Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has appointed Michael Liss as national partner of its Midwest Region.

In his new role, Liss will oversee the retail insurance brokerage operations of the Midwest Region and focus on driving growth and strategic development.

The insurer said, in addition he will lead the drive to expand Willis’ market share, elevate the Willis brand and align resources to deliver quality solutions to clients.

Liss has been serving as managing partner of Willis’ Chicago office since 2006. He will report to Todd Jones, president of Willis North America.

He will work closely with existing management teams in Willis’ Midwest Region, an operation that includes 10 offices and 750 Associates in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas.

Liss is based in the iconic Chicago skyscraper, Willis Tower, which serves as Willis North America’s hub for Midwest operations.

Prior to joining Willis he served as executive vice president and branch manager at Wachovia Insurance Services and held leadership roles at Marsh USA, Johnson & Higgins and The Hartford Group.