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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(b) On February 14, 2013, in connection with certain management restructurings, Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company (the “Company”) eliminated the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. The responsibilities for the corporate functions that previously reported into the position of the former Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Gioia Ghezzi, will be reorganized.
On February 15, 2013, the Company announced that Martin Sullivan, the Group’s Deputy Chairman and Chairman and CEO of the Willis Global Solutions unit, will be leaving the firm in May 2013, after a transition, to pursue other interests. Following Mr. Sullivan’s departure, Willis Group’s corporate governance will be streamlined to include the CEO, Deputy CEO and Non-Executive Chairman, supported by the Willis Group Operating Committee. Deputy CEO Steve Hearn, in his role as CEO of Willis Global, will lead the Global Solutions unit. In connection with Mr. Sullivan’s departure, the Compensation Committee has accelerated the vesting of 15,572 restricted stock units. The press release is attached hereto at Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirement of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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