Mike Burwell: Apex Leadership

When one thinks of a consummate professional, you probably envision a seasoned, upstanding individual. A person with extensive knowledge and who garnered the respect of his peers. Mike Burwell’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer(CFO) of Willis Towers Watson is indicative of his dedication and commitment to excellence. Mike Burwell received his Bachelors Degree as a CPA from Michigan State University in 1986. Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees in more than 140 countries. According to its website, it can trace it roots back to 1825.


With a career that spans three decades, there’s not much Mike Burwell hasn’t seen. After an illustrious career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) including notable positions such as Chief Operations Officer(COO) and CFO, he will fill the big shoes his predecessor left behind for retirement. Willis Tower Watson Chief Executive Officer(CEO) John Haley and Mike Burwell had nothing but praises and adoration for outgoing CFO Roger Millay. Mr. Haley also head high praises for Mike:


..”Mike understands managing, leading and driving results in a complex, global company with a strong focus on clients. I am confident that his expertise in finance, transactions and transformation is well suited to guide our long-term growth and remaining integration efforts – allowing us to achieve our full potential as Willis Towers Watson.”


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Mike spent 31 years serving Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) with 11 years in the assurance practice. He also has 12 years of transaction services advisory experience that includes working on pre-merger due diligence and valuation. Michael’s steadfast dedication to PwC culminated in 2007 with his appointment as chief executive officer and in 2008 he was named chief operations officer at PwC. In addition to that he was also Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation. Because of Mike’s tenure and experience, he was also the senior relationship partner on several clients while with PwC.


I think it’s safe to assume that Michael Burwell is a strong candidate to succeed and lead

Willis Towers Watson to new heights. Through his experience and being a perpetual student of his craft, Mike has positioned himself and his new company to exceed expectations.



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