Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, has appointed Richard Sheldon as environmental practice leader, effective immediately.

Sheldon has been serving as national placement leader for the Environmental Practice since January 2011.

In his new role, Sheldon will lead a team of environmental specialists to drive growth across the platform.

He will work closely with Willis North America’s regional retail offices to align resources and deliver industry leading solutions to over 2,000 North America-based clients.

Sheldon will also work closely with Willis’ key carrier partners to implement superior insurance programs.

He will report to Rick Hawkinberry, chairman of the Willis Environmental Practice.

Sheldon joined Willis in 2004 and brings over 20 years of experience in the environmental insurance industry from both an underwriting and brokering perspective.

Previously, Sheldon served as Environmental Regional Team Leader for Willis’ Atlantic & New England Regions.