Willis North America, the retail brokerage business unit of Willis Group, has appointed John Connolly as new executive risks practice leader.

Since 2009, Connolly has been the co-leader of the practice with Steve Pincus, who will continue to manage Willis’ substantial executive risks operations in New York.

Connolly will be responsible for leading the practice and driving business development in North America.

He will collaborate closely with the firm’s global executive risks practice, FINEX, to provide clients in North America with new solutions. He will report directly to Eric Joost CEO of Willis North America.

Connolly joined Willis in 2007, and has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and has served as both a broker and an underwriter in London and the US.

For the last two years Connolly has been co-leader of the practice alongside Steve Pincus, who will continue to manage the firm’s New York-based Executive Risks operations.

The Executive Risks team currently consists of more than 100 associates in 13 offices across North America.

The team also specializes in directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions and professional liability, fidelity bonds, employment practices liability and fiduciary liability, as well as cyber liability.