UK-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings has named Scott Pickering as CEO of Willis South Africa.

Pickering, current president of Willis Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, will relocate to Johannesburg to start his new role in January 2012.

In addition to Pickering’s appointment, Ryck Genis, current CEO of Willis South Africa, has been appointed as leader of the broker’s large accounts business in South Africa.

Willis International CEO Tim Wright said that with its vast natural resources and a commitment to substantially increase renewable energy usage by 2013, South Africa is attracting investment in mega projects that require the kind of global risk management capabilities that Willis offers, combined with our strong experience in the local market.

"Scott Pickering and Ryck Genis have worked closely together for the past 18 months, along with Willis South Africa Chairman Peter Moyo, to develop our local business and to use that as a hub for doing business throughout Africa," added Wright.