Willis Towers Watson is one of the world’s biggest advisory, risk management, and insurance brokerage firms. It is led by Chief Executive Officer John Haley and has offices around the world. It was announced in August 2017 that they had hired a new chief financial officer, Michael Burwell. He was replacing their current CFO at the time, Roger Millay, who had chosen to retire as of the start of October.
Michael Burwell brings an enormous amount of experience to this position. He had been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for the prior 31 years. 11 of those years was spent auditing the books of corporations and, for a dozen years, he was in a Transaction Services advisory role. In this latter position, he worked with companies before they merged so that they were properly valued and had done all due diligence.
CEO John Haley said that he and the rest of the team at Willis Towers Watson were excited to have Michael Burwell joining them as the new CFO. He understands what it takes to lead a multinational corporation and has a proven ability to drive results. His prior experience in transformation, transactions, and finance would lead to long-term growth at Willis Towers Watson, John Haley said.
As for his management style, Michael Burwell says that leaders need to be careful when it comes to garnering consensus. He says that if you have to always have consensus around an idea what they will inevitably lead to is having the lowest common denominator results. He says that as a business leader you really can’t make everyone happy and that is not a goal you should be pursuing.
Michael Burwell believes in working efficiently and using fewer resources to accomplish goals. Michael Burwell says that he focuses on how to do more with less. One thing that he believes is that technology can really help people become more productive with their resources. Michael Burwell is always sharing his productivity mobile apps with others and asking which ones they are using so that he can use his time more efficiently.