Willis Towers Watson recently announced that the company has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer and the name may come as a surprise to those within the company. In August of 2017 Michael “Mike” Burwell was named as the new CFO at the global advisory company, a move that was effective on October 3, 2017. Mike Burwell has been a long-time executive at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working at the professional services firm for over 31 years. Burwell brings an immense amount of experience to the position and is a welcome addition. The move comes after the retirement announcement of previous CFO Roger Millay earlier in 2017.
Burwell hired on at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 1986 after graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in May of that same year. He gradually worked his way up in the organization and by March of 2008 he was named CFO. He was subsequently also named Chief Operating Officer of the company in July of 2009. A Certified Public Accountant, Burwell has over a decade of experience in both auditing and transaction advisory services. Burwell also has experience in merger valuation and analysis.
Mike Burwell is excited to join Willis Towers Watson and looks forward to working with the company’s 40,000 worldwide employees. Burwell says of his new employer, “I look forward to contributing to the success of the company.” Having worked his way up through the ranks of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Burwell is a self-made executive who has an uncanny ability to connect with the rank and file type. This is perhaps because Burwell himself has never forgotten his roots.
A native of Detroit, Burwell was raised in a working-class family. He values hard work and believes that every employee in a company, no matter how large, should be able to have his or her voice heard. This approach has served him well in his career. This is why he was chosen says Chief Executive Officer of Willis Towers Watson, John Haley. ” Mike understands managing, leading and driving results in a complex, global company with a strong focus on clients”, Haley said after the appointment of Burwell. There is little doubt that Michael Burwell is the right man for the job at the global powerhouse. His drive for success and attention to detail will welcome to the folks at Willis Towers Watson as they are poised for more worldwide growth in the future.
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