Michael Burwell recently moved on from his distinguished financial career at the firm of Price, Waterhouse Coopers to accept the position of Chief Financial Officer at Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW).
Based in London, England, Willis Towers Watson is a risk advisory and management services that guides companies around the world on how to optimize their opportunities and minimize their business risks using insurance and other best practices, turning risk into a path for growth and profits. Burwell replaces Roger Millay, who has retired from his position with Willis Towers Watson. Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees working around in over 140 countries.
Burwell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1986 from Michigan University. He started out with Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP early on in his career, soon becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He went on to serve PwC in many capacities, including 11 years auditing for many clients in the assurance practice. He then made partner and began the company’s transaction services practice in the Detroit area. Michael Burwell outstanding performance in that position led PwC to elevate him to leader of their Central Region, making him the Midwest Leader of Transaction Services and Automotive Industry Leader. He eventually became PwC’s U.S. Transaction Services Leader. He helped advise companies while doing their premerger due diligence and valuation. In May 2008, Burwell took over as PwC’s Chief Financial Officer. In July 2009 he also became Chief Operating Officer as well. By October 2012, Burwell was ready to assume the title of Global and U.S. Transformation Leader, the Vice Chairman. Michael Burwell helped to re-organize and transform PwC’s effectiveness by overseeing such departments as Finance, Human Capital, Global Strategic Sourcing and Technology. For several important clients, Burwell served as their senior relationship partner. Burwell views his time with PwC as invaluable and vital to his professional development and will forever be grateful to everyone there he had the good fortune to work with.
John Haley, the Chief Executive Officer of Willis Towers Watson, said, “We are excited to have Mike join our leadership team.” Go To This Page for related information.
Burwell said he was honored by the opportunity. He looked forward to contributing to the company’s further success. He had always been impressed by their commitment to their clients and the strength of their leadership.
Willis Towers Watson is the result of the June 30, 2015 merger of Willis Group Holdings LLC and Towers Watson & Co.