Willis Towers Watson makes two Asian appointments

Insurance Business America | November 01, 2019

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has made two appointments in Asia – David Hill as regional director of risk and analytics for Southeast Asia in the corporate risk & broking business and Eva Liu as head of health & benefits, Hong Kong. According to a statement from WTW, Hill will lead the company’s risk advisory services to corporations together with a team of actuaries, analysts, engineers, forensic accountants, strategic risk consultants, captive and alternative risk transfer specialists. He will be based in Singapore and will work alongside with Kevin Snowdon, regional director of risk and analytics, Asia.

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Cyber risk is now a major threat to businesses. Companies increasingly face new exposures, including first- and third-party damage, business interruption and regulatory consequences. With the operating environment for many industries changing dramatically, as they become more digitally-connected, this report examines cyber risk trends and emerging perils around the globe. It also identifies future mitigation strategies, including the role of insurance.

Spotlight

Cyber risk is now a major threat to businesses. Companies increasingly face new exposures, including first- and third-party damage, business interruption and regulatory consequences. With the operating environment for many industries changing dramatically, as they become more digitally-connected, this report examines cyber risk trends and emerging perils around the globe. It also identifies future mitigation strategies, including the role of insurance.

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