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Willis Global Aerospace appoints chairman

Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has appointed Mark Wilford, director of risk at Rolls-Royce Group, as chairman of the Willis Global Aerospace division, effective from 1 January 2012.

Based in London, Wilford will report to Joe Trotti, CEO of Willis Global Specialties. He will succeed outgoing chairman, Andre Clerc, who is retiring at the end of this year.

In addition, Willis Global Aerospace simultaneously hired two other key internal leadership changes, naming Philip Smaje CEO and Garrett Hanrahan president of the division.

In 2001, he joined Rolls-Royce, a provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air.

Before joining Rolls-Royce he held senior positions in Johnson Matthey and KPMG, in London and the US.

The other global leadership changes in the team include the appointments of Philip Smaje, who has been with the Group since 1988 and is based in London, to CEO of Willis Global Aerospace and Garrett Hanrahan, who has been with Willis since 2008 and is based in Dallas to president of Willis Global Aerospace.

Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world.