Willis North America (WNA), a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, has appointed Alastair Swift to its senior management team as chief placement officer, who will report to Don Bailey, chairman and CEO of Willis North America, and will relocate from London to New York.

In his new role, Mr Swift will lead a team of placement officers across North America and will direct the overall WNA placement strategy, helping to interface with the North American carrier community.

Mr Swift most recently held the position of managing director of WNA London Property, where he was charged with the combined London Market Property team of WNA London and Bermuda. Before joining WNA, he was with BSK, a London market property broker.

Don Bailey, chairman and CEO of Willis North America, said, “Alastair is one of the best property brokers this industry has ever seen. Over the past year we’ve been working together, Alastair has demonstrated strong leadership, broad knowledge of the placement function, a respected reputation among the carrier community and a refreshing perspective and systematic approach to his work that will complement the depth and breadth of our existing team of highly talented placement professionals.”

Willis Group Holdings is an insurance broker, delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions.