Marcus Bowser joins UK unit of Willis Towers Watson

19 January 2016

Marcus Bowser joins Willis Towers Watson as the UK Life Sales and Practice Leader. In his new role, he will be responsible for strengthening the firm’s offering to life insurance clients that are currently seeking to develop stable products in an uncertain market.

Marcus Bowser started his career at PwC in 2000, where, during his nine years at the firm, he became Senior Manager. His work was primarily in actuary and included development, implementation and embedding of the latest ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) techniques. In 2009 he moved to Standard & Poor’s, a provider of credit risk research and benchmarks, where he took on the role of Director. In this role he was responsible for reviewing the ERM frameworks for some of Europe’s larger insurance groups covering both life and general insurance businesses; and updating the ERM criteria to reflect best practice in the insurance industry. One year later he joined insuring company Aviva, taking on the role of Capital Management Director. During his five years at the firm, he was director of the Group’s business units to coordinate risk, capital and value management activities.

Bowser holds a Master of Mathematics from the University of Bath.

Marcus Bowser - Willis Towers Watson

At Willis Towers Watson, Bowser will take of the role of UK Life Sales and Practice Leader, a position that will see him work face-to-face with some of the firm’s largest life insurance clients. His more than 15 years of experience within the insurance industry will be leveraged to help clients find their way through an increasingly challenging market by offering products that provide stable profits, while using capital efficiently.

The appointment is part of the firm’s further expansion of its insurance advisory, solutions and software business. “I am delighted that Marcus has joined our team. His keen understanding of UK life insurance industry issues, and a strong commitment to results, teamwork and thought leadership will undoubtedly add significant strength to the business as we grow and develop our UK life business,” comments Claire Farrelly, RCS EMEA Life Sales & Practice Leader for Willis Towers Watson. “Marcus’ addition to our leadership team reflects our commitment to bring new ideas to the table at a time when the nature and range of business and software solutions being sought by our life insurance clients in the UK and around Europe continue to evolve.”

Marcus Bowser adds: “I’m excited to be joining such a highly regarded company and relish the challenge of further strengthening Willis Towers Watson’s market-leading business in the UK.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.