Washington, D.C. consulting office and leader of the global Retirement practice. John was named CEO in 1998. Under his leadership, the company has completed three historic mergers, in 2005, 2010 and 2016, which formed present-day Willis Towers Watson.
John also serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-China Business Council and MAXIMUS, and served as a director of Hudson Global, Inc. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and has served as a trustee of The Actuarial Foundation.
John has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers College and received a fellowship for two years of study at the Graduate School of Mathematics at Yale University.
Mike Burwell is the Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson.
Before joining Willis Towers Watson, Mike spent 31 years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC). During his initial time there, he served 11 years in the assurance practice working on numerous audit clients. In 1997, he was admitted to the partnership and started PwC’s Detroit based transaction services practice. Following his success in Detroit, Mike was asked to take over leadership of PwC’s central region and ultimately served as the overall U.S. Transaction Services Leader. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and in 2008 was additionally named Chief Operating Officer across PwC’s U.S. business. In 2012, he became the Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation. Mike created change in his Transformation role to optimize organizational effectiveness in overseeing a diverse group of internal functions including Human Capital, Finance, Technology and Global Strategic Sourcing. Mike also served as the senior relationship partner on several clients during his tenure.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and is a certified public accountant. In 2010, he was named Michigan State University’s Alumnus of the year.
Julie Gebauer leads Human Capital and Benefits at Willis Towers Watson.
Previously, Julie led Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards business segment. During her 29 years with the company, she held a number of leadership roles, including head of the global workforce effectiveness and employee survey businesses.
Julie received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska, where she was honored as a Chancellor’s Scholar. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. She was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She is a coauthor of the book, Closing the Engagement Gap: How Great Companies Unlock Employee Potential for Superior Results.
Carl Hess leads Investment, Risk and Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson.
Carl previously served as co-leader of North America at Willis Towers Watson and before that, managing director, the Americas, of Towers Watson. He served as the managing director of Towers Watson's Investment business since January 2010 as well as working in a variety of roles over 20 years at Watson Wyatt, lastly as global practice director of Watson Wyatt's Investment business.
Carl is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He has a B.A. cum laude in logic and language from Yale University.
Todd Jones leads Corporate Risk and Broking at Willis Towers Watson.
Previously, Todd served as co-leader of North America at Willis Towers Watson and before that, CEO of Willis North America, and a member of the Willis Group Operating Committee. He also served as president and board member of The Willis Foundation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Willis Group Holdings. From 2010 to 2013, Todd served as president of Willis North America, and prior to that, he was the national partner for the Northeast U.S. region. Todd originally joined Willis in 2003 as the North America practice leader for Willis’ Executive Risks practice, overseeing its professional liability offerings.
Before joining Willis, Todd held various leadership roles in the insurance industry. Before that, he was a financial analyst and corporate banker for a regional bank that is now part of Wells Fargo.
Todd graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Gene Wickes leads the Exchange Solutions segment of Willis Towers Watson.
At the formation of Willis Towers Watson, Gene was the managing director for Towers Watson’s Benefit Group. Gene has 37 years of experience consulting on retirement, actuarial, plan administration and other human resource issues. Gene previously served as a senior consultant and actuary with both Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Towers Perrin.
Gene attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degrees in mathematics and economics. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an enrolled actuary under ERISA.
Nicolas Aubert leads Great Britain at Willis Towers Watson. He also remains as the CEO of Willis Limited, the Willis Group’s principal U.K.-regulated entity.
Previously, Nicolas served as the CEO of Willis Great Britain. Prior to joining Willis, he served as the COO of American International Group (AIG) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and formerly as the managing director of AIG in the U.K. He joined AIG in June 2002 to lead AIG France, and after served in various other senior management positions including managing director of Southern Europe. Prior to AIG, Nicolas held various leadership roles at ACE, CIGNA and GAN, and started his career at GENERALI.
Nicolas holds specialized master’s degrees in insurance law (DESS Assurances) from Pantheon-Sorbonne University of Paris and Institut des Assurances de Paris (Universite Paris-Dauphine), and an MBA from the French High Insurance Studies Center (CHEA).
Adam Garrard leads the International business at Willis Towers Watson.
