Board of Directors

  • Dame Inga Beale

    Dame Inga Beale is the former Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London, a role she held from 2014 to 2018. Previously, Ms. Beale was Chief Executive Officer of Canopius Group Ltd, with its principal operations at Lloyd’s, from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, from 2008 through 2011, she was Global Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Organizational Transformation and Internal Consulting for Zurich Insurance Group. She held the role of Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium Ltd in 2006 and 2007, joining after having spent 14 years in a variety of international roles for GE Insurance Solutions in both Europe and the US.

  • Anna C. Catalano

    Anna C. Catalano has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, she served as a director of Willis beginning on July 21, 2006, and as a member of Willis’s Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. She was Group Vice President, Marketing for BP plc from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that she held various executive positions at BP and Amoco, including Group Vice President, Emerging Markets at BP; Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations at Amoco; and President of Amoco Orient Oil Company. Ms. Catalano currently serves on the public company boards of Kraton Performance Polymers, where she serves on the Compensation and Governance Committees, HollyFrontier Corporation, where she serves on the Compensation and Governance Committees, and Frontdoor, Inc., where she serves on the Compensation Committee. In the not-for-profit sector, she serves as a director of the Houston Grand Opera and, until recently, served on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is also an advisory board member for the World Innovation Network in Chicago, Illinois. Among various other public companies, Ms. Catalano previously served as director of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, and on the company’s Governance and Science and Nutrition Committees, from 2010 through its 2017 merger with Reckitt Benckiser when the company delisted from the NYSE. She also served as a director of Chemtura Corporation and on the company’s Compensation, Governance and Environmental/Health/Safety Committees. Ms. Catalano holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

  • Victor F. Ganzi

    Victor F. Ganzi has served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Willis Towers Watson Board since January 1, 2019 and as a director since January 4, 2016. Previously, he served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010, as Chairman of Towers Watson’s Audit Committee, and a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Ganzi is presently a consultant and corporate director, serving on the public company board of Angion Biomedia Corp., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, and on the boards of numerous private and not-for-profit organizations, including PGA Tour, Inc., Partnership to End Addiction, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Ganzi previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hearst Corporation, a private diversified communications company, from 2002 to 2008. He served as Hearst’s Executive Vice President from 1997 to 2002 and as its Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2002. Prior to joining Hearst in 1990, Mr. Ganzi was the managing partner at the international law firm of Rogers & Wells (now part of Clifford Chance). Mr. Ganzi previously served as a director of Gentiva Health Services, Inc., Wyeth and Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. Mr. Ganzi graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.S. in Accounting, received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and holds an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University.
    Chairman of the Board
  • Michael Hammond

    Michael Hammond is a retired senior executive with experience at several international insurance broking firms. Most recently, he served in a variety of senior roles at Lockton. This included Chairman and CEO, Lockton Overseas (from 2016 to 2017), Chairman, Lockton International Holdings Ltd. (from 2016 to 2017), CEO of Lockton International Holdings Ltd. (from 2005 to 2016) and CEO of Lockton Companies LLP (from 2010 to 2015). He previously served as CEO of JLT Risk Solutions and a member of the Board of JLT Group plc (from 2004 to 2005), and CEO of Marsh UK Ltd. (from 2000 to 2003) and Director of Marsh Ltd. and Marsh Europe (from 2001 to 2003).

  • Carl A. Hess

    Carl A. Hess has served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 1, 2022. Prior to that, Mr. Hess served as Head of Investment, Risk and Reinsurance from October 27, 2016 to August 16, 2021 and as the Co-Head of North America at Willis Towers Watson from January 4, 2016, following the merger of legacy Willis Group legacy Towers Watson, until October 27, 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Hess served as Managing Director, The Americas of Towers Watson from February 1, 2014 until January 4, 2016, and before that, he served as the Managing Director of Towers Watson’s Investment business from January 1, 2010 until February 1, 2014. Before his service at Towers Watson, Mr. Hess worked in a variety of roles for over 20 years at Watson Wyatt, lastly as Global Practice Director of Watson Wyatt’s Investment business. Mr. Hess is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. Mr. Hess has a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in logic and language from Yale University.
  • Wendy E. Lane

    Wendy E. Lane has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, she served as a director of Willis beginning on April 21, 2004, as the Chairman of Willis’s Compensation Committee, and as a member of its Audit Committee and its Executive Committee. She was a member of the CEO Search Committee as well as other ad hoc Board Committees convened from time to time. She has been Chairman of Lane Holdings, Inc., an investment firm, since 1992. Prior to forming Lane Holdings, Inc., Ms. Lane was a Principal and Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corporation, an investment banking firm, serving in these and other positions from 1981 to 1992. Prior to that, Ms. Lane was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Lane currently serves as a director of the public company board of CoreLogic, Inc., a leading provider of consumer, financial and property data, analytics and business intelligence. In 2020, Ms. Lane joined the board of NextPoint Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the financial services industry and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Ms. Lane also serves as a director and the Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Al Dabbagh Group, a private Saudi Arabian company. She previously served on the boards of seven additional public companies, including MSCI Inc., where she served on the Compensation Committee, UPM-Kymmene Corporation, a Finnish publicly-held corporation, where she served on the Audit Committee, and Laboratory Corporation of America, where she served on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as the Audit Committee Chair. Ms. Lane holds a BA from Wellesley College in Mathematics and French and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Brendan R. O’Neill

