Willis Towers Watson has appointed Hazel Rees as a Director in to the firm’s UK based Executive Remuneration team. In her new role Rees, who joins from rival Deloitte, will leverage her more than 15 years of experience in human resources to meet increasing demand for executive compensation advisory in the face of increasing investor scrutiny and demand for clearer demonstration of the alignment between pay and performance.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Hazel Rees worked at Deloitte as a Director in the firm’s Executive Compensation Consulting practice. In her more than fifteen years at the Big Four firm, Rees developed her specialisation in advising (global) organisations on executive pay, performance and reward. Prior to working for Deloitte, Rees worked for ITV as a reward manager and served Tesco as a Reward Manager between 2002 and 2004. Rees holds a Master in Human Resources Management from London Southbank University and a Bachelor in English & Italian from the University of Leeds.
At Willis Towers Watson Rees will take on the role of Director in the firm’s Executive Remuneration service line. Rees’ appointment reflects increasing demand from companies for services related to executive compensation packages, following increasing investor scrutiny and demand for clearer demonstration of the alignment between pay and performance, says Richard Belfield, Executive Compensation Practice Leader at Towers Watson UK. “Hazel brings wide-ranging business and advisory expertise, which will enhance our ability to help clients from all sectors manage the complexities of the UK executive-compensation environment.”
Rees remarks: “I am looking forward to building on the success that the business has achieved in recent years by working with our clients to ensure we help balance the needs of their business with the views of shareholders and the regulatory framework. In addition we will help them convert the challenges of attracting, retaining and engaging top executive talent in global marketplace into a competitive advantage.”
Willis Towers Watson – established through the $18 billion merger between Willis Group & Towers Watson – recently also added Marcus Bowser to its UK team. Bowser, who joined from Aviva, serves as the UK Life Sales and Practice Leader.