Willis Appoints New MD for Middle East
Mr Holmes will be based in Dubai and will report to Scott Pickering, CEO of Willis Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Mr Holmes replaces Marc Slatter who, pending approval by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, will take up the position of general manager for Willis Saudi Arabia.
With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, 14 of which have been spent in the Middle East, Mr Holmes joins Willis from RSA Insurance where he was most recently CEO of the companyâ€™s Middle East operations.
Before that, Mr Holmes was CEO of RSAâ€™s United Arab Emirates (UAE) operation. Prior to joining RSA in 2005, he also held a number of key positions throughout the region, including country manager of Bahrain and UAE at separate times for Norwich Union.
Willis has three offices there in Al-Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh. Mr Slatter will be based in Al-Khobar and replaces Willis Saudi Arabiaâ€™s former general manager Murray McLachlan who has left the group.
Mr Slatter has been at Willis since 1982 primarily in the Energy division. He moved with the group to Al Futtaim Willis Dubai in 1996 and has been managing director of the Middle East region for ten years.
Mr Pickering said: â€œThe sheer scale of the Kingdomâ€™s development presents unique operational challenges from an insurance perspective. The decision to appoint Mr Slatter on the ground as the leader of Willis Saudi Arabia demonstrates the importance of our business there.
â€œHe has successfully built up Willisâ€™ operations in the Middle East for 14 years and is the best person to help our clients find insurance solutions that will enable them to participate in the countryâ€™s unprecedented growth.â€
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