    Brendan R. O’Neill has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, Dr. O’Neill served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010, as Chairman of Towers Watson’s Nominating and Governance Committee, and as a member of its Compensation Committee. Prior to serving as a director of Towers Watson, Dr. O’Neill served as a director of Watson Wyatt from July 2006 to 2009. Dr. O’Neill was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (referred to as “ICI”), a manufacturer of specialty products and paints, until April 2003. From 2003 until 2006, Dr. O’Neill was an independent director for a range of companies. Dr. O’Neill joined ICI in 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer and Director, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Prior to Dr. O’Neill’s career at ICI, he held numerous positions at Guinness PLC, including Chief Executive of Guinness Brewing Worldwide Ltd, Managing Director International Region of United Distillers, and Director of Financial Control. Dr. O’Neill also held positions at HSBC Holdings PLC, BICC PLC, Aegis Group PLC, and the Ford Motor Company. In addition to serving on the Willis Towers Watson Board, Dr. O’Neill serves on the board of Willis Limited, the principal subsidiary of Willis Towers Watson regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, the financial services industry regulator in the UK. Dr. O’Neill is also a director of The Institute of Cancer Research and previously served as a director on the public company boards of Tyco International Ltd., Informa plc, Aegis Group plc and Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd, and on the private company board of Drambuie Ltd. Dr. O’Neill holds an M.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U.K.).

  • Linda D. Rabbitt

    Linda D. Rabbitt has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, she served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010, as Towers Watson’s Lead Director, and as a member of its Compensation Committee and its Nominating and Governance Committee. Prior to serving as a director of Towers Watson, Ms. Rabbitt served as a director of Watson Wyatt from 2002 to 2009. Ms. Rabbitt is the founder and Chairman of Rand Construction Corporation, a commercial construction company founded in 1989 that specializes in building renovation and tenant build-outs. Ms. Rabbitt served as CEO of Rand Construction Corporation from 1989 through the end of 2018. Prior to founding Rand Construction Corporation, Ms. Rabbitt was the co-founder and co-owner of Hart Construction Company, Inc., a commercial tenant construction company. From 1981 to 1985, Ms. Rabbitt was with KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick), where she was Director of Marketing from 1982 to 1985. Ms. Rabbitt previously served as a director of Brookfield Properties, a commercial real estate company, and as a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Ms. Rabbitt currently serves as a director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade (Chair in 2002) and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. She previously served as a director of the, as a director of Leadership Greater Washington, as a trustee of George Washington University and is a past Chairman and the current Treasurer of the Federal City Council. Ms. Rabbitt holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. from George Washington University.

  • Michelle Swanback

    Michelle Swanback is currently President, Product and Platform, of The Western Union Company, a role she has had since 2020. From 2014 to 2020, Ms. Swanback served as the Group Operating Officer at Accenture Digital. She previously served as the lead for Accenture Technology, North America from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, she served as a managing director in the North American operating unit of the Accenture Communications, Media, and Technology operating group from 2011 to 2012.

  • Paul Thomas

    Paul Thomas has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, he served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010 and as a member of Towers Watson’s Audit Committee and the Risk Committee. Mr. Thomas retired on March 31, 2016 from his role as senior executive with the Rank Group NA, a position he had held since January 2011. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Reynolds Packaging Group from February 2008 through January 2011, when Alcoa sold the Reynolds Packaging Group business to the Rank Group. Mr. Thomas joined Alcoa in 1978 and, prior to the sale of its packaging businesses, most recently served as Executive Vice President for Alcoa and Group President for its Packaging and Consumer businesses. From November 2016 through March 2019, Mr. Thomas served as a Senior Advisor of ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company. Mr. Thomas holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Sciences from Lehigh University and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.

  • Wilhelm Zeller

    Wilhelm Zeller has served as a Director of Willis Towers Watson since January 4, 2016. Previously, he served as a director of Towers Watson beginning on January 1, 2010, as the Chairman of Towers Watson’s Risk Committee, and a member of its Compensation Committee. Formerly, Mr. Zeller served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Re Group from 1996 until his retirement in June 2009. Prior to joining Hannover Re, Mr. Zeller served as a member of the Executive Board of Cologne Re and then a member of the Executive Council of General Re Corporation, Cologne Re’s new principal shareholder. Currently, Mr. Zeller currently serves as a consultant and corporate director, serving on the private company board of EIS Group Limited and the not-for-profit boards of MHH Plus Foundation and Siegmund Seligmann Foundation, and on the public company board of Axis Capital Holdings Limited through December 2020. Mr. Zeller holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.