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Willis Towers Watson makes corporate risk and broking changes

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Willis Towers Watson P.L.C. on Tuesday said it has made three senior appointments within its corporate risk and broking segment.

Jim O’Connor has been named to the newly created role of head of specialties broking, North America, which he assumes in addition to his current role as head of middle-market broking, which he has held since 2017, Willis Towers Watson said in a statement.

In this new role, he will be responsible for the business’s specialty insurance coverage placements, including environmental, life sciences and health care, across all segments. Mr. O’Connor, who joined Willis Towers Watson in 2006, is based in Atlanta and reports to Joe Peiser, head of broking, North America.

Jon Drummond has been appointed head of casualty broking, North America, taking over from Mr. Peiser, who had held that position along with being head of broking, North America. Mr. Drummond will be responsible for leading the business’s casualty brokerage offerings to national and multinational clients, as well as organizations with complex risks. He also will oversee Willis Towers Watson’s casualty broking centers. Mr. Drummond, who joined Willis Towers Watson in 2014, previously served as a national casualty broker. Based in Chicago, he also reports to Mr. Peiser.

Amelia Valz has been named North American construction professional liability broking leader. She will oversee a broking team specializing in the placement of professional liability risk for construction clients. Ms. Valz joins Willis Towers Watson from XL Group Ltd., where she served as underwriting director-construction performance risk. Based in Dallas, she reports to Kelly Kinzer, North American construction specialties broking leader.