Adam spent over 20 years at Willis Group in a variety of senior roles worldwide. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as the regional CEO of Willis Asia, based in Singapore, leading Willis’ strategy in high-growth markets in the region. Prior to this, he held regional CEO roles in Continental Europe and Australasia. During his time in Asia, he also spent 18 months in Shanghai setting up Willis’ China operation.
Adam has a bachelor’s degree in business studies from De Montfort University.
Joe Gunn leads North America at Willis Towers Watson.
Previously, Joe was appointed the regional director for the Northeast region of the newly combined Willis Towers Watson, where he had responsibility for leading our combined business in both Metro New York as well as New England. At Willis, Joe was the national partner for the Northeast region operations, and before that, the chief growth officer for Willis North America and regional executive officer for the South Central region of Willis North America.
Before joining Willis in 2004, Joe led the Marsh Client Development team for the North Texas operations based in Dallas. He also served as a senior relationship officer on several large accounts for which he was responsible for overall client satisfaction. He began his Marsh career as a practice leader in the Employee Benefits practice. Joe began his insurance career with Cigna Corp. and also held sales positions in the mortgage origination business.
Joe earned a B.S. in political science at Florida State University. In addition to his professional life, Joe is a member of the board of trustees for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.
Paul Morris leads Western Europe at Willis Towers Watson.
Previously, Paul served as managing director for Towers Watson Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and before that was director for International Consulting Services. Paul joined The Wyatt Company in 1988. Following the establishment of the global Watson Wyatt Worldwide alliance in 1995, he served as a senior consultant of Watson Wyatt Partners from 1995 through 1999 and became a partner in 1999.
Paul is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Institute of Actuaries, and has a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard College and an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Anne Bodnar is Willis Towers Watson’s Chief HR Officer.
Anne previously served as chief administrative officer at Towers Watson, beginning in 2010. During that time, she was a member of the management committee, co-led the company’s continuous improvement initiatives, cosponsored the inclusion and diversity agenda, and oversaw the marketing, HR, office services, and internal change and communication functions. From 2001 to 2010, Anne was managing director of HR at Towers Perrin. Earlier in her career, she held various HR and consulting positions at Towers Perrin as well as several operational and strategic planning roles at what is now JPMorgan Chase.
Anne was selected as a 2014 fellow in the On the Board program, jointly sponsored by George Washington University and the International Women’s Forum, which prepares women leaders for corporate board service. In 1999, she was elected to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. Additionally, she published a chapter entitled “HR as a Strategic Partner” in Human Resources Leadership Strategies: 15 Ways to Enhance HR Value in Your Company. Anne also serves as a board member of the Women’s Forum of New York, an independent trustee of a New York-based private family office with significant charitable activities in the arts and education, and is an active alumna of Smith College.
Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Matt Furman is Willis Towers Watson’s General Counsel.
Previously, Matt served as group general counsel at Willis, where he was a member of Willis’ Operating Committee. From 2007 to 2015, Matt was senior vice president, group general counsel, Corporate and Governance, and corporate secretary for Travelers.
From 2000 to 2007, Matt was an attorney at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was vice president and associate general counsel in the finance and corporate legal group. Prior to that, he was in private practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He also is a director of the Legal Aid Society and a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. In 2013, he was a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Partnership for New York City.
Anne Pullum is Willis Towers Watson's Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Strategy and Innovation.
Previously, Anne was Willis Group's head of strategy, playing a key role in determining the group's strategy, working across all business segments and functional areas. Anne joined Willis in May 2014 from McKinsey & Company, where she served financial services and natural resource clients. Previously, Anne conducted economic research at Greenspan Associates in Washington, D.C., and was an analyst in Goldman Sachs Equities Division in London. She holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD and a bachelor’s in economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
David Shalders leads Operations and Technology at Willis Towers Watson.
Previously, David served as the Group Operations and Technology director at Willis. He joined Willis in 2013 and was a member of the Willis Operating Committee.
Prior to joining Willis, David spent 19 years in senior operations and IT roles at Royal Bank of Scotland Group, most recently as global COO for Global Banking and Markets. He also led the division’s regulatory response to Basel 3. Prior to that, he led the Group’s integration with ABN AMRO and held roles as head of London and Asia Operations, and head of Derivative Operations for NatWest. Before joining Royal Bank of Scotland, David worked at SG Warburg (UBS), J.P. Morgan and Accenture.
David holds a master’s degree in geography from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in computer science from the London School of Economics.