Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has appointed Scott Pickering, president of Willis' Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa operations as chairman of Willis Australasia.

Pickering came to Willis in 2010 after working for RSA Insurance as regional CEO for Asia and Middle East, based in Dubai for two and a half years.

Prior to that he held a series of senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance in South Africa and the Asia Pacific.

In addition, Pieter Lindhout will take over the role of CEO, Willis Australasia in October. He will replace Bill Donovan, former CEO of Willis Australasia, who is returning to New Zealand to take up a new role at an insurer.

Most recently Lindhout was managing director of GE Capital and has held several senior leadership positions in Australasia, including CEO of Tower Insurance, managing director of AMP General Insurance, general manager of The Spencer Partnership and operations manager of Medical Benefits Funds (MBF).

Lindhout and Pickering will report to Roger Wilkinson, chairman & CEO, Willis Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.

Willis Australasia, comprising operations in Australia and New Zealand, forms part of the Asia Pacific region under Willis International.