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WTW commits to growing M&A and in Northeast region, announces North American CRB leadership appointments

Risk & Analytics|Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and Acquisitions

May 3, 2022

ARLINGTON, VA, May 3, 2022, WTW (Willis Towers Watson, Nasdaq: WTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, today announced that Mark Rusas will focus exclusively on leading the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) practice within Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB), North America. Concurrently, Steven Reiss has been appointed to lead the Northeast region for CRB.

Reiss will transition from his current role as the CRB head for Philadelphia to lead the Northeast CRB region. Steve delivered transformational growth across the greater Philadelphia market since joining in 2018, and has established deep relationships across the region. Reiss joined WTW from Chubb North America. He has worked closely with Rusas during his tenure at WTW, and his leadership experience has enabled him to attract differentiated intellectual capital to WTW.

Steve’s expertise has enabled him to deliver a compelling value proposition for our clients and colleagues in Philadelphia. His continued focus on industry specialization, value creation, attracting talent, and winning clients will be the reason our Northeast Region continues to succeed.”

Brad Messinger | WTW Northeast Geography Leader

Brad Messinger, WTW Northeast Geography Leader, commented: “Steve’s expertise has enabled him to deliver a compelling value propsition for our clients and colleagues in Philadelphia. His continued focus on industry specialization, value creation, attracting talent, and winning clients will be the reason our Northeast Region continues to succeed.”

Reiss will replace Mark Rusas, who was previously serving in both capacities as Northeast CRB leader and Head of the M&A Practice. Having created the M&A practice in 2003, Rusas’ tenure has evolved to concurrently lead both the M&A business and the CRB Northeast region; he will now focus 100% of his talents on the progression and growth of WTW’s M&A Practice. The WTW M&A practice is now broadly recognized as one of the most formidable in the industry.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to materially scale WTW’s M&A business, building on brand and value proposition, while focused on diligence, insurance, benefits administration and the delivery of risk management advisory services solely focused on strategic and financial buyers and their portfolio of company investments” said Rusas. “Our focus on M&A is a clear demonstration of how specialization and a compelling value proposition generate market leading growth,” he added.

Mark’s leadership has guided the Northeast region to a successful and growing operation for nearly five years, and Steve is well-positioned to take over and continue the momentum. Mark has been a leader in developing our M&A business, and we are grateful for his commitment to delivering superb value to our clients in the space.”

Mike Liss | Head of CRB North America

Mike Liss, Head of CRB North America added, “Mark’s leadership has guided the Northeast region to a successful and growing operation for nearly five years, and Steve is well-positioned to take over and continue the momentum. Mark has been a leader in developing our M&A business, and we are grateful for his commitment to delivering superb value to our clients in the space.”

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