On October 2, 2017, brokerage and solutions company Willis Towers Watson made Michael Burwell its acting CFO. Burwell brings with him an impressive resume, having spent the last 31 years climbing the ladder at Price Waterhouse Coopers. A graduate of Michigan State University, Burwell received his BBA in 1986. He immediately began working for PwC in the assurance department where he is handling audits. 31 years later the seasoned professional takes his second CFO position, only this time it is for a completely new company. Although Michael Burwell has been a CFO before, the opportunity to become part of a new environment is exciting. WtW has been around since 1828, and presently serves 140 countries spanning the globe. Burwell will find a new challenge here, and according to the current management of WtW, it is a challenge is more than experienced to handle.
John Haley, acting CEO of Willis Towers Watson, expressed enthusiasm for the new addition to WtW’s leadership team. Citing that his proficiency in finance will be beneficial for the company’s long-term growth. The appointment comes in the wake of former CFO Roger Millay’s voluntary retirement. Millay served the company well, but many prospects that Burwell’s addition will take WtW in a profitable direction.
Burwell’s tenure at PwC was very profitable. In 1997, he established PwC transaction operations in Detroit. The inclusion was successful, leading to the promotion of overall US Transaction Services Leader for PwC’s central region. Michael Burwell leadership improved over services for the central region, and lead to a promotion as CFO in 2007. From there he climbed the ladder to COO in 2008, and finally Vice Chairmen Global and US. In this role he augmented the organizational effectiveness of interior functions such as; Global Strategic Sourcing, Human Capital, and Finance Technology.
For his part, Burwell is looking forward to his new position. Impressed with the leadership of the company, which he managed to observe in numerous exchanges, Burwell is looking towards the future. Michael Burwell hopes that he can contribute to the fantastic culture has witnessed so far. Taking into account his stewardship of PwC as Vice Chairmen, such contributions will be many. Click Here for more information.