Willis Towers Watson has appointed Mike Less to the role of head of Corporate Risk & Broking for its North American business. He takes responsibility for developing and implementing strategy to expand the firm's presence in the mid-market and multinational segment.
Prior to joined Willis in 2006, which merged with Towers Watson in 2015 in an $18 billion deal, Mike Liss worked for two years at Wachovia, a diversified financial services company, leading its Atlanta operations. He was previously at J&H Marsh, where he worked for nine years as a producer and brokerage leader. Earlier in his career he worked at Kemper, AIG and Hartford in various positions with increasing authority over a ten-year period.
Liss holds a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University - The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.
Liss has been appointed by Willis Towers Watson as its Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB) leader for the firm’s North America business. His role calls on his extensive leadership experience to develop and drive the firm’s strategy for business growth, focused on consolidating its mid-market position in the US, as well as more broadly to multinationals.
“We are well positioned in North America thanks to our uniquely integrated approach to serving clients, industry-leading risk models and capabilities, broad international network and strong talent,” says Liss. He adds that he is “looking forward” to building on the combined global capacity of the firm to provide the firm’s clients with a wide range of solutions.
Liss will report to Joe Gunn, head of North America, and to Todd Jones, global head of CRB. Gunn remarks, “Mike has exceptional credentials to lead our CRB segment in North America, and his appointment is well deserved. Mike’s leadership approach centers on what works best for the team, and his experience and inclusive style will enable us to focus on building connected teams that go to market in a simple and efficient way.”