Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings has appointed Shoji Ohashi and Yoshiki Yamamoto as the new chairman and CEO of Willis Japan Holdings KK, respectively.

Mr Ohashi joins Willis after retiring from his position as chairman of Marsh Japan at the end of 2004, where he was responsible for the development of indigenous business, including overseas investment by Japanese corporations and incoming business from American and European multinationals.

Mr Yamamoto began his career at Nissan Fire & Marine both in Japan and the US. He went on to become senior vice president in the global risk management department of Marsh Japan, where he was charged primarily with business development in the automotive industry.

Joe Plumeri, chairman and CEO of Willis, said: We are very proud that two of the biggest names in the Japanese insurance industry have seen the potential of Willis and have chosen to join us, and we are honored to welcome Shoji and Yoshiki. Listening to our clients, we realized that there is a major need for Willis’s global resources to be delivered locally to enterprises in the domestic Japanese market. In light of this, we are committed to continued investment in the country and supporting Japanese corporations with solutions to their diversified local business risks.