Thomas Wafer appointed as chairman of Willis Re North America

Franck Risler

Willis Re, the reinsurance unit of Willis Towers Watson said Thomas Wafer has been appointed as Chairman for Willis Re, North America, effective October 2017.

The appointment of Thomas Wafer is also followed with the appointment of with Jeffrey Livingston as Vice-Chair.

These two appointments constitute the formation of the ‘Office of the Chairman’ for Willis Re, North America. The Office of the Chairman will work to strengthen client relationships across North America while also providing guidance and mentoring for all Willis Re colleagues.

Wafer, an industry expert with exceptional credentials, joins from Third Point Re (USA) Ltd., where he was most recently President. Prior to this, Wafer was Chairman of Global Reinsurance for Alterra.

Livingston has over 25 years of reinsurance and insurance experience. He is returning to Willis Re from Marsh and McLennan where he was Director of Portfolio Solutions. He joined Willis Re in 1998 from Sedgwick Re moving from Vice President to Executive Vice President in 2005.

Jim Bradshaw, CEO, Willis Re North America, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Tom and Jeffrey to Willis Re. Both are highly regarded executives that share a passion and enthusiasm for our business. One of Willis Re’s most valuable assets is the depth and breadth of its talent base and I am confident that Tom and Jeffrey will be instrumental in helping all colleagues continue to provide innovation and expert advice for our clients. I am looking forward to working closely with Tom and Jeffrey in building on our recent success.”

Thomas Wafer said: “Willis Re is one of the world’s leading reinsurance advisors with an agile and dynamic work force that has enabled growth in tough market conditions. I am excited to be joining the team and look forward to working alongside Jim and Jeffrey.”

Jeffrey Livingston added: “I am delighted to be joining Jim and Tom and working across the Willis Re platform to help advance our clients’ interests in the market. I am quite familiar with Willis Re; its people and its culture of collaboration. It has an exciting business proposition focused on assisting clients effectively manage risk and driving new business growth and I am looking forward to being part of that value proposition.”

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